The aerodynamic of a shot is determined by the increasing level of the ballistic coefficient. It's not a foolproof cartridge, however. A .22LR projectile will shoot just fine out of a .223/5.56 barrel since the diameter is essentially the same. The deer will drop in its tracks regardless of caliber. Of course the size of the deer has a lot to do with my opinion. Why. If you were going to shoot a deer with 223 where would you aim. When aiming at a broadside buck, visually divide the deer’s chest cavity into three equal, horizontal sections. As well as knowing the best places to shoot a deer it is also important to know the worst places to shoot a deer. I would not take a shot at a deer with a varmint bullet. Also use effective ammo like Barnes 55 or 70 grain or Black Hills Mk262. However, the .223 has just the perfect coefficient for hunting deer. I've never shot a deer with a .223, although my wife killed her first deer with a .223 AR a couple of years ago, but that was a head/neck shot. Shoot a 60-ish grain copper or non-fragmenting bullet. Prior performance and certification are completely irrelevant. Ammo choice is a huge part of killing deer with a .223. I would prefer a bullet at least 68gr made for hunting game. Here in Texas few deer are large bodied, and a .223 will probably take any that I see at a reasonable range with a good bullet. It is good enough when shots aren't excessively long and a broadside shot presents itself. Contrary to popular belief, the .223 is a legal big-game cartridge in most states. I shot one last year I'm the neck at a little over 40 yards with a TSX and she dropped. 125yds or so and in. Normally, higher calibers are considered to have the best ballistic coefficient. I would say a neck shot or precisely behind the shoulder to avoid bone is your best bet. With the proper bullet the .223 Remington is more than adequate for deer. I always shoot at the point of the shoulder where shoulder and neck meet. Stalking through brush can easily produce difficult shot angles, moving deer, partially brush covered targets or all of the above. Some hunters think the .223 Remington is too small of a caliber, without enough bullet weight, for deer. We have many dead deer taken with a 30 carbine and .223 by the little ones shooting right here. In my experience — which includes a dozen or so deer shot with the .223 — it is a viable deer cartridge when the appropriate bullets are used. Keep reading if deer hunting with 223/556 to shoot them in the neck. Where Not To Shoot A Deer. Safety is a momentary choice. The bullets used must be tough, as they move at such high velocities. A deer standing broadside to the shooter gives the hunter a straight shot to the animal’s exposed vitals, giving the best chance at a clean kill and easy recovery. 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