What's your favorite deer caliber?

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby Corey Graff » Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:41 am

My favorite is the .280 Ackley Improved. Why? P.O. Ackley's improved cartridge gives you ballistics approaching the 7mm magnum, but without the recoil. Absence the harsh recoil, I can concentrate on accuracy and marksmanship - plus the rifle is a pleasure to shoot and it's an inherently very accurate cartridge.

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby vipertech » Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:00 am

Where I live in NY it is shotgun only.  I have a rem 870 12g with a 4x scope mounted.  This year I used Hornady SST's and they worked awesome.

However, my favorite deer rifle is my Savage 7mm-08 with a Leupold 3-9x40 scope.  I use 140g Accubond's from Federal.  I've used this when hunting on nuisance permits and in rifle allowed areas.

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby hilltop » Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:25 am

270 win. with 130 gr. winchester fail safe ballistic silver tip for rifle however I like the 50 Cal. black powder best.

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby Rooster » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:05 pm

I prefer the 7mm08 calber, I have a Tikka bolt action, they are accurate, the recoil is minimal and its lightwieght even with scope

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby Patriot » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:33 pm

I can't contribute much to this thread.  I've never hunted deer with anything other than a 12ga (Remington 870).
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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby MoDeer » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:42 pm

44 mag is my favorite . For shots 50 yards or closer I use a ruger superblackhawk with hornady 240grXTP handloads . For shots out to 150 yards I use a rossi M92 leveraction with hornady 225gr leverevolution . I like my hunting to be upclose and personal . I try to hold out for pistol shot only but did shoot my buck at 125yd with the rifle this year and the 225gr bullet left one heck of a wound track .

If I cant make a good shot please let me have a clean miss

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby LaCatahoula » Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:30 pm

 I shoot a Remington 700 S.S. in 30-06 with Remington core-loct 150 psp. I went hunting in Texas last year and took deer out to 350 yards and an aouidad(spelling) with no issue.  My rifle was a gift from my wife I picked out the nikon monarch 3.5x10x50 scope. I think if I would be purchasing a new gun right now it would be a Browning A bolt in .280. I really like that round and I have shot that gun in that caliper and it really shoots well.

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby CoG » Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:59 pm

Old thread, but a good one.  I find I'm in lots of company with my caliber of choice, .30-06 Springfield, but somewhat of an odd-ball with my preferred bullet weight, 165 grains.  I've always liked the 165 offerings as a dedicated all around deer pill.  I've taken most deer with the 165 gr. Sierra GameKing (always a great bullet), but am now using 165 gr. TSX for a little different terminal performance.  The recoil from this round out of my BAR is ridiculously mild and such a pleasure to shoot.  It hardly pushes me off target and I think that accounts for a well-placed, quick follow-up shot as much as the auto-loading even though I've only shot more than once a couple times.

I'm building a dedicated longer range deer rifle right now based on a large ring Mauser 98 action that'll be chambered in .270.  So I'll pretty much take any round based on the 06 and be happy.  Wouldn't turn down a nice .308 either.

My first deer taken with a rifle was with a .300 win mag.  For me, that'll probably be the last deer I ever take with a .300 too. 

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby NC Deer Hunter » Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:40 pm

Thats what I have been hunting with for 11yrs but can't say it's my favorite. I would say my favorite through all the years will be the Regular ole 7MM Rem Mag but I loved my 30-30 and also my 30-06 and my 270 and............O well, I love em all!

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RE: What's your favorite deer caliber?

Postby dewey » Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:00 pm

My rifle is a Browning A-bolt 7mm WSM with a 140 grain Supreme Ballistic Silvertip shell. I chose this rifle and ammo type for the open areas in NW MN that I hunt and also to use out West for antelope, deer and elk. It has very good ballistics out to 500 yards and has considerably more energy at 300-400-500 yards than a 270 WIN.

Just my 2 cents and it looks like I am the only one on here that uses a 7mm WSM.[:D]

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