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Old 05-04-2013, 07:18 PM   #21
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Kewl. Any of your 3 listed guns will work great on Whitetail, and there is little cost difference between the 3 cartridges where I am at. (Unless you are buying bulk military 30.06 or 308, then it can be cheaper for target shooting).

I want to have 3 bolt guns only. Small, medium, and a heavy caliber. Any of your choices would make a great medium game rifle for my needs.
If you plane on getting many rifles in your safe, its a toss up for the 3. If you want just one gun to do it all in north america, get the 30.06
I am 14 yrs old, about 5' 5" and 125 pounds. Will I be able to handle a .30-06? I do shoot shotguns a lot though.
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A 12 gauge shotgun has a bigger kick than a 30.06. Plus you will grow into it as you get older. Plus a 30 dollar Limbsaver recoil pad can do a lot to tame any kick. A solid stock on a gun will also help. Avoid the cheap Ruger Hollow synthetic stocks. Does your father or uncle or someone you know have a 30.06? You could buy a box of shells and go with them to the range to try it out. I personally don't think a 30.06 kicks much more than a 270.
If you shoot a shotgun a lot, then you should be able to handle a 30.06 easily. If one knows how to hold a rifle into the shoulder, then recoil is absorbed and not slammed. Here is a 15 year old girl shooting a 30.06 5 times in a row and isn't complaining.

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you could always use reduced recoil loads if needed in all three.

when it comes to recoil, weight is your friend. but weight has a price you will pay for when it comes to lugging a heavy rifle all day hunting. now if stand or blind hunting where you stay pretty much staionary most of the hunt, it's not near as big an issue. just something to think about.

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Own all of the above, for all around deer hunting I like the 270 it shoots the fastest/flattest of the three and is more then enough gun for any deer. Recoil is well below the 06 and actually enjoyable to shoot.
The 30-06 is my favorite to handload, it is remarkably easy to work up and I can easly use 125-220gr, the recoil is more stout but once you have been shooting for a few years you get used to it, I personally don't hunt much with it since it makes such a mess of these small southern deer at full stroke.
The 308 is the most efficient of the three it delivers almost as much energy as the 30-06 burning 10gr less powder, it would be my top pick for hunting up close say inside 200yd where super flat trajectory is not needed and a larger caliber exit wound comes in handy if you need to blood trail.
All that said the BEST deer hunting/target round IMHO is between the 260 Rem, 6.5 Creedmore and 6.5x55, those little 6.5mms are true sissy kickers, tend to be remarkably accurate thanks to their shockingly high BC bullets and anchor deer with an authority. I can easily handle recoil up to a 300 Win Mag but prefer to hunt with my 6.5x55 which is also the most accurate rifle I own.
The mid sized 6.5s
Shoot as flat as a 270
Kick like a 243
Buck the wind like a 7mm Rem Mag
And hit like a freight train
What is not to like?

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I bet she wouldn't shoot mine 5 times in a row. No way does a 30-06 compare to a 12 guage shoot gun.

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Old 05-10-2013, 06:07 AM   #26
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A 12 ga with 3" slugs technically kicks harder, but the recoil on a 12 ga is a slower push then a high powered rifle which is more snappy to say the least, it is hard to compare them. My old Mossberg was not painful at all to shoot but it would push you around alot, my old Model 70 7mm Rem Mag would not push you much but left a nasty bruise on anyone who ever shot it.

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I used to be convinced that .30 cal was the end all be all of hunting calibers, but for a deer gun, I really do think a 270 gives you options on quartering shots where a .30 would just ruin too much meat.

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30.06 is the do all cartidge. I use a 270 and am very happy. Once the run on ammunition started, the only thing I could find in the walmarts were 12 gauge #8 and 270.

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270 Win is not real popular with prepers since it has never been a military cartridge, so when times get tough 270 is still pretty easy to find since hunters usually don't get into panic buying, a box of shells can last us a couple years and most of us have a few on hand.
A good ol 270 is a though to beat deer rifle, and I only opt for the 6.5s because of their superior external ballistics, a 130gr 270 cal SST has a BC of .460 a 123gr 6.5mm has a BC of .510 and they can be driven to near identical speeds in common cartridges, but to be honest that difference is really splitting hairs even out to 400 yards.

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