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buckmastr229 06-05-2005 05:49 PM

The best rifle for deer?
Well I know its been asked about 3 million times or more. What is the best deer gun? Ive been reading and reading and reading about deer rifles, when I thought I have found a good caliber. I did research on the caliber. I am wondering what would be the best deer rifle for me?

I hunt the Catskill Mountains in New York. I hunt atleast everyday in the season. My shots are about 15 to about say about 400 yards away, and im a real good marksmen and know alot about guns so im wondering what the best gun would be for me?

timbercruiser 06-05-2005 05:58 PM

RE: The best rifle for deer?
What rifle do you have? Most any centerfire rifle with a good cartridge will kill a deer. I like a .270. I would invest in the best scope that you can get.

Zoomer 06-05-2005 06:06 PM

RE: The best rifle for deer?
400 yards in the Catskills is extremely rare. Most of my kills there were 50 - 100 yards. Any 25 - 30 caliber gun in that range is more than adequate at dealing out death to bambi. 25-06, .270, .308, 30-30, 30-06....they will all GET ER DONE.

buckmastr229 06-05-2005 06:12 PM

RE: The best rifle for deer?
i said 400 yards just going high incase it did happen I dont think it will but anythings possible so i added it

JagMagMan 06-05-2005 06:54 PM

RE: The best rifle for deer?
Any of those that Zoomer listed would be good. Along with any of another couple of dozen that fall between the .25 and .30 caliber territory!
The 25-06, 7MM-08 and .260 are three really good choices for flat shooting, and low recoil!

TrophyBux 06-05-2005 07:25 PM

RE: The best rifle for deer?
I've always shot a .243 and never had any problems, but will be purchasing a new Browning .25 WSSM this summer. I still love my .243's, but that WSSM is awfully sweet! It doesn't take a .300 Ultra Mag or 7mm to drop a whitetail. Put all your choices in a hat and draw can't go wrong.

XTP 06-05-2005 08:47 PM

RE: The best rifle for deer?
Your right this has been asked a million times,and will continue to be discussed on message boards and around campfires for ever.The only real answer is a caliber that is suitable for deer (.270,.308,30-06..300's are only a few) in a rifle that you like and are comfortable with,and most important, a rifle that shoots and that you can shoot,accuratly!
A .300 superduper Rem-chester does not do you any good if you can't hit anything.

troutdudes 06-05-2005 09:20 PM

RE: The best rifle for deer?
i think the 303 british is the best lol well its the only gun I have so thats why lol

XTP 06-05-2005 10:05 PM

RE: The best rifle for deer?
.303 British............Canadian EH ???....LOL;)

DoctorDeath 06-06-2005 08:39 AM

RE: The best rifle for deer?
Well opinions are just like belly buttons everyone has one bUT I am partial to the 7mm08 ...I hunt North Alabama and Southern Tennessee where the average buck weighs about 150lbs and our average shot is 100 yards .. and this cal. is great for these animals BUT with that being said I have taken 3 Canadian Whitetails one weighed in at 337lbs on the hoof and I shot him at about 200 yards through the right read hip. I shoot a 139 Nossiler Balistic Tip and it works great for me.


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