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#1995318 - 07/15/10 12:29 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: 10mm4me]
Schulzie
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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]
jakeway
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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]
DBLAARCHERY
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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]
skynimrod
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270 WSM
338-06
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If ya want to go smaller 7-08 is about perfect...
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#2035779 - 08/18/10 01:36 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: ]
Jim H
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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: BamaBucks]
Beekeeper
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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.

215 GR. SIE BTSP 67.0 Gr IMR 4350 2643 fps.
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#2036474 - 08/18/10 09:56 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: mossyoak3d]
Smokin Diesel
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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]
stylishblueticks
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30-06
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#2041433 - 08/22/10 10:51 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
turkinator
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#2071966 - 09/15/10 02:40 PM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: Gravey]
trumtrum
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270,308,30-06 you can find ammo for anywhere
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