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Old 11-23-2011, 12:58 AM   #1
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Next year I have been ivited to deer camp, this gives me 11 solid months to purchase, practice, and practice some more! I am a bigger guy about 6' 250 lbs, so recoil isn't going to to be a factor, I am wondering if you were in my shoes where would you start? I've heard everything from .243 to .45-70! All comments greatly appreciated!

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Old 11-23-2011, 01:14 AM   #2
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Deer camp in what state? All around calibers are .308 Win., .270 Win. and 30:06 Sprgfld. and are all excellent choices for deer hunting. If you think you would have to take long shots (300 yards or more) then 7mm Rem mag might something to consider.

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Whites, Mulies or what?
I shoot a .300 win mag for everything I hunt out west. Elk to Barbary sheep...!

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We will be hunting in Michigan.

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We will be hunting in Michigan.
308, 270 or 30:06 would be plenty of gun for deer in MI. Lots of ammo choices and every sporting goods department will have something in stock for those in a pinch.

I knocked over a nice WI buck last Sarturday with my .270. Put one through his rib cage, he traveled another 40 yards and fell over.
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My opinion .243 is too light of caliber. You need a caliber capable of exiting the deer's body. Thus better blood trial. I would suggest if your just starting out. You would maybe try a 30-06. There is an abundant selection of cheap priced ammo on the market. Not like the magnums or hybrids out there. I would prefer a bolt action rifle with a nice varible powered scope.

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would be plenty of gun for deer in MI. Lots of ammo choices and every sporting goods department will have something in stock for those in a pinch.

I knocked over a nice WI buck last Sarturday with my .270. Put one through his rib cage, he traveled another 40 yards and fell over.
Thems the 3 mainstays IMO
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270 or 3006 will get done unless you are hunting larger game. Shot placement is the key. More so than the caliber.

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Generally I do not like to go lighter than a 150 grain bullet, unless I'm just going to plink/target shoot with the firearm.

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Next year I have been ivited to deer camp, this gives me 11 solid months to purchase, practice, and practice some more! I am a bigger guy about 6' 250 lbs, so recoil isn't going to to be a factor, I am wondering if you were in my shoes where would you start? I've heard everything from .243 to .45-70! All comments greatly appreciated!

My first deer rifle was a Marlin lever action in 30-30 I bought new in 1968. I still have it and have killed a lot of deer with it over the years. That rifle, a scope and some Hornady LeveRevolution ammo is a great combination.
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