What is the best whitetail hunting rifle?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by keithrek10, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. keithrek10

    keithrek10 New Member

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    im looking for a left handed bolt action rifle but i dont know what to get. ive been looking around and have seen a lot about the marlin xl7 and a couple savage guns. what are some of the guns i should be looking at and what would be the best caliber for whitetail deer?
     
  2. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Savage in .308..............
     

  3. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    You might look at the Howa (basically the Weatherby Vanguard), the Ruger 77, and many others. I have a Marlin 7xl in .25-06 and it shoots great. The best caliber is anything larger than .223 that you can shoot accurately.
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  4. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    Remington 700 bdl in 270. Put a good scope on it and you have a 500+ yard rifle if you're that good.
     
  5. dsstrpc_88

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    Depends on the area I live in new England so I commonly use my lever action 30 30. if I'm hunting the fields I use my 8mm....gonna set up my k31 for this season....
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i think it depends on your circumstances and environment. at what ranges are you going to be hunting at? what is the terrain like? there are too many variables to consider to just say such and such gun and caliber are the best for hunting white tailed deer. being a lefty, it does somewhat limit your choices unless you are willing to adapt to the rifle of choice. please give some more specifics so we can make better informed suggestions that might be better suited to your type of hunting.
     
  7. Win73

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    I won't say it is the best rifle for whitetail deer, but here is my setup. It is a NEF Handi Rifle in .30-06 with a 3-9x40 scope. I shoot a 150 grain Remington Corelokt. The rifle is relatively inexpensive and is ambidextress (SIC?). There is an extension that goes on the hammer to make cocking with a scope easy. It can go right or left.

    I read a lot of bad press for the Remington Corelokt, but I have fired my '06 nine times at deer at ranges from 25 to 125 yards and have put nine deer on the ground. Some dropped in their tracks, some ran but none more than a hundred yards. Those that ran left an easy to follow blood trail. And most of those times I didn't have to follow the blood trail, I could see where they fell.

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  8. powg

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    best whitetail rifle

    the best rifle for whitetail is one that you can really shoot .....dependable ,accurate at 100yrds ....one thats cartridge produces at least 1000 ftlbs of energy at 100yrds ....for ethical 1 shot kill ratios . be it single shot , semi -auto ,lever or bolt . paper punchers talk about moa's ..but if you can shoot inside a 4 inch cirle at 200 yrds you are gonna be eating venison.:cool: my favorite is .308 and the 30-06
     
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  9. hardluk1

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    There is not best. All that are out there well deer . Even the crappy grouping rifles can be deer accurate out to 400 yards. Just buy for the most bang for your dollar. The marlin will do fine so well any savage you buy.
     
  10. dsstrpc_88

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    Agreed.there is no right or wrong answer it is all personal preference
     
  11. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    Axxe you know as well as i do the perfect whitetail gun is a double in .500 nitro express, due to the massive bone structure of the deer
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i know Mulie! these East Texas deer are built like elephants! i am definately going to go bigger than a 500 Nitro next year!:eek::D
     
  13. Muliemaster

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    Yea i would go to a 35mm just to be safe, you dont want to risk a charge from one of those rouge brush bucks
     
  14. dsstrpc_88

    dsstrpc_88 New Member

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    Haha nice bring that nitro up here take down a moose
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    sorry, Mulie and i don't hunt moose with anything less than a howitzer!:eek::D
     
  16. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    Is there any moose left? :confused:
     
  17. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    just the hooves and horns!:eek::D
     
  18. dsstrpc_88

    dsstrpc_88 New Member

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    Lol would be an interesting sight to behold there one minute poof gone the next
     
  19. gunnut07

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    I use a custom built 22-250 set to use heavy bullets.
     
  20. ChicagoJoe

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    Go with any respectable quality rifle (Savage, Weatherby, Marlin, Tikka, etc.) that fits you when you shoulder it. Better yet, try to fire some candidates at the range. I would avoid new Remingtons as their quality has slipped the past few years, but pre-Freedom Group models were great. Unless you reload or have money to burn on ammo, I recommend .308 since it is ubiquitous, comes in many flavors and is relatively inexpensive.