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Old February 10, 2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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Which caliber for first deer rifle?

I know this probably has been discussed a lot.

I'm looking to get a Ruger American in either .243, 7mm-08, or .270.
I know that .243 and .270 are more plentiful. I don't reload, (not yet, at this point).

I would use it on some private land for whitetail out to 200-225 yards being the max shot available. I have shot a friend's Sako in both .243 and .270. Recoil difference with the .270 was noticable but not uncomfortable. My understanding is the 7mm-08 is somewhere in the middle.

Recoil, price of ammo, versatility for white tails and similar sized animals--these are the factors I'm considering.

I'd love to hear your experiences with any or all of these calibers.
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