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Do You Really Need a Magnum Rifle for Deer Hunting?

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Old 09-21-2010, 01:53 AM   #1
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Default Do You Really Need a Magnum Rifle for Deer Hunting?

I'm probably going to go deer hunting for the first time this year. Got my hunters safety course taken care of and just need to get out there and do it.

I was wondering if a "Magnum" rifle is really a game changer in the world of deer hunting. I don't remember every other rifle in the various gun magazines turning up as a "Magnum", "Short Magnum", or "Super Short Magnum" which seems to be the case these days.

If I take to the woods with a used 30-06 that I pick up at the gun show am I going to be at some type of disadvantage or do people buy Magnum rifles because they want one gun that will kill both a white tail AND an elk, if they every decide that they are going to try for an elk tag and front the coin for such an expedition.

I have a strong suspicion that this buying-more-gun-than-you'll-ever-really-need is more often the case than not, but maybe I'm wrong. Let me know.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:00 AM   #2
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The .30-06 is God's Own Rifle Caliber. There is nothing in North America, short of possibly the Sasquatch, that you can't load for with that weapon and bring it down in a clean manner.

You will be fine taking your "used .30-06" into the woods and bringing home some food.


PS - The -06 is a long, or "Magnum", actioned rifle.
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A 30-06 will do a GREAT job of hunting any of the deer/elk/moose in north america with the right bullets. For deer use 150-165 gr bullet loads and 180-200 gr strong constructed bullets for elk/moose. Too damn many people are "overgunned" these days-especially for whitetails.
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You may also want to consider a 308, ammo is in the same price range, the rifle is more popular, and may be easier to find at the gun show.
It will have the same stopping power with the right ammo, and less recoil.
Do consider a 308.
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Why, of COURSE a MAGNUM is mandatory! Until the MAGNUM rifle calibers were created, no deer was ever killed except by being hit by pickup trucks! The very thought that a 30-06 that can shoot through a semi truck, or a .270 that can drop a man at over 1000 meters would be adequate for deer is simply outrageous!

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Take your pick, from 30-30 on up. The 30-06 is MORE than adequate for moose and bear, and small armored vehicles.
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I would say that more elk has been killed by either a 30-06 or a .270 than all other cartridges combined...

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HECK NO you don't need do magnum.

People use MAGNUMS to take up the slack in their shooting skills.

You can kill deer with just about anything from a 22lr to a 45-70 or 50bmg.

Look a 30-06 is a very popular round for deer. So are just about everything that that cartridge as spawned. from the 25-06 to the 338-06 and more are all great deer rounds.

My next deer rifle is going to be a 25-06. I love the 25-06 grew up shooting one and loved it. What ever a 6mm can do a 25-06 can do better. What ever a 270 or 277 can do a 25-06 can do with less recoil.

Don't ever fell under-gunned with a 30-06.
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If you need a multi-purpose firearm, then buy a magnum caliber for deer, bear, elk, moose, goats, etc. If your only going for whitetails at 150 yards and in, the 30-06 will suit your needs.

Here in Wisconsin the average shot taken on a whitetail is 35 yards. You could almost kill them with a slingshot if you got lucky. Good luck, Joe
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I would go with a .308 caliber rifle for a deer. It's a more accurate round which is why military snipers often use it and it comes in a variety of different weights too. It'll also drop just about anything on the North American continent with a well placed shot. So the .308/30.06 calibers are probably the best overall rounds for hunting deer. But you've also got to remember that the old lever action 30-30 has dropped a huge number of deer too. So pick your rifle type as in lever action (30-30) or a decent bolt action rifle in either .308 or 30.06 caliber. All three work and they work well.
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