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View Poll Results: If only one gun, best general purpose deer caliber
.30-30 Win 9 6.00%
.270 Win 32 21.33%
.30-06 Sprg 59 39.33%
.308 Win 20 13.33%
Other 30 20.00%
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Old 03-02-2009, 12:12 AM   #31
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I gotta ask. Why do you want to shoot at an animal from 1000 yards out in the first place?

Just curious that's all.
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Old 03-02-2009, 12:29 AM   #32
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Sarge,
Mostly the shots I take nowdays are from 100yds or less, I mainly hunt with a .243, a .30-30, a .45/70 Springfield, or a .44 mag. I have(have being the key word) made shots like this and some further, but, with different calibers. The point that I was trying to make is that someone claiming that the venerable '06 is vastly superior to the .270, is rubbish. I was trained as a sniper by the military and at one time was a fair shot, also two of my sons, whom I taught to shoot, were within 3 pts of being on the Marine shooting team.
This is not ,and never was , intended to be a personal attack. To the contrary, I understood this forum to be a forum for guns and advice and opinions. I would like to keep it that way.
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Old 03-02-2009, 01:23 AM   #33
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I agree that the 270 is a fantastic deer cartridge and I believe in dropping the deer quick and painless.

Sort of off topic, but would the .223 be too small to hunt deer with?
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Old 03-02-2009, 03:34 AM   #34
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dukech1, no worries. I was just curious. I would be worried about missing the animal from 1000 yards out, or at the worst, wounding it and having to track the sucker all over the place (that's just me).

I'll stick to my open sighted M91/30 (I love the looks it gets sometimes...lol).
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:04 AM   #35
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I like my 300wsm brought the first one into deer camp . Now there are several there after the other hunter's seen what it could do. either on deer or on paper.
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Old 03-20-2009, 04:36 PM   #36
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Default Shoot what your comfortable with.

Deer can be brought down with some cartridges too small to ethicly mention.
so it boils down to shooting accurately with sufficent power to bring down a deer, allot of fine cartridges of .308 & smaller do just fine, if your comfortable useing a .300 Weatherby Magnum then by all means do so, if you re-load your cartridges thats allot of powder to burn to kill a deer, the .250 savage is a nice cartridge with sufficent killing energy and not much recoil so a person can consentrate on shot placement instead of dealing with the handicap of excessive recoil and re-aquireing the target depending on body size and recoil sensitivity, a big burly 230# fella is going to handle a .300 win mag different than a 180# fella.
larger cartridiges for open country Mulies and White Tails or farm country / wooded country a more moderate cartridge would be sufficent.
In the end if you shoot accuretly a .223 to a .375 H&H use what can use.
I like a lighter rifle (kinda like fishing with light test line) and use a little finess to harvest a animal instead of useing too much gun it causes allot of wasted meat even if shot in the vitals zone the ammount of damage is extreme with lots of bone fragments and hemoraged flesh.
I like my .243 Winchester my son likes his .30-30 Winchester, My daughter likes her .44Mag Ruger carbine and grandpa likes his 7mm Rem Mag
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Chalk another one up for the Rem 7mm Mag. (Hand loads of course)

150 grain Nosler ballistic Tip, 64 grains Alliant RL-22
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Rex is absolutly correct, bullet placement is critical. If you can't hit what you shoot at, it matters not whether you shoot a .22 or a 120mm smoothbore. I was caught up in the .45 vs. 9mm controversie years ago, in the days of SOF. It was pointed out to me that the only group with 100pct one shot stops was the Moussad (sp, my bad). I was informed that they used a Browning, ( God rest his soul ) IN .22 Short. I got this info second hand so, whatever it's worth.
At any rate shot placement is crucial, caliber consideration is also vital, don't hunt Grizzly bear with a .380 auto.
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No love or the 7.62x54r? I mean if we are talking longest serving round its hard to beat it plus it has enough power to put down just about anything you shoot at besides extremely large or tough animals like rhino and what not. Although I can see why you wouldnt want to use it. Its probably frowned upon to go hunting with a military sniper rifle and I (personally) dont know of any civilian rifles with that cailbre........Anyway I would suggest (out of the choices available) 30-06 or .308...However if your wanting to shoot something from a grand pull some strings make some friends and get a m107...sure no meat left but hey you killed the animal lol <---- joke
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Bah! i cant participate in this one, Illinois doesnt allow rifle hunting, shotgun only. But i have taken 5 deer with my old 20 ga pump.
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