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Old 11-07-2008, 06:13 AM
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7mm rem mag is what I use it may be a little overkill but you don't have to track the deer very far they stop when you hit them.
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Old 11-07-2008, 08:15 AM
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.308 drops them dead in their tracks
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Old 11-07-2008, 04:59 PM
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12 gauge
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Old 11-07-2008, 06:05 PM
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I have used as small as a .223, but now that I have the .45-70, I don't use anything else. The big thumper is addictive.
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:22 PM
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30.06 - it's all I have
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:23 PM
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Oh yeah, 12 gauge too.
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:26 PM
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I used a 7 mag for the past fourteen years, I just sold it to buy my second 260 Rem. Last year I got the Model 7 cdl 260 and this year I got the
Rem. 700 CDL SF Limited 260 with a Zeiss 4.5-14x50. I just couldn't see using the mag any more when most of my shots are under 250 yrds.
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:48 AM
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I use a .30-06 w/ 165 gr. Hornady ammo or a 7mm-08 w/ 140 gr. Winny BST's

If I'm hunting down where I live, I have to use shotgun...Rem 870 w/ rifled barrel and Hornady SST's slugs.
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Old 11-08-2008, 06:28 AM
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Actually almost any centerfire rifle from .24 to .45 caliber will work just fine. I have seen deer shot with just about everything under the sun. One thing that is not necessary is a magnum. People argue that they need them to "reach out there", but most of those people have no business shooting at extreme ranges. .243, .260 Remington, 7mm-08, .30-30, .300 Savage, .308, .30-06, .35 Remington, .375 Winchester, .444 Marlin, .45-70, and the list goes on. These deer are simply not armor plated and it really comes down to shot placement....
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:05 AM
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i bought a 300 win mag for the same purpose you described. I have a bro-n-law in CO, so we're planning on some elk in the near future. I have had my 300 for 2 seasons, killing 3 deer with it. It is a little overkill for whitetail, but with good shot placement, I've lost little meat and there is little tracking. IMO shot placement is the key. (If you don't mind the recoil) I bought the 300 because I can not afford 2-3 different rifles depending on where I'm hunting.

However, all considered, I am a fan of the 25 and 30-06. The 25 is hard to beat for long shots...and the 30...well everyone owns one...there's got to be a reason behind it.
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