Best Deer Cartridge?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by shon0331, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. shon0331

    shon0331 New Member

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    What do you guys use for deer season & why?
     
  2. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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    30-06 and 308 the reason why cause every one in my family uses them
     

  3. shon0331

    shon0331 New Member

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    Honestly can't beat a. 308. Past couple years been takin the 25-06. Love that rifle.
     
  4. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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    Ya my first deer rifle was a 308 when I was 10 now im 17 and I got me a couple 30-06 soon to sell one and get me 300 win mag and I like the 25-06 but I cant get away from the big 30s lol
     
  5. shon0331

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    Was thinkin about the good ol 338 win mag this year lol
     
  6. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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    Lol I like big guns but the good ol 338 still makes me shake I been here in California for the past three months and shot my causens custom 300rum and it was nice tell I got scope bit that why im think about its lil bother
     
  7. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    If you ask me .300 Win. Mag is a bit much for White-tail let alone a .338..............
     
  8. SSGSF

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    You are right about this statement. There are allot of great deer cartridges for hunting deer. 223 , 243,22-250,260,270
    That is just a few you could go on for ever. One thing you have to look at when choosing the proper deer cartridge is . Terrane are you spot and stock or are you sitting in a deer stand where you mite shoot out to 200yd. These are things you need to ask your self. I personally use a 270 or a 243 and that's perfect for deer and hogs here in Texas
     
  9. genesis

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    With proper shot placement, just about anything will take down a deer. Even the lowly 22LR. But a 357, or 44 mag, in either a rifle or pistol is plenty. I don't cover big open fields. I prefer to get in to the woods, where my shots are 50 yards or less. So these calibers work fine for me. And I don't use scopes as I prefer open sights.

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  10. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    We need more info on where you're hunting to give good accurate recommendations.

    If i had to pick one round to deer hunt with forever, it would a 30-06.
     
  11. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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    Ya but I like hunting power lines and open fields thats why I like it but im always goin to have my 30-06 for back up
     
  12. texas1security

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    I'm 55 and when I was 13 I had 30:30 but anything over 150 yards was off limits so I got a 30:06 and have taken deer up to 350 yards and a lot of them sense. Going to try the 6.8 this season just for fun.
     
  13. bigdaddy573

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    I had a 30-30 but I didnt like it much cuz it was to short for me
     
  14. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    The best cartridge is the one with which you can hit accurately. I have many rifles that are adequate for deer, all of which are very accurate. On any given day I will pick the one that appeals to me at that moment. So, I could be hunting with a .243, 6mm Rem., .25-06, 6.5x55, 7x57, .300 Savage, 8x57, or a .35 Rem.
    cottontop
     
  15. SSGN_Doc

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    LAst couple of seasons I left teh guns in the safe. Used a long bow early in the season and a compound bow late in the season.

    When I was stationed out west, I used a .30-06 because the deer were pretty large and shots could be taken at some distances in excess of 200 yds. Also Elk ranged out there, so the '06 was a good multi-purpose gun.

    Down here in SE Georgia, teh deer a kind of small and the woods are swampy and thick. Getting a shot at a deer beyond 100 yds is not likely. My grandmother's old '95 Mauser in 7x57mm or a Marlin .30-30 are plenty of gun in this neck of the woods They are relatively short, light and don't recoil too heavy. Also, a Hawken BP rifle in .50 cal is adequate with round ball and 75 gr of powder.
     
  16. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i use a winchester model 70 in 458 winmag pushing a 350grain softpoint 2500fps. i dont like chasing deer and i like being able to harvest most of the meat. the 458 does surprising little meat destruction on even smaller whitetails.
     
  17. TLuker

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    Find a good power line or pipe line that cuts through the thick stuff and gives a few hundred yards to shoot and you'll fill the freezer quick.
     
  18. TLuker

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    I think .308 is about the best deer caliber out there? But like others have said there are many really good calibers. I also think there are some older calibers that are as good or better than the .308 but there isn't much of a bullet selection for those and it's getting tough to find a rifle in those calibers (7x57 and .303 British).

    There are also situations that could make a different caliber better than the .308. A .270 could be a little better if you're shooting long distances. A 30-30 is great under 100 yards. A 30-06 is right there with a .308 but lets you shoot a little heaver lead if need be. If you don'i like recoil then a .243 would be the way to go. 7mm-08 is also a really find caliber.

    There are many great calibers, I just think the .308 is about the best all around general purpose caliber today. :)
     
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  19. shon0331

    shon0331 New Member

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    I do love my 25-06 got the range for where i hunt but might move to a new spot and need alittle more range only reason i considered the .338. Might even use the .308. Decisions decisions. Still got a month and a half or so left til rifle season in. SW PA.
     
  20. eric1229

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    30-30 lever and 270 win my go to deer rifles