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If only one gun, best general purpose deer caliber

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If forced to choose just one caliber for hunting most types of deer in most parts of the United States, what would it be?
 

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.30-06! Why? Cuz it works! Nuff Sed! :D You can have the .270 and the OTHER rounds based off the PARENT cartridge, .30-06. If ALL the other rounds BASED off the .30-06 were good, why didn't the military go for them? If the .30-06 was that bad as a sniper round, would I be typing this????

.30-06 with 165 gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip and M-1917 Enfield here. DEER JUST DIE!!!! WHY? TRY RUNNING!!!! Skullcrusher????

Beretta is a farce, same as Glock in 9mm. Why ask why? GO with what is PROVEN!!!! WHY mess with a good thing? If the .45 ain't broke, still to this day why mess with it? OH, I KNOW!!!! The MILITARY was too cheap to fix it / what was never broken OK the .45 "kicks" to hard WAH!!!! Suck it up and deal with it!!!! THE M-16 is a joke, so is the M-9 or M-92 Beretta and same as the M-4 Carbine. Go With The M-21 and .45 and call it even. http://www.thegunzone.com/glock/glock-kb-faq.html

I Am A Native American. 38 years old and I approve this message. I also served too. Buck SGT. 6.5 yrs. Colombia. For all the young bloods? HA! You wouldn't know. ;) Skullcrusher? Flip over and fart dude! You get my drift man. STEEL is proven, "Tupperware" is not, Glock unsupported chambers scare me, don't care what a Glock is. Glock ain't it. M-16's / M-4's or M-92's? LMAO!!!! I just speak from PRACTICAL FACT!!!! Pee on popular belief or fiction. Nothing I said here is out of line or lies. IF ADMIN. has a problem with me, boot my butt NOW!!!! Don't let skullcrusher disuade you.

80 years for the .45. Early 1980's for the 9mm. YOU decide? TOO MANY Guys {former or since now about the M-16's and their bretheren and the 9mm's too} have complained since and still do. Same for the 5.56mm too. Since "The Stoner" introduced his "Black Rifle". EH? Skullcrusher????
 

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My thoughts?

Of the ones you listed the 270 is as good as they get, period.

However, If I have my choice under 125 yards I use 41-mag and over 125 yards a 7mm-08 or 7mm mag are my favorites.
 

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From the attached list I definitely choose the 30-06. Why? Because I have used 30-06's since 1976 and have shot 46 deer with them. A 30-06 may not be the best under all circumstances, but it does a lot of things well, and has a large variety of bullets available.

I have used a 30-30, as well, and it's a good short range gun in the brushy areas I hunt, but the 30-06 will do everything it can, but not vice versa.
 

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I voted other because here in Indiana we have to use shotguns for deer hunting and I use choose the Remington Coppersolid Sabot Slugs, the most effective game-dropping performance from any known deer slug. 100% weight retention, 2X expansion and super accurate.

Remington Premier® Copper Solid™ Sabot Slugs

However keeping with the rifle orientation of the thread, if I could hunt deer with a rifle in Indiana, I would use my Mosin-Nagant M44 with soft-point rounds. Why? Because I already have the rifle and the need to buy another expensive rifle just to shoot deer when an M44 will do the job just doesn't suit me right now. Plus, 7.62x54R is a lot cheaper than 30-30, .270 and the others.
 

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I agree with garandguy. The 30-06 is the best overall caliber. The BAR sure worked well with it and it was used for decades (century almost) with no other caliber being camparable. Beretta? Pleeeeeze. Rifle = 30-06. Handgun = 45. Yes I have others, but these 2 are the standard and are already proven.
 

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Fellow southern Indiana hunter!

I voted other because here in Indiana we have to use shotguns for deer hunting and I use choose the Remington Coppersolid Sabot Slugs, the most effective game-dropping performance from any known deer slug. 100% weight retention, 2X expansion and super accurate.

Remington Premier® Copper Solid™ Sabot Slugs

However keeping with the rifle orientation of the thread, if I could hunt deer with a rifle in Indiana, I would use my Mosin-Nagant M44 with soft-point rounds. Why? Because I already have the rifle and the need to buy another expensive rifle just to shoot deer when an M44 will do the job just doesn't suit me right now. Plus, 7.62x54R is a lot cheaper than 30-30, .270 and the others.
I also live in southern IN and rifles are legal as long as it is a pistol cartridge with limited case lengths and bullet outside diameters? That's why I said 41mag, which is a great deer round out to 125-150 yards.

One other note the Rem Copper sabots are ok in some guns, but there are barrel makers that recommend a warning to NOT use them in their barrels. Hastings and Remington are 2 that I know of, just food for thought?
 

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I was forced to choose other since the best of all time all-around whitetail cartridge was omitted-the 7mm08.
 

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30-06 . . . because it's the best all round caliber choice in the USA. Case capacity to custom load up or down. Bullets from about 85 gr. to up around 220 gr.

Besides which, you find yourself out no-wheres at Bubba's Gas N' Go . . . Bubba don't sell ammo, but he has a box of "aught six" in the truck.

Hell . . . most trucks have "aught six" ammo loose under the seats. Sometimes you can find this caliber in the cushions on the couch. :D
 

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And that means exactly WHAT to someone that their rifles have NEVER seen a factory round, and never will?:D:D
OOPS-I'm down to 7,000 primers:eek: Tell me more about factory ammo.







Besides which, you find yourself out no-wheres at Bubba's Gas N' Go . . . Bubba don't sell ammo, but he has a box of "aught six" in the truck.
Hell . . . most trucks have "aught six" ammo loose under the seats. Sometimes you can find this caliber in the cushions on the couch. :D
 

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Are you trying to start an all out brawl? That is exactly what this kind of question does. I love the 06 but what the 06 does in a long action my 308 will do in a short action. Allowing me to have a more accurate rifle because the action is shorter and stiffer. Same goes for the 7mm-08. So I pick the 308 which is one of the most inherently accurate cartridges out there today.
 

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One other note the Rem Copper sabots are ok in some guns, but there are barrel makers that recommend a warning to NOT use them in their barrels. Hastings and Remington are 2 that I know of, just food for thought?
I've heard that Mike but I shoot them from a NEF Pardner Tracker II single shot equipped with a fully rifled 24" bull barrel. My FIL borrowed it and killed a buck at 170 yards with it this past season. Can't hardly beat that with a shotgun.
 

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I prefer shotguns, obviously. So, I chose other. I'm not much of a rifle guy, except I enjoy my .22LR and wouldn't reject using a .223, NEF preferably over an AR or AK. ;)

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I also live in southern IN and rifles are legal as long as it is a pistol cartridge with limited case lengths and bullet outside diameters? That's why I said 41mag, which is a great deer round out to 125-150 yards.

One other note the Rem Copper sabots are ok in some guns, but there are barrel makers that recommend a warning to NOT use them in their barrels. Hastings and Remington are 2 that I know of, just food for thought?
.41 mag...My personal all time favorite handgun caliber. If I could find a .41 mag rifle with cut rifling (not micro-groove) I would buy it. I know Marlin made some but they are hard to find.

Kind of funny that Remington recommends NOT using their ammo in their shotguns. Kinda' forked tounge speech, eh Kimo-sabe?
 

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And that means exactly WHAT to someone that their rifles have NEVER seen a factory round, and never will?:D:D
OOPS-I'm down to 7,000 primers:eek: Tell me more about factory ammo.
You hit on a point that I find laughable. The 'always able to find ammo in the boonies arguement'. If you are running around the backwoods in search of ammo because you ran out then you have issues. First is poor planning in not bringing enough ammo for the job. Second is if you burned through the ammo you did bring and have nothing to show for it then you need brush up on basic marksmanship before going out again.
I would have to vote other on this one. My preference is the 257 Roberts.
 

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i say .30-06 because .30-30 does not have the range. the .270 doesn't have the power. and the .308 is probably just as good but .30-06 is cheaper out here and easier to find (not that .308 is hard to find)
 
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