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Old 07-24-2012, 11:02 PM   #61
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40 years deer hunting to my best estimate

Beretta 92 (9mm 124 grain jhp) = 100% (only shot at 1 (10yds))
M27 mosin nagant (scoped)7.62x54r 165gr hpbt reloads = 100% (only shot 3 (100yds and under)
12g. Spanish double bbl black powder 110gr ffg/9-00buck = 100% (6 for 6 all at 25yds or less)
Mossberg m183 bolt action 410 (scoped) w/slugs = 100% ( 3 for 3 at 100yds or less)
Mossberg m500 w/28” mod bbl and 3” mag 00 buck = 50% ( dozen at 25-50yds)
Remington 1100 w/30” full bbl and 3” mag 00 buck = 50% (dozen at 25-50 yds)
Remington 700 30-06 (scoped)150gr. Psp = 80% (dozens at 100-250 yds)
Remington m700vs (scoped) 165gr hpbt gameking reloads = 90% (dozens at 100-250 yds)
Ruger mini 14 .223 (scoped) 62gr. Sp reloads = 100% ( 10 at 100-200 yds)
Remington m700ml .50 cal(scoped) 100gr pyrodex pellets/240gr .44 jhp sabots = 100% (6 at 50-200 yds.)
Thompson center hawken bp (scoped) .50 cal 110 gr. Ffg/240gr jhp sabots = 100% (6 at 100yds or less)

Sniper762, I noticed you're around 80% with the .30-06. What are you're thoughts on what happened with the other 20%? I'm not casting stones or anything like that. I just try not to pass up the opportunity to pick the brains of experienced hunters, and I would say you certainly qualify as experienced! Very impressive record there.

And interestingly I was also around 80% with a 30-06, but with a lot fewer deer (a dozen total 50 - 200 yards).
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i contribute most of my losses to inexperience as a hunter and shooter (18 when first started hunting with 30-06) and bullet choice of 150gr psp starting out (later changed to 165gr hpt gamekings and never lost another)

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I use a .243 with 85 grain softpoints... this year was the first time I shot one and it dropped on the spot... no ground covered... my father and 3 other hunting companions have been using. 243 with 100 grain softpoints since the late 70s with great success...

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243. Is a good flat shooting round but not as cheap as 223. So for knock down its great but price not the cheapest and i mean compaired to the 223.

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243. Is a good flat shooting round but not as cheap as 223. So for knock down its great but price not the cheapest and i mean compaired to the 223.
Ahh the age old never ending which is the best deer gun debate, well settle it this way most states have a min caliber restriction so any legal caliber, proper shot placement, an it helps to enjoy the caliber u choose. My top choice for deer well never mind ill just go choot it some more.
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Looki. For a new one the one that suits my fancy is the 7mm-08. I like the blackout option also but can't Hunt with silencer in my state:-(

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Looki. For a new one the one that suits my fancy is the 7mm-08. I like the blackout option also but can't Hunt with silencer in my state:-(
Looki here, hey, them 7mm-08 are just to small fer a deer ,an every one knows they just wanna be a true 7mm lmao tho. But yes all jokes aside the 7mm-08 is a sweet shootin deer killin machine boys.
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I'll add my .02. Whatever you are accurate and comfortable with shooting. My main rifle of choice is my Weatherby Accumark V in .30-06. For up close/heavy brush hunting I use a Marlin .30-30. I'm not a fan of the lighter calibers such as .223,.243, and such, but many people are and it works well for them. I also don't take shots I'm not sure of.

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I'll add my .02. Whatever you are accurate and comfortable with shooting. My main rifle of choice is my Weatherby Accumark V in .30-06. For up close/heavy brush hunting I use a Marlin .30-30. I'm not a fan of the lighter calibers such as .223,.243, and such, but many people are and it works well for them. I also don't take shots I'm not sure of.
Yes key word is comfort. An I am no fan of smaller cals either
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Looki here, hey, them 7mm-08 are just to small fer a deer ,an every one knows they just wanna be a true 7mm lmao tho. But yes all jokes aside the 7mm-08 is a sweet shootin deer killin machine boys.
I agree, I have killed a lot of deer over the last 25 years with a lot of calibers and the 7mn-08 is damn hard to beat at the ranges I generally get my shots at. Almost no recoil, easy to load for, wide selection of bullets. I have shot some very large deer with it and most never took one step, never had one make it more than 30 yds before going down!
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