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Old 01-08-2012, 05:05 PM   #21
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Funny thing about smaller calibers there just as deadly. I dropped 5 deer with a 22-250 1 moved 10 feet and fell over dead. The rest fell where they were at.

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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.
I disagree. Whitetail deer are not that hard to kill. Shot placement is key to a clean kill. You don't need a magnum or 30-06 or 270 to drop them in their tracks. I did it with a 30-30 this year and a 308 last year.
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I disagree. Whitetail deer are not that hard to kill. Shot placement is key to a clean kill. You don't need a magnum or 30-06 or 270 to drop them in their tracks. I did it with a 30-30 this year and a 308 last year.
the first deer i ever took when i was a youngster was with my dad's winchester M70 243. i took less than two steps after it was shot and dropped. if a 308 makes a great sniper caliber, then should it have any problem with a deer? i don't think so. i agree with you dks, the 308, the 30-30 at proper ranges will drop a deer where it stands if you put the bullet in the right place. over the years, i have taken deer with the 243, 30-30, 30-06, 270, 25-06 and 7mm mag. there are many different calibers that can be used for deer hunting. bullet type and shot placement are much more important than a particular caliber IMO.
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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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Oh, ok. I see that now. Sometimes we (I) get a little gun shy (no pun intended) on forums as my ideas usually don't jive w/ the status quo.
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I prefer the 30 cal rounds (30-30, 308, 30-06). The 30-30 is good if you are hunting in heavily wooded area but not made for the "long" shot. The only differance between the 308 & 30-06 is really the recoil unless you are going to be shooting over 250 yards then the 30-06 wins but if you are hunting past 300 yards I would think about a larger cal like the 7mm mag. I'm not a big fan of the 243 for deer hunting if you don't hit the deer just right you will be tracking it for hours. It is a very fast flat shooting round but the small cal just lacks the punch for bigger game. It is a great groundhog rifle

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I have taken 4 bucks and 1 bore. In the past 2 two years with my 243 four of my shots were between 200-300 yards and one at 20 yards. Shot placement definitely important. They all dropped on the spot. Amo is very important to I use barns triple shock. Just my .02 cents.

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The 270 win is a real good one,130 grain bullets for 100+yd,150 grain bullets for 25-50yd and the deer just drop.

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I disagree. Whitetail deer are not that hard to kill. Shot placement is key to a clean kill. You don't need a magnum or 30-06 or 270 to drop them in their tracks. I did it with a 30-30 this year and a 308 last year.
+1,if you get them through the lungs they can't run,or continue living beyond a few seconds even if it's a modest .357 from a revolver.
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