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What's your deer hunting rifle

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by txcookie, Jul 11, 2015.

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  1. txcookie

    txcookie Member

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    Most of us have plenty, or multi species rifles. If you only had one from your safe which would it be. Rem 700 cdl in 270.
     
  2. onelastshot

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    For the past thirty years my Ruger No. 1 in 7mm Mauser has been my go to gun for whitetail. However I just finished building an ultra light in 6.5 - 284 so I think that will be the first choice this year.
     
  3. Omaha-BeenGlockin

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    Stainless Ruger Hawkeye with a Zeiss 3x9x36 scope in .30-06

    Sadly neither is no longer made.
     
  4. EIB0879

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    Marlin 336 in 30-30 or Mossberg 270 in the Pine woods. If I'm looking at 300 yards plus I go with my Sako. L691 in 300 Wby.
     
  5. Ash

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    My main deer rifle is a Pederson Custom 3500 in .30-06 mounting a redfield base and rings, and a Nikon Monarch scope. The backup to that is a Western Field 740 in 7mm Mag with the same optics.
     
  6. longknife12

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    1953 Win M70 in 30-06......backup is a 53 M70 in 270. Both are user rifles, not safe queens! Both are topped with Leupolds.
    Dan
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  7. flc

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    my everything rifle - "Thumper" .358 Frontier rifle w/Nikon 1-4x.
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  8. Inebriated

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    My go-to is a Savage 111 .30-06.
     
  9. DM~

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    My "go to" gun is my Krieghoff Semper,

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    I have two scopes for it, a B&L 1.5x6 and a Zeiss 3x9 it's chambered for 8x57jrs. (200NP at 2,550fps)

    Anyway, I've taken everything from moose and bear,

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    on down to all kinds of small game, and over the years, it's put a lot of venison in my freezer....both "meat" does,

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    To MANY bucks, some big,

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    some bigger,

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    and some REALLY big,

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    AND i've enjoyed every minute I've spent in the bush with it!

    DM
     
  10. BigBore45

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    Rem. 700 in .308
     
  11. stiab

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    Man, I like that!! I had two .358's, sold the Savage so down to one now, a Ruger Hawkeye. Have not shot it yet.
     
  12. newfalguy101

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    Don't know about "favorite" but I have taken more deer with a Chinese Norinco SKS than all the others combined, followed by a Savage 99 in .308 Win
     
  13. Leanwolf

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    My oldie but goldie Remington 725 .280 Remington. I bought it new in 1961 and have used it since for deer, Black bear, antelope and one bull elk.

    I have never felt the need for more gun for deer.

    L.W.
     
  14. Sovblocgunfan

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    An early 50's Remington 721 in 30-06 with a Weaver V8 scope.
     
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    Mine is a H&R handi rifle in 300blk redfield 2-7x or a rossi ranchhand I SBR'd in 44mag with fiber optic sights. Both suppressed. I like to use both, depending which part I go to, the woods I hunt in are really thick. Rarely a shot more than 75yrds.
     
  16. gspn

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    For the past 20 years the only rifle I've used for deer is a Browning A-Bolt in 7mm Rem Mag.

    It has a Pentax 3-9 Lightseeker on top that I purchased at the same time as the rifle.

    When I write that down it makes my setup seem really old...but you'd never know by looking at it. I don't have even the slightest need to upgrade it...it just keeps doing everything I ask of it.
     
  17. Hookeye

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    Three possible choices.....

    Rem 700 in .243 Win Leupold 4-12X AO
    TC Contender carbine in .35 Rem Leupold 2-7X
    Ruger .44 semi auto, peep sight


    But the little one most times....

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  18. Sheepdog1968

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    My all purpose, I don't care about the weather or banging it up is a Rem 700 XCRII (stainless with a Tennifer type coating in a polymer stock) in 30-06 with a 4X fixed Leupold scope.

    The rifle I could write poetry about is my Marlin 336 in 30-30. Has 16.75" barrel, 2.5X Leupold scout scope, and a youth stock on it. I love the way it feels in my hand and carries in my hand and it goes out the most with me. Ok I will stop or I will have a 25 line ode to my 30-30.

    I'm not selling either but if the house were on fire and I could grab one, it would be the 30-30 (oops another 30-30 ode line).

    Nine weeks till deer season starts.
     
  19. Andrew Leigh

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    If targeting a specific species then one of three.

    If I am not too sure if and Eland or an Impala will step into frame then my lightweight Sako .375H&H with 300gr. Accubonds at 2 500fps. Has the same trajectory as my 30-06 with 180gr. Accubonds at 2 620fps so it does make life easy.
     
  20. jmr40

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    The one that actually gets used the most. A Winchester 70 EW 308 in a McMillan Edge stock

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    But if forced to pick only one rifle the Winchester SS Classic in 30-06 would have to be the one. Both are tack drivers, the 308 is a few oz lighter, but the 30-06 is still pretty light and gives me 150 fps more speed.

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  21. DeepSouth

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    The rem 788 chambered in .243 I grew up hunting with, that was my dads. It has an old Leupold 3x9x40 from the 70's on it. It has also never had a factory round shot through it, either my dad or me reloaded every round it has ever fired. My sons now hunt with it now.

    I also have a rem 700 in 7mm that was my dads, I'd have a very hard time parting with it also. It has a Swarovski 4x14x56 on it, if you can see it, you can kill it.
     
  22. Skoghund

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    Mauser M03 with Schmidt and Bender scope. Or my trusty Heym-Ruger That i bought in 1979.
     

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    A 1949 Winchester M94 .30WCF.
     
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    Remington 700 Classic in .308 Winchester.
     
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    model 100 Winchester in 308. I have worn through a military style sling a couple of times from all the miles it has been over my shoulder. I really shold replace the sling but it is so comfortable that I hate to have to break in a new sling at my age.

    I picked up a model 100 in 284 from my cousins estate that is in great shape. I need to get the firing pin replaced before I use it.
     
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