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Old 01-07-2012, 06:04 PM   #11
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The problem w/ brush is if you use a scope, the focal point is past the twigs, so it is very possible to look through the scope and think you have a clear shot when you actually have quite a bit of obstruction. I'm adding some pics from my ride back from Barre Vt. this morning. The woods here are thick!!!


This open area is a pond!

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The problem w/ brush is if you use a scope, the focal point is past the twigs, so it is very possible to look through the scope and think you have a clear shot when you actually have quite a bit of obstruction. I'm adding some pics from my ride back from Barre Vt. this morning. The woods here are thick!!!


This open area is a pond!

This may be true, but the fact remains that any bullet or rifle combination you might use can still be deflected by brush.
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I'd go 30.06, but that's what I'd do, not what to do...

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To clarify I am moving to ct. But I will be hunting all over from Ohio to Maine. Oh and I already have a 50 cal muzzle loader and a 12 gauge

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i like the 30-06 just because it is a proven performer and if you don't reload, factory ammo selection is the best in that caliber. also the 30-06 is pretty much a very versatile caliber for anywhere in North America. i you owned only one centerfire caliber, this would be at the top of my list for consideration. more rifles are factory chambered for it, factory ammo selection in various weights and a proven over a 100 year history behind it, you just can't wrong with the 30-06.

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Default the perfect all around caliber ....and rifle

Ive always been one not follow the ''norm '' here in east tx where most hunt with bolt actions and the 270 is very popular . I have imo the perfect rifle ..remington pump 7600 in .308. super accurate 1st shot with fast follow -ups if needed....really never needed ! Ive made it more utility friendly with a tactical pistol grip stock and hi capacity mags for zombies or brainwashed representatives of a gov't gone nuts . the .308 will do it all any animal, 2 or 4 legged in north america.

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IMO, In the US, If you'll find the best deer rifle to fit your hunt situation -
One of these four cartridges will work:
30/30
308 Win
270 Win or
30/06

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I have a .308. Most responses will be either .30-06 or whichever caliber that person owns.
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You can shoot a deer with anything, and eventually it will fall down. Only question is when and where?

If you want it to drop in its tracks, then you need to go with a .270 at least.

And note that a .308 and a .30-30 are both lighter guns than a .270. You need to look at the powder charge, not just the bullet calibre.

Guns that would drop a deer in its tracks include the .270, the 7mm mag, the .30-06, and any of the bigger magnums.

With a .308 or .30-30 or .243 or anything lighter you are going to be searching for your deer, so you better get good at following blood trails, and carry some long rope with you in the jeep in case it barrels into a ravine.

Personally for New England I would not recommend my own gun. It is designed for deer AND elk. And no elk up there.
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Don't sell the Remington .260 short, maybe the perfect whitetail round.

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GeorgiaHunter is a great psychologist!

You can shoot a deer with anything, and eventually it will fall down. Only question is when and where?

If you want it to drop in its tracks, then you need to go with a .270 at least.

And note that a .308 and a .30-30 are both lighter guns than a .270. You need to look at the powder charge, not just the bullet calibre.

Guns that would drop a deer in its tracks include the .270, the 7mm mag, the .30-06, and any of the bigger magnums.

With a .308 or .30-30 or .243 or anything lighter you are going to be searching for your deer, so you better get good at following blood trails, and carry some long rope with you in the jeep in case it barrels into a ravine.

Personally for New England I would not recommend my own gun. It is designed for deer AND elk. And no elk up there.

You will go searching for your deer hit with any caliber if the shot placement is not good. The .308 and the .30-06 are almost identical. The bigger magnums are really overkill for deer. They are not that big nor hard to bring down. The .30-30 should not even be mentioned in the same sentence as the .243 or .308. The .30-30 was originally a black powder round and is still loaded to not near the pressures of the .308 or .243. Also, the .30-30 is loaded with flat or round nose bullets. Any long range potential for it is not there. The average hunter would be much better off with a smaller caliber; i.e., the .243, 7mm-08, .260, or .250 Savage and then he/she should learn to shoot it accurately. A properly placed bullet by any of these calibers will bring down a deer with no problem.
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