Packing up to leave this morning I took a tally. As part of the culling operation with the S&W M&P 15 rifles (all in .223 Rem) there were 20 deer shot at ranges between 40 and 180 yards. 23 shots were fired. Um, actually 24. (I missed a head shot.) I’m not sure that any of the follow-up shots were necessary. I know the one I fired was not but we were all hunters and have the natural instinct to put another bullet in anything that is still standing.
I’ve been on other culling operations and hunts with large caliber rifles and traditional ammunition where the results were not this good. I don’t think this proves a 223 Remington and DRT ammo is better; shoot enough animals with enough different cartridges and bullets and results will always vary.
I think what it does prove is that a .223 Remington (an AR) loaded with DRT ammunition is more than sufficient for shooting whitetail deer.
I’m sure some are still skeptacle and would ask why you would not use a larger caliber or bullets that work like those we have used for many years. Well, I can think of a lot of reasons. you’ll have to read the article to find out.