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What's your favorite deer hunting caliber?

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Joined: Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:48 am
Location: Michigan
PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:41 pm
I am now liking the 450 Bushmaster!!

Looks good at the range and I'll be trying it out this year during our gun season
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Location: British Columbia, Canada
PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:21 pm
I use with either a Winchester Trapper Model 94 in 30-30 Win. (20 in. barrel) for close / dense bush hunting or my Rem 700 in 270 Win. for the more wide open areas.

My hunting partner and I usually trade off on one guy carrying an iron sights rig for the bush and one carrying a scoped rifle for the longer shots. It can get interesting depending on the terrain and what might be hunting us as well...LOL! We often hunt in Grizzly country...so one of us is usually carrying one of the following: 44 mag Mare's Leg, Rem 870 loaded with slugs or 30.06.

My next acquisition will likely be the Marlin 1895 GBL in 45-70 Gov. That covers both deer gettin' in the thick stuff and big bear medicine.
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Location: Blue and Grey highway
PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:45 pm
My three Model 700's all in 30.06
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Location: montana
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 4:29 am
I go with a. 243 for deer or 30-06 for elk in Montana

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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 11:17 am
Got a 1984 700 in 30-06 and a Model Four in .270 Win. but a .243 would have served me just as well with the deer I usually bag.

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Location: montana
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 12:40 pm
Would like to try for elk with my 7.62x54r but with bad back it's a little too heavy to carry up and down mountains
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Location: SouthEast Alaska
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:05 pm
I started life shooting the .30-06, moved "up" to a 7x57 Mauser round, and now mainly carry lever guns in .35 Remington, .30-30, .375 Winchester or .45-70. The deer in my area do not need a high-velocity round which can easily over-penetrate and waste a lot of energy with minimal expansion. And the big, slow stopper? Well, brownie's hear you ring that dinner bell and sometimes you're the one being hunted.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:13 am
Remington 600 in 6mm my gun is 52 years old and still hold tight groups.
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Location: Álvarez/Argentina
PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:15 pm
For any kind of big game I use my faithful rifle in caliber .338 win. mag. with 250 grains bullets. Most of the time I hunt in the closed forest, the shooting distance does not exceed 20 meters, and I always try to get as close as possible, since I do not use an optical viewfinder, only the original metal sights of the Remington 700.
.338 Win. Mag.

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