What's your favorite deer caliber?

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby eagle1953 » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:28 am

Rem. 30-06 180gr. for years but since I moved to Ohio we can only use shotgun or pistol. I hunt with my TAURUS .44 MAG 8 3/8 BARREL 240GR. JHP CCI BLAZER.
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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby krawiech » Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:08 am

i hunt with a savage model 110 in 30-06 with winchester 168 grain silvertip ballistic also a 12 gauge shotgun with lightfield slugs 3 inch also a cva 50 caliber wolf muzzleloader with a powerbelt bullet 295 grain hank k

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby RangerJ » Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:21 am

I am partial to the 30-06 and can't say why I just like it. I have been shooting the 06 for 40 years and don't see a reason to change. I handload 180grain Hornady round nose jacketed soft point with 56 grains of IMR 4350.This combo has worked well for me for many years.I have  a.308, a 300 win mag,303 british.30-30 .223. All will kill a deer.But I just keep going back to the 30-06.Okay I am through now (lol.)

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby JackS » Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:40 pm

 I have to follow suit; 30.06 with 180gr Core Locs. 
 Have hunted and killed deer with a Lee Enfield .303 and it was a flat shooter, but had no scope mounts.
 Have also killed deer with a 12 guage.
 I usually have shots no longer than 80 yards in the pine thickets in Arkansas.

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby habitatmanager » Wed Dec 22, 2010 6:39 pm

If i am hunting in a shotgun only area in ny a 12ga. In the rifle area a 45-70 gov shooting a 350 grain bullet. i have used a 30-06 but most of my shots are under 200 yards..so i seem to keep returning to the 45-70.

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby IsitInTREES » Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:48 pm

Great round and you can buy ammo anywhere
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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby Sam Menard » Sun Dec 26, 2010 11:11 am

Gotta go with the majority: 30.06 load with Nosler 180 gr. Partition. Good for moose and big northern whitetails. My weapon is a Browning single shot (b78).

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby w4sar » Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:35 pm

I too favor the .30-06, use 150grain Hornady Interbond SST polymer tips in a handload. With my Savage 110, got 4 deer with 4 shots this year.

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby John1961 » Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:46 am

When hunting in Indiana ( where I live ) I use a 44 mag Marlin. Every other year I hunt in southern Maryland and there I use a 30-30 Marlin in the stand and when I walk I use a 35 cal , both also Marlins.
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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby Joel Spring » Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:14 pm

When hunting in rifle country, my all-time favorite is my 30.06 with 180 gr pointed soft points.  Usually Remington.  This load is time-tested, respected, and with good reason.  A neck or shoulder shot usually means zero tracking time...
When hunting in shotgun country (here in Western New York) I rarely use a shotgun anymore.   I usually use either my muzzleloader or a handgun, with loads as follows:
Muzzleloader:  2 Pyrodex pellets pushing a 240gr Powerbelt Aerotip.    I rarely shoot past 100 yards, and at that range, it is truly a bone-crunching combination.
Handgun:   .44 mag (Taurus M44 or Ruger Blackhawk).   I've tried various loads, and handload for the pistols now, and have settled on this:  240 grain jacketed soft point, pushed by 10.9 grains of Unique powder.    As of this year, I've killed five deer with this load, from small does to a huge 8 pointer, and the load is deadly.   It's nowhere near what the experts call a "hot" load.   It doesn't need to be.   That heavy bullet, inside of a hundred yards is a lethal projectile.   For those of you who can do it, but haven't tried it, I highly reccomend trying handgun hunting.
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