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#1199775 - 02/24/09 10:56 PM Best rifle caliber for deer?
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Any recommendations for West TN deer hunting for shots up to 250 yds or so?
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#1199790 - 02/24/09 11:24 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: mossyoak3d]
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We could make a long list of long range guns. I just picked up a 270 for a good long range west tn rifle. I considered a 308. I got a good deal on the 270 and it shoots alittle flater.
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#1199797 - 02/24/09 11:33 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
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Can't go wrong with a 30-06!
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#1199803 - 02/24/09 11:52 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: cecil30-30]
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I find it hard to leave my .300 in the case. My .308 is my all around gun.
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#1199923 - 02/25/09 06:46 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: SALECREEKHUNTER]
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.243 Winchester. Flat shootin', hard hittin', low recoil, low noise. Drops 'em dead as a mackerel at the fish market.
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#1200399 - 02/25/09 11:06 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Hogbear]
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270 is good up to 300 yards.
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#1200400 - 02/25/09 11:07 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Hogbear]
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25-06 is what I have used in Hardeman for years. Best bullet for this gun IMO is the Win silver tip 115 grain. Killed deer out to 340.

In the same league for a mid long range non magnium caliber Id ad the 270, 280, and 308. There are a bunch more that will do the job. 250 really isnt that long of a shot for most modern calibers.

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#1200621 - 02/25/09 01:22 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: BowGuy84]
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Can't go wrong with a 30-06 a 308 Winchester or a 270 Winchester.
7mm rem mag
243
270
308
25-06
264 Win Mag
30-06
All good ones yep.


Edited by Locksley (02/25/09 05:30 PM)
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#1200723 - 02/25/09 02:55 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Locksley]
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#1200838 - 02/25/09 04:27 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: mossyoak3d]
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#1200880 - 02/25/09 04:44 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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#1200931 - 02/25/09 05:25 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Model70Man]
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#1201181 - 02/25/09 07:44 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: ]
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7-08,260, 243(with the right bullets)308,30-06,280,270,7mm mag, 300 mag, etc take your pick.
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#1201478 - 02/25/09 09:54 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: WTM]
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25-06 is a bad round. I believe it's one of the fastest rounds out right now.

.270 is a great gun for up to 300 yards. plenty of punch and relatively low cost to shoot.
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#1203124 - 02/26/09 08:44 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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One YOU can shoot effectively at that range.
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#1203142 - 02/26/09 08:54 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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thanks for advice. I currently shoot .270 and passed on 10 pointer this year at 200 yds but after reading posts on here I gained confidence and got a second change at 210 yds and dropped him. I was debating on another .270 or 7mag???
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#1204373 - 02/27/09 02:00 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: ShaneHallum]
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 Originally Posted By: ShaneHallum
25-06 is a bad round. I believe it's one of the fastest rounds out right now.

.270 is a great gun for up to 300 yards. plenty of punch and relatively low cost to shoot.


a 270 will cover alot more than 300 yds. i personally have 2 kills with a 270 over 400 yds.
the best caliber is the one that you shoot well. just don't fall into the "if it ain't a magnum, it ain't sh*t" trap. there is no need for a magnum rifle.
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#1204536 - 02/27/09 04:08 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: stik]
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#1206361 - 02/28/09 12:52 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: ShaneHallum]
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 Originally Posted By: ShaneHallum
25-06 is a bad round. I believe it's one of the fastest rounds out right now.

.270 is a great gun for up to 300 yards. plenty of punch and relatively low cost to shoot.


Anything with a 25 in it is good...I would prefer in this order...

.25
.257 WTHBY MAG
.25-06

.25 is the flatest calliber out there right now...I personaly shot a Weatherby Mark V in a .257 WTHBY MAG...Love it but I really want a .25

IMO
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#1212323 - 03/03/09 12:06 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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.300 wsm
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#1216505 - 03/04/09 10:19 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: dmitchell28]
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#1220793 - 03/06/09 01:05 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Kimberman]
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I LOVE the 243 for deer but when you get out near 300yds you better put it in the perfect spot. There is not much power in that round at that distance. I have a 270 and a 243 but hunt with the 243 90% of the time.


hear a lot of very good things about the
7mm-08
25-06
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#1220989 - 03/06/09 02:35 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: ]
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Most guys I know couldn't hit a paper plate at 300 yards regardless of the caliber. Of course they are "killers" within 100 yards.

All these calibers are good and time tested, all are worthless without practice.
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#1223792 - 03/08/09 11:55 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: dmitchell28]
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#1224079 - 03/08/09 04:08 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: dmitchell28]
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#1230550 - 03/11/09 03:26 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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#1235938 - 03/14/09 08:32 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: dmitchell28]
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IMO: .270 WSM W/ winchester balistic silvertip
Good optics is the key. If you can't see it you can't hit it.
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#1237921 - 03/15/09 08:15 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Double-D-Team]
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 Originally Posted By: Double-D-Team
.270 WSM W/ winchester balistic silvertip

agree, also the 300wsm or 7mm rem mag
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#1237985 - 03/15/09 09:32 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: TennBuck]
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#1238797 - 03/15/09 06:32 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Diehard Hunter
One YOU can shoot effectively at that range.

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#1250893 - 03/21/09 01:20 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: backstraps]
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.243 is too light for 300yds. It will kill but so will a 204. 25-06 is too light. Yes again it will kill but is not the best idea at that range. Anything from a 240 Weatherby to 300 anything. Yes the 240 mag is slightly lighter but it is a Weatherby magnum so it has the knockdown power. I use 3 Weatherbys: 240, 270 & 300. All will kill out to 400 cleanly in 1 shot. I have shot my 240 out to 400+ and killed my biggest deer yet this past season with it. It was well past 400. My 270 has hit and one-shot killed at 405. My 300 several between. 250-350. I shoot long range for practice...alot. It is difficult and expensive but it really does pay off. I also use a 444, 308, have used a 8mm and am going to try my S&W model 29-3 again this fall. Killed a doe just under 100 yds with the 44. I have also killed deer with my 243, but under 250 and under. Killed the most with my 308 as I have had it the longest. Basically it depends on you. Do you like power? More to the real point is what can you handle? You should be able to shoot a whole box and get consistent kill shots out of the next 5 out of a new box. The first shot is what counts so too much powder/power can cause flinching. Find something that you cam honestly handle and practice. I have also owned and hunted with a 6.5x55. Good round for 250 and less. I have a 30-06 but it is a collector piece so I have never sjhot it.
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#1251190 - 03/21/09 09:48 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: TennBuck]
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#1257489 - 03/25/09 04:42 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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win270 is the only one for me...
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#1260235 - 03/26/09 07:20 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: dirtturner]
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 Originally Posted By: dirtturner
.243 is too light for 300yds. It will kill but so will a 204. 25-06 is too light. Yes again it will kill but is not the best idea at that range. Anything from a 240 Weatherby to 300 anything. Yes the 240 mag is slightly lighter but it is a Weatherby magnum so it has the knockdown power. I use 3 Weatherbys: 240, 270 & 300. All will kill out to 400 cleanly in 1 shot. I have shot my 240 out to 400+ and killed my biggest deer yet this past season with it. It was well past 400. My 270 has hit and one-shot killed at 405. My 300 several between. 250-350. I shoot long range for practice...alot. It is difficult and expensive but it really does pay off. I also use a 444, 308, have used a 8mm and am going to try my S&W model 29-3 again this fall. Killed a doe just under 100 yds with the 44. I have also killed deer with my 243, but under 250 and under. Killed the most with my 308 as I have had it the longest. Basically it depends on you. Do you like power? More to the real point is what can you handle? You should be able to shoot a whole box and get consistent kill shots out of the next 5 out of a new box. The first shot is what counts so too much powder/power can cause flinching. Find something that you cam honestly handle and practice. I have also owned and hunted with a 6.5x55. Good round for 250 and less. I have a 30-06 but it is a collector piece so I have never sjhot it.




The 25-06 is too light for 300 yards? I guess that why its the most popular pronghorn round out there where shots are regularly taken way past 300 yards. You do not need a magnum to kill game at 300 yards, you just need to be able to place your shot.
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#1261314 - 03/26/09 05:40 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Kimberman]
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 Originally Posted By: Kimberman
 Originally Posted By: dirtturner
.243 is too light for 300yds. It will kill but so will a 204. 25-06 is too light. Yes again it will kill but is not the best idea at that range. Anything from a 240 Weatherby to 300 anything. Yes the 240 mag is slightly lighter but it is a Weatherby magnum so it has the knockdown power. I use 3 Weatherbys: 240, 270 & 300. All will kill out to 400 cleanly in 1 shot. I have shot my 240 out to 400+ and killed my biggest deer yet this past season with it. It was well past 400. My 270 has hit and one-shot killed at 405. My 300 several between. 250-350. I shoot long range for practice...alot. It is difficult and expensive but it really does pay off. I also use a 444, 308, have used a 8mm and am going to try my S&W model 29-3 again this fall. Killed a doe just under 100 yds with the 44. I have also killed deer with my 243, but under 250 and under. Killed the most with my 308 as I have had it the longest. Basically it depends on you. Do you like power? More to the real point is what can you handle? You should be able to shoot a whole box and get consistent kill shots out of the next 5 out of a new box. The first shot is what counts so too much powder/power can cause flinching. Find something that you cam honestly handle and practice. I have also owned and hunted with a 6.5x55. Good round for 250 and less. I have a 30-06 but it is a collector piece so I have never sjhot it.




The 25-06 is too light for 300 yards? I guess that why its the most popular pronghorn round out there where shots are regularly taken way past 300 yards. You do not need a magnum to kill game at 300 yards, you just need to be able to place your shot.


The 25/06 is not a magnum in name but it is really a magnum without a belt.
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#1261346 - 03/26/09 06:00 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Locksley]
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 Originally Posted By: Locksley
 Originally Posted By: Kimberman
 Originally Posted By: dirtturner
.243 is too light for 300yds. It will kill but so will a 204. 25-06 is too light. Yes again it will kill but is not the best idea at that range. Anything from a 240 Weatherby to 300 anything. Yes the 240 mag is slightly lighter but it is a Weatherby magnum so it has the knockdown power. I use 3 Weatherbys: 240, 270 & 300. All will kill out to 400 cleanly in 1 shot. I have shot my 240 out to 400+ and killed my biggest deer yet this past season with it. It was well past 400. My 270 has hit and one-shot killed at 405. My 300 several between. 250-350. I shoot long range for practice...alot. It is difficult and expensive but it really does pay off. I also use a 444, 308, have used a 8mm and am going to try my S&W model 29-3 again this fall. Killed a doe just under 100 yds with the 44. I have also killed deer with my 243, but under 250 and under. Killed the most with my 308 as I have had it the longest. Basically it depends on you. Do you like power? More to the real point is what can you handle? You should be able to shoot a whole box and get consistent kill shots out of the next 5 out of a new box. The first shot is what counts so too much powder/power can cause flinching. Find something that you cam honestly handle and practice. I have also owned and hunted with a 6.5x55. Good round for 250 and less. I have a 30-06 but it is a collector piece so I have never sjhot it.




The 25-06 is too light for 300 yards? I guess that why its the most popular pronghorn round out there where shots are regularly taken way past 300 yards. You do not need a magnum to kill game at 300 yards, you just need to be able to place your shot.


The 25/06 is not a magnum in name but it is really a magnum without a belt.
Locksley


So the 270 Win. and the 30-06 are also a magnum without a belt?

The 25-06 is a 30-06 case necked down to a 25 cal.
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#1261501 - 03/26/09 07:35 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Model70Man]
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 Originally Posted By: Model70Man
 Originally Posted By: Locksley
 Originally Posted By: Kimberman
 Originally Posted By: dirtturner
.243 is too light for 300yds. It will kill but so will a 204. 25-06 is too light. Yes again it will kill but is not the best idea at that range. Anything from a 240 Weatherby to 300 anything. Yes the 240 mag is slightly lighter but it is a Weatherby magnum so it has the knockdown power. I use 3 Weatherbys: 240, 270 & 300. All will kill out to 400 cleanly in 1 shot. I have shot my 240 out to 400+ and killed my biggest deer yet this past season with it. It was well past 400. My 270 has hit and one-shot killed at 405. My 300 several between. 250-350. I shoot long range for practice...alot. It is difficult and expensive but it really does pay off. I also use a 444, 308, have used a 8mm and am going to try my S&W model 29-3 again this fall. Killed a doe just under 100 yds with the 44. I have also killed deer with my 243, but under 250 and under. Killed the most with my 308 as I have had it the longest. Basically it depends on you. Do you like power? More to the real point is what can you handle? You should be able to shoot a whole box and get consistent kill shots out of the next 5 out of a new box. The first shot is what counts so too much powder/power can cause flinching. Find something that you cam honestly handle and practice. I have also owned and hunted with a 6.5x55. Good round for 250 and less. I have a 30-06 but it is a collector piece so I have never sjhot it.




The 25-06 is too light for 300 yards? I guess that why its the most popular pronghorn round out there where shots are regularly taken way past 300 yards. You do not need a magnum to kill game at 300 yards, you just need to be able to place your shot.


The 25/06 is not a magnum in name but it is really a magnum without a belt.
Locksley


So the 270 Win. and the 30-06 are also a magnum without a belt?

The 25-06 is a 30-06 case necked down to a 25 cal.


The 25 calibers are way over bore with that much powder . The larger 27 and 30 calibers not so much so. The Europeans would call the 30/06 or the 270 Winchester an Express caliber which is perty much a magnum.
7.62 X 63 MM is about one of the most powerful military calibers ever used by any country. We never lost a war while useing the big 30 caliber rifles either.
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the .25-06.

The cartridge has mild recoil, somewhat below the .270 Winchester but more than the .243 Winchester and .257 Roberts. Shooters who are recoil sensitive will find the recoil from the 25-06 bearable, but not pleasant enough to shoot all day long. This cartridge is nearly as powerful as the .257 Weatherby Magnum, usually running 100-150 ft/s. slower with a given bullet weight.

SAAMI pressure limit for the .25-06 is 63,000 PSI.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/25-06



The .30-06 Springfield cartridge (pronounced “thirty-aught-six” or "thirty-oh-six") or 7.62 x 63 mm in metric notation, was introduced to the United States Army in 1906 (hence “06”) and standardized, used until the 1960s and early 1970s. It replaced the .30-03, 6 mm Lee Navy and .30 US Army (also called .30-40 Krag). The .30-06 remained the US Army's main cartridge for nearly 50 years before it was finally replaced by the 7.62 x 51 mm (7.62x51mm NATO, commercial .308 Winchester). It remains the most popular big-game cartridge in North America, and among the most popular worldwide.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.30-06_Springfield


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#1261613 - 03/26/09 08:32 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Locksley]
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#1285566 - 04/11/09 08:37 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: cecil30-30]
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 Originally Posted By: cecil30-30
Can't go wrong with a 30-06!


But a 270 WIN shoots faster, flatter, farther, less kick, and just as effective at the terminal end.

The 30-06 is probably the most versatile of all rifles for all of North America, but it's probably not the best at anything.
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#1285676 - 04/11/09 11:03 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: jakeway]
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jakeway i pulled up rems balistics on the 2,i dont see no whuppin by the 270,what i do see is more energy avalible in the 30-06,heres the heavest load for 270 & a matching for 30-06 plus the litest ,i only pulled the express as its got wieghts in both cal

Cartridge Information
Index Number Cartridge Type Weight (grs.) Bullet Style Primer No. Ballistic Coefficient
R270W1 Remington® Express® 100 Pointed Soft Point 9 1/2 0.252
R270W4 Remington® Express® 150 Soft Point Core-Lokt® 9 1/2 0.261
R30061 Remington® Express® 125 Pointed Soft Point 9 1/2 0.268
R30063 Remington® Express® 150 Bronze Point™ 9 1/2 0.365


Velocity (ft/sec)
Cartridge Type Bullet Muzzle 100 200 300 400 500
Remington® Express® 100 PSP 3320 2924 2561 2225 1916 1636
Remington® Express® 150 SP CL 2850 2504 2183 1886 1618 1385
Remington® Express® 125 PSP 3140 2780 2447 2138 1853 1595
Remington® Express® 150 BP 2910 2656 2416 2189 1974 1773


Energy (ft-lbs)
Cartridge Type Bullet Muzzle 100 200 300 400 500
Remington® Express® 100 PSP 2448 1898 1456 1099 815 594
Remington® Express® 150 SP CL 2705 2087 1587 1185 872 639
Remington® Express® 125 PSP 2736 2145 1662 1269 953 706
Remington® Express® 150 BP 2820 2349 1944 1596 1298 1047


Short-Range Trajectory
Cartridge Type Bullet ------50 100 150 200 250 300
Remington® Express® 100 PSP 0.0 0.5 zero -1.6 -4.6 -9.1
Remington® Express® 150 SP CL 0.3 0.8 zero -2.4 -6.7 -13.0
Remington® Express® 125 PSP 0.0 0.6 zero -1.9 -5.2 -10.1
Remington® Express® 150 BP 0.2 0.7 zero -2.0 -5.6 -10.8


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Cartridge Type Bullet------- 100 150 200 250 300 400 500
Remington® Express® 100 PSP 2.3 2.8 2.0 zero -3.6 -16.2 -38.5
Remington® Express® 150 SP CL 2.0 1.8 zero -3.6 -9.4 -28.6 -61.2
Remington® Express® 125 PSP 1.5 1.4 zero -2.8 -7.4 -22.4 -47.6
Remington® Express® 150 BP 1.7 1.5 zero -3.0 -7.7 -22.7 -46.6

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#1285781 - 04/11/09 02:21 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: mike243]
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 Originally Posted By: mike243
jakeway i pulled up rems balistics on the 2,i dont see no whuppin by the 270,...


Well, this has been one of the longest arguments, and that's what makes it fun. (I hope this is taken in a spirit of fun, as it was meant.)

I never used the term "whuppin". The difference in most deer hunting calibers isn't really all that great. The way I define "better" is the total package, not just one measurement like KE. Here's how I see it:

1) pick the bullet you'd like to use to do the actual killing. Look at the construction, weight, ballistic coefficient. Then pic klthe appropriate weight for the two cartridges being considered. In this example, lets hypothetically pick the 130 grain .277 and the 165 gr .308.

2) look up the ballistics tables for the expected velocities of the powder of your choice and the length of barrel in your rifle.

3) Check the trajectories, Point blank range for that bullet/velocity combo, KE, and recoil measurements for the two cartridges. WIth the above mentioned loads, both sighted at 200 yards, the 270 drops 7.1" to the 30/06 8.0". That might not seem like much, but if you sight with Point Blank Range criteria, the PBR of the 270 is 20 to 30 yards farther. That helps a lot when you don't have time to laser sight the target.

4) Since "dead is dead", the KE is the least importance to me of the above measurements, as long as they are both well within the acceptable range for deer. I consider 1100 Ft lbs as the minimum. The 270 has 1565 ft lbs at 300 yards, the 30/06 has 1777; a good hit with either cartridge will be a killer, probably a pass through, so it's a wash in my book.

Given these criteria, I think that the .270 is "better" than the 30-06 because it brings the bullet to the target with adequate energy and with a longer Point Blank Range (the distandce at which I can hold dead on and still hit +/- 3" of point of aim) with significantly less recoil.

For where I hunt, all things considered, my 260 REM is "better" than my .270. That's why I carry the 260 and not the 270 most of the time. So for those conditions, the 260 REM is "better" than the 30/06 too. It kills the deer dead in their tracks with half the recoil in a rifle weighing only 7 pounds with scope.

In other conditions, such as where bear are present and KE becomes much more important, than the 30/06 might be "better".

If your definition of "better" is different than mine, have at it. That's what makes this country free.
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#1285855 - 04/11/09 03:26 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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#1285905 - 04/11/09 04:01 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: browning708]
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30-06 is the most useful of all / everything in North America / never has the 270 out performed the 30-06 at wimbleton
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#1324790 - 05/12/09 12:55 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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I am seriously looking at the 308 Marlin express or the 338 Marlin express. They are both lever guns but the performance is very interesting. The 338 is pretty close to a 30-06 and the 308 express close to the regular .308. I never would have thought you could get this range from a lever action. I am a bit sceptical until more of the rifles are sold because of ammo availability. Out of all the calibers mentioned above there isn't a bad one.
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#1347166 - 05/29/09 02:12 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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#1675873 - 12/16/09 04:11 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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#1676724 - 12/16/09 11:46 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: TennBuck]
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I haven't ever loaded a deer that was TO_DEAD to ride in my truck....So I like Foot Pounds of energy, even at long distances, So I shoot the .300 mag on most trips, no other caliber that is feasable for deer delivers the punch down range the .300 (any one you like) does....

I do use the ole 30-06 in the heavy brush though

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#1677044 - 12/17/09 08:40 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: ShaneHallum]
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 Originally Posted By: ShaneHallum
25-06 is a bad round. I believe it's one of the fastest rounds out right now.

.270 is a great gun for up to 300 yards. plenty of punch and relatively low cost to shoot.
A 270 Cal. is a faster shooting gun,and a flatter shooting gun than the 25-06.so the 25-06 is not the fastes gun out there

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#1677062 - 12/17/09 08:45 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: 7mm08]
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 Originally Posted By: 7mm08
Most guys I know couldn't hit a paper plate at 300 yards regardless of the caliber. Of course they are "killers" within 100 yards.

All these calibers are good and time tested, all are worthless without practice.
I agree 100 percent with you on this.Practice is the best thing,and you guys got to remember shot placememt.

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#1677508 - 12/17/09 12:15 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: FOOTER
 Originally Posted By: hpdi200
 Originally Posted By: ShaneHallum
25-06 is a bad round. I believe it's one of the fastest rounds out right now.

.270 is a great gun for up to 300 yards. plenty of punch and relatively low cost to shoot.
A 270 Cal. is a faster shooting gun,and a flatter shooting gun than the 25-06.so the 25-06 is not the fastes gun out there
I have to disagree with you, 200. I'll put my .25-06 up against your .270 any day as far as trajectory is concerned.
 Originally Posted By: FOOTER
 Originally Posted By: hpdi200
 Originally Posted By: ShaneHallum
25-06 is a bad round. I believe it's one of the fastest rounds out right now.

.270 is a great gun for up to 300 yards. plenty of punch and relatively low cost to shoot.
A 270 Cal. is a faster shooting gun,and a flatter shooting gun than the 25-06.so the 25-06 is not the fastes gun out there
I have to disagree with you, 200. I'll put my .25-06 up against your .270 any day as far as trajectory is concerned.
ok look at this . A 120 grain 25-06 bullet and a 130 grain 270 bullet.The closest i could find to compare.I will list the 270 first in numbers then the 25-06. Here is the long range trajectory. 270 at 100 yrds 1.5 25-06 1.6. at 150 yards they are the same at 1.4 at 200yards they both are at zero. at 250 yrds they both are at- 2.8 .at 300 yrds the 270 at - 7.0 the 25-06 at -7.2 at 400 yrds the 270 at -20.9 the 25-06 at -21.4 at 500 yrds the 270 at -43.3 the 25-06 at -44.1. Short range the 270 out performs it a little also. ok Energy (ft- lbs) 270 at muzzle 2702 ,the 25-06 2382 .at 100 yards 270 2225 ,25-06 1985 .At 200 yards 270 ,1818 ,25-06 1644. at 300 yards 270 1472 , 25-06 1351. At 400 yards 270 at1180. 25-06 at 1100. ok and at 500 yards 270 at 936. the 25-06 at 887. If you don't beleive me go to a ballistics chart and compare the same. So how can you say the 25- 06 out performs the 270. when it does'nt.Not knocking anyone gun.They both are good,but what you said is'nt true.

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#1677533 - 12/17/09 12:29 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: ]
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NOt very many people shoot a 120 grain 25-06 bullet, so that is why they get the idea it is a better round because they are shooting a 100 grain or lower therefore they are getting a flatter shot but sacrificing energy. I see your point and thanks for posting it hpdi200, but what about a 300 WSM or 270 WSM, as far a data concerns arent they at the top of the list as far as flattest shooting while also keep good energy levels.
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#1677570 - 12/17/09 12:47 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Head Hunter Extreme]
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 Originally Posted By: Head Hunter Extreme
NOt very many people shoot a 120 grain 25-06 bullet, so that is why they get the idea it is a better round because they are shooting a 100 grain or lower therefore they are getting a flatter shot but sacrificing energy. I see your point and thanks for posting it hpdi200, but what about a 300 WSM or 270 WSM, as far a data concerns arent they at the top of the list as far as flattest shooting while also keep good energy levels.
Yes they are very much so,but I was just comparing the 2 i posted on ,cause this guy said he would put his 25-06 up against my 270 any time.Not saying anything bad about anyones gun,I just hate to see people getting on here and saying things like he did,when obviously he did'nt know the facts about his gun or mine.

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#1678641 - 12/18/09 07:29 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: FOOTER
 Originally Posted By: hpdi200
 Originally Posted By: FOOTER
 Originally Posted By: hpdi200
 Originally Posted By: ShaneHallum
25-06 is a bad round. I believe it's one of the fastest rounds out right now.

.270 is a great gun for up to 300 yards. plenty of punch and relatively low cost to shoot.
A 270 Cal. is a faster shooting gun,and a flatter shooting gun than the 25-06.so the 25-06 is not the fastes gun out there
I have to disagree with you, 200. I'll put my .25-06 up against your .270 any day as far as trajectory is concerned.
 Originally Posted By: FOOTER
 Originally Posted By: hpdi200
 Originally Posted By: ShaneHallum
25-06 is a bad round. I believe it's one of the fastest rounds out right now.

.270 is a great gun for up to 300 yards. plenty of punch and relatively low cost to shoot.
A 270 Cal. is a faster shooting gun,and a flatter shooting gun than the 25-06.so the 25-06 is not the fastes gun out there
I have to disagree with you, 200. I'll put my .25-06 up against your .270 any day as far as trajectory is concerned.
ok look at this . A 120 grain 25-06 bullet and a 130 grain 270 bullet.The closest i could find to compare.I will list the 270 first in numbers then the 25-06. Here is the long range trajectory. 270 at 100 yrds 1.5 25-06 1.6. at 150 yards they are the same at 1.4 at 200yards they both are at zero. at 250 yrds they both are at- 2.8 .at 300 yrds the 270 at - 7.0 the 25-06 at -7.2 at 400 yrds the 270 at -20.9 the 25-06 at -21.4 at 500 yrds the 270 at -43.3 the 25-06 at -44.1. Short range the 270 out performs it a little also. ok Energy (ft- lbs) 270 at muzzle 2702 ,the 25-06 2382 .at 100 yards 270 2225 ,25-06 1985 .At 200 yards 270 ,1818 ,25-06 1644. at 300 yards 270 1472 , 25-06 1351. At 400 yards 270 at1180. 25-06 at 1100. ok and at 500 yards 270 at 936. the 25-06 at 887. If you don't beleive me go to a ballistics chart and compare the same. So how can you say the 25- 06 out performs the 270. when it does'nt.Not knocking anyone gun.They both are good,but what you said is'nt true.
Less than an inch difference at 500 yards??? They're pratically dead even!! And don't lecture me on not knowing the facts, Spike!
Sure I am a spike on here big deal.Does that mean you know more ,apparently not. Who was right ,who was wrong,I wasn't arguing i was just stating a fact,and the fact is you were wrong!!!!!Deal with it and grow up !!!

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#1679097 - 12/18/09 12:00 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: ]
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#1679265 - 12/18/09 01:24 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: ]
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the better question is best caliber for enviroment because there are dozens of very good calibers to kill deer, but certain calibers would work better in hardwoods and thick stuff as opposed to hunting wide open flat land, my personal preference is 25.06, its a very fast consistent bullet if hand loaded with the 117 grain boat tail and inflicts a quick clean kill.
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#1679414 - 12/18/09 03:14 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: ]
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i'm assuming you are a 25-06 fan also......
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#1680120 - 12/19/09 07:22 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: ]
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Less than an inch difference at 500 yards??? They're pratically dead even!! And don't lecture me on not knowing the facts, Spike! [/quote]


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#1680442 - 12/19/09 02:44 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: JSassassin]
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50 mm cannon lead them 2 ft if running wide open.

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#1680536 - 12/19/09 04:20 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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7mm rem mag or 300 win mag cant go wrong either way
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#1680613 - 12/19/09 05:07 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: trevor2010]
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i gotta admit,my last 3 were waylayed with my Winchester mod70 300wm,2 ran 70 yards with the hearts shredded,the doe today just flopped ,i dont care what you shoot them with no 2 deer will act the same,may carry the 243 tomorrow,its not tasted blood in a while & i have had more bang flops with it than the 300wm, \:\) mike243
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#1682873 - 12/21/09 11:17 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: mike243]
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#1683538 - 12/21/09 07:19 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Krazyvol]
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30-06 will kill them @ 1yd, 30-06 will kill them @ 800yds.So will every other deer round. You are asking an irrelevant question that no one here can answer. Get to a range, find a gun that fits right w/recoil you can handle in a price(rifle,ammo,scope) you are comfortable with and go have fun killin some deer.
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#1695362 - 12/29/09 02:17 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: TennBuck]
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I'd recommend a 270 WIN if you are regularly shooting 250-350 yards. If the vastr majority of your shots are less than 250 yards, with an occasional 300 yard shot, I'd go with 260 REM.

I'd only recommend a 30-06 if you really did go after elk occasionally. If strictly deer hunting, no reason to go with anything other than the first two I mentioned.

Unless, of course, you like the other ones. I have no right to tell anyone that their favorite color shouldn't be blue, it should be aqua-marine.
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#1695609 - 12/29/09 06:28 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: jakeway]
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260,270,30/06,etc which one is the best, none of them are calibers, so none of them answered his question, and none of them are the best caliber.
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#1699252 - 12/31/09 03:03 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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#1703333 - 01/02/10 02:34 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: bigrob]
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It is all about shot placement and your personal comfort with the weapon. I prefer 7MM Mag. I've never had one go more than 50 yds but I also like to knock out their front running gears or add a little distance between their ears and eyes.
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#1707755 - 01/04/10 09:35 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: cdw338]
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 Originally Posted By: cdw338
260,270,30/06,etc which one is the best, none of them are calibers, so none of them answered his question, and none of them are the best caliber.


Good point! Technically, the caliber is the diameter of the bullet. So I'd say the best caliber for TN deer, is the .264 or 6.5mm. Good SD and BC, plenty of weight, Mfg, and construction options.

You decide if the cartridge would be 260 REM, 6.5 X 55 Swede, 260/06, 264 WIN Mag, ...
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#1971740 - 06/24/10 07:01 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: jakeway]
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i have hunted with the 270 for 33 years or so of my 34 + years of hunting 98% of the time.....I love the 270 and it is my first choice. i have killed with the 243 and the 308 and i can tell you the 308 is dandy. i dont prefer the 243 for deer but it is a killer. ....just my personal pref.
use what you feel you will love...as for me and jack oconner we were joined at the hip when i read his first column touting the 270 and its performance and i have always been inlove with it.
I now have the 270 wsm and i expect the love to expand......
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#1975080 - 06/27/10 08:28 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Boone 58]
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#1989136 - 07/11/10 05:03 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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30-06, .308, 25-06, .243, 7mm-08, .270...They all work equally well.
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#1995318 - 07/15/10 12:29 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: 10mm4me]
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So Im new to deer hunting. I bought a T/C Omega Z5 last year to use for ML and Gun season because I could only get one gun, and it would do both seasons. Now I'd like to get a 308 Win due to the vast selections of 30 caliber bullets for reloading, making it suitable to hunt large game, varmints and target shooting.
However, I'm surprised that no one listed a 30-30. Does anybody use this round? I've found some good deals on used guns, and to my understanding, with modern ammunition this is a good 200 yd gun.

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#1995695 - 07/15/10 08:06 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Schulzie]
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 Originally Posted By: Schulzie
So Im new to deer hunting. I bought a T/C Omega Z5 last year to use for ML and Gun season because I could only get one gun, and it would do both seasons. Now I'd like to get a 308 Win due to the vast selections of 30 caliber bullets for reloading, making it suitable to hunt large game, varmints and target shooting.
However, I'm surprised that no one listed a 30-30. Does anybody use this round? I've found some good deals on used guns, and to my understanding, with modern ammunition this is a good 200 yd gun.


The 30-30 is a very popular round, and in it's day it was the top of the heap. But in today's world, with dozens of redundant cartridges out there, the 30-30 is just empirically at the bottom of the heap.

If you want a lever gun, which requires a rimmed cartridge, then there are only a handful of cartridge choices. Still, a few of them are head and shoulders above the 30-30 ballistically.

If money is tight, get a Savage or a Marlin XS7 in 260, 7mm-08, or .308 and you'll have a rifle that's much more versatile and effective over a wider range of distances and conditions.

(As for bullet availability, there are probably fewer options in .264 than 7mm or .308, but I still have more quality choices than I can ever try in my 260. But sadly the 260 REM just isn't very widespread in factory ammo, and it costs WAY more than the equivalent in 308 WIN.)
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#1995706 - 07/15/10 08:25 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: mossyoak3d]
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I will take my .257 Weatherby Mag Mark V Ultra Light...

I can't wait to get my rifle back from Lade and my new rounds he is custom loading...

Bring on the deer slaying...
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#1996866 - 07/16/10 07:00 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: DBLAARCHERY]
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#2035779 - 08/18/10 01:36 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: ]
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I use te 270 my son the 243 never once have we not dropped a deer within a few yards
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#2035880 - 08/18/10 02:21 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: neutral88]
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 Originally Posted By: neutral88
I haven't ever loaded a deer that was TO_DEAD to ride in my truck....So I like Foot Pounds of energy, even at long distances, So I shoot the .300 mag on most trips, no other caliber that is feasable for deer delivers the punch down range the .300 (any one you like) does....

I do use the ole 30-06 in the heavy brush though
Yep, but I choose a .338 Win Mag.

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#2036474 - 08/18/10 09:56 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: mossyoak3d]
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Well guys just depends on where im hunting that morning or evening. If im hunting the thick brush i pull out the old 30-30. If im hunting more open i use 30-06. Both guns have done the duty. This year i bought me a new rifle its a 7 MM STW. Hope i like it.
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#2036579 - 08/19/10 02:32 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: mossyoak3d]
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#2041433 - 08/22/10 10:51 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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#2071966 - 09/15/10 02:40 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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270,308,30-06 you can find ammo for anywhere
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#2072533 - 09/15/10 08:48 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: trumtrum]
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.300 WBY 2" high at 100,zeroed at 200,and 3.3" low at 300 with 150 grain sp thats my favorite lots of punch on deer and unfortunatly your shoulder but never had won get up since i bout it 4 yrs ago
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#2072599 - 09/15/10 09:25 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: tnmoe178]
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i have a 270 wsm and ive had it for 3 years and ive killed deer at different angles and yards i would choose it over any gun!
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#2085835 - 09/25/10 06:44 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: DOC1187]
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I know a man in south Ga. that owns a store and does a LOT of gun work, load development, custom loading and shooting. He shoots more rounds per yr than most of us will in our lives! I posed the same question to him and WITHOUT hesitation he says 260 Rem.hands down.
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#2085904 - 09/25/10 07:55 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Ambusher]
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Somewhere between 223 and 458 MAG.

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#2086095 - 09/25/10 11:11 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Carlos Viagra]
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has someone already said 300 or 325 wsm?
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#2086228 - 09/26/10 08:36 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: holstonangler]
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I have most of the rounds listed above and they are all great deer rounds. But I think the best would be 7mm08; 260 , or 308. They will fit into a short action and can be made into a short light rifle. All are inherently accurate and are flat shooting with marginal recoil.
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#2089423 - 09/28/10 04:19 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: redblood]
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.243 has dropped alot of deer.
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#2089535 - 09/28/10 06:22 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: pilgrim]
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i like the 243, but you are limited to such light bullets with poor sectional density
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#2092246 - 09/30/10 02:01 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: redblood]
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22 long rifle
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#2092345 - 09/30/10 02:53 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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Sako makes a .270 short mag that is a great gun that can get out there and touch em
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#2146507 - 11/04/10 05:50 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: bowtch huntr209]
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My 338.06 seems to work for me.
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#2168901 - 11/16/10 07:01 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: skynimrod]
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I got a 450 marlin guide gun great in the tree stand and blind. But not to good for long shots with a 350 grain bullet it drops pretty fast.
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#2171073 - 11/17/10 09:21 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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280,30-06
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#2176137 - 11/21/10 04:53 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Football Hunter]
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I use a P17 for longish distance. Its a 30-06 i inherited. But, an SKS will work theyre relatively sheap semi-automatic and very common, verry extremely muchisimo cheap ammo.
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#2176409 - 11/21/10 07:26 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: wooddweller3006]
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22hornet[he he]
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#2184078 - 11/26/10 09:56 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: knightrider]
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pretty much any .270 + will work though i'd get the .270 wsm if i ever got a 270.
U have to try to go overkill with a rifle on deer.
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#2187405 - 11/29/10 10:33 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: wooddweller3006]
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 Originally Posted By: wooddweller3006
pretty much any .270 + will work though i'd get the .270 wsm if i ever got a 270.
U have to try to go overkill with a rifle on deer.
no such thing as overkill, dead is dead
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#2188825 - 11/29/10 11:10 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: knightrider]
RheePerry
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.270 remington........nuff said
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#2188847 - 11/29/10 11:57 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: RheePerry]
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.308 enough said!!!!



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The .308 Winchester is one of the world's most popular hunting and target shooting cartridges. It is also one of the four cartridges on my "short list" of all-around rifle cartridges. And my article "The .308 Winchester (7.62mm NATO)" on the Rifle Cartridge Page gets more page views than any other article. The .308 is one popular rifle cartridge!

Because of the diversity of loads and bullet styles, it is hard to generalize, but the following are typical American factory loads for the .308 Winchester and are also probably representative of the majority of handoads. The 150 grain spitzer bullet is usually loaded to a muzzle velocity (MV) of 2,820 fps and muzzle energy (ME) of 2,648 ft. lbs. The figures at 200 yards are 2,263 fps and 1,705 ft. lbs.

The 165 grain spitzer bullet is loaded to a MV of 2,700 fps and a ME of 2,679 ft. lbs. At 200 yards the velocity is 2,194 fps and the remaining energy is 1,763 ft. lbs.

The 180 grain spitzer bullet leaves the muzzle at 2,620 fps with 2,743 ft. lbs. of energy. At 200 yards it is traveling at 2,178 fps and has 1,898 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy.

There are also premium factory loads that are loaded a little bit hotter. Many of the ammunition manufacturers now offer these loads. For example, Federal's Premium High Energy load for the 165 grain bullet has a MV of 2,870 fps and a ME of 3,020 ft. lbs. Their 180 grain load drives a Nosler Partition bullet at a MV of 2,740 fps and a ME of 3,000 ft. lbs.

Bullets used in the .308 generally weigh from 100 to 200 grains. The most common factory loaded bullet weights for the .308 are 150 grain, 165 grain, and 180 grain. These are the best bullet weights for almost all medium and big game hunting with the .308, so they are also the bullets most used by reloaders.

A number of powders work well in the .308 Winchester. Among those recommended are Varget, H380, H335, IMR 3031, IMR 4064, IMR 4895, RL-12, RL-15, and W748. I have used IMR 3031 for years with good results.

The Sierra 150 grain boat tail spitzer has a ballistic coefficient (BC) of .416 and a sectional density (SD) of .226. This is the bullet I use most in my .308. According to the fifth edition of the Sierra Bullets Reloading Manual, 42.8 grains of W748 powder gives this bullet a MV of 2600 fps, and a maximum load of 47.9 grains gives a MV of 2900 fps.

The Sierra 165 grain boat tail spitzer has a BC of .453 and a SD of .248. Sierra figures call for 40.8 grains of W748 powder for a MV of 2500 fps, and 43.5 grains of W748 for a MV of 2700 fps.

The Sierra 180 grain boat tail spitzer has a BC of .530 and a SD of .271. The Sierra Bullets Reloading Manual shows that 39.0 grains of W748 powder gives a MV of 2300 fps, and a maximum charge of 43.6 grains of W748 gives a MV of 2600 fps.

All of these Sierra loads used Federal cases and Federal 210M primers. They were tested in the 26" barrel of a Savage 12VSS rifle.

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#2212342 - 12/13/10 06:58 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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30-06 does it for me and I've made a couple of shots on the pipeline 250 yrds plus.
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#2216491 - 12/16/10 07:08 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: blueridge]
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The one and only........wait for it..... 308!!! It is legendary!!
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#2217947 - 12/17/10 04:28 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: tnbowhunter3]
10mm4me
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The .25acp out of a Jennings with an electrical tape grip is the best set up for deer!! PERIOD!
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#2227694 - 12/24/10 05:30 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: 10mm4me]
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if somebodys thinking about a new to them calibur take a look at some of the ammo sites that have their balistic charts set up to compair bullet weights,its eye opening.
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#2227729 - 12/24/10 07:27 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: turkinator]
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This sounds like a discussion on which deer to kill. Or what color hair the prettiest ladies have. Shoot what you feel comfortable with. Plenty of good choices out there. Hunt and enjoy.
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#2227888 - 12/24/10 10:44 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Bigg'un4214]
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.45 caliber patched roundball. Use 65 grains of black powder and hold a little high.... \:\)
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#2229519 - 12/25/10 07:21 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Tanglefoot]
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338 win mag.

i have killed them at over 400yds more times than i can count.

it has more ft/lbs @ 500yds than some do at the muzzle.

just kidding! i really like it but that's me. the true answer is which ever one you can shoot the best.

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#2243089 - 01/02/11 09:15 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: mossyoak3d]
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270 Weatherby Mag
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#2248134 - 01/05/11 07:11 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Lee Creek22]
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.308 works for me
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#2263324 - 01/14/11 12:40 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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270 wsm
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#2263418 - 01/14/11 01:36 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Bigg'un4214]
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 Originally Posted By: Bigg'un4214
This sounds like a discussion on which deer to kill. Or what color hair the prettiest ladies have. Shoot what you feel comfortable with. Plenty of good choices out there. Hunt and enjoy.
Right on ...ya might as well ask what's the best truck to drive!
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#2271890 - 01/20/11 09:13 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Rowdy]
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 Originally Posted By: Rowdy
 Originally Posted By: Bigg'un4214
This sounds like a discussion on which deer to kill. Or what color hair the prettiest ladies have. Shoot what you feel comfortable with. Plenty of good choices out there. Hunt and enjoy.
Right on ...ya might as well ask what's the best truck to drive!
everybody knows its a f-250 right \:D
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#2316595 - 02/21/11 09:47 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: knightrider]
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I was always partial to the 30-06 but this year I used a .270 that I bought and was actually more impressed with the .270
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#2316634 - 02/21/11 10:16 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: tn droptine]
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Buy one of each, you can never have to many rifles.

I like the .358 Winchester in a Remington Model 7.

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#2318504 - 02/22/11 05:23 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: turkinator]
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guns i've killed deer with
243 25-06 257 260 270 270wsm 280 30-30 35 357 358 308 30-06 300 rcm 300wsm 338 rcm 338 mx 338 federal 444 450 45/70 7x57 44 mag 12 gauge 20 gauge 454 480 7mag 7mm-08 .50 bp .54 bp 250 savage 300 savage
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#2385291 - 05/04/11 01:56 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: jakeway]
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 Originally Posted By: jakeway
 Originally Posted By: cecil30-30
Can't go wrong with a 30-06!


But a 270 WIN shoots faster, flatter, farther, less kick, and just as effective at the terminal end.

The 30-06 is probably the most versatile of all rifles for all of North America, but it's probably not the best at anything.


The 30-06 was designed for power by our military, and my 1917 has flip-ups up to 1600 yards (not that u cud spot a deer that far) so farther's questionable. 30-06 is best at being versatile.
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#2390806 - 05/11/11 08:52 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Adamjcksn]
jakeway
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For deer only, anything based on the 308 WIN will work GREAT. The 260 REM is the best, with the 7mm-08 a close second.
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#2396473 - 05/18/11 05:28 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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I got a question about short range shots. I have a 30-30 Winchester and I hear its a good round for up to 100 yards do you all agree with that?
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#2396787 - 05/19/11 03:26 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: chatthunting]
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 Originally Posted By: chatthunting
I got a question about short range shots. I have a 30-30 Winchester and I hear its a good round for up to 100 yards do you all agree with that?


millions of dead deer would say so. \:\)
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#2398260 - 05/20/11 06:48 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: stik]
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Thanks Stik
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#2579357 - 10/22/11 06:54 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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Thanks for responses!
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#2627997 - 11/20/11 07:54 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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I use for around here nothing but the 243. never had a problem.
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#2649968 - 12/02/11 12:04 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Jim H]
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Yep, that model 700 .243 of mine never lets me down.

Best calibur is one You can learn to shoot well.

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#2670565 - 12/13/11 02:49 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: JoshDosMil]
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my personal opinion is a 3006 is hard to beat with a good scope
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#2680063 - 12/18/11 11:52 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: danny1975]
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7mm/08
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#2686306 - 12/22/11 01:16 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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30-06
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#2688478 - 12/23/11 07:35 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: TnBullet]
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#2688507 - 12/23/11 07:48 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: oakclimber]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: oakclimber
0.270


the actual measurement is 0.277 ;\)
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#2695450 - 12/28/11 07:32 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: stik]
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I think the first question should be what type of action do you want to hunt with under the conditions you will generally be hunting under. A heart shot is a heart shot.
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#2717924 - 01/11/12 09:30 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: mossyoak3d]
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7mm
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#2719839 - 01/13/12 09:44 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: browning glock]
knightrider
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a hole in the heart or lungs is a dead deer, caliber is nothing more than personal choice,just pick something you can shoot pleasently and accurately.if it knocks the crap out of you ,your not going to practice with it the way you should.
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#2723796 - 01/16/12 12:42 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: knightrider]
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Has anyone ever wondered why the U.S. Army has always stuck with the .30 caliber bullets? It may be of interest to some to research this.....As for me if it is good enough for our army to defend this country with its good enough for me to deer hunt with. .30 cal all the way for me 308 30-06 and 300wm.
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#2730856 - 01/22/12 07:56 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Roost 1]
jakeway
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
Has anyone ever wondered why the U.S. Army has always stuck with the .30 caliber bullets? It may be of interest to some to research this.....As for me if it is good enough for our army to defend this country with its good enough for me to deer hunt with. .30 cal all the way for me 308 30-06 and 300wm.


#1: Military performance and hunting performance are two different things.

#2: "...stuck with the .30 cal"? Seems to me the .223 got a fair amount of military use. I personally wouldn;t use that round on deer, with so many other better ones available.
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#2733920 - 01/24/12 05:19 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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50 bmg ha ha just about any deer hunting rifle will do for 250yds just get what ever your comfortable with shooting
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#2735068 - 01/25/12 04:06 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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any gun you can shoot well. i change yearly the two guns i used the most this year was a tikkaT3 in 30-06 and a browning Abolt in 270wsm. i swear by both those guns but imo a regular 270win is probobly perfect for 99% of the hunting any of us will do.
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#2741920 - 02/01/12 08:15 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: browning glock]
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a loaded question !!!!!!! the 30-06 and you can't go wrong
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#3035698 - 11/15/12 11:10 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: rrhoghead]
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I think my Savage model 99 300 cal would do nicely even if it is over 50 yeas old....:)
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#3039570 - 11/18/12 09:09 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: gatodoc]
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#3438045 - 11/05/13 07:46 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: TN Whitetail Freak]
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Thanks for responses! I went with 270 WSM but I still live my .270
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#3445597 - 11/10/13 06:02 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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25-06 270 280 30-06
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#3456869 - 11/17/13 10:42 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: wsm]
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I'm sitting here reading all those posts and drooling over the rifles that some of you post about. I have a different take though. I just don't have the $$$ to fork out on a different rifle for every day. For this season I have my bow, a .50 cal, and my kids Rossi .243. After this deer season I will be able to purchase a used deer rifle for Daddy.

Looking at the properties that I hunt I need a very versatile rifle. Something that can handle brush and distance. I like barrel lengths on the rifle, but that is limiting. Bear in mind I still have the .243 and the .50.

I fell in love with the Remington 7400 as a teen when I had the chance to buy one in .35 Whelen. If I ever get the chance to buy that rifle again I will. Call it romantic attachment. I might even settle for a 336 .35.

I'm also a bit nostalgic when it comes to military surplus. I've considered VZ24's(8mm), K98's(7.92), and Enfield .303's. They all killed at 300 yards. Food for thought.

In reality for most people does 2" drop at 400 yards matter? I doubt it. I've been at the range too many times and seen guys "deer zero" their .30-30's at 50 yards and call it good.

Even if I can't find my .35 combo I will be looking for the Remington 7400 Carbine in .30-06. .30-06? Yep. Even with the reduction in ammo supplies I have still been able to find it. To me that is as important as anything else.
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#3476028 - 11/29/13 05:22 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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Love the .270. Hard to beat.
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#3476569 - 11/29/13 10:39 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Bodine270]
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My philosophy is get something that will do damage. Everyone will say "small calibers are fine, because you need to hit the vitals" Well you need to remain calm while driving but every driver's had their rage moments. You won't always be able to hit the vitals perfectly, so if you clip the liver with a 22-250 or 243 be ready to track. I'm not saying you need a 7 mag or 300 win mag, but some rifles, for my liking, just aren't enough for deer. I'd say a 270, 7mm of some sort (7-08, 280)or a 30 caliber (7.62 x 39, mosin 7.62 x 54r, 30-06, 30-30, 308, 300wsm)I'm no marksman or gunsmith, and to be honest I only recently became "avid" but I can tell you low-recoil and small calibers are called varmint guns for a reason.
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#3516273 - 12/25/13 09:37 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: redblood]
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.260 Remington, if you load. 7mm08 if you don't. Both produce little recoil and will kill a looooong way off. I've got a .260 rig I specifically built for long-range work and I don't slip off the safety unless the shot is more than 300 yards... or the buck has enough bone on his head to warrant a trip to the taxidermist.

Considering the US military test on the most lethal caliber bullets on humans (which have quite similar body mass to a whitetail), the 7mm (.284) was the most lethal, closely followed by the .277 caliber (.270). I shoot a .260 a lot because I can load a high B.C. bullet, and field results show me that even big-bodied deer die just as quickly as those shot with .277 or .284 caliber bullets. A .308 ain't no slouch, either. It's just got a little more sensitivity to wind in bullets in the 140 to 168-grain sizes that don't exist with 7mm and .260 bullets in the 130 to 140-grain range.

No matter what you pick, it all comes down to what you shoot most effectively.


Edited by jaybird62 (12/25/13 09:38 PM)
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#3521423 - 12/29/13 07:58 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: jaybird62]
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.264 is the best caliber, IMO. Best cartridges for deer would be
a toss-up between 6.5X55, 260 REM, and 6.5 Creedmore. For a little bit longer range 400 and up) use the 6.5-284 Norma.
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#3521969 - 12/30/13 07:41 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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30'06. When the ammo crunch was happening we could still find '06 and oddly enough 45 ACP. If it really hit the fan I want stuff I can still get ammo for.
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#3522061 - 12/30/13 08:28 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
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There is no single best rifle round for deer. If you hit them right with a proper bullet that is traveling fast enough to expand-you have a dead deer and soon.
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#3522121 - 12/30/13 09:07 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Plateau Hunter]
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260. rem, 7mm08 or 308 for eastern rigs
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#3525989 - 01/01/14 06:14 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: redblood]
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I have killed with the .243 the .270 the 7mm mag and .300 wsm all performed well. When I have enough money to buy another rifle it will be in the .308 win.
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#3535100 - 01/07/14 07:10 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Tennessee Lead]
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IMO: A pure classic would be a lever action 30-30. Great brush gun and will reach out there with quality optics and practice. Granted its not a 200 yards + gun, but how many times can you reach out past that? All the big houses make some fine ammo for this classic.
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#3672165 - 05/17/14 06:53 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Beekeeper]
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 Originally Posted By: Beekeeper
 Originally Posted By: neutral88
I haven't ever loaded a deer that was TO_DEAD to ride in my truck....So I like Foot Pounds of energy, even at long distances, So I shoot the .300 mag on most trips, no other caliber that is feasable for deer delivers the punch down range the .300 (any one you like) does....

I do use the ole 30-06 in the heavy brush though
Yep, but I choose a .338 Win Mag.

215 GR. SIE BTSP 67.0 Gr IMR 4350 2643 fps.


I use the 338 win mag with 200 gr bullets , weather at 100 yards or 300 yards there awesome with no more damage I get from 3006.at 300 yards there no tracking longer 3 steps . sweet guns. I rather a chose a 338 before a 270 or a 7mm. and the recoil is not that bad


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