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Old 01-12-2012, 09:06 PM   #31
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The caliber of the gun is a personal preference just get what you like. All of the calibers kill just as reliably with proper shot placement I took a doe at 94 yards with a 17 hmr.
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There are times that not making a comment is prudent. This is one.
But not for me!
" I took a doe at 94 yards with a 17 hmr"
This has got to be the worst bunch of BS, Bravado, irresponsable dribble I have ever heard.
Congradulations, here's your sign!

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Old 01-12-2012, 10:11 PM   #33
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The caliber of the gun is a personal preference just get what you like. All of the calibers kill just as reliably with proper shot placement I took a doe at 94 yards with a 17 hmr.
Are you admitting poaching?I don't know of any state that would allow the deer hunting caliber option of any rimfire,especially a 22 or smaller rimfire.I'd like to know the state.
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https://www.ms.gov/gf/hunting/faq_process.html#2_5
There are no regulations that I know of on rifles. I was not even hunting deer I was varmit hunting. I was braced on a tree limb and shot it in the head. With a savage target rifle
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There are no regulations that I know of on rifles. I was not even hunting deer I was varmit hunting. I was braced on a tree limb and shot it in the head. With a savage target rifle
Why kill what you're not hunting. Shooting a deer with that small of a caliber is irresponsible in my opinion.
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I vote for .308 or 30-06. If you will only be hunting deer, go with the .308. If you think you might be shooting at something bigger in the future go with the 30-06.

While it is a great caliber, I recommend steering clear of 7MM-08 because it is expensive and hard to find.
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All the recommendations except for the .17 cal are good but I love the 30-06 I have converted many old military rifles into hunting arms it was all I could afford at the time.
Then in 1966 I bought my first new rifle a Remington 700 ADL in 30-06 and being a reloader I soon discovered it loved the Sierra bullets both the 150 and 165 gr.
I still have the gun and it still shoots sub MOA to this day after many thousands of rounds.
Another great round though less well known is the .35 Whelen its good for anything in the lower 48 and isn't as punishing as some of the magnums.
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I vote for .308 or 30-06. If you will only be hunting deer, go with the .308. If you think you might be shooting at something bigger in the future go with the 30-06.

While it is a great caliber, I recommend steering clear of 7MM-08 because it is expensive and hard to find.


The 7mm-08 is a fine cartridge. So is the 7x57. I would not advise anyone to steer clear of it. That's why we reload. I reload for two somewhat obsure cartridges; the 7x57 and the .244/6mm Remington. So, for me, they are not expensive nor hard to find. If a guy does not want to reload, then maybe more common cartridges would make more sense.
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Yup, I put a 180 grain hollow point through both lungs of a deer with my 4095 Hi-Point Carbine and it went barely 50 yards and fell over dead. Take out the lungs with anything and the animal dies. That said, the hydrostatic shock of a more powerful caliber will down an animal faster. Plus most deer hunters also have a chance of a black bear wandering by and you might want a little more power to take one cleanly. There are many instances of getting a long shot also and the pistol calibers and traditional "brush cartridges" just won't cut it. That's where the 270, 308, 30'06 and others come into play.
And, Zodiac, are you for real? That's irresponsible and illegal no matter where you hunt. I also find it hard to believe.
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Whats more irresponsible shooting a deer in the head with a .17 and it dropped on the spot. Or missing a critical shot with a larger caliber and having to track it out.
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