Thought I would share this e-mail I received from a reader concerning the use of .22 centerfire rifles for deer. My two sons and I have used them a good bit for deer and I took a bushbuck with a .223 Remington and the 60 grain Nosler Partition during my second African hunt. During that same hunt, a PH’s son used the same rifle and load on a medium-sized warthog.
“Let me just start out by saying, this is only the second time in 35 years I have felt the need to take the time to track down somebody in response to an article they have written. This particular article is your review of the 223 (more so the 60 gr. partition bullet in deer hunting) in the Nosler reloading manual.
I look over cartridges, bullets and ballistics literally everyday. Due to the fact that my deer rifle is a 220 swift, I never was too interested in looking at slower 22 caliber ballistics or reading articles on them until I stumbled across your’s today.
Your first paragraph about the best hunting bullet being the 60 gr. Partition “Had me at hello”. This is exactly what I shoot out of my swift and couldn’t agree with you more. Why people don’t do more deer hunting with this bullet in this caliber amazes me. Light recoil, watching the shot through the scope and extreme accuracy all in a bullet that drops deer as quick as any 270 (if not quicker). I have shot over 40 deer with this bullet out of the swift and none have run over 75 yards with about 80% DRT. That’s from 40 yards to a lasered 455 yards and everything in between.
Why people feel the need to buy all of these Magnums, Super Magnums and the such to hunt deer that the majority won’t shoot beyond 200 yards is crazy. Guess what people, deer are not hard to kill! To find a writer that feels the some way is, for some reason, a relief. But the best part is after I read the article and looked down at the author and seen you where a fellow West Virginian was AWESOME. Finally.. somebody gets it and he’s from West by God too.
P.S. The other article I wrote to the author about was why shot placement in hunting is more important than bullet energy. As I tell my buddies, if a deer can’t breathe it can’t live. attached is a pic of me and my son with his first deer at the age of six with “our” swift with 60 gr. Partitions.
Thanks for the article,”
Carl Blaylock from Sprinfield WV