What rifles for deer hunting this year?

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  1. CowboyTim

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    Opening day here in Wisconsin is next weekend, I'm starting the day with my VZ-24 in 8x57(NOS M48 barrel, McMillan, 4x32 Meopta).

    If I feel sporty, I might get out the M70 in 257 Bob...
     
  2. earlthegoat2

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    Ruger American Ranch 450 BM.

    Hunting in GA and MI

    Already drew first blood on a GA doe.

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  3. scallop

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    Taking a new CVA Cascade in 350 Legend as main gun this year. Shoots pretty close to MOA at 100 yds with 180 gr Winchester power points (about only ammo available locally in any quantity).

    Back up gun will be a 450 Bushmaster AR I built (the one in my avatar pic).

    Always a toss up of what to bring, 45/70, 44 mag, 45LC, All tried and true, wanted to do something different this year.

    Too bad Ohio is straight wall only, would love to try out the new X Bolt I bought for a nilgai hunt, 300 Win mag. Yeah, overkill but dead is dead right? ;)

    100 yards would be a long shot where I hunt.

    Opening day in two weeks, can't wait!
     
  4. 9x56MS

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    Use my rifles in a rotation. This years new acquisition Marlin 336 in 35 rem is up first followed by 358 winchester in a BLR and if I am lucky my Mannlicher-Schoenauer model 1905 in 9x56mm. In case you missed it I have a definite affection for 35 caliber holes in critters.
     
  5. LoonWulf
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    Not sure, if I'm going deer hunting till begining of next year but most likely take either my .280AI, .375 Ruger, or 7-08......might lug the .264wm American out also......not really sure yet.
     
  6. courtgreene

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    Good call on the vz-24. That’s what I took out for LAST year’s opener. This year I’ll miss the open on Saturday, but if it’s not raining it’ll be a Winchester m70 in .308. If it IS raining, probably a Mosin-Nagant in a plastic stock with a scope on it.
     
  7. TarDevil

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    Ruger American Ranch, .350 Legend.
     
  8. SixteenGauge

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    12 gauge Winchester model 12 loaded with rifled slugs. :D
     
  9. Stevel

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    1903A3 was first out in the field this year.
     
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  10. Barry the Bear

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    Savage Axis .308, why? cause I can find. 308 ammo
     
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  11. Captcurt

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    Already have blood on my M18 Mauser 6.5 CM. Took a nice 9 point whitetail yesterday (opening day). I will try to post pictures if I can figure out this new phone. I really like this rifle. It seems to be lucky.
     
  12. Flintknapper

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    Started the Season with my 7mm-08. Buck ran about 30 yds. and piled up with his antlers tangled in a couple of pine saplings. Made it easy to spot him.

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    Will probably finish the season with either my 458 SOCOM or CVA Muzzleloader.
     
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  13. Atavar

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    I believe in overkill. Took a two year old doe this morning at 25 feet with my BAR in .300 Win Mag. It was so close all I could see was brown fur in the scope.
     
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  14. 9x56MS

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    Is that 264 WM in a Ruger American a factory offering or did you debarred it? That’s a cartridge that has me interested except for the belt of course.
     
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    Re-barrel, its a swap barrel build.
     
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  16. Wolfshead

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    Taken both out once so far
    Plan on giving them more chances soon and hopefully at least one of them being successful 68D95C71-102D-4CFB-A622-6E2F116717B4.jpeg 7C7E64DF-9CF6-4305-9E05-7E6CCA157B31.jpeg
     
  17. hawg

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    If I go it will be my sporterized Mauser and/or my custom built .54 Hawken.

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  18. marksman13

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    I’ve got a few that never drew blood last year, so I’ll start with them. After that, I’ll take a few new rifles that I acquired over the summer. I figured out that I enjoy the guns more than actual hunting. Not that I don’t love being outside on a cold morning, but I did not really enjoy my attempt to get back into bow hunting this year. Spent a ton of money and spent one hot, humid morning in a tree.
     
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  19. mcb

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    AR-15 with a proprietary upper chambered in 30 Remington AR (RIP Remington).
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    Hunted with it last year and did not take a deer but a nice bobcat and an armadillo.
     
  20. FL-NC

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    Ruger American in 6.5 CM for me- mainly because it has a illuminated reticle and I will be hunting afternoons from ground blinds and heavy tree cover, vs my 243 with no illuminated reticle. Mrs Fl-NC will be using my suppressed Ruger ranch in 300 BLK, suppressed with illuminated 1-4x scope. If I make it out during our 1 week ML season, the traditions 50 cal inline.
     
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  21. AK Hunter

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    I'm hunting with the same gun I did successfully with last season an AR chambered in 350 Legend. It's the best gun I can think of for public land hunting. It's a BCA upper on a 80% hand made lower.

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  22. Seedy Character

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    Hmmmmm,

    Most likely i will be unable to deer hunt, this season. But, what I carried would depend on what area I hunted.

    If I walk the creek and hunt hunt creek bottom, is will carry the Marlin .30-30 and Blackhawk .44M

    If I set up on the hollow, shots could be out to 350 yards. I will carry Rem M700 .260 Rem and Blackhawk .41M.
     
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  23. Robbins290

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    Switching between a marlin 22mag and a windham weaponry 5.56 carbine. I take the 5.56 when I am hunting the field.
     
  24. Fyrstyk

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    I'll start the season using my Browning Mountain rifle .58 caliber percussion. If I am lucky enough to get a deer early in the season I will switch to my T/C .58 caliber Renegade flint lock. As you might have noticed, I hunt mostly with black powder rifles, but occasionally I like to hunt with a hand gun if the weather is nasty.
     
  25. 1KPerDay

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    You can hunt deer with a .22 magnum where you are?
     
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