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Old April 21, 2012, 10:16 PM   #76
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I have an affinity for .308.
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Old April 22, 2012, 01:34 PM   #77
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Rimfire, .22 mag
Centerfire, 6.5X57mm Mauser (Rimless and Rimmed) I have rifles firing both versions.
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Old April 22, 2012, 02:58 PM   #78
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.308 works for me.
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Old April 22, 2012, 09:10 PM   #79
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.270 is my hunting cartridge of choice. The only time I deviate is with hogs, and then it's .223. For me though, the .270 is all the gun I ever need for the game I like to hunt.
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Old April 22, 2012, 09:58 PM   #80
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There are several variables involved in my decision most of the time.

For just I am going to hunt in an unknown area, at unknown distances at unknown sized game. Well I would pick 30-06. It is my feel good go to for just about anything round.

Small varmints, and predators out to 200 yards would be .221 Rem Fireball. 200 to 500 yards .223 Rem. Farther than that I would have to buy another rifle in .220 Swift, or .22-250. Possibly a .204 Ruger.

Deer in heavy brush. .30-30 Win
Deer with open fields of 100 to 200 yards .243 Win

Hogs I use a .41 Mag Ruger Blackhawk, or a 30-30. Sometimes a 7mm Mauser.

The ones I shoot the most are .221 Fireball, and .223 Rem. Both drive tacks at 100 yards. On a good day a 5 shot one hole group of less than .10 MOA is not uncommon. On a crappy windy day they will geve half MOA without problem.
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Old April 23, 2012, 11:22 PM   #81
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Well, my 30-06 is my baby and easily the most accurate rifle I have ever shot and it is tough to beat the 06 for all around use. I will say that the 06 is my favorite but I also have a soft spot for the 45-70. I have an 1895G in 45-70 that is my go to rifle when hunting hogs in brush. It is a handy package and a 405 grain softnose at 1800 fps or so makes quite the impression on a large hog.
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Old April 23, 2012, 11:33 PM   #82
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8x57 mauser

Since I handload 150grn=deer 180grn=elk 200grn= bear or whatever?
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Old April 24, 2012, 11:50 AM   #83
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30-06 Who needs anything else? From squirrel to Elk it will put them down with one shot. Mostly from a Rem 7600 carbine topped with a leopold 3-9 and boxed Fed Prem 165 siera's. I dont even know why I carry the clips with me. I have never needed more than one shot.
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Old April 24, 2012, 12:12 PM   #84
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what is your favorite hunting rifle caliber

For Deer: 270 Winchester Rem Mtn rifle W/Leupold VXlll.
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Old April 26, 2012, 07:21 AM   #85
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Favorite hunting caliber?
Favorite hunting cartridge = ..30-06, followed by the .30-30 and the .308 Winchester.

Caliber and cartridge are not the same.
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Old April 27, 2012, 12:52 AM   #86
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For suburban raccoon hunting, the 50CB, a wildcat of mine for body shots, 22CB short for head shots.
For suburban crow hunting, the .177 pellet gun for neck shots.
For antelope and mule deer, the 7mmRemMag or 270 Win.
For ground squirrels, prairie dogs, and marmots, the .223, unless they are stupid, and then I use the 22LR.

I have tried, but with a rifle I have never killed an elk, white tail, or coyote.
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Old April 29, 2012, 05:35 AM   #87
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30-30 for deer within forests and foothills


Fire up the grill! Deer hunting IS NOT catch and release.
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Old April 29, 2012, 05:53 PM   #88
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Long-range varmint: .25-06 Rem (87-100gr bullets)
Pronghorn: .25-06 or .270 Win (115-130gr)
White-tail: .270 Win or .308 Win (130-150gr)
Mule Deer: .270 Win, .308 Win, .30-06 Sprg (150-168gr)
Elk: .308 Win, .30-06 Sprg (180gr)

My go-to rifles for all weather conditions are an SPS SS in .308 Win, a Savage 116 or a Win 70 EW in .30-06, all stainless and with synthetic stocks. My other rifles are wood/blued...they're fair weather friends.

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Old April 29, 2012, 09:37 PM   #89
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Until recently my hunting rifle was an Enfield No 4, modified to a No 5 jungle carbine. The .303 round was great for deer, elk, and most anything.

But when I shot a deer in the spine, even though I aimed for the shoulder, I discovered that the weapon's accuracy was severely lacking. So, with permission from the wife, I treated myself to a new deer rifle.

I needed to make it a cheap buy, so she wouldn't get mad, so I decided to buy a Savage Axis from Walmart (less than $300). I had told the salesperson 30-06. Even bought a box of 30-06 ammo to go with it. Got home, loaded the magazine, and tried to chamber a round. Wouldn't fit. Couldn't figure it out, until I looked at the box and realized the knucklehead had given me a 270 Winchester instead of a 30-06. Called Walmart, they apologized (salesperson admitted it was her fault), and got a $50 gift card for my trouble. Which promptly was turned over to the wife.

Other than the 500 pound trigger pull, this rifle is a tack driver. I load 90gn hollow point for coyote, and 130gn Nosler Accubond for deer. With a Redfield scope, this is a very good weapon.

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Old April 29, 2012, 10:26 PM   #90
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Anything mule deer or smaller: 25-06 rem, 115 Barnes tsx has remarkable/mysterious killing powers

Anything larger than a Mulie: 270 win or old faithful 30-06

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Old April 30, 2012, 02:51 AM   #91
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.22lr, .30-06, 12 guage and I guess that's about it!
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Old April 30, 2012, 10:25 PM   #92
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Old April 30, 2012, 11:00 PM   #93
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Old May 1, 2012, 11:44 AM   #94
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i hunted deer most of my life with .303 British or a 12g...worked fine for me.

I'd love to have a 6.5x55, but 30-30, .308, .270, 30-06, 8mm JS, would be fine. If I had only three, then .22LR, .308, and 12G.
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Old May 1, 2012, 01:09 PM   #95
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.270 has worked for me for a lllooonnnggg time.
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Old May 1, 2012, 01:10 PM   #96
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.300 win mag.
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Old May 4, 2012, 02:30 AM   #97
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30-06. Everything you need, nothing you dont (with proper handloads,ofcourse.)
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Old May 4, 2012, 04:46 AM   #98
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The only hunting I do any more is an annual hog hunting trip for freezer meat. I use 762X39 in an AR or AK type rifle. One shot kills, hogs drop dead where they are shot. I guess that would be my favorite hunting caliber.
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Old May 4, 2012, 11:04 AM   #99
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Have 3 that are my favs right now, 1 is a Ruger 77 chambered in 30.06 . 2 is an Ishpore Enfield in .7.62 NATO (.308 Win)that i've scouterized, and 3 is a Ruger Mini-14 ranch rifle . Have many others to play with, but i found myself spending more time with these 3 than the others.
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Old May 4, 2012, 09:27 PM   #100
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.17 HMR, hands down! I love it! .3inch groups @100yds! $12 for 50rds love it!!!!!
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