Fellow deer hunters what gun are you using for deer season


November 3, 2013, 01:31 AM
So as the title says guys what gun are you going to use for the hunt me ole reliable my dads 30 30 marlin 336

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November 3, 2013, 01:46 AM
For the gun season I have used the same rifle for the past 16 years...a Browning A-bolt II chambered in 7 mag.

For the primitive weapon season I'll use a .45-70 Handi Rifle (legal in MS for that season).

If I have the time to get it together I might even put a scope on my Ruger Blackhawk in .41 mag...I've been wanting to hunt with it for years but the timing has never worked out.

I picked up a Marlin 336 LTS this year and it would be really neat to kill a deer with it...but it's in such pretty shape I'm not sure if it will go to the field.

November 3, 2013, 01:23 AM
I use my 14" 7-30 Waters T/C Contender pistol for most of my hunting, but if I know I might be shooting at hogs over 250 yards away, I take my 300 WSM. Have been extremely happy with the results of both cartridges.

November 3, 2013, 02:37 AM
30.06 for open country 12gauge for heavy brush /swamps.


November 3, 2013, 04:03 AM
I have always used a Winchester model 88 in .308, but we just sold our property that is legal for rifle hunting. The only land I have to hunt on this year is shotgun only, so I'll be rocking the A5 for now. I'm in the market for a slug gun though.

November 3, 2013, 04:30 AM
Winchester 70 EW, McMillan Edge stock, Leupold VX-3 2.5-8X36 scope. Loaded with 130 gr TTSX's @ 3050 fps.

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November 3, 2013, 05:58 AM
Voere M98 in 7x64 with an illuminated Duralyt 3-12x50 on the top.

165gr Geco T-Mantel's.



November 3, 2013, 06:16 AM
I always try to kill the first deer of the year with my 1886 40-82. After that I will go to the 45-70, and then maybe the 38-70. Anybody who was any good would probably stick to the same rifle and learn it, but it makes little difference to me after enough years of shooting these rifles. I am an old man, and I can't see the front sight all that well in low light. Last year I shot one at maybe forty feet with the 40-82, so close that all I had to do was lift the barrel, and another one at sixty feet with the 38-70. Maybe the old rifles have a memory of my youth and their youth, and they don't let me down.

November 3, 2013, 06:26 AM
A Benelli Nova Tactical loaded up with Ddupleks slugs.

Ranges are close, the woods are thick, I really don't want to have to chase anything I hit.

KY Sparky
November 3, 2013, 07:08 AM
Marlin Model 30AW in 30-30 loaded with 160 gr. Hornady Lever Revolution. Topped with a Bushnell 3-9x32 or a Redhawk .44 mag w/ 6.5" barrel and open sights, depending on my mood. Even during gun season most of the deer I shoot are in bow range, either of the two listed above are very effective.

Lloyd Smale
November 3, 2013, 07:14 AM
a used 1a in 06 that i picked up eariler in the year.

November 3, 2013, 07:18 AM
Tikka T3 in 300 wsm for stand and field hunting and my Marlin 1895G for tromping through the woods.

November 3, 2013, 07:29 AM
Rem Gamemaster 7600 30-06 pump for longer shots. A Marlin 336 in 35 rem w/ iron sights for brush stomping. Really wish I would have gotten with it and put a peep sight on the Marlin, but oh well, it's sighted in with factory irons.

November 3, 2013, 07:29 AM
Remington 870 Express 12 Gauge loaded with Remington 3 Inch Magnum 000 Buckshot.

Just my .02,

November 3, 2013, 07:32 AM
Marlin 336 with 150gr power shoks. Open sights, have a cheap 3-9x32 scope, but my longest shot is 67yrds so I just use the sights since they have less chance of losing their zero. Kind of my Glock 30,in the event that I see a deer less than 12yrds while doing stuff around the place.

November 3, 2013, 07:58 AM
Marlin 336 in 30-30 with scope. I shot my first deer with this rifle when I was 16. I then started hunting in shotgun only county, but luckily the county switched to rifle about 12 years ago, so back to the Marlin.

November 3, 2013, 08:04 AM
Savage 99 in .308Win, same gun I am going to use for elk in about 3 weeks

November 3, 2013, 08:34 AM
The same rifle I use for varmit,hog,bear, and elk hunting.

M14S (308) 168gr BTHP

ARMS #18 mount, but I'm using iron sights this time.

It's all but replaced my old hoard of other hunting rifles since I built it back in 2006.

November 3, 2013, 10:53 AM
Marlin 45/70

November 3, 2013, 11:31 AM
Win 94 30-30, a virtual death ray.

November 3, 2013, 12:06 PM
Depends on the day, the weather and how I'm huntin'.:D

I generally use handguns as my primary deer gun anymore. So it could be the P.C. X-Frame .460 or the P.C. "Magnum Hunter" 629. Should I luck out early in the season, I may go back for the bonus deer with a 6'' 686. If I use a rifle, it means I am still hunting and/or jump shooting and odds are it will be one of the handgun caliber carbines, either the .357 lever, the .44 lever or the 77/44. The little Ruger has proven to be a great gun for that purpose.

November 3, 2013, 12:08 PM
My next rifle for a deer hunt would be my Swiss K 31 with Hornady 165 gr BTSP. Just plain jane open sights to boot. I have zeroed this rifle at 100 yrds and got a 1.5 inch grouping.

November 3, 2013, 01:19 PM
Same gun I've used for the past 10 seasons, Rem 700 in .270 win. I did replace the scope with a 3-9x40 VX-2 this year though. I may give the model 29 a try before it's said and done.


Loyalist Dave
November 3, 2013, 02:47 PM
Cabin Creek PA Mountain Rifle in .54 flintlock, using 70 grains of 3Fg under a patched .530 round ball. Out to 110 yards drops 'em like they were poleaxed. Don't use anything else for deer.


November 3, 2013, 02:58 PM
My lightweight Browning BAR in '06...........165 gr HPBT......57.0 of 4350.........DRT!

November 3, 2013, 04:49 PM
Three of us went out opening day. There were 2 Rem 700s one in 300 WM, one in .243 Win. I used my Rem 788 in .308 Win. Three shots were fired and 3 deer died in their tracks.

Arkansas Paul
November 3, 2013, 04:53 PM
Weatherby Vanguard .30-06
7.5" Ruger Blackhawk .45 Colt

I'm still trying to get a deer with the hogleg but haven't been able to yet. Hopefully this is the year.

November 3, 2013, 05:49 PM
Same gun I bought new in the 70's, just in a new caliber for this year. I shot out the original .25/06 barrel and had it rebarreled to .257 Weatherby. Wow, same 115 Nosler Partition at 3420 compared to 3080 in the /06. No deer tags this year but my Nevada antelope dropped like he was hit with a anvil.

November 3, 2013, 05:54 PM
Primary rifle is an old Winchester model 70 in .243.I've taken 2 doe with it so far this season.Backup rifle is a newer Ruger M77 in .243 161/2 inch barrel,stainless,laminated.Wet weather,brush busting gun.

November 3, 2013, 06:09 PM
My 257 weatherby vanguard series 2 first year hunting with it but I might also have to try out my new Remington model 783 in the 270 caliber.

November 3, 2013, 06:11 PM
My two oldest sons are going with me again this year (32 and 22 years old) and they use my rifles - a 742 Woodsmaster Remington in .30-06 and a Savage .308.

This leaves me with either a bow and arrow, shotgun, or the .54 caliber GPR. So the GPR it is.

This happened last year and I took the largest deer (body and antlers) I've ever killed. The boys were impressed with what dad's old blackpowder rifle did on that big deer. It sure was nice having those two boys to load that deer for me.

Two more weeks in Missouri until gun season opens.


November 3, 2013, 06:23 PM
I most likely will use my Kimber 84M .257 Roberts or if the weather is foul (or going for black bear) my Winchester M70 EW in 30-06. If with the boy he'll probably use a Remington M7 in 7mm-08.

November 3, 2013, 07:11 PM
A rem 700 in 30 06, Got a nice young 8pt opening day (firearm) Got one Doe with sticks earler this season.

Got plenty of hamburge / roasts &Back straps ; ) PS Good Luck to ALL

November 3, 2013, 07:41 PM
My old 7x57 will be used most.
second my 7 m.m. mag

November 3, 2013, 09:40 PM
I was going to use my .50 caliber CVA Wolf, but a few days ago, I realized this is the 50th season since I shot my first buck with my grandpa's old Remington M722 (.257 Roberts). There's a story behind that first one, but I'll spare you. So, Thursday I had off. Season opened Saturday (yesterday). I shot the gun at 50 yards to check the scope, spot on holes touching (it's a 1/2 MOA gun).

Second day of deer season today, got home from church and napped, then went to the blind for an afternoon hunt. First thing, a squirrel comes running down the sendero and stops 25 feet from the blind. I didn't have a .22 on me, then I remembered my NAA mini revolver I always have in my pocket. I mean, I had my snubby .38 on me, too, but I wanted something left to eat. So, before I could get the .22 out, the squirrel ran on down the trail out of mini revolver range (which ain't that far). SO, I clipped the mini revolver on my belt thinkin' if he came back up the trail, it'd be a little quicker to get at.

So, about 5 minutes elapses and danged of a small swamp rabbit didn't come hoppin' down the bunny trail in the middle of the sendaro the edge of which sits my box blind. He stopped about 30 feet out, I got in a hurry and missed, he hopped to about 50 feet out. Now, 50 feet is a range which I know I can hit bunnies with the mini revolver, done it before in the headlights of the truck, hit possums and such, head shot several snakes over the years. I've had this thing for near 30 years and carry it ALL the time. Second shot rested over the gun rest and carefully aimed popped him right where I wanted it behind the shoulder. That sorta made my day, I was happy. :D

I skinned/cleaned the rabbit real quick and was going to just set it in the blind, but I had an hour and a half to go until sundown, so I ran back to the house and put it on ice in a bowl, washed my hands, and ran back out to the blind.

Hour and a half later, it's getting dark. The feeder hadn't gone off yet, but I knew it was about to. Then, a little spike came out about 70 yards down the trail toward my back fence. He turned sideways, I could just barely see the spikes in the dim light. It ain't the spike I've been seeing on my camera, though, shorter horns, but a legal deer and my freezer being empty, I shot him right behind the shoulder. He died before he hit the ground in his tracks. The old rifle scored again, 50 deer seasons after my first with the gun. I'm happy. I've got deer meat, the old girl did it yet again, and I'm sure it'd make my grandpa happy.

Busy afternoon. I have the deer on ice and the nice fryer sized swamp rabbit in the freezer. I'll butcher tomorrow. No need to keep this little spike on ice. They're tender and delicious this size/age. :D I'm not going out in the morning, will wait until next weekend. NOW, the rest of the season will be to try and take either that wide 8 point I've been seeing or (not likely) a 10 pointer that showed up at night. And, as many rabbits as are running around here, I'll take 'em when I can with whatever I have on me. As for the rest of the deer season, I think I'll load up that CVA next weekend. I've taken one with it. It does the job and it's quite accurate if not .257 Roberts accurate. :D

November 3, 2013, 09:53 PM
Sauer 202 in .270 Kahles 3-12 power scope 130 grain Nosler Ballistic tips.

Kills like a bolt of lightning. Never had a deer take another step after that rifle hits them.
According to the knots on little leather thong on the sling that rifle has taken 17 deer

November 3, 2013, 10:47 PM
A Mosin T53 with a 2-7 power scope in 7.62x54r for any times when I won't be moving around. And my dad's (he doesn't hunt) Springfield 03A3 with irons for any times when I may be doing some walking through the woods (on account of the safety).


November 4, 2013, 10:03 AM
Same as last year, Swiss K31. Funnest deer gun I have ever used.

The Bushmaster
November 4, 2013, 10:23 AM
Winchester Mod 94 .30 WCF for the short ranges and brush and timber country that I've had sense I was 18. Browning A-bolt .30-06 with an old Redfield 3 X 9 X40 compact Gold 5 Star for those open country long shots.

Chevelle SS
November 4, 2013, 10:40 AM
Browning BPS Deer Hunter

November 4, 2013, 10:46 AM
Remington 700 in .308

November 4, 2013, 10:53 AM
8mm Mauser with 180 gr Nosler BT's with mojo sights.

November 4, 2013, 12:21 PM
Tikka T3 Lite in .30-06

Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40

Federal Fusion 180 grain soft points

November 4, 2013, 12:28 PM
Mosin Nagant 91/30

November 4, 2013, 12:29 PM
I do it like bushmaster does, mod 94 30 wcf when I hunt the thick stuff where thebig ones hide and win. mod 54 7x57 for other places. These were Dads rifles and have killed more game than I have seen. They fed the family back in the lean times.

November 4, 2013, 02:39 PM
No rifle hunting allowed for us in SW Michigan... :(

I'll be out in the woods with a 12-gauge Mossy 500 and a Super Redhawk .44 mag. My goal is to get one with the pistol if I can get a shot within range.

November 4, 2013, 08:10 PM
I just sighted in my $149 Remington 760 pump in .06. It'll be loaded with 57.5 gr of IMR4350 on top of a 150 gr Nosler ballistic tip. I've had it a while.

On my side will be a Ruger Redhawk with a 7 1/2" open sighted bbl.

In the county I live in, SG only I'll have an Ithaca Deerslayer with a 20" rifled bbl and Rem Premier Copper Solids with a Simmons 3 X 9.

Handi Man
November 4, 2013, 08:56 PM
Rossi Rio Grande in 45-70.

November 4, 2013, 09:11 PM
Think I will use my 2A1 this year...................

November 4, 2013, 09:19 PM
Marlin .30-30, Enfield .303 Jungle carbine, .351 Winchester of course. My meat gun is my older Marlin .30-30 which always gets the job done.

November 4, 2013, 09:24 PM
I used my .54 T/C flintlock for the early season, I plan on using my M48 Mauser in 8X57 with the 2x7 scout scope on it.

November 4, 2013, 09:35 PM
well good luck to all

November 4, 2013, 09:39 PM
Ruger super redhawk, open sights, 310g home casted bullet over 2400.

November 4, 2013, 09:48 PM
Marlin 336C in.35 Remington, Wild West trigger and ejector, Wolff hammer spring. Not many long shots where I hunt.

November 5, 2013, 08:00 AM
Hey jtrent what part of Missouri are you in also update I will be using my marlin 336 in 35 rem now instead of my dads 30 30 marlin I am sooo excited my wasn't planning on taking her out this is our first season togather. :D

November 5, 2013, 09:45 AM
Now that I've got one with my .257 Bob, as I've said, I'll hunt the box blind with my CVA Wolf, but the front blind has limited visibility to 40 yards and I think I'll use my 4 5/8" Blackhawk in .45 Colt, there. I've never shot anything, but paper with it. Load is 300 grain Honrady XTP over 18 grains or near abouts (have to look it up for the exact weight of powder as I don't shoot it very often) of 2400. Very accurate and powerful.

November 5, 2013, 11:51 AM
I'll be using my first "deer rifle" I've ever bought to kill my first ever deer. Tikka T3 Lite in .270 Win. using ammo I hand loaded myself. Should be a great experience for me. After that I'll probably use my most recent purchase a Mossberg 100ATR .30-06 most likely use factory ammo for this one.

November 5, 2013, 02:54 PM
*sigh* Here in Indiana we aren't allowed to use real rifles. Luckily I was able to obtain a really nice Marlin 1894 chambered for 45 Colt that doesn't offend the sensibilities of the great white fathead father in Indianapolis.

Hubby uses the 75 caliber double barrel rifle my uncle made affectionately called the "second chance" rifle. Some say the name comes from the second barrel, others that if you miss the wind from the ball knocks the deer down and you have the chance to climb down from the tree stand and hit it in the head with a hammer.

November 5, 2013, 03:23 PM
Sounds like the hubby with the 75 cal needs to invest in a tripod with a long string. Talkin about killing at both ends - mercy

November 5, 2013, 03:39 PM
Actually with Fg powder the recoil isn't all that bad. No worse than some 12 gauges I could mention. Two 48 in barrels and native oak stock makes for a lot of recoil eating weight. With the large grain powder though even with the massive size slug it has a better accurate range than a lot of smaller weapons when used by a skilled operator.

November 5, 2013, 05:20 PM
I built me a TC Contender rifle in 30-30 (16" custom barrel) this year. So I am looking forward to getting a kill with it. Darn thing is so light and short it feels funny. But my Savage .270 will be there too. So I imagine I will switch off and on depending on where I choose to hunt and how tired I am.

November 5, 2013, 07:00 PM
I generally shoot a buck first or second day with my Krieghoff,


Then shoot a doe or two after that with my Rem. 700/.240 Why. Mag.,


Many times i invite a new shooter to hunt with me and use my .240, like i did my 13yr old nephue last season,



November 5, 2013, 07:09 PM
Smith & Wesson .460 magnum untill muzzleloaders season, then TC pro hunter .50

We cant use rifles in the lower third of Michigan, just handguns, shotguns and ML.

Edit: We can use rifles on crop damage permits throughout the summer.

November 5, 2013, 11:14 PM
I hunt 2 blinds; an open 12' chair about 70 yards from the feeder. I hunt that one with a marlin 336 .30-30. The other is a closed box blind, 105 yards with a very narrow shooting lane and a heavily wooded (dark canopy) walk-up zone behind that gives a rare 200-230 yard shot. I have a lot of glass (bushnell elite 5x15x50 AO) on a savage weather warrior .308 that gets the most use there. Both are loaded with 150 grain Remmy corlokt.

November 6, 2013, 12:17 AM
last few year i have been using my .223 ar15. I hunt mainly in wooded area and in a treestand so no more than 100 yards. I have been successful with 55gr psp and this year perhaps loading my own ammo. I have a remington 7400 in 30-06 but retire it because of unreliable issues. Plan on building an ar10 or perhaps 6.8scp specifically for white tail.

November 6, 2013, 11:30 PM
I'm using the same old beat up Savage 110 in 30-06 with a Burris 3 x 9 Fullfield II scope. Same one I use for elk. Stock is a little beat up but that's from years of faithful service.

November 7, 2013, 12:42 AM
The same one I use every year. It is very quiet, but not as fast as most, and not nearly the long range but it gets the job done.I very seldom break out the rifles anymore. If I do it is usually the Savage .260rem or the AR.

November 7, 2013, 11:30 PM
Savage Mod 14 in .308win, Redfield Revenge 3-9x44mm (replacing with a Vortex or Ziess after this season).

Using fireformed brass, 43gr H4895 to launch 180gr Accubonds.

November 8, 2013, 12:12 AM
I am sitting back watching my wife and daughter hunt deer this season. I am using a suppressed Rem 700 in 300 Blackout with US Optics SN 3 for hogs though, 7 taken so far with sub sonic 240 SMK's. Wife using a M70 in 257 Rob with Swarovski atop. Daughter is using a suppressed Custom 260 Rem I built with a loopy mark IV shooting 140gr Bergers.

November 8, 2013, 02:41 AM
I will just use my trusty old SKS. Though I did upgrade to the 154gr SP ammo this year.

November 8, 2013, 05:32 AM
Got a 5 point buck and a nice doe early in the season with my 1968 Remington 760, .30-06 and a Nikon BM 3x9x50.

Not sure what I'll take next time ,now that the freezers full, possibly the Remington, 1917 also in .30-06.

Taurus 617 CCW
November 8, 2013, 08:29 AM
I have a custom built Howa 1500 in 30-06 topped with a Leupold VX-1 3-9x40.

November 8, 2013, 03:39 PM
Ruger M77 in 270

November 8, 2013, 06:33 PM
Around here I hunt in both rifle and shotgun zones. Can use a handgun in either zone so if I'm planning on being in a real thick area I'll bring the 7.5" Redhawk in 44 Mag with a 2x Leupold. Generally in a shotgun area it's the 12 ga. Rem 870 with rifled barrel and a 2.5x Leupold. This year in rifle areas it's gonna be the Marlin 30AS (economy model 336) that I inherited from an uncle and have worked up a nice hunting load with Speer 170 gr. flat points and put on a 1-4x Leupold cause I'm not getting any younger and those darn iron sights just don't look as good as they used to. If I knock down a deer and it's not dead yet then it's time to get out the German Luger that my late uncle brought home from Germany in 1945 and give the deer a round to the back of the head/neck area to put it out of its misery quickly. Did that on a buck 2 years ago that my 870 had incapacitated and it's a lot better than having to finish things from two feet away with a 12 ga. slug gun. Plus it's a great tribute to my uncle who hunted in his younger days. P.S. Besides; 9mm is a heckuva lot cheaper than 12 ga. Winchester sabot slugs.

November 8, 2013, 07:47 PM
If I get a chance, it'll be in an area where high powered rifles are out. I plan on using my Winchester Trapper .44 mag carbine.

November 8, 2013, 09:54 PM
1942 Izhevsk Mosin Nagant 91/30. Winchester 180 grain softpoints. No frills, no glass- just irons and a few little tweaks of my own. ;)

November 8, 2013, 10:16 PM
Bloodied Rock River AR-15 opening weekend on Runnels County whitetail. Used 64-grain Win softpoints that Leon Carr put together for me. All chest shots at shots 100 yards or less. Complete penetration on 2 out of 3. Deer ran between 25 and 50 yards and were easy to find. Meat for freezers.

Will probably go back to Remington 700 in '06 for hunting wheat fields - quite lush for a change. Also need to bloody a semi-new Mossy 12 gauge before extended season ends mid January.

November 9, 2013, 12:38 AM
I will be carrying my Ruger #1 in 7x57 this season.I finally got it shooting small groups after several years of working with it.We will be stalking the Sandhills in the morning.

November 9, 2013, 11:27 AM
Since my daughter jacked my .30-06 this year, I had to shoot my deer with my old .30-30 Marlin 336. If I get a shot at an elk I hope it's close.........;)

November 11, 2013, 07:58 PM
Southwest, Laclede county specifically.

November 12, 2013, 10:12 AM
Last weekend was my first weekend out this season. I hunted with a JP Sauer model 202 Forest chambered in .308 with Doctor Optic 3x9.

I took this buck at 250 yards and this pig at about 170 yards.

Next weekend out will probably be an AR-10 with Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20 scope and the Savage Hog hunter with Thunderbeast 30P1 suppressor and subsonic .220 grain bullets for critters at 100 yards or less.

Arkansas Paul
November 12, 2013, 11:49 AM
Well, I posted earlier that I would be using a Weatherby Vanguard in .30-06 and she did the job just fine. She barked twice Sunday and I now have a freezer full of deer meat and there is one less bobcat around to kill off rabbits and eat quail eggs. Good day.

November 12, 2013, 12:38 PM
Yesterday afternoon, I noticed my scope mount on my CVA Wolf was loose. :rolleyes: I brought it in and removed the scope and tightened things up with blue loctite this time. But, I need to shoot it to check sight in, so I took my main rifle, my stainless Remington M7 in .308, this morning. Only saw doe. This is my go to rifle when I don't want to take something else.

November 12, 2013, 01:23 PM
Sauer 202 Skan Euro in 6,5x55 with a Hawke Endurance 30 on top.
Couldn't get my Mini-14 to do what I wanted... (Yeah, I know, I'm not the first one.)
Next year it will be another scope. Or maybe another rifle if the gun-gods are happy)

November 12, 2013, 03:05 PM
Up dated from my post a few days ago.......My daughters first deer taken with a suppressed 260 Rem I built. It was an awesome experience with her this morning!


November 12, 2013, 08:09 PM
I took my first big game animal ever on sunday! A 2x2 mulie with my Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 in 30-06

Dave Workman
November 12, 2013, 08:13 PM
Got this buck with a Savage in .308 Winchester/Leupold 3-9X scope...Snake River north side.

About 200 yards. It's a 4x5-point mule deer. I used handloads with 165-grain Nosler Ballistic Tips. Hodgdon 4895 powder, Nosler brass and CCI primers.

I can smell the summer sausage in the smoker...

November 12, 2013, 08:23 PM
A plain old Winchester 12 gauge pump with a smooth slug bbl and iron sites. The old beater shoots great. I've got two nice bucks, two years in a row with it. Hoping for another in a few weeks.
Here in Taxachusetts we're limited to shotguns. A lot of guys have been using single shot H&R's with a heavy rifled bbl and sabots. Next best thing to a rifle.
I keep using my old Winchester and for the short distances I shoot it's been fine.

November 12, 2013, 08:51 PM
DubbleA Wow, your daughter shot a nice buck. Congrats to her.

November 13, 2013, 11:53 AM
^^^ +1!

I've always wanted to harvest a deer with darker antlers like that but most I've ever seen have had a white rack.

You guys get another prop for using a suppressor too!!!

November 13, 2013, 12:00 PM
A kitchen table built AR15 in 6.8SPC, A1 stock and rifle handguard on a 16" midlength gas barrel, BSA multi reticle sight. And a SIG P938.

The usual traditional stuff.

Arkansas Paul
November 13, 2013, 12:02 PM
Holy crap on a cracker doubleA. What a first deer. That rack is cool on so many levels. Dark chocolate colored antlers, a split G2, stickers on the left side. Lots of green at the base where he's been rubbing trees. Just awesome.
Way to set the bar high young lady.

November 13, 2013, 12:06 PM
Remington 700 BDL .30-06 where legal.
Winchester 1894 .30-30 where legal and in thick woods
Mossberg 5500 MkII 12 gauge and buckshot where rifles are not legal.

Need to pick up a muzzle loader...because where center fire rifles and slugs are not legal, muzzle loaders often are.

Beach Nut
November 13, 2013, 12:49 PM
I have two rifles that I use:

Marlin 336CS - .30-30 with a 160 grain bullet for woods, heavier cover
Savage 110 - .30-06 with a 150 grain bullet for open fields and places where
I might take a longer shot.

Ranger Roberts
November 13, 2013, 03:39 PM
I think I'll take out the trusty Marlin 336 in 30-30 to start this year. Most of the shots in my area are less than 100 yards. I hoping for my second deer (can't blame me for wishful thinking!) to take my sporterized mauser chambered in 30.06. I know the 06 isn't ideal for my particular area but I really want to give it a try this year.

Arkansas Paul
November 13, 2013, 03:41 PM
I know the 06 isn't ideal for my particular area but I really want to give it a try this year.

What are you talking about? A .30-06 is always ideal. :)

November 13, 2013, 06:44 PM
Ranger Roberts.

My third deer last year was shot at less than 10 yds with an .06.
Momentum let her get about another 10 yds.

I've shot a lot of deer with my Rem 760 pump .06 ( $149.95 in 1976) and never shot a deer over 100 yds.

The .06 is just fine.
I do have that Marlin 336 in 30-30 as well. :)

November 13, 2013, 07:21 PM
Nothing special but I have to tell someone. My new rem 700 270.
First animal with my own hand loads. Must say I was proud to pile her up right where she stood.

November 13, 2013, 08:22 PM
I'm going scopeless for deer this year. A couple of years ago I picked up a Marlin 336C in .30-30 for $159, I think. It was absolutely beat to hell. I cleaned it up and rebuilt it and added an XS rail with the ghost ring. It's shooting Federal 170 grainers at about 3 inches or so at 50 yards which is way good enough for me and where I hunt. My backup will be a 1946 Mosin M44 with either Wolf or Seller & Bellot 180 grain soft points.

I also just built an AR-15 carbine in .300 Blackout, but sadly, we can't legally hunt with semi-autos in PA. I'm hoping to take some hogs with it down south next year sometime though.

As always, my bear rifle will be a Marlin 1895M in .450 Marlin with a Nikon Omega 3-9X40.

November 13, 2013, 09:51 PM
A .50 caliber and/or a .54 caliber muzzleloader.

November 13, 2013, 10:04 PM
I carried my Tikka T3 in .308 on opening morning. I won't get to hunt again until next weekend and I might carry a BLR in 358 Win if I hunt in the woods. If I hunt from a tree stand it will be my trusty .257 Weatherby mag built on an Interarms Mark X commercial Mauser action.

For muzzleloader season the answer has been the same for the last 13 years: Savage 10MLII smokeless 50 cal.

Matthew Temkin
November 14, 2013, 01:48 AM
Winchester Model 70 in .308

November 14, 2013, 01:59 AM
My first year I hunted in a zone further north, using a Marlin 336 in .30-30. Didn't shoot at anything.

This year, about 65 miles south of last year's hunting spot, I was in the "shotgun zone". So my Mossberg 930 Waterfowl with a modified choke, $35 clamp on sights and Winchester 2 3/4" Super X rifled slugs was the gun I used. I shot my first deer Tuesday evening and it's in the freezer as of a few hours ago.

November 14, 2013, 02:44 AM
Took my first deer ever this year with my Savage Axis .308 with a Centerpoint 4-16x40 on top with Federal Power Shok 150gr soft points.


November 14, 2013, 01:29 PM
I always carry two rifles to camp.
This year will be my old Remington 600 Mohawk in .308 topped with a Leupold VX-1 2x7 scope.
Best walk hunting gun I have ever owned.
The other rifle is a Remington 700 LVSF in the very rare as hen's teeth .308 caliber topped with a Nikon Monarch 3x9 scope.

November 14, 2013, 02:04 PM
While I dont hunt deer I suppose if the right one presented itself to me I might try to poke a hole in it. Until that happens I'll continue to take out feral pigs with my little 300 Blackout. This 180lb boar took a sub sonic 240gr SMK between the ears last night.



November 14, 2013, 08:38 PM
New Hampshire's regular firearms, any deer, season open in my area yesterday. So yesterday and today I was out with my 7mm-08 Thompson Center Icon. I didn't see a thing...but that isn't the rifle's fault!

Before the season is over I'll rotate through my Savage 7mm-08, Savage 257 Roberts, and Icon 30TC until either the season is over or I get a deer.

If I get a chance to hunt a couple of towns over (a shotgun only area) I'll use my 20 gauge Mossberg 500 with Win Super X slugs. I tried several brands and the Winchester was the best, Remington a close second, and Federal struggled to even find the paper. Brenneke slugs look intriguing so I'll retest those sometime after the season is over.

I'm new to hunting and by the looks of things I've every reasonable angle on the shooting part of hunting covered. Now I hope I can learn enough about the stalking/tracking/finding the silly things part to get some venison on the table.

Good Luck all. Stay safe, shoot straight.


November 15, 2013, 04:06 PM
I have three deer guns I swap between depending on my mood. A marlin 1895 in 45-70 with barrel cut down to 16", a Browning BAR in 30-06 or my ar in 458 SOCOM

November 15, 2013, 04:55 PM
I'll be taking the M77 30.06 tomorrow for the firearms opener in VA. Hoping to find the 6.5x55 I've been searching for so I can take that every other time I go this year.

November 15, 2013, 07:25 PM
My Dad's M1 Garand rifle in '06 and M91/30 Mosin Nagant sniper rifle:D

November 15, 2013, 10:48 PM
My son will carry my Remington 7 .308 My daughter will use my Remington 600 .308 both with Redfield 2X7. ( Letting my kids get them this year)
We will use the same for hogs this spring.

November 16, 2013, 03:07 PM
Started off with a PSE Dream Season DX then moved on to a Remington 700 CDL in .270 which I took a doe last week with. Now I'm using the 7.5 Inch Ruger Redhawk 44 magnum with 240 grain SJSP.

November 16, 2013, 04:17 PM
Marlin 1894 in 44.

November 17, 2013, 01:00 AM
REM 700 bdl in 7mm express topped with talleys and a burris ffII

November 17, 2013, 06:48 AM
I use these tools to topple deer every year:

- Mad River canoe
- API climbing treestand (with safety harness)
- Marlin 30-30 carbine and Power Point ammo


November 17, 2013, 10:26 PM
Tikka t3 Lite in 270. The rifle has never let me down and has always put the bullet in the cross hairs. It has added a deer to the freezer the last two years.

November 18, 2013, 09:15 PM
My new Ruger Gunsite Scout 18" SS.

Haven't fired a round in the woods yet, but I can't wait.

November 19, 2013, 11:20 AM
I don't know if it's really true that .30-30 has killed more deer than anything else, but I'm doing my part to keep it up.

Yesterday morning, one shot with a 170gr Core Lokt from about 100 feet. She took a step and fell.
My property is 40 acres that was a Christmas tree farm, now it's just a whole bunch of pine and spruce trees. I don't really need anything capable of 500 yard shots, because they just don't exist here, although I do have a Weatherby Vanguard .25-06 in the closet.

SC Shooter
November 19, 2013, 04:53 PM
I am hunting this year in Southern woods with a lot of brush and undergrowth in the woods, so I dug out my Winchester Model 94 .30WCF with an open site. If I am in more open country, I use a Remington 7400 .270 cal.

Doug S
November 19, 2013, 06:46 PM
My son and I are using a Ruger M77 Mark II, and Remington M700 ADL both in 243 caliber.

Wolfgang james
November 21, 2013, 08:15 PM
I took a deer at 40yds the last Sat of bow with my Parker wildfire shooting slick trick mags then last Sat was opening day and I took another buck at 60yds with my t/c venture .270 shooting ssts. I may pull out my Mossberg935 (yes I do have a rifled slug barrel on it) just giggles

November 21, 2013, 09:55 PM
I've been rotating between the Mossberg 500A 12 ga. with Remington Slugs, and the Lee-Enfield .303 with some sort of old military surplus ammunition.

November 22, 2013, 01:22 PM
1889 marlin cal. 32-20

November 25, 2013, 04:58 PM
Started with my Savage 308 and took a nice doe. Now for a more of a challenge im dusting off the 91/30 Mosin for some open sight hunting.

November 26, 2013, 12:14 AM
Normally I use muzzleloaders throughout the regular season. Never much liked deer hunting with shotguns even though I have a couple that are very accurate with slugs.

This year, for the first time in my lifetime, rifles were approved for big game hunting in my area. My little 788 Remington .308 carbine really surprised me with the accuracy of a Varget handload I tried and I planned to use that.

Then on reflection, the proximity of houses (on the other side of a couple hundred yard brake of trees) made me nervous. Ended up choosing to go with an 1894 Marlin in .44 magnum shooting 240 gr. JHPs over a near max. load of 296. Figured the muzzleloaders never caused any problems so I'd be better off with something delivering about the same ballistics.

The Marlin did the job as I collected a large 11 pt. buck with one shot on Friday. Range was about 50 yards.

November 26, 2013, 08:04 AM
Ruger American in .243, Redfield scope. took 6-point opening day rifle at 3pm.

November 26, 2013, 10:20 AM
Model 70 Winchester w/ BOSS, 7mm Rem Mag, Federal Premium 160 gr. Accubonds....one shot, dead deer :)

Lazy R
November 26, 2013, 12:50 PM
Once in a while I use my Marlin lever or my Super Blackhawk, but typically it's my 700 BDL .270.

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November 26, 2013, 01:11 PM
Hi Lazy R,

Please forgive me but I come from a state where real rifles aren't allowed for hunting. Is a 270 big enough for deer without critical shot placement? I know my 243 will quickly and absolutely ruin a coyote's good day but I've never thought of it as a deer rifle.

Doug S
November 26, 2013, 01:52 PM
Both the 243, and the 270 are totally adequate for deer. Without question.

Lazy R
November 26, 2013, 02:27 PM
The .270 is very adequate for deer. We shoot some pretty large mule deer here, and in the terrain where I hunt shots can be long. Typically though only about 200-300 yards and the 270 plants them hard. I shoot 130 grain Sierra Gamekings at just under 3000 fps.

My son shoots a .260 Remington (.243's big brother) and it also is very effective. Any decent shot is a one shot kill. His longest with it is 360 yards on a big mule deer and it was DRT one shot. 120 grain Sierra Gameking going just about 3000 fps.

I have shot one bull elk and used my .270 for it also. Used a 150 grain bullet going around 2800. He ran about 75 yards and piled up.

November 27, 2013, 12:31 AM
I used my 9mm AR15 for my doe.. have been using a 30-06 for my buck just because it's already setup and ready to go...

November 27, 2013, 09:32 AM
The rifle season for me is over but I used my new 300 BLK chambered AR-15


I was really amazed at how well the 300 performed out to about 140 on some big Mn deer. My girl took a heavy bodied buck with it (First Deer) and I took a freezer doe at about 80.

November 27, 2013, 04:10 PM
It's shotgun only where I hunt. I use an H&R Pump with an 870 Shurshot stock with a 2.5x Tasco. It's very accurate with the Federal fusion sabots.

If by chance I do get an opportunity to hunt in a rifle zone, my Marlin XS7 in 308 with a weaver 4-10x44 and Boyd stock will come with me.

November 27, 2013, 04:33 PM
I enjoy the diversity of ways available to take deer. I'd like to add a recurve bow and a .357 handgun to this list soon. Here are my current deer slaying setups:

Fred Bear TRX32
65lb draw weight
100gn, 4 blade Muzzy broadheads

Shotgun: (son)
Mossberg 500 12GA with a 20" smooth bore and a Houge youth stock.
Cheap Bushnell red dot
Rio Star Low Recoil 12GA slug
Picture can be seen here:

Shotgun: (Me)
H&R Ultra Slug Hunter 12GA
BSA Catseye 1.5-4x Scope
Remington Core Loct 385gn 12GA slugs

CVA Optima 50 cal.
Vortex Crossfire 3-9x Scope
Hornady 250gn SST /w low drag sabots
Blackhorn 209 - 77gn charge by weight

November 27, 2013, 07:09 PM
So as the title says guys what gun are you going to use for the hunt me ole reliable my dads 30 30 marlin 336

During last few years, Remington R-25 in .308, w/ Meopta 4-12x50 & 45° offset iron backup sights. Usually with fairly hot 150gr Swift Scirocco 2 handloads, even though this one bit Norma Oryx factory load a few days ago...

For driven hunts I have a Ruger Deerfield .44 carbine, with a 50yd parallax Zeiss shotgun scope.

(sorry, I had to post the pic; even though I've shot more than my fair share of does, this is my first real trophy-size whitetail buck ever, and I'm over the moon. :D)


November 28, 2013, 12:46 PM
^^awesome deer. Congrats!!

November 30, 2013, 03:48 PM
^^Thanks! :)

November 30, 2013, 08:15 PM
I will be using a ruger 77/44 with a redfield 2-7 scope. That is a 44 magnum bolt action carbine 18.5 barrel, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it. Effective range is about 150 yards. I hunt in thick woods so its all I need.


Oh and I carry a desert eagle in 50ae just in case I am feeling frisky, lol


November 30, 2013, 08:37 PM
hoping to get out at all this year..... if i do ill probably be using my marlin xl7 in .30-06

December 1, 2013, 12:03 AM
Tikka lite 223.

December 3, 2013, 08:23 AM
Used my Ruger P944 40 S&W yesterday on a button buck but as soon as my 7.62 x 54R M44 is sighted in I am going to try to get one with it. Doc raised the weight limit allowed on my arm so I should be able to use it now. Had surgery on it in August so it is still healing.

P.S. update after cleaning the deer I came to the conclusion that this year's hunt is over for me. Until they can fix my back it is just too hard on me. I can hardly move today.

December 3, 2013, 09:07 AM
Winchester Model 70 in .270.


December 3, 2013, 11:25 AM
I've been letting the load, not the gun, dictate what goes with me. I have a lot that I am TOLD will kill deer, but you never know until you shoot them. So far this season, that has involved a .300wsm (Nosler BT, Varget) and an 8mm (Barnes TTSX, IMR 4895). Next up will be the savage (.308) or the Mosin Nagant. Not sure which, but the loads need to be tested on deer before I can tell people what my "favorite deer load" is, which will certainly happen between now and next season on this very site.
Seeing as I didn't answer your question... I'll be using a remington 700, an AR 15, a VZ24, a MN 91/30, and a Savage 110.

December 4, 2013, 08:48 AM
Since I hunt thick cover from ground stands, I use a 12 bore Remington 870 with a 26" vent rib and bead sight system firing Dixie TriBall buckshot through a Briley extended full choke.

December 6, 2013, 03:49 PM
Remington Model 700, 30-06 150 Grain Core-Lokt. 1 Down and hopefully more to come.

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