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#3476028 - 11/29/13 05:22 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
4 Point

Registered: 11/28/13
Posts: 117
Loc: Fayette Co

Love the .270. Hard to beat.
Skin that one Pilgrim, and I'll get you another!

#3476569 - 11/29/13 10:39 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Bodine270]
4 Point

Registered: 05/03/11
Posts: 305
Loc: Nashville Basin

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]
4 Point

Registered: 10/23/06
Posts: 489
Loc: Brentwood, TN

.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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10 Point

Registered: 11/22/99
Posts: 3619
Loc: Hendersonville, TN, USA

.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.
It's not rocket surgery, for crying outside!

#3521969 - 12/30/13 07:41 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
10 Point

Registered: 12/24/13
Posts: 2635
Loc: River Bottom

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.
Fail to plan, Plan to fail

#3522061 - 12/30/13 08:28 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
Plateau Hunter
8 Point

Registered: 05/19/00
Posts: 1962
Loc: Cannon County, TN

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.
We were soldiers once, and young.

#3522121 - 12/30/13 09:07 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Plateau Hunter]
16 Point

Registered: 01/22/06
Posts: 15381
Loc: Lewisburg

260. rem, 7mm08 or 308 for eastern rigs
"I will predator hunt for food "

#3525989 - 01/01/14 06:14 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: redblood]
Tennessee Lead
8 Point

Registered: 08/08/13
Posts: 2242
Loc: Putnam County, TN

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.
#3535100 - 01/07/14 07:10 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Tennessee Lead]
Frank G
8 Point

Registered: 12/20/12
Posts: 1409
Loc: Hardin Co, TN Pickwick Lake

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.
Team M.I.A.

#3672165 - 05/17/14 06:53 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Beekeeper]
8 Point

Registered: 03/22/10
Posts: 1081
Loc: milledgeville,tn

 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 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

Edited by danny1975 (05/17/14 06:56 AM)

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