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Old October 6, 2009, 09:01 AM   #76
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105 mm loaded with HE. Its a little difficult to tote around in the woods, but it might get the job done.
I prefer 88mm flak.

I killed a buck a few months ago with an '04 Monte Carlo chambered in 3.5 liter.

I think the best deer round is a 2 3/4" 1oz 12 gauge slug. Put a hole in a buck's heart big enough to throw my hat through.

When I am shooting on someone's kill permit I like 8mm Mauser or 7.62x54r.
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Old October 6, 2009, 09:17 AM   #77
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Willie, Don't you like Deer heart and eggs for breakfast or Deer heart with onions served with barely mashed spicy taters for supper? TSK TSK TSK!!!!
But I agree on the slug... I prefer to describe it as "A hole you drive a John deere thru and not get no blood on the paint..."
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Old October 6, 2009, 10:00 AM   #78
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6.5x55 Swede! 140gr. ammo!
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Old October 6, 2009, 05:19 PM   #79
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Sounds like you want to strictly hunt whitetail with this rifle. If you are strictly hunting rifle then theres many calibers, and if you don't mind spending money then you can be set up nicely. A caliber that is super fast, super flat, and you will be amazed by would be the 257 Weatherby magnum. Its an incredible caliber. The bullets would be a little difficult to find and more expensive. A 270. wsm is a lot like the 257. Weatherby Magnum but bigger, a little less expensive and is more widely available. If you want something that is a normal price range, widely available then i would look at a 243. win or a 270. win. Both are fast flat and hard hitting. The 257. Weatherby beats out the 243. win in ballistics but not price and it goes for the 270. wsm and the 270. win. A 7mm rem mag, is something that would give you a performance like the wsm and weatherby without the extreme prices. The 7mm will go up in price compared to the 270. win, and 243. win though and will have some recoil but its not too bad.

Look at the Remington 700, Sako 85 or A7, Tikka T3 and Browning. All Amazing
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Old October 9, 2009, 04:21 PM   #80
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7x57, .308, 7-08, .270. IMHO.
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Old October 9, 2009, 09:12 PM   #81
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6.5x55 Swede, .308 Win Love em both.
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Old October 11, 2009, 12:38 AM   #82
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7x57mm

fisherman66 got it right on the 5th post
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Old October 11, 2009, 11:45 AM   #83
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This whole thread is silly!

"Which is the best deer round?"

Here you go, and read carefully. Don't go too fast, as you may miss something.

THE BEST ROUND TO USE IS ONE THAT MUSHROOMS SLIGHTLY AND EXITS THE DEER WITHOUT LEAVING A HUGE EXIT WOUND!

It's that simple. You can use whatever you want, but for best results use something that will do as said above.
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Old October 18, 2009, 08:24 PM   #84
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30-06 it is great and you can get lots of different weights
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Old October 18, 2009, 08:39 PM   #85
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Well i would have to know where you shoot. Open country or more bush. If it was bush then go with the 30-30. win hands down and shoot 160 grain lever revolutions in case you need that extra longer shot like 200 yards or so. If its open country i would lean towards something thats really fast, really flat, and hits real hard. If it were me there would be 3 cartridges in mind. number 1 and cheapest would be a 7mm rem mag shooting 140 grain bullets. Wow thats a beauty set up. Number 2. 270. wsm or 270 win both shooting 130 grain bullets. That is also a great set up. 3 and most expensive but an truly awesome caliber would be the 257 weatherby. Most likely i would take the 7mm rem mag
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Old October 18, 2009, 08:45 PM   #86
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fisherman66 got it right on the 5th post
It's unanimous! The 7x57 is the best deer cartridge!

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THE BEST ROUND TO USE IS ONE THAT MUSHROOMS SLIGHTLY AND EXITS THE DEER WITHOUT LEAVING A HUGE EXIT WOUND!
You mean bullet. We aren't talking about bullets.
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Old October 19, 2009, 07:48 AM   #87
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I like them to enter finger hole size and exit double fisted. If there were some way I could implant a grenade, that would be about perfect.

Example: 195 yd (lazer ranged) 150gr hpbt @3322 (chrono @ 20 ft.) .308 cal. Result.....small hole in and 1 lung and 4 ribs missing on the far side. Mulie was actually thrown sideways.
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Old October 21, 2009, 01:18 AM   #88
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Well if you look at my sig you know my personal preference, however there are a couple of hundred calibers out there that will work.

I live in the land of big wide open spaces, long shots can be had everywhere you turn and I like the .270 for its speed and flat trajectory. That being said a .30-30 is a lot better deer gun in some areas.

Personally I think that the whole fam-damily of .308 based cartridges are good deer killers. Anything based on the .30-06 is great too. I would say that these are the mainstream rounds, they are the easiest to come by and you really cant miss. Of course there are any number of slightly more obscure yet interesting and very capable rounds out there as well.

Magnums are not, never have been, and never will be necessary for killing deer, dont let anyone convince you otherwise. I have killed deer with a .243 and think it is a good round but I personally would not go any smaller, and in most cases the .30-06 is really more than you would need (so is a .270) but who has ever seen a deer that is too dead?

Six of one, half a dozen of the other, pick one that you like buy a nice rifle and some reloading gear, shoot it lots, get to know it, and go kill deer with it.
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Old October 21, 2009, 03:53 PM   #89
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Willie, Don't you like Deer heart and eggs for breakfast or Deer heart with onions served with barely mashed spicy taters for supper?
Honestly I have never had deer heart. That was something we allways fed to the dogs...

I'll give it a try if I have a spare heart on hand.
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Old October 21, 2009, 04:09 PM   #90
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Heart is a very rich flavor so if liver is not something you like the flavor of... you may not care for heart.
Me? Just thinkin' of heart or liver makes my tongue slap my ears...
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Old October 21, 2009, 07:53 PM   #91
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There is no best, but there are damn good...... I'd suggest the .308, 30.06 or the 7mm Rem Mag.

Granted there are lots of other rounds that do about the same thing as those three, but those three calibers offer a lot of various rifle make and model choices, abundant ammo selection and great ammo availabilty.

What more could you want in a rifle?
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Old October 21, 2009, 07:56 PM   #92
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What more could you want in a rifle?
I prefer a little less in a rifle, especially in a lightweight.
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Old October 21, 2009, 08:47 PM   #93
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Boy good question. I have hunted with a lot of different calibers when hunting deer. 300 Mag, 7Mag, 280, 270, 7mm-08, 6.5x55 Swede, 22-250, 30-30, 30-06 and I picked up a .243 I am going to use some this year and of all the ones I have used for a shot out to 200 yards I say my 6.5x55. You talk about doing a great job! It is GREAT! It does a great job and it does not get meat on both ends!
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Old October 22, 2009, 03:10 AM   #94
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I wanted to use my 7.65x54 mauser this year, but mounting the scope was going to cost me too much to have it drilled and tapped so i chose my 30-06 Enfield to mount the scope on.
Its a great round for everything i may hunt. my next choice would be my 7.62 Mosin in full battle dress or the turk 8mm lol!
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Old October 22, 2009, 10:15 AM   #95
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Can't say for sure if it's the very best or not, but I rely on my .308. Accurate, easy to shoot, power to spare. Hasn't let me down.
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Old October 22, 2009, 10:36 AM   #96
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.30-06

I've got a 7x57 and a 30-06 and the 30-06 is better.
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Old October 22, 2009, 03:56 PM   #97
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I have never found that one. I hunt in so many different places that one round and one gun would be way to limiting.

If I just had to pick on it would be the 45-70 because if it isn't thick enough to have to crawl then I probably will be hunting much. However I just limited my hunting because that round and rifle would be much help when I hit the fields.
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Old October 26, 2009, 11:52 PM   #98
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I am old and single and have lots of rifles. I have hunted with eveything from a .257 Bob to a 45-70 in the last 10 years (257/6.55x55/7mm Mauser/280Rem/270 Win/06/300Win/300Weatherby/35Wheelen/348Win/45-70. I believe that whatever rifle you shoot will do the job, with the right bullet and within your limitations as a marksman. Practice until you know those limitations and you are good to go.
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Old October 29, 2009, 11:50 AM   #99
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As a matter of personal preference, I have used the .308 win/7.62 NATO round on whitetail and elk, and have several friends who have used it on everything from feral hogs to moose to antelope to black bear. In the hands of even a moderately skilled hunter, the .308 will successfully harvest any game animal in North America (I'm not counting Grizzlies and Kodiaks as game animals here, although it could possibly do the job).

Also, the .308 is an extremely popular cartridge. I've never been in any sporting/shooting store that didn't have at least one box of .308 behind the counter. The same cannot be said of some other cartridges, even though they may be just as good for hunting. I also hunt with a .30-40 krag, and I generally have to order ammo from the manufacturer.

I don't think a hunter could go wrong by having at least one deer rifle chambered for the .308, and if you can only afford one, a .308 is a good choice.
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Old October 29, 2009, 11:53 AM   #100
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270 WSM all the way
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