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Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by adason23000, Aug 31, 2013.
What is in your option the best rifle for taking deer with in 300 yards?
270, 308, 280, 7mm08, 30:06, 7mm mag are all great choices, wide variety of ammo and rifles available for any budget. The only one of these not in my safe is the :06.
These are by no means the only choices, lots of metric choices, e.g. 7x57.
Just use the search function for lots of good reading.
What about knock downs power at 300 yards and something that isn't really heavy?
Most center-fire rifles that are legal for deer hunting can take a deer at 300 yards. It is not always the caliber that is in question. Choosing the proper ammunition and knowing your own capabilities at those distances is most important.
ALL things considered it don't get any better than the 7mm-08.
A 260 is a VERY close second.
I use a 25.06.
But what is so fun about shooting one at 300 yards when you can get to within feet of them?
A Remington, Ruger, Savage, Mossberg, etc bolt action 270 or 308 are more than adequate with minor recoil. I would suggest a 4x12 scope, binoculars and your well on your way. I mention these calibration for availability, cost, recoil, and proven performance. The more common calibers are easier to trade or sell too
.270 if I felt froggy.
Honestly, most any caliber from .243 to .30-06 will do the job. Personally I think out to 300 yards you don't really need a magnum round and even the .30-06 is arguably more gun than you need.
As a contender for "best" 300 yard deer cartridge I think the 7mm-08 has a lot going for it. Reasonably easy to find. Adequate power. Reasonable recoil. Available in short handy guns. It has a lot to recommend it.
I've got to go with the crowd on this one. Pretty much any of the popular calibers will do the job at 300 yards. But here is the trick, you need to shoot some targets at 300 yards (and everything in between) and know your gun. All bullets are going to have some drop to them and you need to know how much at various yardages. And this is when the optics on your gun will be important. I would recommend something with at least x12 magnification. A 3x9x40 will work but a 4x12x40 will work better at 300 yards.
And don't get caught up in looking at ballistic charts so that you can get the flattest shooting bullet you can find. There are many fine flat shooting bullets but you need to get the bullet you want and then learn that bullet. For me personally I've always done better with heavy slow bullets, but I know many people that have done great with fast light bullets. You have to figure out what works for you so don't even worry about how much drop. A bullet with 3 feet of drop at 300 yards might put more deer in the freezer for you than a bullet with 1 foot of drop?
I think this also brings the oldest and most debated way of thinking regarding hunting cartridges. Do you go light and fast or heavy and slow? Both approaches work, you just have to figure out which one fits you and your personality.
Lots of good cartridges that will reach out to 300 yards and beyond,most of those have already been mentioned. Anything from 243 through 30-06 and larger are capable of 300 yd shots.
What's most important is choose a cartridge and practice and practice until you become proficient enough to confidently make those shots.
I started my son with a 7mm-08 when he was 9 years old. I handloaded the cartridges the first season down fairly light to keep recoil low,now he's almost 25 and i'm still impressed with the 7mm-08.
Browning X Bolt, 30.06, and a good scope.
There's variables, but no substitute for practice
out to 400 yards, and increments in between.
It's going to be the bullet not the rifle that makes the difference. Good penetration and expansion that will do the job, A Remington Core-Lokt are decent for doing the job. My preference is in 270 Winchester.
What he said. 7mm-08 is the ideal deer cartridge in my book.
I am very comfortable with both 30-06 and .270 for up to 300 yard deer shots. Depending on your eyesight, I don't believe it is ethical to attempt much more than that distance for deer
For $500 you can get an entry level rifle and put a Bushnell Banner scope on it. They work great and you don't cry when you bang your rifle on the rocks . Cost $80-100.
Rifle examples: : Marlins, Savage Axis, Ruger American, Remington 783 all good rifles under $400. You want a floated barrel and pillar bedded action. Adjustable triggers are only nice if you know what you are doing
You can get used Remington 700s for under $500 as well. I got one used that had a Nikon Buckmaster scope and I upgraded the trigger and stock. Awesum shooting 30-06, I have about $650 into this rifle.
Whatever you get make sure you practice a lot and if you can't hit a 10" pie plate at any distance don't ever try taking game at that distance until you can consistently. My 2 cents
My favorite would be the 25/06.
I also use the 7mm-08,260 Remington,6.5 Creedmoor,308 Winchester,or 30/06.
Any caliber from a 243 Winchester and up will do the job at the ranges your wanting to shoot at.
OP, come on out and give these guys ALL your requirements.
How big are the deer? What do you define as "heavy"? (Seriously, my fiancee can carry heavier loads than some of the guys here)
Are you recoil sensitive?
What's the terrain and brush like?
Is there a possibility you will need fast follow up shots?
There are a LOT of rounds that can take large deer at 300 yards. 30-06 has always been a popular choice that has a LARGE amount of options in regards to ammo. It does have a fair amount of recoil, but it's not that bad (especially shooting off hand. Shooting off a bench is a little different). A good recoil pad makes it a really comfortable rifle to shoot.
Ethical shots-The parameters keep changing here. IMO, this
is very personal, much the same as the large fish which I
would release, because it's not a certain record fish, and
nobody I know will eat it; so I would also not trust myself
to a kill-shot on a deer past 150 yards right now. Maybe my
skill at longer ranges will increase, or I will get a better scope
later, but there's a point at which I would not risk having
a panicky, wounded animal dashing through the woods in
mortal pain for hours.
But that has nothing to do with 300 yards...
I have observed the taking of many Big Game animals over the years. Most of them in the Rocky Mtns and the very open High Plains. The facts are even in the very open country most animals are shot at distances under 200 yards. The reasons for this is arguable but true. It matters not if your favorite rifle is a 30-30 or a .300 Mag. If you are a serious hunter and understand your limitations the range of the rifle is incidental to taking your deer.