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outdooraddict 03-24-2013 04:31 AM

Hunting with rifles
 
In your opinion what caliber is the best for deer and elk? Consider price, how available ammo is, power, range, trajectory. I use a 30-06 Springfield. It puts a little hurt to the shoulder but I really like it.

bowhunter17 03-24-2013 04:35 AM

does a pump shotgun (shooting 2/3 rifled slug) have more or less recoil than a 30-06

kytowboater 03-24-2013 07:55 AM

I've used a .44 carbine up to .300 win mag. Just bought a .270 for deer. 30-06 is a great round.

Jagermeister 03-24-2013 08:07 AM

.308 works just fine for the largest of deer, plus less damage to meat. It still has a kick, but is not as much. There is another thread on .308 vs 30-06. Check it out. Look at replacing your rifle pad with a limb saver. Blackhawk sells whole stock replacement that lessens recoil by 85%. It will cost a little, but still way cheaper then a new gun.

c3shooter 03-24-2013 12:46 PM

Depends on where you are- Eastern Whitetail is much smaller than Western deer. Here, 7.63x39, 30-30, .243 all work well (as well as .44 Mag carbines.

Western US? 30-06, .270, 25-06, .308, 8mm etc. They will all do their job if you do yours. .300 Win Mag, 7mm Mag are used- IMHO, not really needed unless you are hunting bear size of a small truck.

JimRau 03-24-2013 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by outdooraddict (Post 1188235)
In your opinion what caliber is the best for deer and elk? Consider price, how available ammo is, power, range, trajectory. I use a 30-06 Springfield. It puts a little hurt to the shoulder but I really like it.

You are there. If it's not broke don't fix it!!!!;)

yazul42 03-24-2013 05:11 PM

A 30-06 is as good a choice as any in North America,,, I am partial to my custom 98 Mauser in 7mm Remington magnum. It shoots very well for me and I have taken deer, elk, hogs, and bison with the rifle using mainly 160 grain Nosler Partitions. Any rifle with good power that one can shoot accurately, with the proper bullet and load, to me is the best rifle you can use for 95% of the varmints here. If it's a .308, 30-06, 7mm,30-30, 35 Rem.
or whatever, if you keep it within it's range and put the bullet where it needs to be, chances are you will be working up meat by nightfall.

outdooraddict 03-24-2013 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by bowhunter17
does a pump shotgun (shooting 2/3 rifled slug) have more or less recoil than a 30-06

Depends on the gauge. A 12 definitely. A 20 probably a little less.

Birchhatchery 03-24-2013 09:22 PM

i use a 12 guage slug or 30-30 or a .223 depending what state huntin

jpattersonnh 03-24-2013 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by c3shooter (Post 1188392)
Depends on where you are- Eastern Whitetail is much smaller than Western deer. Here, 7.63x39, 30-30, .243 all work well (as well as .44 Mag carbines.

Western US? 30-06, .270, 25-06, .308, 8mm etc. They will all do their job if you do yours. .300 Win Mag, 7mm Mag are used- IMHO, not really needed unless you are hunting bear size of a small truck.

Check out the B&C stats, it may suprise you.
http://www.boone-crockett.org/news/featured_story.asp?area=news&ID=125

I've tracked more Whitetail for folks that used a .243 then any other caliber. It is not the hammer of Thor, but more of a surgical penetration. People don't get it. The biggest issue w/ a .44 mag carbine is many people think because they can see the target in their scope, they will harvest a whitetail. Problem is reality just does not work the same. My .44-40 is a great deer rifle inside 100 yards, as is the .44 mag. Most hunters here still use the .308, .30-06 or .270.
I like different calibers myself. I don't believe in being under gunned. I like 6.5x55, 8x57, 9.3x57, 7.5x55. There are few places here in NH that you would get the chance at a 300..400 yard shot. But, if I'm hunting those areas I will bring an appropriate caliber/rifle/scope, That has been a 7mm Remington mag before. That rifle has taken more whitetail then any other I own. The Weight of that rifle is also a factor as I don't still hunt. Like yazul, I'm a huge Mauser fan.


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