New deer rifle help

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by swann, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. swann

    swann New Member

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    Hey everybody I'm looking to buy a new rifle to deer hunt with I want something that I can shoot and kill deer around 600 yards or so I hunt on power lines so I want something that will reach out and touch them what do you guys think I should get?
     
  2. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    600 yards is a hell of a shot. .308 or 300 win mag 30-06 7mm mag.
     

  3. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Where hunt here in WI, I would be trespassing if I shot a deer at 600 yards. :p

    7mm mag, 300 win mag, maybe one of the WSM's, or drag out my daddy's 300 Weatherby elk buster.
     
  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the rifle and caliber are pretty much irrelevent if the person shooting can't hit accurately with it. that being said, how many times have you honestly shot at 600 yards accurately? to kill humanely, you had better be able to keep every shot within at least a 3-4" group to kill a deer. there ae plenty of rifles capable, and many cartridges that can do the job, but are you capable? this is really starting to move into the realm of being an unethical hunter if you are not capable of being that good a shooter. just my thoughts.
     
  5. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    I agree 100% with axxe on this.
     
  6. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    +1, practice, practice in the off season. Set up some targets 600 yards downrange from your stand and practice these shots.
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    on a side note, i will add this. as i said and some of those suggested, there are many calibers that can hit well at 600 yards, that's a given. but you might want to invest in some very high quality optics to be able to hit at such distances. rule of thumb here is, you can't hit what you can't see.
     
  8. Old_Crow

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    Since 90% of the deer use a given trail I would just move my stand so I was 75 yards from the trail. I know you would like to be able to cover all you can see but it's not ethical. Any of the sporting rounds anyone mentioned is going to hit like a 9mm handgun at 600 yards. You can get a 50 cal BMG and make 600 yard shots ethically.
     
  9. Gatoragn

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    A 300 Wby shooting 165 grain Nosler ballistic tips drops 29.23 inches, has a velocity of 2379 feet per second and 2073 foot-pounds energy at 500 yards, just a tad more than a 9mm.

    Lots of guns and ammo are capable, the average shooter, not so much.
     
  10. swann

    swann New Member

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    I'm a very good shot. If you want to be a douche bag about being unethical don't reply I've never taken a shot at a deer I didn't think I could make that's why I'm wanting to upgrade my gun. the longest shot I'd prob try to take would be 300 yards I was exaggerating on the distance I didn't measure it.
     
  11. Old_Crow

    Old_Crow New Member

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    If calling me a douche bag makes you feel better about your lack of hunting skills I am good with that. You said 600 yards, we have no clue of what you are implying. Only unethical hunters take 600 yard shots. You provide more fodder for anti-hunters than a poacher with a spotlight. That is my definition of a douche bag.
     
  12. swann

    swann New Member

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    Lol ok your right
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    realisticly how good a shot are you? how many times have you honestly shot and accurately hit at 600 yards? so in by your own admission you want to upgrade your rifle, to me that says you have probably never realisticly shot at 600 yards. the longest would be 300 yards and you were exaggerating the distance? again that tells me you have probably never shot at 600 yards accurately.

    now i am not a douchebag, but i can be an a$$hole! there's no doubt about that. but one thing i can assure you of is this, that i take the rights and freedoms of hunting and gun ownership very seriously. i strive to make sure that hunters and gun owners are potrayed in a positive way. and when someone wants to be unethical or act illegally and they think they represent the vast majority of law abiding gunowners and hunters, IMO they don't. and i for one will speak against them and speak very loudly.
     
  14. jjfuller1

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    what was said here is true. 600yds is a long way and should not be attempted half heartedly. 300yds is much more realastic,however even at 300yds you need to be sure you can hit what you aim at. now to the point. if you do practice, or have been and can hit softball size targets then by all means get a new rifle. i would suggest the 7mm mag, the 300winmag, or the 30-06. there are others that would work as well. but these three would be my top choices. again, take into consideration what has been said... PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE before actually trying to take an animal at longer distances.
     
  15. Marlinman

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    I hate to bust your bubble bub but I have taken SEVERAL 600 yard shots. All w 308 or larger. Usually either 7mm rem mag or my warbird. All have been clean kills. Then again I'm shooting premium ammo amd know my guns agter ALOT of practice. OP-if you are gonna realistically shoot 300 yards then get a 7mm mag, 300 win mag, 338 win mag, or any of the short mags. I seriously doubt you can shoot 300 yards though if you don't even know how far that is.
     
  16. Boltguns4life

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    if your only shooting 300yards a .270 drops 6in and I have taken farther shots with my. 270 and the deer always drops without running out of sight but optics are a big part of it... also ammo is the biggest factor if you use an good expanding bullet its dead...
     
  17. tri70

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    270, 308, 30-06, 243 take your pick.
     
  18. MOshooter

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    I hunt some very large crop fields,the 7mm rem mag really works well for me.
     
  19. Marlinman

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    I used one for 4 years almost exclusively. In fact my still hunting rifle is STILL a 7mm rem mag......something bout a deer bouncing away then there's that boom like thunder and said deer gettin knocked flat to the ground or doin flips that just makes it so fun;)
     
  20. glockman55

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    Rifle_015_Small_.jpg Swann, this is my Sav, 116, 7 mag. what rifle/cal. are you using now? I have a 7 mm. Mag, and a .270.. I use the .270 most on the time.. I did see my brother shoot a Mule Deer at 516 yds. with a .270, 130 gr. Federal Premium Nosler Ballist Tip.. I ranged it for him. He had a Savage mod. 111.. topped with a LR Leupold , not sure on the exact one. The bullet entered the rib cage and never exited..One hell of a shot. He knew the gun and the scope, and I think he was pushing the limit of this cal. and bullet. Some on here state that they have shot several 600 yds shots and ALWAYS a clean kill shot is hard to swallow, but who am I to Judge..must be in that 1% of Marksman in the world..Good Luck on your choice and don't let a Forum and others opinions discourage you from improving your abilities as a Marksman.