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Old October 7, 2011, 12:27 PM   #76
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deer

Have been using 7-30 Waters which is a great performer on deer size critters.

Considering a T/C Contender in .357 Maximum with 190 gr cast lead. Let you kn ow how it works.
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Old October 7, 2011, 01:37 PM   #77
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.270 Winchester is my favorite. Perfect deer cartridge, and it'll drop elk. I used a 7mm rem Mag last year on a black tail deer... looked like he got hit by a car when I saw him up close. I probably wont use 7mm rem Mag on deer again, it wasted a lot of meat... and I LOVE venison.
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Old October 7, 2011, 04:26 PM   #78
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1st. - 270 Win.
2nd - 30-30
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Old October 7, 2011, 04:38 PM   #79
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Haven't hunted [Bambi or anything else] in a while, but when I do, I'll take a 30.06 any day of the week. If no rifle is available, a 12 gauge loaded with rifled slugs will do for me.
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Old October 7, 2011, 08:57 PM   #80
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Without a doubt, my favorite is the 6.5x55 Swede... Especially when shooting the fantastic Nosler 140 gr. Accubond bullet. Awesome!
I've always wanted a 6.5x55 Swede but for some reason I never got around to aquiring one.
Even though the swede is not a romping stomping magnum it seems they have some magical killing power.
I may have to break down and buy one.
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Old October 7, 2011, 10:17 PM   #81
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8mm Mauser Euro spec or .308.

I would probably have to vote .270 as the ideal North American deer cartridge, but I like guns with a military connection, and .270 is a purely commercial round and only comes in a limited variety of guns (that is, mostly commercial hunting rifles). I'm not someone who only shoots 5 times a year---3 times to sight in and 2 times at deer. I like to shoot.........A LOT.

And there is no arguing the effectiveness of the ol' 30-30 when used within its proper range. Not prestigious enough or macho enough for some I suppose, but it works...
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Old October 8, 2011, 11:58 AM   #82
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the 25-06, 257 Rob, and .243 are my favorite. If I had to take one it's going to be the 25-06 every time. I hunt in the northwest and ocasionally in TX
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Old October 8, 2011, 12:01 PM   #83
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I preffer .30-30 Winchester for deer.
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Old October 8, 2011, 12:08 PM   #84
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nc deer

use a 30-06 but have used 243 and 270 . Never lost one to either of the three.
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Old December 10, 2012, 09:16 PM   #85
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I haven't actually killed anything with it, but a .50 cal Powerbelt bullet out of a TC Hawken. I look foreward to getting my black powder license soon.
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Old December 10, 2012, 09:21 PM   #86
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12 gauge slug, 454 Casull with 300gr Hornady XTPs or Cast Performance 395gr lead bullets downloaded a bit. Want to try my 500 Smith one of these days too. If I had a choice of rifles I'd use a 243 or 30-06.
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Old December 10, 2012, 10:38 PM   #87
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30-06 sierra 165 grain BTHP
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Old December 11, 2012, 12:11 AM   #88
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Long shots; 7x57 mauser or 280Rem

Short shots; 30-30 Win, 375 Win or 41 mag
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Old December 11, 2012, 05:14 AM   #89
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Either the .40 that comes saboted in the Hornady SST 20ga slugs, or the Core-Lokt .30-06 out of my Model 700. Once it's time to put them away and grab the smoke pole, it's the TC Shockwaves.
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Old December 11, 2012, 08:31 AM   #90
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If I am hunting in the woods (Pa) I will grab my Marlin 336 in 35 Remington. Where longer shots are possible ( out across the fields), My Ruger M77 Mk II chambered in 260 Remington gets the nod.
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Old December 11, 2012, 09:47 AM   #91
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I'm a .270 man myself, but that's mostly because thats' the chambering of my favorite rifle. I'm smart enough to know that anything from .243 up through (and past really) .30-06 is plenty good for deer. A good rifle and scope (for most of us anyway) and the man behind them are what are really important in my always humble opinion.
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Old December 11, 2012, 07:24 PM   #92
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Not a doubt in my mind.
THE SWEDE (6.5x55mm)

Out of a sporterized 1912 stamped M1896
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Old December 11, 2012, 08:12 PM   #93
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.308 w/ 165gr Hornady's has helped take all 6 the last two years. I am planning on a rebarrel to .260Rem, flatter, faster, softer...
This is my exact plan. Current fav deer cartridge is .308 Win. Only one I got, 'cept 12 GA.
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Old December 11, 2012, 09:09 PM   #94
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depends on the terrain/mood that day...
brush/thick stuff 30-30
field/lane .270
pistol10mm
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Old December 11, 2012, 09:25 PM   #95
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No one else like the 'ol 35 Remington? It's my fav in the Hoosier state

I do plan on a 45 colt 1860 Henry for next year though.

Deer pistol is a 45 colt
Muzzle loader is a .50 caliber side-lock
I don't do the archery thing. (or shotgun for that matter)
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Old December 12, 2012, 02:00 AM   #96
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For about 20 years, the only "deer" rifle I had was a M88 Win in .308. So..most of my firearm kills wwere with that old heirloom rifle. Then I got the bowhunting bug, and moved to an area that gave opportunity for plenty of same. My rifle kills are not as high as they might be otherwise.

As bamaboy came up, and I started to slow down a tad, I've come back to gun hunting a little bit anyhow.

I retired the M88, and have played the field since. I'm prone to light, short rifles, and a .44 Ruger and a 7.26x39 Mini and M77 have been carried plenty. I still hunt .308 in a Savage Scout. But.... my current favorite caliber may well be .243. Fast, flat and more than enough for whitetails with the right placement and slug.
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Old December 12, 2012, 04:26 AM   #97
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1st choice would be .243 win, followed closely by the 12 ga firing sabots out of a rifled barrel.
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Old December 13, 2012, 12:04 AM   #98
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For about 20 years, the only "deer" rifle I had was a M88 Win in .308.
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About 40 years ago I had a Model 88 Winchester in .308. Mine was the carbine version. Since the action on the 88 was so long, the barrel was only 18 inches to keep the overall length down to carbine dimensions. Because the barrel was so short, that gun had the worst muzzle blast of any gun I have ever fired.
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Old December 14, 2012, 10:55 PM   #99
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Old December 16, 2012, 01:11 AM   #100
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.30-06 150 grain Remington CoreLokt

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