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Unread 06-27-2014, 09:41 AM
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New gun for Ohio deer season

Since Ohio has now changed its hunting laws so that they will allow some straight walled rifle cartridges, I am thinking of a new rifle. The two that I am looking at are either a Browning/Winchester 1885 in 45-70 (single shot) or a Ruger 77/44 44 magnum in stainless. They also have a law that limits how many rounds a gun can hold, so I was thinking the 1885 will be great for that.

I feel they both have good and bad points. I know that the 45-70 with some of the new modern loads can be a bit over gun for deer. Sometimes I think the 44 mag might be a bit under gun for some longer shots.

I know that neither of these are long range deer guns, and most of my shots here in Ohio should be mostly under 100 yards, maybe 200 yards max. To bad they will not allow me to use my 7mm STW!!

Oh, my current Ohio gun is a Winchester 1300 with a cantilever rifled barrel. It shoots about 2" at 100 yards. Not bad for a slug gun.

Any thoughts on this would be great.

Thanks
Bill
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    Unread 06-27-2014, 10:03 AM
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    Re: New gun for Ohio deer season

    I gotta be honest. My first thought on this is hunt somewhere else. You can buy an over the counter out of state deer tag (or for that matter a cow elk tag) for areas around Bozeman Montana. If I remember right the deer tag is less than $100. Don't need a guide, don't need to put in for a draw. That is just one alternative. There are many others. And then you could put that STW to use!
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    Unread 06-27-2014, 10:28 AM
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    Re: New gun for Ohio deer season

    I have thought of that. My other problem is time (family) and vacation. I only get a week of vacation, and my hunting spot is 10 minutes from my house.

    The Ohio tag is cheep, and I can get 3 deer for the county that I live in.

    Do you know of any good areas around Bozeman, would love to visit there with the STW. I am thinking maybe next year for elk or muley of going out west.
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    Unread 06-28-2014, 08:52 AM
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    Re: New gun for Ohio deer season

    you know if you go out of state to hunt your putting that monster Ohio buck in the hands of your neighbor lol. I'm thinking about the marlin 45\70 but don't know how to limit the shell capacity and my slug gun will hit the 5in steel plate at 200yrds. Every single time so I don't know if I'll benefit much from the rifle...
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    Re: New gun for Ohio deer season

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    Any thoughts on this would be great.

    Thanks
    Bill
    i grew up in Seville, OH. My thoughts?

    Move at least 3 states further west! Then, use the 7STW.
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    Unread 08-23-2014, 02:20 PM
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    Re: New gun for Ohio deer season

    If you do not plan on moving, go with the .44 Mag.
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    Unread 08-23-2014, 04:16 PM
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    Re: New gun for Ohio deer season

    Right now, moving west is not an option. We would love to move to Montana or Idaho, but with the type of work that my wife and I do, it is hard to find work in it.

    I still have not made my mind up. I have held both rifles, and the Winchester felt much better.

    Punisher, are you still in the Seville area or somewhere else?

    Thanks for the input guys.

    Bill
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