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Old 02-07-2013, 11:18 PM   #21
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I love the 7mm-08, it's usually the rifle I grab when I'm after deer. Being that this is a new hunter though I would have to recommend the '06, It works so well on deer that its almost boring lol. Ammo is usually found in many different brands and bullet weights at most big box stores too.
exactly the same reasons i suggested it as well. huge variety of rifles chambered in 30-06 and huge selection of factory ammo if you don't reload. you can more than likely go anywhere withing the United States and find a rifle and ammo in 30-06 and then hunt just most anything with it.
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I've no problem with using a 30-06 on deer, its a venerable cartridge and good to use for hunting anything in N. America with right bullet. I own maybe 5 rifles in 30-06 and when a teenager, hunted deer with a 30-06. Two things I don't like about the 30-06, recoil and amount of powder in the cartridge.

Nowdays, I just go to range I'm a member and shoot paper for several hours one or two days a week. My 30-06 rifles seldom go with me to range. Why? Recoil is one reason and amount of powder needed in my reloads is another. I'm hardly a wimp, being 6'1" and 195ish, but some of my 30-06 rifles kick the heck out of me....not pleasant when shooting from a benchrest. Bugs me how much more powder I need for reloading a 30-06 than say my 7x57, 257R, 6.5x55, 308win., 7mm08 or other cartridges I prefer shooting.

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I think the question nobody asked was: Are you an experienced shooter of some type now?, or a beginner?
Jumping into an 06 of .308 may not be the best choice if the latter. IMHO, one needs a little mentoring in the big game hunting sport. My advice would be to join a club or range and seek out the local graybeards willing to take you under their wing.
That way you may find partners or groups to hunt with, and face to face advice as well. Just my opine.

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I think the question nobody asked was: Are you an experienced shooter of some type now?, or a beginner?
Jumping into an 06 of .308 may not be the best choice if the latter. IMHO, one needs a little mentoring in the big game hunting sport. My advice would be to join a club or range and seek out the local graybeards willing to take you under their wing.
That way you may find partners or groups to hunt with, and face to face advice as well. Just my opine.
actually pretty good advice. i agree with you.
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I recommend 7MM-08, .308 (if .308 reappears in stores after the post Sandy Hook 'military' ammo run), and if you are making longer shots but do not want to much recoil 25-06 and 270.

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I think the question nobody asked was: Are you an experienced shooter of some type now?, or a beginner?
Jumping into an 06 of .308 may not be the best choice if the latter. IMHO, one needs a little mentoring in the big game hunting sport. My advice would be to join a club or range and seek out the local graybeards willing to take you under their wing.
That way you may find partners or groups to hunt with, and face to face advice as well. Just my opine.
I am an experienced bow hunter, water fowl, and upland game hunter. I have been hunting for more than two decades. I am just now getting interested in rifle hunting.
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The 30/06 and .270 both are good loads. You can find ammo for both anywhere. You can likely find .270 ammo right now. Everyone can agree the 30/06 is a very flexible load.

I would look at a Howa or a Weatherby. Personally if I was buying a new rifle I would buy a Weatherby. It has good accuracy for hunting and holds it's value very well.

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i keep saying ,over and over that the .270 is the the thing for white tails . iam not sorry ,if shot one since 1985 and hadn' t changed my mind . from the swamps of the rivers of alabame to the pine thickets. i did have to break down and get a .223 for the range and maybe a yote ,because the 270 works on my shoulder if i shoot it 3 or 4 times in a row .in my next life iam going to get a 270 mounted with a 3 x9 leopold scope !!! lol

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i keep saying ,over and over that the .270 is the the thing for white tails . iam not sorry ,if shot one since 1985 and hadn' t changed my mind . from the swamps of the rivers of alabame to the pine thickets. i did have to break down and get a .223 for the range and maybe a yote ,because the 270 works on my shoulder if i shoot it 3 or 4 times in a row .in my next life iam going to get a 270 mounted with a 3 x9 leopold scope !!! lol
My dad has hunted white tails his entire life with a Remington .270 It's never let him down, those his aim isn't what it used to be.
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30 cal kinda guy. Any of the ones mentioned are good choices 308, 30-06 and the 300mags( I use Weatherby) are all excellent choices but on the magnums recoil becomes an issue. Also I would be in the 7mm-08 crowd as well. Own one of them in a Browning BLR and love that little gun.

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