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bears. :) In his book, THE COMPLETE BOOK OF THE RIFLE, Jim said that he'd bet his farm that he could take "any N. American game animal" with a .22 hornet, under conditions of fair chase, no less! He also bet (in today's money) $50,000 more that he could do so with no more than 2 shots per animal. Jim was shooting editor for outdoor life mag for decades, and is a world class rifle match shooter and big game hunter on all the continents. He simply meant that he could get within 50 yds and brain the critters with the little Hornet, and he meant a bolt action, since the Hornet was only made in a very few lever actions, and no autoloaders.

Yet millions doubt that a 223 autoloader can be made to suffice for deer! :) I am not saying that it can be fired at the south end of a northbound buck, at 200+ yds, like the fools want to try with their 3006's. I'm saying that for 30-30 type shooting, with a deep penetrating softpoint like the Nosler Partition 60 gr, for nearly broadside shots at the chest, while avoiding the shoulder, to 150 yds, the 223 will handle deer just fine. It will brain elk, moose and the great bears, too, if you get inside bow and arrow ranges and hold your mud.

Naturally, the latter is not a sporting thing, nor legal in any state, but it is certainly "doable" for survival needs. It's the man, much more than it's the gun, and there's lots more to nearly any shooting challenge than just marksmanship.
 
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