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    223 WSSM for Antelope

    Wondering if anyone knows the legality of the 223 WSSM for antelope in Wyoming. I read the rule and know it's legal with a 60 grain or heavier bullet. But what if I want to use a 50 or 55 grain? If I'm reading the rule correctly, it would still be legal because it meets the 500 foot pounds of energy requirement. But does anybody know for sure?
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    Yes the 223WSSM is legal. It is significantly over the needed foot pounds of energy at 100 yards. It would not be my first selection to take on an antelope hunt but I'm sure it would work. If you do decide to take it, practice in the wind so you understand how much bullet drift you will have. I would also limit your shots to 250 yards due to the loss in energy beyond that range. Just my 2 cents... .243 is my personal minimum for antelope.

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    The way I interpret it, the round has to meet all of the requirements for rifle. I think the energy requirement is geared towards pistol rounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by libidilatimmy View Post
    The way I interpret it, the round has to meet all of the requirements for rifle. I think the energy requirement is geared towards pistol rounds.
    They changed their description to allow for different calibers. Since it now say "or", instead of "and", at the start of each phrase, you just have to meet one of the criteria to be legal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltop View Post
    They changed their description to allow for different calibers. Since it now say "or", instead of "and", at the start of each phrase, you just have to meet one of the criteria to be legal.
    I would definitely call a warden to make sure on this so you don't get a ticket. It was my understanding that the cartridge had to be at least 22 cal AND have a 60 grain soft point expandable projectile (no FMJ rounds) for the new "AR" rule, but I could be mistaken

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    I'm also bringing my 270 but with 4 doe tags for antelope, I thought it might be fun to try to take at least one animal with the 223.

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    Leave the 223 varmint gun at home. I've witnessed how a 22-250 performs on antelope and it's pathetic. It's sad and definitely not fun to watch an animal die very slowly even with 2 bullets to the chest, one taken from 75 yards and the other from a distance of 6 inches. There's no such thing as overkill but there is definitely "underkill".

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    IMO it is somewhat unclear the way it is worded and could be interpreted a few different ways. There was a thread a while back that we debated it a bit and Im not sure we all ever agreed on how to interpret the regs.
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    Okay, I guess I need to call a game warden to be sure.

    But even then, what if that particular game warden gives me the wrong answer?


    Does everyone agree that it definitely would be legal with a 60 grain or heavier bullet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdan68 View Post
    Okay, I guess I need to call a game warden to be sure.

    But even then, what if that particular game warden gives me the wrong answer?


    Does everyone agree that it definitely would be legal with a 60 grain or heavier bullet?
    Im sure it is legal with a 60gr + bullet. To me it reads aslong as it has 500 pounds of energy its legal, but I would feel alot better meeting the cal and bullet weight minimum too.
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