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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]
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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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100 grain swacker connected to a 27.5" Easton ST Axis in 340s
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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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