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What's your deer hunting rifle

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

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  1. jtrent

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    Marlin 336 in .35 Remington. Wild West trigger and ejector, Wolf hammer spring and Williams sight. Great in SW Missouri woods. I shoot Remington 200 grain bullets.
     
  2. ApacheCoTodd

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    Browning High Power

    30-06. No "salt wood" stock.

    Too sweet!

    Past favorites include but are not limited to:

    Remington 7600 in 30-06. Boy do I miss that one.
    Marling 336 30-30. Loves me some "Micro-Grooviness"
    AND OF COURSE!
    My first Garand. "Buckhorned" the rear sight and away I went... for years.

    Todd.
     
  3. Bull Nutria

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    During the early primitive weapons season i use a 35 whelen Thompson Center encore,with 200g hormady reloads. later during the general gun season i use a 7mm 08 TC Venture, with 140g Rem coreloct reloads.

    I started deer hunting with a 12g Model 12 Win full choke with No1 buck 2 3/4 inch mags. I later upgraded to a Rem 870 with the same load. I hunted in thick woods then usually with dogs so the shotgun was perfect.

    later i switched to a Rem 760 30.06 with 165g reloads, I mostly hunt from stands now. not much dog hunting going on these days around here.

    Bull
     
  4. bratsky

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    I have a rem. 721 in 30-06 that i picked up at a gun show when i was 21 looking for my own hunting rifle. I had used dads rem.700 in 30-06. That 721 shoots so straight and is my go to when i'm not messing around.
     
  5. PonyKiller

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    Mossberg 500 with rilfed barrel and sabot. Close as our state gets you to a rifle Unless it's a muzzle loader, then it's a traditions lightning bolt .50 cal
     
  6. MCMXI
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    Kimber Talkeetna in. 375 H&H Mag.... 1/2 moa at 100 yards, sub moa at 450 yards, 250gr of deer or elk dropping power with no meat damage.

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  7. Bobson

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    ^ drool
     
  8. Horsemany

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    Sako 85 Finnlight in 30-06 with 3-10 Swarovski Z3. Light, smooth loading, accurate and rugged. Love it.
     
  9. HOWARD J

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    I used a Rem 700 in 6 MM Rem for many years
    before that I used a k98 Mauser in 8 MM Or Italian Carcano in 7.35MM ( modified sights)
    I still have the last two but my body don't like them anymore.
     
  10. redbone

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    Ruger77/44 with volquartzen 77/22 trigger.
     
  11. SCbklyn

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    Remington 788 in .308.

    My 2nd choice is my .50 TC Impact.
     
  12. IWAC

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    Ruger MkII in 257 Roberts.
     
  13. mikebsr

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    Pennsylvania deer and Black Bear hunter, My all time favorite. Marlin 336 in .35 Cal. Love it.
     
  14. LRShooting

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    Depends. All I shoot is whitetails since that's all I have here in missouri. But sometimes if I'm on a good year and stuff seems to easy, ill get my break open 12g with slugs or the muzzle loader out and use that. Some deer runs I use an sks but I learned I shoot more and hit way less. I had been using a 223 rem 700 since I was 10 up till last year when I bought my savage 308, but I'm building it up so I'm not sure what ill be using this year. I don't know if I wanna pull 4-5000$ worth of gun through brush. May start using my new mossberg with slugs and a red dot this year since I usually walk the edges of our corn fields and through hollers where long shots arent common any way.

    I noticed a lot of you all are using older rifles...I'm jealous. I'm in the first generation to really have some big hunters. My grandpa had one rifle and it was taken by one of the siblings. Dad was never a big hunter and only has a 25-06 mk77 (I think) that desperately needs a new barrel due to multiple bulges. I guess they were all to busy farming and just weren't interested. Im hoping my guns will be in the family several generations
     
  15. midland man

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    I still use my Winchester model 94 in 30-30 excellent rifle! I use 170gr bullets in min and they never let me down! i'll keep using my rifle until I'm dead as my dad gave this to me when I was 12 years old and started huntin on my own when I was 14 and every since this rifle has been wonderful! :)
     
  16. Gvit

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    Sako 85 SS Grey Wolf in 25-06 w/ Swarovski Z3 3-10x42

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  17. zb338

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    I only have one big bore big game rifle it's
    a .338 Win. Mag. It kills anything I shoot at.
    I also have a Sako Forester in .243 and have
    shot that at game, but mostly Woodchucks.

    Zeke
     
  18. Savage99

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    For most of my life a Savage 99F 358 Win. has been my favorite big game rifle. I have taken game with it since 1966. That's almost 50 years.

    I have other rifles for hunting and target competition.

    Here is the 99. That's a fabulous rifle.

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  19. BudgetBucks1

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    I have an old Savage 110 in 30.06. It is a death ray. Everything I shoot at with it dies in it's tracks. It has a solid, one piece DNZ gamereaper scope mount and a Nikon scope that seem to be indestructible. Once you use a gun enough to actually trust it 100% it is hard to use a different one. It is ironically the least expensive high powered rifle that I own.
     
  20. Nathanael_Greene

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    Savage 110 in .30-06 (left-handed version). Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9x40 scope.

    Wonderful combo; been very good to me.

    I sure wish I had a place to hunt these days, though. Even a meat hunt would be nice.
     
  21. Don357

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    Call me cheap, but my go to deer rifle is a Stevens model 200 in .308 with a Tasco 3x9x42 World Class Plus. It's never missed. And I recently acquired a Ted Williams model 100 (Winchester mod '94 sold under a Sears name) .30-30, for thick woods and swamp.
     
  22. jim in Anchorage

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    ^^You're cheap:p A tasco? Good lord!
     
  23. bikerdoc

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    A venerable old Sears Ted Williams in 30-06 for rifle season
    A mossberg 12 ga with a 24" rifled barrell (sabot rounds are expensive) for shot gun season
    For shots under 100 yds in the thick woods around Ft Pickett and the Nashawatty river and on private land-
    Old Marlin 1894 c in 357 mag ( great for short distances and stand hunting as 67 yr old legs dont hump the boonies as well they used to :))

    ETA have had a tasco on my 10/22 for years lots of squirrels in the pot with it :)
     
  24. Aragon

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    For almost 30 years my one and only deer rifle was a Remington 700BDL in 30-06. A sweet rifle I bought brand new.

    My new "deer rifle" is a Winchester Model 1885 High Wall Safari Hunter in 375 H&H. I actually enjoy lugging this gun around and the 375 round is absolutely superb.
     
  25. axxxel

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    What make, model and caliber are those beautiful bolt actions? Do you live in the US or elsewhere? Your assortment of rifles looks very European to me.
     
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