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Old 11-24-2011, 03:44 PM   #31
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Sorry for stepping on your toes Marlinman. My opinion is from past experiences trailing wounded deer that were shot by a .243 All events were from young deer hunters starting out. We hunt old cutovers that are pretty darn thick. Having a good blood trail helps alot. I prefer a 7mm-08 if you want to go with a light recoil gun. You can get ammo in 140 grains. But, that's my opinion. No offense meant. Hope everyone enjoys a Good Thanksgiving. Please remember our Soldiers.
A buddy of mine shot a doe with a 243 100 grain Core Lokt a few years ago. We found a little hair and a couple drops of blood, but not enough to trail in the dark. Found the skeleton of the deer the next morning, the coyotes found it first. The deer had traveled about 200 yards before expiring.

Later that same season, same buddy took a nice 7 point with the 243 and it traveled less than 50 yards, we found it before the 'yotes.

.270, .308, .280, .30:06 require a good shot to be made.

.243, 6mm, .etc. require a perfect shot.
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Old 11-24-2011, 04:06 PM   #32
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Having some hunting property which I bought 15 years ago I get chance to shoot numerous deer each season. I've taken them with 308s (bolt action), 30-30s (Winchester 94 and Marlin 336) 375 Win (Marlin lever action) 35 Rem (Marlin lever action), 7.62x39 (Ruger Mini 30) and pistols in 357 and 44 mags.

I've had deer drop where they stand with all of them (except the 7.62x39) and had them run away up to a couple hundred yards. I've had deer with their hearts blown out run a hundred yards before dying.

Point is, it really doesn't matter what caliber. Good shot placement will kill them eventually. My suggestion to the OP is to decide what kind of rifle you like, lever, bolt, pump, semi and then start looking around in gun shops, pawn shops, want ads. Any of the calibers I mentioned (except I would stay away from the 7.62x39, 357 or 44 mag) plus 30-06, 270, 243 etc are good to go.

You might find that Remington 740, 742s, 74s etc are very popular and common in Michigan and can be found used for good prices. They are usually in 30-06 and can kill anything on the planet.
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Sorry for stepping on your toes Marlinman. My opinion is from past experiences trailing wounded deer that were shot by a .243 All events were from young deer hunters starting out. We hunt old cutovers that are pretty darn thick. Having a good blood trail helps alot. I prefer a 7mm-08 if you want to go with a light recoil gun. You can get ammo in 140 grains. But, that's my opinion. No offense meant. Hope everyone enjoys a Good Thanksgiving. Please remember our Soldiers.
Its all right. I just dont understand why people put down 243's. I killed my 1st deer with one and a bunch since then. All shots to the ribs with any bullet 100 grains EXCEPT them da&*able cor-loks will kill one pretty quick. Iv had them not exit, not open up at all abd just pass through, or worst of all just explode on impact. Thats not just in 243 either but 270, 7mm 08, 7mm mag, and 30-06
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Having some hunting property which I bought 15 years ago I get chance to shoot numerous deer each season. I've taken them with 308s (bolt action), 30-30s (Winchester 94 and Marlin 336) 375 Win (Marlin lever action) 35 Rem (Marlin lever action), 7.62x39 (Ruger Mini 30) and pistols in 357 and 44 mags.

I've had deer drop where they stand with all of them (except the 7.62x39) and had them run away up to a couple hundred yards. I've had deer with their hearts blown out run a hundred yards before dying.

Point is, it really doesn't matter what caliber. Good shot placement will kill them eventually. My suggestion to the OP is to decide what kind of rifle you like, lever, bolt, pump, semi and then start looking around in gun shops, pawn shops, want ads. Any of the calibers I mentioned (except I would stay away from the 7.62x39, 357 or 44 mag) plus 30-06, 270, 243 etc are good to go.

You might find that Remington 740, 742s, 74s etc are very popular and common in Michigan and can be found used for good prices. They are usually in 30-06 and can kill anything on the planet.
Iv taken loads of deer with my SKS 7.62 x39 . I took a gutted weight 227 lbs deer at 50 yards one shot and the deer dropped in its tracks. It was a heart lung shot.
More deer have been taken with a 30-30 and the 7.62 x39 round has about the same muzzel energy as a 30-30.
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i personally have never tracked a deer shot with a 243, as they seldom ever went past 10-40 yards before dropping if they didn't drop when shot. i like the versatility of the 243 and IMO, it's the smallest centerfire caliber i would hunt deer with, but now as i have gotten much older, i do prefer larger calibers. that said, i would if all i had was a 243, would not have any hesitation in using it to take down a deer if loaded with the proper ammo.
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Iv taken loads of deer with my SKS 7.62 x39 . I took a gutted weight 227 lbs deer at 50 yards one shot and the deer dropped in its tracks. It was a heart lung shot.
More deer have been taken with a 30-30 and the 7.62 x39 round has about the same muzzel energy as a 30-30.
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More deer have been taken with a 22 than any caliber, thats a fact head shot an they drop like flies. People need to understand proper bullet placement is the key, not the caliber of the gun, deer are thin skined game dosent take 5000ft pounds of energy to take one.
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More deer have been taken with a 22 than any caliber, thats a fact head shot an they drop like flies. People need to understand proper bullet placement is the key, not the caliber of the gun, deer are thin skined game dosent take 5000ft pounds of energy to take one.
Ask axxe-trucks work just as well as a 22. Just more costly. That is very correct though on shot placement. More deer around here have been killed with a 22 mag than probably any other kind of rifle.
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Ask axxe-trucks work just as well as a 22. Just more costly. That is very correct though on shot placement. More deer around here have been killed with a 22 mag than probably any other kind of rifle.
marlinman, that's mean! if i was trying to get one with a truck, i would have been in my other truck! not the new one.
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marlinman, that's mean! if i was trying to get one with a truck, i would have been in my other truck! not the new one.
I know it was mean and im sorry. I cant say anything though. I have two trucks a 89 s10 aka the midget and a 86 ford 4x4 heavey half that has one hell of a home made push bumper aka the beast. The ford has hit and killed 5 whitetails, 2 pronghorn, 1 mulie, and one 500 lb calf. The calf was the slowest hit and the only one to do any damage to the truck. The beast has one heck of a rep and its not all good. Im its second owner and its still my favorite vehicle
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I know it was mean and im sorry. I cant say anything though. I have two trucks a 89 s10 aka the midget and a 86 ford 4x4 heavey half that has one hell of a home made push bumper aka the beast. The ford has hit and killed 5 whitetails, 2 pronghorn, 1 mulie, and one 500 lb calf. The calf was the slowest hit and the only one to do any damage to the truck. The beast has one heck of a rep and its not all good. Im its second owner and its still my favorite vehicle
i would have much prefered to have shot a deer, not run into one!
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