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Old 01-16-2013, 04:57 AM   #21
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The most common deer rifle in Indiana is the shotgun.
We can't hunt with high power rifles, but there has been laws changed to allow pistol cal. rifles.
A friend hunts with a .458 SOCOM AR.

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I think most would say that the Winchester Model 1894 30-30 has taken more deer than any other rifle. I sold my flat band '94 30-30 several ears ago to a friend, but kep't my old 38-55 SRC. There's just something I love about those lever actions.

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The most common deer rifle in Indiana is the shotgun.
We can't hunt with high power rifles, but there has been laws changed to allow pistol cal. rifles.
A friend hunts with a .458 SOCOM AR.
now this is only an opinion and a guess and not based on actual figures. my guess would be the bolt action rifle currently is probably the more used type of rifle, with the lever action being a very close second. now this is based on what most in my area use for deer hunting. and the type used can depend on what state or area you live in. there are even some where i live that do use a shotgun with slugs for deer hunting.
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I'm just relaying what I've seen published in the American Rifleman and a couple other gun mags a while back. Even in NY we have areas where shotguns are only allowed. Naturally states have their own laws. The NE in general would definitely be a good candidate for levers being number one.

As far as what's being used now I'd say the lever action isn't number one and that applies to me as well. But if you go back to the 1890's and forward to today I still believe the Win. '94 in 30-30 would still be on top. I could be wrong though. It really doesn't matter, cause I don't think a fact is always really a fact. I use a few rifles according to the mood I'm in. This Styer Mannlicher 7x57 mauser has been very good for me, but I still love that Winchester that was used in NY since 1921 and it's taken lots of deer by a few people.

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Why...do I keep hearing from people that "people don't hunt with AR's", "you can't hunt with an AR"??

I disagree myself, I've seen too many posts with deer, coyote..taken with what? Yeah that's right.. an AR...
There have been 3 whitetails and somewhere north of a hundred coyote
that I have met that would disagree with the statement that an AR is not a
hunting rifle.

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If I'm correct the AR is the most common deer rifle in America
Not even close.

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The .223 would not be very effective on large game such as deer.
Umm, I have never had to track a deer I shot with my .223 loads. Just
purchased my 10 year old a .223 bolt action for hunting whitetails
and 'yotes.

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The minimum cartridge size in Washington state to hunt deer,elk, and bear is .24 caliber (6mm), so .223/5.56 is out. Starting to see more AR uppers in 6.8 SPC, 6.5 Grendel, and .300 AAC Blackout, so those would all work. WA also no longer has a capacity limit on AR magazines when hunting big game. All that said, I still hunt with my Savage 111 in 30-06. If I need more than four rounds to take down an animal, I should just hang it up.
.22 centerfire is the minimum in Wisconsin, no rifle hunting for deer in IL,
but I can hunt 'yotes in IL with a rifle...
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I have a buddy in my deer camp that's a ex-navy seal and he always bashed the Ar for one reason or another mainly for accuracy . I took my cheap Del-ton and my H335load and a 50 g nosler and showed him what these Ar's are capable of after I shot a 3 rd group at 100 at .48MOA He brought me his and said make me a load . I loaded him up some 77 gr Hp with some Varget . Now He will take it when he goes on what he calls a walkabout for deer . He's nuts . I think u must be to qualify for the seals . So anyways yea you can kill a deer with a 223 no problem it's just that. Most serious deer hunters don't hunt with them.Peace
So you loaded him up some 77gr HP .224 bullets for hunting?
Target/Match grade bullets aren't worth a damn for hunting,they don't expand,and most come apart if they impact bone.

I do hunt with a 223,but the only 2 bullets that I will use for deer size game are the 65gr Sierra Gameking,or the 70gr Speer soft point.

Using a varmint or match grade bullet is stupid and unethical,IMO.
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Shot two doe in december with my fnh scar17s. They went to feed a bunch of orphans.

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So you loaded him up some 77gr HP .224 bullets for hunting?
Target/Match grade bullets aren't worth a damn for hunting,they don't expand,and most come apart if they impact bone.

I do hunt with a 223,but the only 2 bullets that I will use for deer size game are the 65gr Sierra Gameking,or the 70gr Speer soft point.

Using a varmint or match grade bullet is stupid and unethical,IMO.
I use Barnes TSX for hunting, cannot recall off the top of my
head the mass of the bullet. That why I write **** down, LOL.
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I use Barnes TSX for hunting, cannot recall off the top of my
head the mass of the bullet. That why I write **** down, LOL.
I've killed 3 deer with this load with 77smk hp. With H335. Yep kills em dead , they are very thin jacketed and makes a pretty 1in whole on exit . Of course I'm an ETHiCAl hunter and know the limitAtions of the round I hunt with common sense Goes a long way
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If I'm correct the AR is the most common deer rifle in America
Boy!! you are way off on that one!!
Thats like saying Mitsubishi trucks are the most used in America!
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Gunsmoke, I would like to say that is a beautifully worn winnie. Now please, go beat the steyr around a little, it's too minty.

For those that don't know, I'm a huge fan of honest wear on a firearm. I think the scuffs, dings, and worn finishes are beautiful in their own right, telling a story of years of service. Whether those service years be putting food on the family table, keeping the wolves at bay and protecting the hearth, or all out war, spilling blood in battles around the world.

These are the battle scars of our tools. Living is a hard thing to do. I love imagining the stories that a well worn rifle could tell if it could only speak.

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