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Old October 21, 2008, 06:56 PM   #26
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Short to medium ranges - 243 Winchester

Long range 300 W.M.

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Old October 21, 2008, 08:33 PM   #27
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150 gr Remington Core-loct .270 Win.
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Old October 22, 2008, 11:12 AM   #28
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I've taken deer with .30-06., .308, .30-30., .243, and 12 gauge (slug) in long guns; also .243 (Encore) and .44 Mag (Redhawk) in handguns. Favorite firearm for getting deer is a Remington Model 7 in .308.

Favorite method for deer hunting, however, is archery. 100 gr Thunderheads from a now 12-year-old PSE.
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Old October 22, 2008, 08:50 PM   #29
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inside 200 yards, .300 Savage
outside 200 yards, .308 Winchester
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Old October 22, 2008, 11:00 PM   #30
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.270 Winchester hands down the best in the world. Short and long range oomph, plenty flat enough for me and a good looking easy feeding case(none of that short, fat, magazine capacity reducing stuff) .

I have used, and seen used:

7mm Rem Mag
.303 Brit
and a .50 cal muzzle loader
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Old October 23, 2008, 12:35 AM   #31
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If I was to limit it strictly to 250lb mule deer or smaller, I'd probably have to go with the 7mm-08. It is a flat shooting, light recoiling, accurate round capable of taking even elk out to about 300 yards or so.

If I was to include the possibility of taking elk or moose with that one gun, I would probably have to go with the 300WM or 300WSM. However, since I don't own either of those, my vote for "best all around deer gun" goes to the '06 because that is what I have and it has never failed me, even for elk out to 350 yards.
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Old October 23, 2008, 05:02 PM   #32
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I've only used the .30-30 and the .30-06.
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Old October 23, 2008, 06:23 PM   #33
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Ruger M77 .243 Win. is hands down my favorite rifle to hunt with period. I have others to include my recent acquisition (Interarms .280 Remington/ Bull Barrel) that I will use this season.
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Old October 24, 2008, 05:20 AM   #34
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Old October 25, 2008, 06:47 AM   #35
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Best all-around- 30-06. My favorite- 6.5x55. I've used,
30 carbine
45 colt(revolver)
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Old October 25, 2008, 08:18 PM   #36
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Well, I am interested in the discussion, for I just got a Savage 110 in 7mm for hunting here in New Mexico next year. I have been a 12 ga. bird hunter all my life, and only taken one deer... that was out the back door of my place in Virginia with a .22. Proper placement! The deer jumped 30 feet, and went down. Better than a F-150.
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Old October 27, 2008, 10:35 AM   #37
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.308 - 150 grain soft points
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Old October 30, 2008, 01:18 PM   #38
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8mm mauser, 30-06 bolt action, or 338-06 ackley improved for long shots...
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Old October 30, 2008, 03:43 PM   #39
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Old October 30, 2008, 08:18 PM   #40
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I have killed Alabama Whitetails with:

12 guage


444 Marlin

270 Win


My favorite is my Savage bolt rifle in .270 using 140gr Remington Core-loks.
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Old October 31, 2008, 02:46 AM   #41
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That would be the cartridge my only deer rifle is chambered in... .25-06 Remington. The rifle is a Interarms Mark X sporter with a figured english walnut thumbhole stock. My uncle and his best friend put the rifle together in 1973.
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Old November 27, 2008, 05:45 PM   #42
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8 x 57 mm - 165 gr Norma Hollow Points

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Old November 27, 2008, 07:00 PM   #43
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Favorite deer cartridge.

Favorite is 6.5 Grendel in the 120 grain Nosler ballistic tips. (Grendel doesn't have a wide range of factory loads yet.)

Second favorite is .243 Winchester in the cheap Winchester silver box 100 grain softpoints.
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Old November 27, 2008, 07:56 PM   #44
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I've hunted with a 280 Remington this year, a 300 Win last year, a 300 WBY year before that. They all work fine. I think I will stick with the 280. I've had this rifle for 30 years and if it was the only rifle I had ever had I suspect the number of deer and elk harvested would be the same.
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Old November 27, 2008, 08:25 PM   #45
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Marlin 444 using Hornady 265gr evolution, In the Colorado Rookies on horse back
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Old November 28, 2008, 01:20 AM   #46
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I tend to hunt mostly with military calibers because I can get cheap plinking ammo and get dual use out of the rifles I own. I am partial to the 303 British. I use Remington 180 gr Core Lokt SP's. I have also hunted with 308 (Lee Enfield) and 30-06 (M1 Garand). I have a Marlin 30-30 that I have been using as of late. I use Remington 170 gr Core Lokts out of that rifle.
I have to say out of all the rifles I own, that 303 Enfield of mine with that 180 grain load really flattens the deer better than the other guns I use.
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Old November 28, 2008, 02:24 AM   #47
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.308 shooting 150 grain bullets does the job on deer for me.
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Old November 28, 2008, 08:06 PM   #48
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12 ga and alot of luck.
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Old November 28, 2008, 09:08 PM   #49
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.308 win. with Hornady 165gr. BTSP, drops'em every time.
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Old November 28, 2008, 09:36 PM   #50
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Deer cartridge

I used to carry a Browning BBR 7mm Rem Mag, I finally decided that it's too damn heavy if I'm going to be walking much. I have a Ruger .308 that is really light and handy if I'm packing in. Most of the time I use my Weatherby 30.06. Moderate weight, very accurate.
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