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Old September 9, 2009, 07:32 PM   #1
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Best deer round

What would yall say is the best deer round out there? And I mean all deer from Mule to whitetail. I'm thinking of getting rid of the remy and switchy it up, but I truly only want a caliber for deer.
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Old September 9, 2009, 07:36 PM   #2
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This will be interesting to watch but I'll start by saying .257 Roberts.
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Old September 9, 2009, 07:45 PM   #3
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What's a remy? :barf:

Is that supposed to be Remington? And if it is, WHAT Remington would that be? Rifle - bolt, semi or pump...., Shotgun......

For open Western range, Southern beanfields and similar, a 30-06/270/7mag will do just fine, as will a 25-06. They'll also work for folks who sit in tree stands, but tend to be overkill unless you're near the previously mentioned beanfield
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Old September 9, 2009, 07:51 PM   #4
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.308, .30/06, .270, .280, .243, 7mm-08, .25-06 just to name a few.
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Old September 9, 2009, 07:59 PM   #5
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This will be interesting to watch but I'll start by saying .257 Roberts.

Close, but it's parent cartridge...the 7x57...is the best.
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Old September 9, 2009, 07:59 PM   #6
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Due to many work assignments 1976 - present, I've hunted deer all across USA. This older Remington carbine has been a keeper for me. It's a .308 and I love it! But at typical woods distances, .308 can be a meat shredder. FEDERAL Lite features a 170 grain flat nose to 30-30 velocity and is a better ammo choice for fairly close shots. For long shots go with 150 grain spitzer bullets. 180 grain or hand loaded 200 grain is TOPS for elk and moose!

The 7mm-08 shoots a tad flatter with slightly less recoil.

6.5mm X 55 Swede is sort of like the more modern 260 Remington but better ammo choices.

I prefer 20 inch barrel length and would not buy a rifle with longer barrel. Unfortunately, very few makers build carbines but a decent smith can do the job for a reasonable price.

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Old September 9, 2009, 08:01 PM   #7
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Im with Jack.... .308
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Old September 9, 2009, 08:03 PM   #8
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25-06 or 7mm-08

Flat shooting, low recoil, plenty enough power for any range that 99% of hunters can make the shot.
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Old September 9, 2009, 08:38 PM   #9
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Old September 9, 2009, 08:43 PM   #10
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Old September 9, 2009, 09:32 PM   #11
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Oh, so bland 300... Why not a 7-30 Waters?

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Old September 9, 2009, 09:35 PM   #12
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.30-06. Everything else is a wannabe.
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Old September 9, 2009, 10:04 PM   #13
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I'm with RNB65 30-06 or possibly 270
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Old September 9, 2009, 10:06 PM   #14
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Wouldn't it be the one that's killed the most deer? The 30-30 of course. Man there are sooooooooo many good choices out there for deer. I currently use a .30-06 beause it's my all around rifle and works well. I like the 30-06 and it's varients a lot like the .25-06, .270, .280. I also think the .308 and it's brother the 7mm-08 rate just as well.
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Old September 9, 2009, 10:08 PM   #15
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Old September 9, 2009, 11:09 PM   #16
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Agreed, .30-06 is about impossible to beat. If I wasn't shooting the 06, I'd probably be carrying a 7x57 or 7.5x55 Swiss, or possibly the 6.5x55 Swede.
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Old September 9, 2009, 11:53 PM   #17
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Old September 9, 2009, 11:53 PM   #18
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Weatherby Mag and Coastie:

The correct obscure calibers are either the 257 Newton or 30 Newton.

Jack O'Conner:

How can you have a screen name like that and not say .270 Win? Saying .308 made Jack O'Connor roll over in his grave.

Now.

The OP asked for the caliber for Mulies and WT deer. Personally, I think the 30-06 is overgunning, espcially when considering the little deer of the historic deep south and east coast states. That is why I said a .25 caliber. No doubt a 257 Roberts will stop and Mulie too.
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Old September 9, 2009, 11:57 PM   #19
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Saying .308 made Jack O'Connor roll over in his grave.
Too bad. Jack can rock and roll all he wants, but the .308 Winchester is a wicked deer round!
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Old September 10, 2009, 12:49 AM   #20
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In the 50's my Aunt took 2nd place Boone & Crockett Mountain Caribou with a .270win.
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Old September 10, 2009, 08:47 AM   #21
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Both the 270 and 308 will do anything you need. You can get a shorter /lighter rifle in 308 is all.
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Old September 10, 2009, 08:53 AM   #22
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This many replies and the closest mention of the venerable .30-30 is Jack's reference in mentioning the Federal Lite...

So for me it is simple...
For thick woody hunting...
.30-30 levergun or a shortish shotgun with slugs.

For open country longer shooting, gimme the ol' .30-06.
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Old September 10, 2009, 09:04 AM   #23
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I'd second the .257 Roberts, 7-30 Waters, 7mm-08, .308, .30-06, and just about anything else up the middle range. Speaking of range--that's just it. Will you be hunting river bottom bean fields, wide western canyons, thick juniper thickets, eastern pine flats, thick grown-over clear cuts...........?

For myself, I found it nearly impossible to count on one rifle for every situation. In a quick pinch these days, it's going to most likely be a .444 Marlin with a Nikon Monarch 4x40 for the woody stuff, and a 26" M70 Classic Stainless with a Leupold 3.5-10x40 VXIII in 7mm Rem. Mag. With either of those, I have 99% confidence in my equipment for any situation I've found four-legged deer in. Throw in my 7-30 Waters Contender, and I'll go as far as 99.99%.

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Old September 10, 2009, 10:31 AM   #24
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Old September 10, 2009, 10:40 AM   #25
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There is no perfect deer caliber however a lot of good suggestions are on this page. My top five pics would be .243 Win, .270 Win, .30-30 Win, .308 Win, and .30-06 Springfield. Just for the simple fact that you walk into any store that sells ammunition you will find these cartridges on the shelf. 7mm Rem Mag is just as popular and as easy to find just a little more expensive most of the time.

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as well as the .25-06, .250 Savage, 6.5x55, .260, and .280, but these are not nearly as common or as easily found. If you handload then it isn't such a big deal but it doesn't seem that the OP rolls his own. Don't overthink it and keep it simple when you look for your deer rifle.
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