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Unread 10-16-2011, 09:03 PM
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top deer caliber

I am hunting in thick brush beside the swamp my shots will be in 50-500 yards What is the most accurate and adequate cartridge for 150-250 pound whitetail in
this kind of area between the following cartridges

7mm rem mag
6.5mm rem mag(favorite out of the group)

308 win
6.55x55 swede
I don't like the30-06 because it is not to accurate
any other suggestions are welcomed
If u can name some good rifles that come in that cartridge (under $700 please )

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Unread 10-16-2011, 10:15 PM
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Re: top deer caliber

I love the 7mm mag as well as the 243. Win and they would probably be my first 2 choices closely followed by something along the lines of 260. Rem, 264. Win mag or one of my other favorites, 270. Win or wsm
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Unread 10-17-2011, 09:26 AM
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Re: top deer caliber

Not too sure what you mean by the 30-06 not being very accurate. If you have had a bad experience with a 30-06 perhaps try a different load for that rifle. That old work horse has earned its reputation by killing more deer and elk than any of the other calibers you have mentioned. Oh and it has also taken a fare share of Japanese, Germans, and North Koreans as well.
Have you by any chance given any consideration to the 300 win mag? This happens to be my favorite caliber for big game. I will just throw out my two cents. The day may come that you are hunting more than whitetail, and this is a good all around caliber. It has a larger variety of bullet weights than the 7mm mag. Dont get me wrong, that 7mm is awesome! But the 300 does offer heavier bullets if that is what a person desires. It also has a flatter trajectory than the 308. At 500 yards you are looking at around a 54 inch drop with a 200 yard zero with the 308. So you better be spot on for your range estimation! That is also assuming you are using a 150 grain bullet. Typically for a 300 win mag zeroed at 200 yards you will have a drop of 30-35 inch drop at 500 yards. The 180 grains will usually sit at 40 inches at that range as well.
I have had good experiences with Remington 700s. I think they are reasonably priced. I have never owned a Winchester model 70 but there is no question of it being an excellent rifle too. If you do chose that caliber, I would look at the Federal fusions 150 for deer and 180 for elk. It is reasonably priced, easy to find, and performs well. Good Luck!
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Unread 10-17-2011, 09:47 AM
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Re: top deer caliber

+ 1 on the 300.
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Unread 10-18-2011, 03:25 PM
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I am with Matt-3479. But I only use my .35 in the swamp and if we drive over to the farm I have my 7MAG in my trunk.
Keith Sage.
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Unread 10-18-2011, 11:21 PM
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Re: top deer caliber

Seems to Me 500yds. is a pretty good poke in the swamp.Down here in the S.E. 270win,25-06rem work well. & 300MAG over the large crop fields.I like to use fast action rifles in the swamp like lever,pumps ,semi auto & bolt action in the fields.
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Unread 10-19-2011, 05:52 AM
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Re: top deer caliber

I agree with all. I use .243Win (M70) to .300WinMag (112BVSS) here in coastal Georgia and all lay down and wait for me to get there. In between those two I'm shooting a .25-06Rem (Sendero) and 6.5-284Norma (12BVSS converted to VLP).
I sight all my rifles in at 300yds and my hunting range runs to 500yds. JohnnyK.
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