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What Round do you deer hunt with??

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by phantomak47, Oct 24, 2006.

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  1. Kimber1911_06238

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    .45-70, .30-06 or .300 wsm
     
  2. warriorsociologist

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    Rifle...usually 7.5x55.
    Sometimes .303. I haven't used my other "obscure/mil-surps" lately (7.62x54r, 8mm, 7.62x39...).

    Handgun... .41 mag or 10mm... sometimes .357



    SO, most often, it's a 7.5x55 backed up with a 4" .41 mag.
     
  3. Pigspitter

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    In Georgia its illegal to hunt with FMJ's we can only use expanding bullets for big game. We can use FMJ for pigs though.
     
  4. dispatch55126

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    Have no choice but to use slug, BP or pistol...and I have 160 acres in the country!!!
     
  5. Marlin 45 carbine

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    .50 cal muzzleloader caplock, .45 Marlin Camp gun, Mini-30, and a Ruger Mk all-weather '06 for long range (for me plus 100 yards)
     
  6. mustanger98

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    Hey Pigspitter, Not only can we not use FMJ's, I'm not sure we can use a Garand here either. I know about those 5rd en blocs and all, but I'm not sure how a game warden will look at the fact that the rifle is capable of taking 8rounders. I've been wanting to take the Garand out... I have some Hornady 165grSP's loaded over some IMR4064 I've been wanting to use.

    Now, .303Brit and 8mmMauser... that's another story. I have hunting loads for .303 and I know how to get 'em for the 8mm. I've been doing some studying on that lately. It's not because I don't have a .30-30 and .243Winchester working; it's just because I like to play with the old stuff in general.

    Somebody mentioned 7.5x55... that, of course, is the Swiss service round. I did some reading up on it in the Hornady 5th Edition manual. I was pleasantly surprised to see it takes the same bullets as .30-06 and .308 despite the 0.07" difference in designation... 7.5mm vs. 7.62mm.
     
  7. Pigspitter

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    I think you could use the Garand, it depends on your game warden though. I've known the game warden to tell people that they couldn't use ARs with 10rd mags, but my friend's dad got permission to use his Chinese SKS with a 30rd magazine. I'm picking up a Mossberg 100ATR in .308win in 2 weeks so I'll finally have a respectable deer rifle for this season. Tell me how those handloads treat you, I reload and I should try the Hornady's but I prefer the Nosler partitions for deer.
     
  8. mustanger98

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    If you're going .308, you probably better stick with 150gr SP. I have some of those loaded up too. Hornady's given me and Daddy good results accuracy-wise. Tell you one thing that happened... we've handloaded some Hornady 150gr round nose in .30-30 and got good accuracy in my old Winchester. Well, seeing how Hornady lists that same bullet for .30-06, Daddy went and loaded up 20rd in it too. That 150gr RN shot better in his Ruger .30-06 than the 165grainers did, as well as outshooting most every other bullet he tried in it. And that 150gr RN is crankin' 2800fps +/-. December 24 of '04, he got up that morning and went to my blind... killed a real nice big 6pt buck that didn't expect either of us to be there. Daddy told me, and I saw the entrance and exit wounds, that everything ahead of the deer's diaphragm was turned to mush. The deer didn't walk 20yds before dropping.

    Now, though, I'm wondering what you think you have to have for it to be a "respectable deer rifle". I have no doubt your new .308 will do the job, but .308's not nearly the only viable deer cartridge out there. For instance, I'm a believer in .30-30 just as much as in .30-06. The buck I killed last fall, I used my old Winchester .30-30, punched the lungs with a 150gr CoreLokt, and the deer was just as dead just as fast. It's mostly all in what you like.
     
  9. M_Olson

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    same here :( you in shoreview? i always thought it was more of a suburb, didnt know it had too much country. i go down to owatonna and its the same there, i use a 12 gauge slug in one of my dads shotguns, i think its 2 3/4".
     
  10. grizz5675

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    caliber use for deer

    I have used : mossberg 12 gauge....marlin 30-30.....browning a-bolt in .308,this year going out with a mossberg 4x4 in 338 win mag, thats right a 338 mag. they will drop and stayed dropped this year.:)
     
  11. pfrnkln

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    Huntin' in NY

    Up in NY some areas allow rifle some dont and I hunt both...for deer

    For Rifle, my Rem 30/06 with 150 gr Hornady ballistic tip handloads

    For Shotgun - rem 870 with rifled barrel - Copper solid sabots

    For muzzle loader -

    CVA 50 cal Kodiak - with 245 Grain copper hollow point powerbelts and 2 50 grain pyrodex pellets
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    the Ol' cap lock 50 cal - patch and ball with 80 grains lose powder

    100 grain muzzy fixed blades for archery

    for bird - the 870 using what ever load for the bird we're huntin'

    toss in the savage 22 for small critters and soon to come the .223 (pending purchase) for varmints
     
  12. frankcostanza

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    slugs or 30-06
     
  13. cpttango30

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    It depends on what and where I am hunting.

    For Deer: 6.5x57mm, then a 308 target rifle (Bean Field Rifle) and my od as dirt 30-06 Rem M30 Express.

    Varmints: 308 Target rifle and my rem 700vls in 223.

    If I hunt at my hunt club then it is my Mod 12 with 00 Buck from a ground blind.
     
  14. Josh M.

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    Killed about 6 with various 12ga slugs.
    Killed 5 with custom Ruger in .45 Colt.

    I've never hunted with a deer with a rifle...some places I hunt it's allowed, others it isn't...the boundry between rifle zone and shotgun zone is litterally at the end of my driveway...I never felt under gunned.

    This year I may try to take my first deer with a rifle(7.5x55 Swiss)...might even try my first fancy expanding bullet...of course, I'll need to cross the street first. - JM.
     
  15. kmrcstintn

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    buried claymore mine using pressure sensitive trip mechanism and topped with deer cain smack dab in the middle of a heavily traveled deer trail...

    takie it easy...I am kidding...

    :D
     
  16. kmrcstintn

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    update...made some drastic changes to the collection and since dad is joining me, the list grew a bit

    Remington 760 Gamemaster in .30-06 w/ Remington CoreLokt 150 gr sp

    Marlin 1894C in .357 magnum w/ Federal American Eagle 158 gr sp

    Browning BPS in 12 ga w/ Lightfield Lite 1 1/4 oz Reduced Recoil Sabot Slugs & rifled choke tube

    Ruger GP100 in .357 magnum w/ Federal American Eagle 158 gr sp

    Savage 111G in .25-06 w/ Remington CoreLokt 100 gr sp (miniscule possibility since this is being setup to varmint blast with in Spring '08 using handloaded Hornady V-Max 75 gr)
     
  17. mustanger98

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    Regarding post #240, a guy I'm aquainted with at my club's range... he was in Iraq and they have coyotes over there. They appropriated a bunch of frozen pizzas from the mess tent and piled 'em up outside the wire and let 'em thaw out which ain't hard over there. Anyhow, the guys pulling guard duty got on the radio with him and let him know they coyote was there. So he went out there and hit the claymore clacker and got the coyote. I thought that was pretty a good story, but I'm also thinking they could've used 5.56mm probably just as easily.

    Did ya'll see on the news how a lot of our guys, during and right after the invasion, were hunting in Saddam's game preserves?
     
  18. Legionnaire
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    Zombie thread! Cool! But I'll play again. I've taken deer with ...

    .30/30
    .308
    .30-06
    .44 Mag (Revolver)
    12 Gauge slugs
    ... and 100 grain Thunderheads (archery)

    All depends on where I'm hunting.
     
  19. RevolverMan567

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    plan on using a browning a bolt 25-06 this year. worked up a load this weekend consisting of 52.2 grains of H4831SC over a winchester large primer, virgin winchester brass, and a 117 gr hornady sst ballistic tip. shot nice and tight and 6 shots took down the 12 diameter pine i was using as a target prop. think it'll do a deer in.
     
  20. WuzYoungOnceToo

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    Unless someone imported them, coyotes do not exist in the wild outside of the Americas. What they're likely mistaking for 'yotes are something like the Golden Jackal...

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    ...or similar small species of wild dog.
     
  21. frogomatic

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    35 whelen 250 RN

    454 casull 240 XTP
     
  22. halfacop

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    310 gr. 44 Magnum / Thompson Center Contender 10".

    It appears to do the job well. :D

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  23. elk tracker

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    Browning 338 win. mag. w/boss (225 grn. Hornaday heavy magnum)
    or Marlin 1895 4570 w/26" octagon barrel.
    Deer sometimes get in the way when Elk hunting.
     
  24. Bartkowski

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    I bet you never have any run away with those guns.
     
  25. single action

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    .303 british, 100gr ff black powder with 365gr buffalo bullet, 180gr .357 magnum ( carbine)
     
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