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Old 09-08-2012, 07:01 PM   #11
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If you ask me .300 Win. Mag is a bit much for White-tail let alone a .338..............
Ya but I like hunting power lines and open fields thats why I like it but im always goin to have my 30-06 for back up
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I'm 55 and when I was 13 I had 30:30 but anything over 150 yards was off limits so I got a 30:06 and have taken deer up to 350 yards and a lot of them sense. Going to try the 6.8 this season just for fun.
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I'm 55 and when I was 13 I had 30:30 but anything over 150 yards was off limits so I got a 30:06 and have taken deer up to 350 yards and a lot of them sense. Going to try the 6.8 this season just for fun.
I had a 30-30 but I didnt like it much cuz it was to short for me
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The best cartridge is the one with which you can hit accurately. I have many rifles that are adequate for deer, all of which are very accurate. On any given day I will pick the one that appeals to me at that moment. So, I could be hunting with a .243, 6mm Rem., .25-06, 6.5x55, 7x57, .300 Savage, 8x57, or a .35 Rem.
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LAst couple of seasons I left teh guns in the safe. Used a long bow early in the season and a compound bow late in the season.

When I was stationed out west, I used a .30-06 because the deer were pretty large and shots could be taken at some distances in excess of 200 yds. Also Elk ranged out there, so the '06 was a good multi-purpose gun.

Down here in SE Georgia, teh deer a kind of small and the woods are swampy and thick. Getting a shot at a deer beyond 100 yds is not likely. My grandmother's old '95 Mauser in 7x57mm or a Marlin .30-30 are plenty of gun in this neck of the woods They are relatively short, light and don't recoil too heavy. Also, a Hawken BP rifle in .50 cal is adequate with round ball and 75 gr of powder.
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What do you guys use for deer season & why?
i use a winchester model 70 in 458 winmag pushing a 350grain softpoint 2500fps. i dont like chasing deer and i like being able to harvest most of the meat. the 458 does surprising little meat destruction on even smaller whitetails.
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LAst couple of seasons I left teh guns in the safe. Used a long bow early in the season and a compound bow late in the season.

When I was stationed out west, I used a .30-06 because the deer were pretty large and shots could be taken at some distances in excess of 200 yds. Also Elk ranged out there, so the '06 was a good multi-purpose gun.

Down here in SE Georgia, teh deer a kind of small and the woods are swampy and thick. Getting a shot at a deer beyond 100 yds is not likely. My grandmother's old '95 Mauser in 7x57mm or a Marlin .30-30 are plenty of gun in this neck of the woods They are relatively short, light and don't recoil too heavy. Also, a Hawken BP rifle in .50 cal is adequate with round ball and 75 gr of powder.
Find a good power line or pipe line that cuts through the thick stuff and gives a few hundred yards to shoot and you'll fill the freezer quick.
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I think .308 is about the best deer caliber out there? But like others have said there are many really good calibers. I also think there are some older calibers that are as good or better than the .308 but there isn't much of a bullet selection for those and it's getting tough to find a rifle in those calibers (7x57 and .303 British).

There are also situations that could make a different caliber better than the .308. A .270 could be a little better if you're shooting long distances. A 30-30 is great under 100 yards. A 30-06 is right there with a .308 but lets you shoot a little heaver lead if need be. If you don'i like recoil then a .243 would be the way to go. 7mm-08 is also a really find caliber.

There are many great calibers, I just think the .308 is about the best all around general purpose caliber today.

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I do love my 25-06 got the range for where i hunt but might move to a new spot and need alittle more range only reason i considered the .338. Might even use the .308. Decisions decisions. Still got a month and a half or so left til rifle season in. SW PA.
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30-30 lever and 270 win my go to deer rifles
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