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Old 08-31-2013, 06:09 PM   #11
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Lots of good cartridges that will reach out to 300 yards and beyond,most of those have already been mentioned. Anything from 243 through 30-06 and larger are capable of 300 yd shots.
What's most important is choose a cartridge and practice and practice until you become proficient enough to confidently make those shots.

I started my son with a 7mm-08 when he was 9 years old. I handloaded the cartridges the first season down fairly light to keep recoil low,now he's almost 25 and i'm still impressed with the 7mm-08.

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Browning X Bolt, 30.06, and a good scope.

There's variables, but no substitute for practice

out to 400 yards, and increments in between.

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It's going to be the bullet not the rifle that makes the difference. Good penetration and expansion that will do the job, A Remington Core-Lokt are decent for doing the job. My preference is in 270 Winchester.

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ALL things considered it don't get any better than the 7mm-08.
A 260 is a VERY close second.
What he said. 7mm-08 is the ideal deer cartridge in my book.
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I am very comfortable with both 30-06 and .270 for up to 300 yard deer shots. Depending on your eyesight, I don't believe it is ethical to attempt much more than that distance for deer

For $500 you can get an entry level rifle and put a Bushnell Banner scope on it. They work great and you don't cry when you bang your rifle on the rocks . Cost $80-100.

Rifle examples: : Marlins, Savage Axis, Ruger American, Remington 783 all good rifles under $400. You want a floated barrel and pillar bedded action. Adjustable triggers are only nice if you know what you are doing

You can get used Remington 700s for under $500 as well. I got one used that had a Nikon Buckmaster scope and I upgraded the trigger and stock. Awesum shooting 30-06, I have about $650 into this rifle.

Whatever you get make sure you practice a lot and if you can't hit a 10" pie plate at any distance don't ever try taking game at that distance until you can consistently. My 2 cents

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My favorite would be the 25/06.
I also use the 7mm-08,260 Remington,6.5 Creedmoor,308 Winchester,or 30/06.
Any caliber from a 243 Winchester and up will do the job at the ranges your wanting to shoot at.

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OP, come on out and give these guys ALL your requirements.

How big are the deer? What do you define as "heavy"? (Seriously, my fiancee can carry heavier loads than some of the guys here)
Are you recoil sensitive?
What's the terrain and brush like?
Is there a possibility you will need fast follow up shots?

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There are a LOT of rounds that can take large deer at 300 yards. 30-06 has always been a popular choice that has a LARGE amount of options in regards to ammo. It does have a fair amount of recoil, but it's not that bad (especially shooting off hand. Shooting off a bench is a little different). A good recoil pad makes it a really comfortable rifle to shoot.

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Ethical shots-The parameters keep changing here. IMO, this

is very personal, much the same as the large fish which I

would release, because it's not a certain record fish, and

nobody I know will eat it; so I would also not trust myself

to a kill-shot on a deer past 150 yards right now. Maybe my

skill at longer ranges will increase, or I will get a better scope

later, but there's a point at which I would not risk having

a panicky, wounded animal dashing through the woods in

mortal pain for hours.

But that has nothing to do with 300 yards...

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I have observed the taking of many Big Game animals over the years. Most of them in the Rocky Mtns and the very open High Plains. The facts are even in the very open country most animals are shot at distances under 200 yards. The reasons for this is arguable but true. It matters not if your favorite rifle is a 30-30 or a .300 Mag. If you are a serious hunter and understand your limitations the range of the rifle is incidental to taking your deer.

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