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Dedicated Deer Gun?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by SqueegeeBob, Feb 22, 2010.

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  1. SqueegeeBob

    SqueegeeBob Member

    I've already got a Savage .30-06 which I bought back in college to be my "hunting" rifle. Now I'm looking for something a with a little less recoil, prettier wood, and more specialization. Ideally I want a caliber that will hold within +-1 inch from about 15-190 yards which is about as far as I can see where I hunt.

    My budget, including mounts, rings, and optics is about $1,000.

    So far I'm leaning toward a 7mm-08 in the new Winchester Model 70 Featherweight, but I'm not completely sold on it yet.

    I've never hand-loaded before, but I might be willing to take it up, if that makes any difference.
  2. jbech123

    jbech123 Well-Known Member

    any caliber will do that. It's the quality of the particular rifle and ammunition that will determine if that accuracy is achievable on a case by case basis. And of course your shooting ability is a major factor.
  3. SqueegeeBob

    SqueegeeBob Member

    Well, a 30-30 or 45-70 probably wouldn't. Basically when I say that I mean I'm looking for a cartridge with a more modern ballistic profile.

    In my mind .243, .25-06, and 7mm-08 are the front runners, but I'm not closed to suggestions in the 6.5mm range.
  4. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Well-Known Member

    Lots out there that will fit your needs but lets go with a .243 or 25-06 for starters. :)
  5. Birddog1911

    Birddog1911 Well-Known Member

    Where do you live? Your caliber choice should be a little dependent on that. While .243 is a pretty good cartridge, it wouldn't be the wisest choice here in CO. I have known a few hunters who liked 7mm-08. Personally, I really don't think that you can go wrong with a 30-06. Maybe what you need is just a different 30-06. Also, .308 is a phenomenal round.

    Oh, and yes, you can hold 1 inch or less with a .45-70; I've done it with a 12 pound buffalo rifle with open sites time and again. And a Ruger #1. Now that is a classy rifle.

    Edited to add: You mentioned a featherlite in 7mm. That's gonna have some good recoil to it as well, if your worried about recoil.
  6. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    are you talking about ACCURACY or TRAJECTORY?

    because in terms of cartridges just about anything will do the former and NOTHING will do the latter
  7. 06

    06 Well-Known Member

    Bob, am retirement age and still use my trusty old Md77 Ruger in '06. I bought it several yrs ago to replace my '03 and was pleasantly surprised at its accuracy. First sighting in was at 100 yds and then I clicked up the elevation to 220 yds and touched off another. I still have the Aluminum foil wrapped flattened drink can with a hole exactly in the middle. Have not moved it since. It is the most accurate small barrel rifle I have ever shot-just tickled me. Hope you find a jewel like that in your next one. Nothing quite so aggravating as to have an inaccurate shooter.
  8. SqueegeeBob

    SqueegeeBob Member

    I intended that to be trajectory, and I arrived at those numbers after playing with the Remington Shoot program, which seemed to indicate that just about any of the cartridges I was looking at would do within about 20 yards of that.

    I do my hunting in East central Texas, so the deer aren't exactly monsters.
  9. SqueegeeBob

    SqueegeeBob Member

    Caliber isn't really all that important to me, as long as it kills deer every time and thumps less than a 30-06.

    Any thoughts on the new Model 70's? Any other rifle I should be looking at instead?
  10. blitzen

    blitzen Well-Known Member

    I think your on the right track with the 7mm08.( it's a killer, more so than the ballisics charts would have you believe). 260 Rem. in a handy little bolt gun might be something to look at as well.
  11. sumpnz

    sumpnz Well-Known Member

    My choice for a deer rifle was a CZ-550 in 6.5x55mm Swedish. The rifle has enough weight to tame what little recoil the Swede round generates yet is still light enough to hike at least a few miles in steep terrority with. Plenty of oom-pah for even big mule deer out a lot farther than you're talking about. Only "downside" is that to get a trajectory anywhere close to what you want you have to handload your ammo. There just aren't the factory offerings to do what you want, from what I recall anyway.
  12. SqueegeeBob

    SqueegeeBob Member

    Honestly, what I'd like is to just sight it in an inch high at 100 yards and be able to keep it within +-1 inch of the sight plane out to at least 150. That 190 thing was just from looking at the graphs on Remington Shoot.

    I just don't want to need a drop chart within the range I'm likely to see.
  13. TheDriver

    TheDriver Well-Known Member

    If you are staying under 200m I'd give 7mm08 the edge over .25-06 just on stopping power. Though, recoil-wise, .25-06 is a dream in my opinion.
  14. Abel

    Abel Well-Known Member

    You already have a dedicated deer gun. What you are missing is a good brush gun like a 30-30 or 35 Rem.
  15. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    Wants less recoil than 30/06 and doesn't shoot beyond 190yds

    Just buy a nice 30-30 and call it a day.
  16. SqueegeeBob

    SqueegeeBob Member

    The funny thing is that when I started looking at getting a new rifle I was thinking about a .30-30 and shooting with iron sights, but somehow managed to convince myself what I wanted was a new bolt gun.

    Ya'll aren't helping sell any model 70's.
  17. Abel

    Abel Well-Known Member

    Let's not go crazy or anything. You can mount a scope on a Marlin 336 just as easily as a bolt gun.
  18. ColeK

    ColeK Well-Known Member

    Ruger Hawkeye .257 Roberts, recoil is a little more than a .243 and a lot less than a .25-06.
  19. ruger700

    ruger700 Active Member

    +1 for the 257 Roberts. I have a Ruger RL and really enjoy it. Very effecitve round.
  20. MJR007

    MJR007 Well-Known Member

    Buy a reloading kit and make the .06 into a 30-30.
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