What's your favorite deer caliber?

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby DeerCamp » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:31 pm

I really enjoy my.308 Rugger I just feel comfortable with shooting that rifle, and I feel that "comfortable" goes a long way when making a shot that counts. I use 165gr Hornady bullets, that seem to do the trick for me.
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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby Dan Salmon » Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:21 pm

Right now, and probably the rest of my life, I fall into the .30-06 180 grn.  pointed soft point crowd.  Whether it be Federal Hi-Shok, Remington Core-Loc or Winchester Power point factory loads, they all seem to shoot minute of deer at 200 yards for me in my Ruger M77 MkII.  Where I hunt, 200 yds is a pretty fair poke.

Have also been a fan of .243 Win 100 grn. Core-Loc, 7mm-08 140 grn. Core-Loc & .308 Win 165 grn. Core-Loc.  All seemed to get the job done, just finally found a rifle that I really like and am planning on sticking with it for a while.

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby Wanderer » Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:01 am

I favor the 30-06 using 180 grain Remington Core Lokt pointed soft point. I've shot 9 deer with this load and 7 have dropped in their tracks. The longest blood trail I had to follow was about 60 yards. If I'm hunting one of our stands where I may have to reach out a bit farther, I use my 7 mm Remington Mag with Federal Premium 150 grain Nosler solid boat tails.

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby Everyday Hunter » Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:59 am

Am I the only one who uses a 7mm-08? I started out with a .222 and was 2 for 2 with that. Then I moved up to a .30-06, and it did a good job. I think my next deer caliber was a downward move to a .243 and it seemed to dump all its energy in the deer and dumped them in their tracks. Then I moved back up to what has become my favorite, the 7mm-08. My first one was a Remington Model 7. Then I upgraded to the stainless version in the same model and caliber. I favor a handloaded 139 grain Hornady SP bullet. It is accurate and performs well.

Every deer I've ever shot (the first coming in 1967) have been with handloads except the last two. Last year I shot my first with a .30-30 (yes, I know -- it's hard to believe for a guy as old as I am!) using Federal Fusion cartridges with a 170 grain bullet. The .30-30 belonged to my deceased brother, so it has a lot of sentimental value.

I enjoyed carrying and shooting the .30-30, but the 7mm-08 still rules for me.

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby jacannon63 » Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:30 am

270 140 gr. hand loads. I hunt clear cuts and large food plots.
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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby 69Viking » Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:50 am

Mine is the 30-30 in the Hornady LeveRevolution 160 gr. With this caliber I can extend my 30-30 range comfortably to 200 yards even though most of my shots where I hunt will be in the 100 yard range. I've never made a good shot on a deer and had it go more than 20 yards. I do have interest in the new 308 Marlin Express rifles which also shoot a Hornady round but with a little more punch! That or the Marlin XL7 in .270 will be my next rifle purchase. What I love about my Marlin 30-30 is that it's a light, short, lever action rifle that has excellent knock down power with the Hornady LeveRevolution ammo at longer distances should I need it.

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby MSHunter » Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:18 am

Going with the majority, 30-06, 180 gr. Use with my H&R Handi rifle.

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby Stickman » Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:22 pm

I have two favorites, one is my trusty 12 ga 3 1/2 magnum Mossberg with Winchester 00 magnum buckshot for up to 75 yards I have never had a deer to even take one step after being shot with that load. Every thing over 75 yards I shoot a Remington model 7 243 with 90 grain ballistic silvertip bullets. Gets em every time!!!  But from this year forward I am only going to hunt with my Bear bow. Its that good. 

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby vambo991 » Sun Jun 07, 2009 2:07 pm

270 Win... finally have Remington Core-lokt in 150 grn... wonderful on whitetail.

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby PrairieShadow » Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:30 am

.300wsm pushing handloaded 130gr Triple shock bullet @ about 3550fps. I have taken deer to 460yds with this combination and been able to do it confidently, accurately and clean kills each time.
I've really fell in love with this caliber over the last 5-6yrs.
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