View Full Version : what caliber did ya use on first whitetail

December 21, 2008, 01:23 PM
first time i ever took a shot... hoping the white flag wouldnt come up... was a .375 H&H Mag....looked just like a lever action 30/30 but i could nearly put the end of my thumb in the barrel.... was only 13 then.... as i recall too me about till next yrs hunt to get my shoulder back in shape.... not sure the recoil was worth the spike i got with it.

December 21, 2008, 01:31 PM
Model 17 Enfield 30-06 with Rem 220 grain RNSP. Thirty caliber hole in/out and the deer ran about 50 yds heart/lung shot. Eight point. Humm-that was about 40+ years ago.

December 21, 2008, 01:36 PM
first time i ever took a shot... hoping the white flag wouldnt come up... was a .375 H&H Mag....looked just like a lever action 30/30

If it "looked just like a lever action .30-30", then I'm pretty sure it was a .375 Win., and not a .375 H&H. Big difference (http://www.winchester.com/products/catalog/comparerifle.aspx?multiadd=UzM3NVNMUy0xLTE=&action=3&ctype=1&atype=1). (...and it takes a bitty thumb to go down the bore of a .375. ;) )

December 21, 2008, 01:39 PM
tkx for helpin me out Tamara... was win then not h&h... and yes.... thumb was kinna small back then.... do remember the recoil tho.... worse than the 12 gauge i used to shoot pigeons from the old hay barn.

December 21, 2008, 01:50 PM
My first mule deer was shot with a .243 Win. First whitetail (coues deer) was shot with a 7mm Rem Mag.


December 21, 2008, 02:02 PM
Yup. A '94 Big Bore (http://www.chuckhawks.com/win_med_bore_levers.htm) can beat you up a bit. Lightweight carbines firing stout cartridges and with hard, skinny butt plates will do that. :D

(I bet it gave you something to be proud of, though! :cool: )

December 21, 2008, 02:07 PM

December 21, 2008, 02:14 PM
First mule deer I took was with a .243 Win. Haven't taken a white tail deer yet and I'll let you know what I use when I do!

December 21, 2008, 03:12 PM
My first deer I used 12 ga shotgun that was a lot older then myself, I shot it 1time at around 30 yards using #1 buckshot.

December 21, 2008, 03:13 PM
30-06, 150 grain soft point.

December 21, 2008, 03:23 PM
Rem 700, 270, 130 grn spbt.

December 21, 2008, 04:06 PM
.50 cal muzzleloader 295 grain powerbelt 100 grains triple 7

December 21, 2008, 04:12 PM
Winchester 94 in 32 special ---open sights--I took my first 5 deer with it.

December 21, 2008, 04:22 PM
Ruger .243/100 grain. @ about 80 yards.

December 21, 2008, 04:39 PM
.50 PRB @ 35yds. and 90 grns of "Real Blackpowder" Way back when Moby Dick was a Gupppy ???!!! ;)

Be Safe !!!

December 21, 2008, 04:48 PM
38 years ago about 100 yards from the St. Marys river in NE FL. Deer ( spike ) was walking along the edge of the swamp. Shot him with a Re. 700 ADL in 25-06. Rifle cost $117.00.......don't remember what the Tasco scope cost. Quite a few deer and hogs went down over they years with it, mostly shooting Sierra 117 boattails.

Still have it.................still shoots good even though in the last 10 years or so I've gotten to where I almost always carry a old Marlin/Glenfield in .35 Rem. Got to get closer......but then I find it more rewarding to be close.

December 21, 2008, 05:03 PM
Browning BPS, 12, with federal 1oz. slugs.

10 yard shot followed by a 20-30-40 and 50 yard shot. 4 hits, 1st one vital but it took the poor old thing forever to go down. The sounds she made almost made that my last hunt...J.R.

December 21, 2008, 05:19 PM
Ok this is going to cause a stink. My very first deer taken was with a .22. Many moons ago. I was a kid rabbit hunting when he jumped up out of some blackberry bushes behind our farm. I raised and fired, he ran about 30 yrds and flopped over. Kicked a little and that was it. He had stopped kicking before I could reload. I hit him in the lower right side, thru the heart and lodged in the left ribs. You would have thought I hit him with a .270.

December 21, 2008, 05:22 PM
12 ga shotgun with buckshot, hit the heart lungs and liver, deer just hit the ground dead, didn't move an inch.

December 21, 2008, 05:33 PM
It was 35+ years ago when I was nine, the rifle was a .300 Savage Model 99, with a 2-7 Redfield Widefield scope on it.

December 21, 2008, 05:54 PM
How about a .32 Remington, Model 81? It seems like yesterday, but I guess it was more like 40 years ago. It had belonged to my Dad's brother who joined the Canadian RAF to be a pilot and get into the war. He was killed in November 1941. I used it from 1966 until 1985, and it has been parked since then, when I started using my Dad's sporterized '03.

December 21, 2008, 06:03 PM
My first whitetail was with a custom built .308. That same rifle also took my first antelope.

December 21, 2008, 06:10 PM
I took my first (and several more after) with a Marlin Model 336c .30-30.
I really love this gun, have since moved on to bolt actions, but still have a soft spot for the old .30-30s.

Now that ammo manufactuers are making the 'Leverevolution' lines of ammo, they are getting some impressive ballistics.

December 21, 2008, 06:22 PM
12 ga. Mossberg Federal slugs.

Dr. Strangelove
December 21, 2008, 07:37 PM
.270 Win and using my own hand loads! 130gr Remington Bronze tip. Wish they still had those available as components!

December 21, 2008, 07:39 PM
TC encore, 20ga sabot slug, federal barnes expander

December 21, 2008, 08:37 PM

December 21, 2008, 08:54 PM
Interarms Mark X in 243win, My own handloads 100gr nosler partition over IMR 4350.~200 yards across a wheatfield my dad sitting beside me.I used a fallen log for a rest. I fired the dear fell in it's tracks. It was about a year old button buck we could still see faint spots when we got close.
I still remember dad askin' "where'd ya hit it" as we walked to it I said "about 2inches behind it's elbow" and sure enough thats where the entry wound was.

That was 26 years ago just before I turned 17,I remeber it like yesterday.

December 21, 2008, 08:57 PM
.284 was the caliber

December 21, 2008, 09:28 PM
.36 cal. flintlock rifle made by one of my ancestors in the mid 1700's.

It and 5 others were given to the Smithsonian Institute around 20 yrs. ago.

December 21, 2008, 09:50 PM
First was 20 ga.
second was 12 ga
first rifle .243 win, then .270 and .50 Knight muzzleloader.

December 21, 2008, 10:37 PM
300 Savage Mod 99 with a peep site....I loved that gun.

December 21, 2008, 11:27 PM
35 Rem. The new 270 Win worked well on Friday, though.

December 21, 2008, 11:49 PM
300WM 150 gr sierra jsp. 74 gr IMR 4350. It does as good of a job as it does on Mulies and Blacktail.

December 22, 2008, 06:00 AM
Marlin 336 Lever action in 30-30 Win. - 150 gr Remington Core-lokt soft-point over Accurate Arms 2520. One shot dropped a large doe in her tracks. The smile on my face lasted for days!

December 22, 2008, 08:47 AM
Ithaca 12g. shotgun at 17yrs. old.

Art Eatman
December 22, 2008, 11:09 AM
My uncle's Sako in .222. A patient doe at about 25 yards (at most). He scowled as I aimed and aimed and aimed and he finally said, "Damn it, shoot the ol' bitch!" So, into the white spot.

December 22, 2008, 11:24 AM
I used a 12 ga 870 remington with a slug.

December 22, 2008, 11:28 AM
first 3 were with a Win 94 in .30-30
then I got one with a .410 and several with 12 gauge. There were also a few taken with .22lr to feed a hungry family.

December 22, 2008, 11:40 AM
I shot my 1st deer (Calif. blacktail) on my 8th. deer season with a 7mm Mag. I started hunting when I was 14 with a British .303, upgraded to a Browning semi auto .308, that one was stolen. Replaced it with a Browning bolt action 7mm Rem. Mag.
1st deer was taken while walking along a logging road that was being heavily road hunted by people in thier vehicles. A truck load of hunters had just gone by. I almost overlooked him myself. All I could see at first was his feet, he was standing partially obscured by a tree. Only about 35 yards away. I had to use my binoculars to see his antlers through the branches. He was downhill from me. I shot him right between the shoulder blades. The bullet shattered his spine but fragmented and didn't penatrate well. He went down but was still alive. I put one though the back of his neck, at the base of his skull. It left a baseball size hole in the front of his throat, lights out.
I learned a valuable lesson, Since then I never drive around looking for deer. I've noticed that people drive by a lot more deer than they see.


December 22, 2008, 11:43 AM
new england single shot20ga slug.

December 22, 2008, 12:47 PM

December 22, 2008, 02:30 PM
Old model 98 in 8mm Mauser. My grandfathers first gun, my fathers first gun and my first gun. Still have it.

Brian Pfleuger
December 22, 2008, 03:11 PM
Ithaca 12ga, Winchester Super-X rifled slug. Since you asked caliber, .74 I believe?

December 22, 2008, 04:11 PM
Thirty Ought-Six:D

December 22, 2008, 08:30 PM
the old $80 sks 7.62x39 bought in the early 80s.....first gun, first deer, 6 pointer running through the woods, finally got em on the 5th shot...fun fun fun

December 22, 2008, 08:50 PM
Haha sweet i am the first to post that i shot my first deer with a 7x57 mauser the rifle was a ruger M77 mark II and i have yet to use another gun

December 22, 2008, 10:15 PM
12 gauge, 1oz slug

December 22, 2008, 10:22 PM
remington 760 in 30.06 with 150gr. winchester silver tips. dont know if they still make the silver tips but I haven't seen them for years. Good bullet in the brush.mudlust.

December 23, 2008, 12:06 AM
browning A-5 light 12 shooting remington 1 oz. sluggers. nothing pounds a deer like an ounce of flying lead

December 23, 2008, 04:16 AM
First deer I took was with a .410 shottie loaded up with S&B's 00 buck. I have taken more deer with that combo than with any of the rifles I have ever had.

Brad Clodfelter
December 23, 2008, 05:32 AM
Rem 760 30-06

7pt buck

December 23, 2008, 08:52 AM
I'll join the exclusive 35 Remington club with 'sleepy'. Dad had loaded up some 200 gr Silver Tips and I leveled two back to back that the dogs were running. Devastating round.... both dropped immediately. Of course, I was lucky enough to be standing within 20 yards of them too. I'm sure that helped. :D

December 23, 2008, 09:44 AM
a savage pump 30/30 with a tasco 4x, would have been a nice 6 but he broke a pt off, neck shot him at 75 yds. I remember getting fever so bad!!

December 23, 2008, 10:20 AM
Ain't happened yet, but the two guns I figure are the most apt in the collection are a sporterized type 99 with Lyman peeps and a scoped Marlin...

...so either 7.7 Arisaka or a nice middle-load 300gr LFP .444 Marlin :)

December 23, 2008, 11:02 AM
Ithaca 12 ga. pump...00 buckshot. Right between the eye and ear, dropped like a rock. :D

December 23, 2008, 11:41 AM
1st marlin 336 .30-30, and the second was with a rem 700 7mm mag (only gotten 2)

December 23, 2008, 12:50 PM
Took my first deer with a Beretta made 6.5mm Italian service rifle in 1952. He was shot through the heart and was DRT. Still have that rifle and the antlers of that 8 point buck.

December 23, 2008, 09:24 PM
my first was a small doe with my grandfathers 16 gauge 870. i was 13 at the time. i gut shot her in my excitement & then ran her down. gramps chastised me for shot placement & chasing the deer but later said he was quite proud that i found it. he made me do the field dressing & i puked twice from the horrid smell. i told myself i would never shoot a deer in the gut again. i graduated after that to his woodmaster 300 savage pump & was considerably more accurate with that. thanks for bringing back the memories. great times with my grandfather. 43 years later i still have the love of the outdoors & hunting & fishing. i now use a custom Vanguard in 270 win & enjoy the sport as much as then.

December 24, 2008, 12:03 AM
.303 Enfield

December 24, 2008, 01:34 AM
Caliber?......first Whitetail???.....

It was a full length 2016 Gamegetter with a 125 gr Satellite broadhead. Shot from a PSE Phaser II in the early 80's. Range of about 15 yards, from a ground ambush. :D:D:D


A Macker
December 24, 2008, 01:40 AM
Win 70 in 300 WIN mag, it was a buddies gun. I went right out and bought one chambered in 300 WBTHY mag just so mine was bigger.

Dallas Jack
December 24, 2008, 12:37 PM
1948 Remington model 721 in .270 Winchester. Belonged to my step dad.
Dallas Jack

Quickdraw Limpsalot
December 24, 2008, 05:56 PM
Shot my first one a loooooooong time ago with a borrowed model 788 Remington in .308 from my "Papaw." I was too young at the time for my own deer rifle, but a year or two later I talked Dad into buying my trusty .35 Rem 336. I'd never heard of the round, and I'm not sure Dad had ever used one... but he knew then that it was a dandy round. Now I do too.

December 24, 2008, 06:05 PM
My first, you ask? Ithaca 12 gauge Deerslayer 24" barrel, Federal F127RS slugs in the red and white box. I shot the doe first and the buck walked over and stood in her hoofprints, so I shot him too. 3 shots, 2 finishers with a 357, 2 deer, and a half mile drag at dark thirty by myself to the car. Man, was I tired and elated.

December 25, 2008, 10:43 AM
All deer I've ever taken have been with a 7mm Rem Mag. Nails 'em like the Hammer of Thor! Hopefully, this weekend I'll be able to get my Marlin XL7 in .30-06 bloody. If successful, it'll be done with a 165 grain Hornady Interlock over H380.

December 25, 2008, 01:12 PM
12 ga. 1 oz rifled slug,fired from a wingmaster magnum.

December 26, 2008, 03:34 PM
30/06 at 180 yds on a stationary whitetail buck with a perfect broad side shot. was using 180 gr. nosler partitions, IMR 4895 and cci bench rest primers and winchester brass. gun was a winchester model 70 (pre 64) with krieger heavy sporter barrel with lyman model 17 front sight and wiliams rear peep sight. The buck fell in his spot and never got up. I was 14 at the time. buck field dressed at 224 and the rack scored 168. This was up in South Dakota where I grew up.

December 27, 2008, 11:00 PM
I was about 8 years old, living on a farm. I went to the store paid 25 cents for three 16 gage shotgun shell (buck shot), and an old single shot 16 gage that belonged to my grandfather. Now back then I'd set around for hours listening to stories of deer hunting. How deer would get you with their antlers or feet if you wern't careful.

So early one morning I was put on a stand, while my uncle started out to make the drive. I was there about 20 minutes when I heard something running toward me, when got in sight I just knew it was comming after me. I fired, it went down and got back up, The extractor was screwed up and you had to pry the hull out with a knife. The sucker kept coming and I knew I was dead, I shot again and he went down again, only to get up again. I shot the third time and killed him. Don't know what I would have done if I needed a third shot. I only had three.

Anyway I ended up with that shotgun, I think it was only supposed to be used with Black powder, but who knew that then, certainly not an 8 year old kid.

December 28, 2008, 01:20 AM
kraigwy,thats a funny story. I think I was around 8 or 9. Shot a doe with my first gun-'Buckbuster' single shot 12 ga. loaded with 2 3/4 Rem. slugger.Hunted with it for years and started all my boys out on it. They`ve all shot their first deer with it. Grandkids next victims. It seems to kick harder today than it did then:confused:.

December 28, 2008, 05:21 AM
I believe I was twelve when I got my first whitetail. I was using my father's 20 ga. I believe that it was a Smith and Wesson. I liked it because of its iron rifle sights.

December 28, 2008, 12:03 PM
It was with a 30-30 and like most on this forum I immediately upgraded the following year to a 30-06 thinking I needed a rifle that would enable me to shoot longer distances...and then two years later the 7Mag.

Reality? Most of the deer I have taken have been at less than a 100 yards and I have only shot perhaps 1 or 2 in the 23 years I have been hunting that would have stretched the ability of the 30-30 but boy I sure look better carrying that 7Mag when I was younger...:D

December 28, 2008, 12:40 PM
A 90 yard shot to the spine, dead before she hit the ground.
I live in Indiana and we are limited to shotguns or pistol caliber rifles. needless to say I cant complain with the performance of a 12ga sabot round, talk about human kills.

December 28, 2008, 09:08 PM
First deer was a spike taken with my dads single shot 20 gauge loaded with buckshot. One shot to the vitals, deer didn't run more than 20 yards or so before going down. Deer was probably 35 or 40 yards away, maybe closer. Still have the gun and still hunt small game with it, but not deer. I was around 7 or 8 I think.

January 1, 2009, 10:10 PM
I'm with Kametc on this one!!!

A 50# Bear Recurve with a cedar arrow. I still have the bow but it's been so long since I shot it I can't recall the weight of the Fred Bear broadhead.

Like Kam I also killed my first doe on a stalk. I was able to hide my profile behind some tall grass for most of the stalk until I reached the low cut portion of the field where she and another doe were feeding. Then I took one arrow out of my quiver and left the quiver behind and did a belly crawl for another 25 or 30 yards to close the distance to 35 yards. I waited until neither deer was looking, took a knee, knocked my arrow and double lunged the biggest doe!

My first rifle kill was shortly after that with a Remington Model 700 Mountain Rifle in .280 caliber. I think I shot a 140 grain bullet.

Simon Templar
January 2, 2009, 02:08 AM

(about two hundred years ago :) )


January 2, 2009, 08:04 AM
First deer I ever shot at was with a .30-30 and it well dead in its tracks. I was so excited I shook for 30 minutes after the shot.

January 2, 2009, 08:21 AM
44 Mag from a Ruger SBH with a 10.5 bull barrel 200gr JHP at 1500 fps
Neck shot and dead when it hit the ground. I was 15 years old.
When I started reloading at 17 i worked up a 44 mag round that even better.
180gr JHP with 23.6 gr 2400 @ 1700 fps

January 2, 2009, 11:52 AM
My first 2 deer were killed with a single shot 20 gauge w/ slugs...no scope.

January 2, 2009, 12:12 PM
First whitetail was taken with a 243 Win from a Mossberg Model 800 bolt action rifle.

January 2, 2009, 12:44 PM
I killed my first deer with a bow.The first deer kill, with a gun was a ithica skb 12GA.shotgun smoothbore. First shot was 80yds iron sights,using remington sluggers.The slug took out the heart and lungs.Then followed up with some remington 00 buck.The big doe folded up within 30yrds.Now I use a scoped browning A-5.With winchester super x slugs.

January 3, 2009, 01:43 AM
1st deer was with compound bow,bowtech,carbonforce 400"s and 100 grain g'5 s from montec, same outfit i used for my first skunk!now that was fun!
2nd deer was wikth my 280 rem and been usin it ever since!:D

January 3, 2009, 11:10 AM
remington model 700 ADL .270 winchester bolt-action.

January 26, 2009, 07:35 AM
My first deer kill was with a Ruger 44 carbine in 1967. In the current Cocodrie Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. It was the Reeves camp at the time. Deerwent about 40 steps and fell over dead. I shot him at 20 steps.

Tommy Vercetti
January 26, 2009, 07:42 AM

January 26, 2009, 09:57 AM
First deer was killed with a 1903 Springfield 30-06 with peep sights. It was in S. D. prairie, I had the sight set at 500 yds. and nearly blew its front leg off just above the knee so I'm guessing it was out about 600 yds. In 1972 I didn't know anything about ballistics or deer hunting, trailed that deer a mile befor it bleed out. No way I would take a shot like that now even with a good scope. Wish I still had that .06, my brother bought it for me through the mail in the early 60.s when you cold still do that. I think he payed $35. for it, you can't buy the bolt for that much now.

January 26, 2009, 10:39 AM
About Humpteen years ago with A Springfield 12guage pump using double 00 Buckshot. Sprayed him good, he only ran about fifty yards. Shotguns was all we could use back then, man I like it much better today.

January 26, 2009, 11:44 AM
Winchester model 94 in .30-30
About 30yds on a doe. Went through the ear making a nice .3" hole for the tag and took out the brain stem. Dead before she hit the ground.:)

January 31, 2009, 09:57 AM
is a 1970 Chevy Impala considered a rifle?? let see, 31,500,000 Grain bullet at about 100 FPS. Really smashed up the deer. The bullet was reuseable.
Seriously though. First deer was with a bow. As a kid, most of my shooting was done with a 303 British.

January 31, 2009, 10:40 AM
Hamour: That is an awesome picture. I like the nostalgic look of the clothing and haircuts. How old were you in that picture? 10?

January 31, 2009, 06:30 PM
It was a muley not a whitetail but, 270 winchester Remington 700, 2.5 x 8 Leupold and 130 grain Winshester silvertips at about 250 yards............that was a good day.:rolleyes:

January 31, 2009, 06:55 PM
East Texas Whitetail doe and the rifle was a .223.

January 31, 2009, 08:29 PM
I was 14. I owned two guns a Rem. 870 LW in 20ga 3" mag and a Win. pushfeed 22-250. This was the last day of season around noon. Made up my mind I would shoot the first deer I saw. My dad said "Whats that?" I pulled up saw a deer in my scope at 100yds put the croshairs on his neck squeezed the trigger and said "It's dead!" . My dad responded "Oh you shot a baby!" while about 7 more deer loped away. That was 1982 and I think I still hold the Nebraska state record for smallest Whitetail Buck! I still have both guns and even with all the others I have I still shoot them best. My 14 year old girl now hunts deer & coyote with that same mod. 70 22-50.

W. C. Quantrill
February 1, 2009, 05:49 AM
"First" deer was killed with a 1906 Winchester with .22 LR. That was when I was 10.

February 4, 2009, 12:23 PM
12 ga slug

February 4, 2009, 12:40 PM
Easton arrow with bear broadhead out of a bear recurve.

February 4, 2009, 02:02 PM
good bullet for deer sized game whitetails and mule deer and pronghorns. Then what is a good one for moose elk and african game. The caliber 300 win mag. I am thinking of federal fusion amo in the 165 boatail for deer sized game and the 180 remingtons new copper tipped bullet for bigger game. Muzzle velocity for the rem copper tipped for the 300 win 3290 and m.e is 3940. They are on midways web page.

February 4, 2009, 02:09 PM
Wayward Son, yes I was ten at the time. It was a great place to learn how to fish and hunt.

February 4, 2009, 09:24 PM
.30-06 from a Remington 760.

February 4, 2009, 10:13 PM
22-250 in a ruger mkll, with a simmons scope on top, was a nice 5 pt, that was a bit of a brawler. He was fighting with another buck when dad and I saw him. One shot in the neck, and he dropped like a rock. He had a nice frame, but had broken off some of his tines. I was 15, I still shoot that gun, I saved up for a year to buy it, and now it has a special place in my collection.
That was almost 20 years ago, and I still have those horns on top of my cabinet.

February 4, 2009, 10:24 PM
270. first mule, white tale, and elk.

it was my father's and a remington. 150 grain reloads.

i had to edit this. my first deer might have been with a 1992 ford half ton. i can't remember which one came first.

February 4, 2009, 10:56 PM
Shot my first several with my Marlin 336's. First deer with the old 336 with the gold trigger. That one got stolen buy a drug addict in California. Then all the rest with the one I own currently. Last deer I took was with my Winchester Model 70 in a .308. I have the featherweight....love that gun.

February 5, 2009, 12:33 PM
Remington .300. Spine shot. I was young and a bit wobbly. We came up an old logging road and there she was. I didn't have anything to brace on and had to take a standing shot. i shot high, hit vertebrae and watched her drop on the spot. I was all excited until I saw what happens when you hit a vertebrae with a .300. Poor tenderloins...

February 5, 2009, 05:55 PM
12ga slug

February 6, 2009, 10:44 PM
6mm Rem


February 8, 2009, 06:39 PM
Remington 700 ADL in 30-06. I've ahot all my deer but one with that rifle. It's an old ugly workhorse.

February 8, 2009, 09:14 PM
.50 caliber ( muzzleloader)

warrior poet
February 8, 2009, 10:08 PM
Like many others, my first whitetail round was 30-30. I traded that Marlin 336 to my cousin, for a 1980 Toyota Corolla that need a LOT of TLC, and he used it for his first deer. He still has it, and uses it regularly, and I've long ago taken the car to the junk yard. I've never traded a rifle for ANYTHING since- LESSON LEARNED.

Tex S
February 8, 2009, 10:41 PM
30-30 with a Winchester 150gr. SP. The shot was 60yds. with open sights. That fat ol doe dropped like a rock. I think I was 11.

February 8, 2009, 10:57 PM
30-06. With a Remington 740 I had just bought a week or so before and sighted in that morning. 180gr Remington Core-Loct. Through the lungs. I was standing against a windfall tree with my face into the wind looking at a nice choke point between a ridge and a field.

As planning would have it, the small buck came up from downwind BEHIND me. I shot it at 30-40 yards.

It dropped after about 10 feet and I took a quick second head shot to stop it from suffering. A great sad and joyful moment to take my first deer.

(editied for a little more detail after reading the great stories above)

February 8, 2009, 11:13 PM
First couple deer I took were with my dad's bolt action .300 savage. This gun is called Meat in the Pot, cause it always delivers. You all probably have similar rifles in your family, but if I had a dollar for every meal that rifle has put on the table, I'd be a lot better off. Was my grandpa's, then my dad's, and now my oldest brother's. I shot a doe with it one year, and then a 6 point the next year. Both with open sights, the doe through the head and the buck through both lungs and heart. Still my favorite rifle of all time to this day.

February 9, 2009, 01:38 PM
My first deer was a black tail, shot with a 1921 Mdl 99 in 250-3000. First muley with a 30-06. First white tail with a 7mm Rem Mag.

February 10, 2009, 09:39 AM
My first deer was with a Rem 700 in .270 win, My second deer was with a bow, my third deer was with a Win M94 30-30 and my last deer was also with the M94. Next season I think I am going to try getting one with my Smith 686. I know I've posted some of these pics before but I just like showing them off, we are only allowed 1 buck a year, unless you bow hunt, and the deer pop is way down so your lucky when you get one.

I used 130gr Hornady SST hand loads with the .270, buck was about 60 yards quartering towards me, I was walking down a Skid trail. The round hit right on the front chest just forward of the his left leg and exited just forward of the last two ribs on opposite side. Deer actually flipped over backwards landing on his back and was dead before he hit the ground. He was a 10 point that dressed out at 213 lbs. Shot him at about 7:50 AM.


My second deer not a gun but still:


I used 170gr flat point Speer hand loads for the 30-30. The buck came running through the woods in front of me at about 30 yards, There were a lot of trees in the way, but I saw an opening coming up, so just before he entered it I made a loud grunt with my voice. I had the gun already up and aiming into the opening. At the grunt he slowed down and stoped in the opening broadside looked right at me. I put the front post just behind the shoulder bang flop, dead before he hit the ground. Bullet completely passed through. Shot him about 45 min after sunrise. He was an 11 pt. that dressed out at 201 lbs.


The second buck with the 30-30, using same load, actually almost snuck by me. I was hunting from a tree stand, it was around 3:45 in evening, I had been watching a trail to my right when I heard what sounded like deer's hooves making a sucking sound as it walked through the mud' to my back left. I looked to the left saw nothing,(really thick where I hunt can only see about 28 yards all around), so I pulled out my grunt call made two grunts, and then I heard the deer trotting back towards me. I was still sitting down with the my rifle hanging on a hanger to my left. I stood up and turned so I could look to the back left of my stand. When I did this my size 13 foot hit the side of my stand "dungggggg" the buck didn't like that. He started fast stepping away, So I pulled a John Wayne and snapped my gun from the hook cocked the hammer and as soon as my gun came up the front post was settled on the last two ribs. It was the only shot I, there was about a foot hole between two trees to sneak my bullet through, bang, the buck kicked his back legs up ran out of sight then came back into sight almost 25 yards to the right of where he had been standing. He stopped looked both ways and collapsed. He was a baby 9 point that only dressed out at 151 pounds. Think he was about 2-21/2 yr old.

He was quartering away going right to left, the bullet entered just forward of the last 2 ribs ran right up the middle of the vitals clipping the top of the heart then exited the front of his chest just right of center.


Didn't want to advertise for Miller for free so I blotted it out.

I own and hunt with: Rem 700 .270, Rem 700 Mnt. 7mm-08, Rem 600 .308, TC pro hunter .50 call muzzle loader and the M94. My favorite one to hunt with is the M94, she is light fast and accurate. I fear for any deer out to 100 yards shooting of hand with it. It just points so natural for me, it is almost like the gun automatically aims for me, all I just have to do is squeeze the trigger.

February 16, 2009, 09:32 PM
Remington 700 BDL .300 Win Mag! Dropped him like a ton of bricks.:D

February 17, 2009, 12:41 AM
12ga Remmy slug!

Wal-mart crappsssssss

February 17, 2009, 03:00 AM
Remington 722 in .257 Roberts.:)

Actually, over twenty people have taken their first deer or antelope with this gun since the 1960's. My 12-year-old daughter took her first antelope & 4 deer with it last fall. She was #23. My brother in law was #25. It's oldest user is 89years young ( but took only mule deer with it) and it's youngest user is 12. Three generations of meat in the pot. Likely over 100 notches & still knockin' 'em down!

So here's the first through the 25th entries for the .257 Bob!

February 17, 2009, 08:17 AM
That is a cool story about the family history of your 257 Roberts. That might be my favorite round. I just wish more "in the box" ammo was available.

February 17, 2009, 08:56 AM
A 7x57 Zastava double trigger

bolt face
February 19, 2009, 12:10 PM
Not a whitetail, but the first mule deer I took was with a marlin .357 carbine. 121 paces- one shot, standing position. A truly huge doe. She took 5 steps and dropped. Went through both lungs and exited. I had been shooting running jackrabbits all summer with that rifle so I was very confident with the shot.
Ground pepper and rosemary crusted backstraps on the grill...you know.

February 19, 2009, 04:40 PM
I used a bolt action savage .30-.30 with a factory clip I still have it in the vault. My brother has the next one in ser# line.
That was back in the 60's

Big Bill
February 20, 2009, 12:25 AM
Coundn't one just use a .22? Whitetail ain't no bigger than Jack rabbits are around here. I've never shot a whitetail just mule deer.

http://www.rockin7ranch.com/2007/BigMD1.jpg http://www.rockin7ranch.com/2007/BigMD4.jpg

February 20, 2009, 07:54 AM
First was with a .30-30.

Many since with a variety of weapons. Most with a .50 cal muzzleloader and compound bow. Shotgun a distant 3rd. Rifle 4th, and pistol bringing up the rear with 2.

February 20, 2009, 08:48 AM
My first was many decades ago.... ok... maybe just 3 or so....

Was with a lever action Marlin 35 Remington. They were running and crossed a dummy line (old railroad line in woods), only about 10 yards in front of me. That lil' 35 layed it down right there like it was HIT by a train! :0

I still have that rifle in my safe. And still have some of the 200gr silver tips that were chambered in that puppy too. aaaah, memories.

***** and I know not what this person below me speaks of..... :D hehehe *****

oops, sorry for posting 2x... I don't EVEN remember posting previously. Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.

February 20, 2009, 08:54 AM
That lil' 35 layed it down right there like it was HIT by a train! Tell the whole story you greedy little thing...I was waiting less than 100 yards away and didn't see one of those 3 deer...at least not alive LOL:p

February 20, 2009, 09:13 AM
Got my first deer with a 30-30 lever action Ted Williams model from Sears.

February 20, 2009, 09:37 AM
.270 Win. (Remington Sportsman 78), in the Sam Houston National forest, just north of Houston.

James R. Burke
February 21, 2009, 03:24 PM
My first deer rifle was built by my Dad 8mm Mauser. Still have it still looks, and shoots great. I dont use it anymore but started my wife out with it for one year just to see if she liked deer hunting. It was the first time I shot it in about twenty five years. Five shots 100 yards right in the bull. Could not believe it.

February 25, 2009, 02:03 PM
Marlin .35

March 2, 2009, 09:59 AM
7mm-08 120gr. BTBT over 49 gr. of H-380.

March 2, 2009, 05:18 PM
First Shot: .410 slug
I was ten, missed terribly but got me hooked!

First Deer: 2.75" 12GA Remington Slugger
Nice six point buck, I was 17

March 2, 2009, 08:00 PM
Winchester Model 94 30-30. This gun was given to me for Christmas by a group of guys that worked for. That was a looooong time ago.

Jack O'Conner
March 5, 2009, 08:48 AM
30-30 Winchester model 94 carbine. I still hunt mulies with a similar carbine but newer model featuring angle-eject.

30-30 is a keeper!



March 5, 2009, 09:49 AM
.30-06 in a Springfield P 17 Eddystone. Federal Premium 165's, 75 yards, instant death. :D -7-

Mike Irwin
March 5, 2009, 09:54 AM
First one was a .30-06, second one was a Winchester .32 Special.

March 5, 2009, 01:40 PM
First one was when I was no older than 10. I used a .223 and hit a little deer from 350-400 yards. Hit him in the spine and dropped him. He did require finishing off though.

Used the .223 a few more times, then and since, been using dad's Winchester Model 70, .270 Win. which is to thank for all our trophies.

March 5, 2009, 10:02 PM
.308 Savage 99

March 6, 2009, 06:18 PM
Win. 30/30 94 mdl. neck shot 12 yrs old ;) lucky naw :D ps first deer with a bow came 9 yrs after the first but many in between o6/308/22mag ect.

March 6, 2009, 10:49 PM
First 3 were all with a 30/30

March 6, 2009, 10:51 PM
7mm Mauser, first misses and a few kills until I was gifted my own rifle. After that 30-06, and most recently 45 ACP and 257 Roberts.

44 Phanatic
March 8, 2009, 08:18 PM
44 Magnum
In my opinion, nothing finer inside of 100 yards. Now outside of 100 yards, it works great if you can figure out the hold over.

March 10, 2009, 10:46 PM
.35 Rem., Marlin 336C, early '80s . . . still have the Marlin.

W. C. Quantrill
March 11, 2009, 12:57 AM
Was about 1958, I was about 10...used a 1906 Winchester .22 Long Rifle. Got a nice fork horn. Shot him right between the eyes at about 30 yards. Oh man we ate good that night.

March 11, 2009, 03:38 PM
.257 Weatherby Mag

March 13, 2009, 10:30 PM
My very first deer fell to an arrow. My second to a 30-30 w/iron sites, 170gr. remington core-lokt.

March 14, 2009, 12:43 AM
Mule deer with a 45/70 GG and peep sights, with a 400 gr Lyman FP loaded to 1699 fps at about 80 yards. High left. Took out the spine, DRT. First one just this past season.

March 14, 2009, 08:24 AM
1973 when I was a skinny 12-year-old kid. Winchester 94 in .30-30, paid for by a summer of baling hay on the farm.

March 14, 2009, 08:36 AM
.58 cal. Hopkins and Allen muzzleloader....none of that .50 crap:cool:

March 14, 2009, 09:21 PM
First WT 1986 taken with a 243 742...or is that 742 243???

Detachment Charlie
March 19, 2009, 10:53 PM
.30-40 Krag on a 145# PA whitetail. About 35 - 40 yds. BANG. DRT. I don't know about the deer, but I was suras hell one surprised 17 yr. old.:D