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Old 08-03-2009, 04:55 AM   #21
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I use a semi-auto Ruger 30.06. A couple of friends of mine have 7MM's.
Which Ruger semi auto in .30-06? I'm very curious about this one. Or did you mean "Remington"?
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I have been hunting middle Ga for 30 years with many different calibers and types of rifles from a 7.65 cal Mauser,44 mag Marlin,30-30 bolt action moss berg,8mm Mauser,30-30 marlin,shottys and finally ended up with a Remington model 7 in 308 caliber that I have used for the last 22 years. It is short,light and packs a potent punch,it works well in thick brushy areas and still has the range for longer shots in clear cuts. My longest shot has been about 200 yards,my shortest about 25 yards. If there is a sweeter rifle out there for deer I have yet to see it.

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The best deer rifle is the one you have in your hands when you see one.

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here in northern california my 30-30 does the job most the time but when we hunt the valley you have to use a slug or buck shot

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Well, I think the spectrum was covered of suitable calibers from one end to the other based on geographical location and habitat. Dsmith84, where bouts do you live in this great country, wooded, plains, mountainous or urban? That, and personal preference will pretty much decide the answer.

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where i'll be hunting is pretty much mostly wooded area. after reading all yours posts. i really want something like a remington model 7 in .308 like divinginn said hes been using because it could serve a dual purpose be my deer/sniper rifle after some mods but my budget wont allow that right now. i found a nice condition mossberg atr 100 in a 30-06 with a tasco scope thats been drill tap mounted in a local pawn shop for 250 which is by far the best deal i've found around here so if that rifle is still there on friday i'm gonna get it. would that rifle be a decent platform to make it a long range shooter with some mods? what kind of distance can i get out of that? is 30-06 a good caliber to try and build a sniper rifle out of it? or do i need a different rifle for that?

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Which Ruger semi auto in .30-06? I'm very curious about this one. Or did you mean "Remington"?
I don't really deer hunt too much anymore. The guy whose land we hunted on sold it all recently. Plus it is now a CWD zone. But it was my dad's rifle that I learned on. But no, I'm sure it's a 30-06 semi-auto Ruger. Not exactly sure which model it is exactly. Only that it's a 30-06 Ruger semi-auto.
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As for the question of which rifle is best for hunting... It really depends on your location. I know in the county where I live, rifle hunting is illegal. You can shotgun hunt and bow hunt, but no rifle hunting. It's mostly because where I live is a pretty densely populated area. Lots of roads, lots of people. Makes sense. Most hunt up north in the country anyway. I use a 30-06. A few friends of mine have 7MMs. 30-30 is also a popular hunting rifle. I learned on my dad's rifle, which was a 30-06, but it just depends on what you like. Some rifles cost more than others. Some use more expensive ammo. 7MMs generally are more expensive than other rifles. 30-06 I'd say is about the best all around hunting round for me. It's accurate, easy to find at the store, cheap, good power. Won't blow the deer into a million pieces. You generally want the most accurate ammo, which usually means the smallest calibre is the best and the smaller calibre being lighter usually gives it higher range, but you want something with enough punch to it. 30-06 to me has just the right balance of accuracy and power. I use the same reasoning to back up why I choose .45ACP over 9x19mm.

I mean one could compare this 'debate' to the 9x19mm vs. .45ACP 'debate.' 9x19mm is accurate, but overpenetrates and lacks takedown power. .45ACP isn't as accurate, but it is of higher accuracy than say .357 or .44 and has more punch than the 9x19mm. Each one has its ups and downs. I say just try out a few different rifles. Find friends that have different calibre rifles and try shooting theirs and from there, go with what you like best.

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Everyone has picked excellent calibers for deer. The best rifle is that one that you are most comfortable with and can shoot the best and have the most confidence with. It must, however, be one that can make a clean humane killing shot.
Personally, my favorite rifle of all time is the M14/M1A in .308. It has been my favorite since shortly after I stepped off a plane at Ft. Leonard Wood as a new recruit in 1965. Then again, it is only a medium distance rifle, but since the Georgia woods where I hunt don't offer many long shots I will be perfectly comfortable with one of my three M1A's

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I think the mossberg will serve you well,a good deal for 250 dollars,but that model 7 is sweet. I originally wanted a model 7 in a 7mm08 but found a used one with a redfield scope in a 308 for 100 dollars cheaper. I think I paid 375 dollars in 1988 or so,I did see one in a pawnshop here last year for 400 dollars,it was a 7mm08.

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