.223 Remington

The first on this list is a great varmint round that, over the last years, has been finding its way into the deer woods more and more, but without any remarkable results. And of course, that is the .223 Remington. There are many situations that prove this. The first one when the .223 Remington was used for hunting whitetail was when a experienced hunter hit a small four point buck in the vitals using a 55 grain soft point bullet. The deer took off for and that was actually the last time it was seen.

.223 Remington

The .223 Remington with a 55 grain Nosler ballistic tip moving at 3,250 fps only scores a 6 on the Taylor knockout scale. Compare that with a .357 Magnum slug, which weighs 158 grains moving at 1,500 fps getting a twelve and a .30-30 with its 170 grain bullet scoring a fifteen. And the .357 handgun and .30-30 are often considered marginal for deer hunting. So why would you take a caliber like the .223 out for whitetail when it has only one third of the power of even the .30-30? Even if you crank up the bullet weight of the .223 Remington to 77 grains, you still wind up way short of even the .357 Magnum handgun when it comes to knockdown power. So you better do yourself a favor and leave the .223 Remington for killing coyotes and woodchucks.

.22 Magnum


The .22 Magnum has been around for a long time, but speaking of killing coyotes, there was a bad advice given out about a round that can take them down. This is one of the calibers that has been used on all manner of creatures, but  it stays anyone’s guess why it’s been recommended for coyotes. Considering that coyotes can range from only 20-30 pounds out west to bordering on 50-60 pounds or even more in places in the northeast.

.22 Magnum calibers

Coyotes are pretty hearty beasts and hunters have seen them soak up a lot of punishment. Even being one of the best calibers, the .22 Magnum definitely should be left to some of the smaller furbearers. For example, this caliber might work well for a close range head shot. but for coyotes, you need a bullet that can finish the job clean and quickly.


As much as you are into whitetail hunting, you need to learn that these little devils are tougher than they look, therefore you can make mistakes easily if you  are up  to put them in a freezer.


One shotgun, often recommended for a ruffed grouse, is the little .410. He has long been termed a beginner’s gun but actually is a great gun for squirrels and rabbits (after the hunter has built up experience with scatter-guns in the woods) . However, for grouse it is kind a different case .


I had a friend who for many years was using a 20 gauge side-by-side Stevens and later a Winchester single barrel for grouse with a variety of loads. But, he finaly found out that the grouse were not getting hit with that many pellets. When he changed the gun and start using his 16 gauge, his grouse tally skyrocketed, showing that a little more gun is better. As much as I like the .410, there should be a twenty gauge or maybe stretch it to a 28 gauge as the minimum size for a ruffed grouse. And yes, you should leave the .410 to the bunnies and the tree rats.


When you are hunting, whether it’s the aim- to put venison in your freezer, or pick up a few birds for a nice Sunday dinner it’s your obligation to make the kill as quick and clean as possible. There shouldn’t be shortcuts , so you need to make sure that you are using enough gun to do the job. This doesn’t mean to bring a howitzer with you, but you need to have enough firepower to accurately take the game you are after. Remember-anything less does a disservice to you as a hunter and in a same time makes the animal suffer without any reason— and for that there is no excuse!




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