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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. brasskeeper

    brasskeeper Member

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    In the past I have successfully used:
    30-30, 7mm rem mag, 30-06, 303 britsh and 7mm-08

    This year I'm using a 308. Next year I hope to use my 300 savage.
     
  2. mgregg85

    mgregg85 Member

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    the one, the only... 30.06 Other approriate questions could have been: Whats the perfect all around rifle caliber? What can I use on any game in North America? What would be a good light Africa rifle?
     
  3. homers

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    I own 2 rugers that I use for deer. 243 and 7x57 Dropped a few with each, not one deer took more than 1 step.
     
  4. stellarpod

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    Scoped Kimber 84M in .260 Remington.

    Winchester 30-30 in the brush.

    50cal. Encore Pro Hunter with 200gr. T/C Shockwave & 2 50gr Pyrodex pellets for blackpowder hunting.

    stellarpod
     
  5. Gustav

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    .243
    .308
    .30-06
    .44 Magnum
    .30-30
    .45-70
    6.5x55 Swedish Mauser
    7.62x54R
    8mm Mauser
    .303 British
    .300 Winchester Magnum
    12 Gauge shotgun
    Hard to pick a favorite as each one can do the job, any one will do nicely.:D
     
  6. ken B

    ken B Member

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    100 grain .243 almost exclusively

    the few times I've been able to venture north 165gr 30-06
     
  7. .44walkersabot

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    Whitetail--.44 Walker...Mulies--200 grain .45 sabot fired from a CVA inline...Yeah, yeah I know!! It's alright, go ahead and laugh but I bring the meat home...
     
  8. .44walkersabot

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    I'm new and I messed up and posted the same message twice. My appologies...Well, can't think of much else to say to fill in this space. Well, I CAN say that I love my inline so much that I bought another one just like it. It seem's to handle loads from 180 grains through 300 grains without complaining or throwing them high or wide. Biggest powder charge I'vd ever fired in it was 120 grains (just one time) behind a 180 grain sabot. It was a 'just fooling around' long distance shot. That 120 grains of Triple Seven (3fff ) sent that light 180 smoking on down the line to. I fire 3fff in it all the time. It seem's to do the job so why bother trying to keep up with two different powders?...Well...anyway...later ya'll..
     
  9. Fisherman_48768

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    I've always used a large caliber rifle with moderate to heavy charges of powder. I've seen what this rifle does to the deer around here, no shots necessary but you do have to be careful and not uncase until no more deer than you have a permit for are present. It has been reported that the woods are noisy with all the deer laughing just before they fall over stone dead, if you don't hide this well while coming and going to your favorite hunting spot. Laughingdeerrifle.gif In all seriousness I usually use a 50 cal Pennsylvania style flintlock.
     
  10. trailgator

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    270 w/130 gr Remington Core-Lokt
     
  11. Kenpo

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    .308 150 grain Nosler partitions.
     
  12. jtpickensj

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    Remington 700 7mm08Remington.
     
  13. magnumman44

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    Remington model 7 7mm08
     
  14. moooose102

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    .300 winchester magnum, or 45/70. depending on the terrain, and distances i could be shooting:what:!
     
  15. caribou

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    .22 LR on Caribou

    "OR"

    7.62X54R
    Caribou, Brown Bear, Black Bear, Musk ox, Sheep, Moose, Wolves, and more Caribou.
     
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  16. 357sigRog

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    270 with Federal Vital Shok 150gr. Nosler Partitions most of the time.
    Sometimes Rem 243 with Rem 100gr Core-locks.
     
  17. Deer Hunter

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    7.62x54R, .308, and .223
     
  18. ADKWOODSMAN

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    .308--165 grain, 7mm-08 154 grain, and the .357 Herrett--146 gr. Speer 1/2 jacket.
     
  19. cottonmouth

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    It depends on the mood I'm in.....
    25-06
    7mm mag
    .357 mag
    .44 mag
    12 ga
    .454 casull
    .458 win mag
    45-70 govt
     
  20. stownsend

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    300 Win Mag
    243
    Usually take the 300 then switch to the 243 when going for does.
     
  21. HM2PAC

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    This year it's a toss up btwn the 444Marlin and the M1 in .30-06.
     
  22. mort

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    .308
    30.06
    and .357 for the twitchers.
     
  23. 22-rimfire

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    My "deer rifle" is a Model 700 BDL Remington in 270 win. Don't need anything else. I mostly hunt with handguns now and the 270 stays at home. The caliber of choice is 41 mag or 480 Ruger. I would choose a 30-30 win in a Thompson Contender type handgun, but I don't have one now.
     
  24. trigga

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    i've been using my 30-06 in my past decade of deer hunting. the round never failed me but the gun i was using have failed me. i like semi auto so my next gun would perhaps be a slightly shorter round like a .308.
     
  25. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    [insert requisite inquiry about why jtpickensj felt the need for necromancy, then...]

    Today was .50 Cal Muzzleloader. But can also be at times:

    -9/32nds" cal carbon arrow
    -.243 Win
    -.45-70 Gov't
    -6.5x55 Swedish
    -.25-'06 Rem
    -.45 Cal Muzzleloader
    -.44 Magnum

    Yup, I think those are the only calibers ever hunted deer with. I plan to try a few others, like 12 ga buckshot, 12 ga slug, .45 Colt, .223 Rem, and possibly 270 Win.

    .243 Win and 6.5x55 will be handling the bulk of the work during rifle season for the foreseeable future, however.

    I did have this crazy thought cross my mind today while hunting and lugging a heavy rifle through the woods - that is, just to scrap everything during rifle season and run with a scoped T/C Encore in 6mm PPC, 10" or 12" bbl - will take deer, coyotes, varmints, and would be a dream to lug around, highly accurate, very maneuverable to get off a shot, and almost no recoil. When sitting, I would use a collapsible bipod to steady it. It would be perfect for deep woods hunting like I was doing today, and lugging up into tree stands. It would be a bit loud, though - we'll see.
     
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