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Old 08-31-2013, 01:36 PM   #1
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What is in your option the best rifle for taking deer with in 300 yards?

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270, 308, 280, 7mm08, 30:06, 7mm mag are all great choices, wide variety of ammo and rifles available for any budget. The only one of these not in my safe is the :06.

These are by no means the only choices, lots of metric choices, e.g. 7x57.

Just use the search function for lots of good reading.

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What about knock downs power at 300 yards and something that isn't really heavy?

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Most center-fire rifles that are legal for deer hunting can take a deer at 300 yards. It is not always the caliber that is in question. Choosing the proper ammunition and knowing your own capabilities at those distances is most important.

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What is in your option the best rifle for taking deer with in 300 yards?
ALL things considered it don't get any better than the 7mm-08.
A 260 is a VERY close second.
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I use a 25.06.
But what is so fun about shooting one at 300 yards when you can get to within feet of them?

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A Remington, Ruger, Savage, Mossberg, etc bolt action 270 or 308 are more than adequate with minor recoil. I would suggest a 4x12 scope, binoculars and your well on your way. I mention these calibration for availability, cost, recoil, and proven performance. The more common calibers are easier to trade or sell too

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.270 if I felt froggy.

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Honestly, most any caliber from .243 to .30-06 will do the job. Personally I think out to 300 yards you don't really need a magnum round and even the .30-06 is arguably more gun than you need.

As a contender for "best" 300 yard deer cartridge I think the 7mm-08 has a lot going for it. Reasonably easy to find. Adequate power. Reasonable recoil. Available in short handy guns. It has a lot to recommend it.

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I've got to go with the crowd on this one. Pretty much any of the popular calibers will do the job at 300 yards. But here is the trick, you need to shoot some targets at 300 yards (and everything in between) and know your gun. All bullets are going to have some drop to them and you need to know how much at various yardages. And this is when the optics on your gun will be important. I would recommend something with at least x12 magnification. A 3x9x40 will work but a 4x12x40 will work better at 300 yards.

And don't get caught up in looking at ballistic charts so that you can get the flattest shooting bullet you can find. There are many fine flat shooting bullets but you need to get the bullet you want and then learn that bullet. For me personally I've always done better with heavy slow bullets, but I know many people that have done great with fast light bullets. You have to figure out what works for you so don't even worry about how much drop. A bullet with 3 feet of drop at 300 yards might put more deer in the freezer for you than a bullet with 1 foot of drop?

I think this also brings the oldest and most debated way of thinking regarding hunting cartridges. Do you go light and fast or heavy and slow? Both approaches work, you just have to figure out which one fits you and your personality.

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