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#3456869 - 11/17/13 10:42 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: wsm]
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Registered: 07/03/11
Posts: 1719
Loc: Portland, TN

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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]

Registered: 11/28/13
Posts: 57
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]
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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: 448
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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Registered: 11/22/99
Posts: 3563
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]
8 Point

Registered: 12/24/13
Posts: 1064
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
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Registered: 05/19/00
Posts: 1829
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]
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Registered: 01/22/06
Posts: 13851
Loc: Lewisburg

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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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Registered: 08/08/13
Posts: 847
Loc: Putnam County, TN

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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.
"Two of my favorite things are my steering wheel and Remington rifle" -DALE EARNHARDT SR
"Growing up, I've enjoyed hunting with my father"

#3535100 - 01/07/14 07:10 AM Re: Best rifle caliber for deer? [Re: DNDHUNTAHOLIC88]
Frank G
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Registered: 12/20/12
Posts: 1356
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.
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