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Recomendation for Small Deer at Long Range

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Unread 10-06-2012, 06:03 PM
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Recomendation for Small Deer at Long Range

I'm looking to pick up a rifle for hunting at my place in Belize (Central America). Firearm licenses are tough to get, so I'm pretty much limited to 1 rifle. I'll be hunting small white tail (up to about 100lb) and red brocket (around 50lb) from a stand on the edges of open savannahs and power line cuts. I'd like to be able to get out to about 300 yards for a kill. My first thought was a .270 Winchester for the range, but knowing the game is small, I'm wondering if I should choose a smaller round.

Any recommendations? I will need it to be a relatively common caliber, as availability of ammo can be an issue.
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    Re: Recomendation for Small Deer at Long Range

    Welcome to LRH and enjoy!

    The .270 Win is an excellent choice, esp. with 130/140 grainers, it should serve you just fine.

    Good luck and happy safe hunting.

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    Re: Recomendation for Small Deer at Long Range

    Sounds like a job for the underrated .243 Winchester. With 90-95 grain bullets, this little light recoiling, powerhouse would be right at home with the range and size of animal specified. JohnnyK.
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    Re: Recomendation for Small Deer at Long Range

    Plus one for the 243 it's a great round and one of the all time most popular deer rounds ever made. The 243 as probably taken hundreds of thousands of deer elk black bear and all kinds of game all over the world.
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    Re: Recomendation for Small Deer at Long Range

    The 270 would be fine, as well as the 243. I would probably lean towards the one with the greatest availability of ammunition.
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    Re: Recomendation for Small Deer at Long Range

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    I'm looking to pick up a rifle for hunting at my place in Belize (Central America). Firearm licenses are tough to get, so I'm pretty much limited to 1 rifle. I'll be hunting small white tail (up to about 100lb) and red brocket (around 50lb) from a stand on the edges of open savannahs and power line cuts. I'd like to be able to get out to about 300 yards for a kill. My first thought was a .270 Winchester for the range, but knowing the game is small, I'm wondering if I should choose a smaller round.

    Any recommendations? I will need it to be a relatively common caliber, as availability of ammo can be an issue.
    .260 Rem would be ideal for that application. So too would be the venerable .308 for which ammunition will never be a problem.
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    Re: Recomendation for Small Deer at Long Range

    .223 .243 What's rounds can you get?
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