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Author Topic: which gun?  (Read 2372 times)

Offline RidgelandHunter

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which gun?
« on: October 16, 2008, 05:33:46 PM »
in your opinion what gun do you feel is better for deer hunting?

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Re: which gun?
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2008, 05:39:33 PM »
it really depends a few things one is shooting distance, another type of terrain open or forested, another is method of hunting standing or still hunting or a deer drive. most calibers from 243 to 300 win mag will work,

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Re: which gun?
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2008, 05:43:15 PM »
if i was in a stand looking in a feild and a deer came out at about 100 yards would a 243 work well?

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Re: which gun?
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2008, 06:40:21 PM »
yes it will work

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Re: which gun?
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2008, 07:50:00 PM »
in your opinion what gun do you feel is better for deer hunting?

Wow, that's a loaded question that you could a good heated discussion going on some other forums I partake in...  :2)

Pretty much anything from .243 and up is good for hunting although many will consider the .223 and/or .22-250 plenty (and I do know some that use them and I personally took my first buck with a .223). As with any caliber, shot placement is the most important vs. the caliber. The biggest deciding factor, to me, would be to use the caliber that you can shoot accurately. Recoil plays a big factor in it. If you flinch then you can't expect to shoot the caliber accurately. So...

I'll give my opinions on calibers I know and have experience with (or someone I know personally has had experience)

.243 - Great gun that's killed many deer. The few deer I've trailed shot by this gun hasn't really bled too much BUT it's still a great caliber.
.25-06 - Flat shooting and an awesome caliber. Low recoil caliber. This will be my next Encore barrel.
.270 - Great all around gun that will take most animals in North America. Ammo is very easy to find.
.7mm-08 - 7mm bullet packed into a .308 case. Very close to ballistics of the 25-06 but packs slightly more energy (almost negligible). Recoil similar to .25-06
.308 - Another time tested caliber. Close to 7-08 but slower with a little more recoil.
.30-06 - Another well test caliber. Definitely does the job and, along with the .270, probably one of the most popular calibers. Ammo can be found ANYWHERE
.300 Win Mag - My personal favorite because it's my most accurate and most fun-to-shoot rifle. 73gr of H4350 tipped with a 150gr Barnes TSX puts sub 1/2 MOA at 100 yards. Downside is it's a thumper! Can kill everything in North America.
7mm mag - Very flat shooting but another "thumper" of a rifle. Can kill everything in North America.

There's plenty more that will certainly do the job but I haven't seen them in action and won't speak to them. But there are MANY choices (especially when you start reloading  @--0--0118) With proper shot placement anything you could choose will do the job.
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Re: which gun?
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2008, 09:24:18 PM »
You know it is dangerous to ask these kind of questions --- everyone has their own opinion.   A 22 calibre air rifle would kill a deer with proper shot placement, and the right circumstances.  The real answer is the best weapon to kill a deer with [drum roll... ok never mind the drums] THE WEAPON YOU FEEL MOST COMFORTABLE SHOOTING AT THE DISTANCE YOU'RE HUNTING AT. @--0--0137
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Re: which gun?
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2008, 09:48:06 PM »
Well in Ohio I use my muzzleloader for gun season as well.  In KY, I use my 300 win mag. 

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Re: which gun?
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2008, 09:52:02 PM »
Any gun that you can shoot with the proficiency of a sniper is good. Placement of the shot is everything!
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Re: which gun?
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2008, 06:15:56 AM »
I like the .308!! 

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Re: which gun?
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2008, 06:30:02 AM »
I agree with everyone, you have to be comfortable with the weapon of choice and know the limitations and shot placement is key
I use a Remington .270 or 30.06 when I can use a rifle in northern MI.
For the shotgun zone I use my Remington 870 or my TC Omega depending on the area I hunt...TC Omega for longer distance, shotgun for brushy thicker close encounters.

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Re: which gun?
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2008, 06:31:33 AM »
I'm a .30-06 fan myself, but that's me. I agree with the others, it's what you are comfortable with. As a former sniper, the only caliber that we used was the .308, at long range the weapon construction and optics played into the accuracy roll more than the caliber..One Shot, One Kill  --09--0
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Re: which gun?
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2008, 06:46:29 AM »
I agree that it is all about personal preference, comfort and confidence that you can make the shot a quick kill for the animal, not to mention an easier tracking job.  I will be using my Savage Bolt action .270 this year.

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Re: which gun?
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2008, 10:08:26 AM »
Definitely the 270. Thats great, I just happen to own and use a 270. I agree with everyone else personal preferences.

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Re: which gun?
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2008, 02:26:26 PM »
get a tc encore, then if you decide you do not like a the caliber you have, buy a new barrel. besides that the encore is a gun the fell great in the shooting position. nice, nice gun. --09--0
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Re: which gun?
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2008, 11:26:47 PM »
if i was in a stand looking in a feild and a deer came out at about 100 yards would a 243 work well?

sure it would work for you. make sure you shoot it a lot to stay in practice. always zero or check your rifle before going hunting to make sure it is dead on. have fun and make sure you got your hunting license. talk with your dad about were he likes you to shoot the deer too. with a 243 id shoot in the front shoulders or in the neck.
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