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Old 12-11-2011, 10:58 PM
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Re: top deer caliber

30-06 and it is accurate. 3 shot group with my Tikka fits in a dime using 165 SST.
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:18 AM
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There are several calibers that are excellent deer calibers and over 40 I have probably tried just about all of them. I am almost exclusively a deer hunter and pretty much have settled in on the 6.5x 284. While most of my deer have been taken well under 500 yards, I have shot several between 500 and 1000yards. This caliber is easy to reload, low recoil, deadly accurate, and most importantly,one of the few calibers that just about all the deer I have shot drop in their tracks whether 50 yards or 998, my longest kill. I use 140 Bergers at 2970 FPS. The way I use the rifle, the barrel won't burn out in my lifetime. Just my preference.

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Old 12-14-2011, 09:23 PM
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Most of my shots are in the 200-450yd range, I like the 264 win mag with 140gr accubonds. It offers great accuracy and almost always exits even on tough shot angles. Plus the recoil is mild enough I shoot it well.
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:02 PM
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For most people who don't reload it's .243 Win. 25-06 Rem. 270 Win 7mm Rem Mag or 30-06 why Wal-Mart sells the shells as cheap as you can get... I my self use 6mm Rem or .264 Win. Mag since I reload if I did'nt it would be 25-06 or 7mm Rem Mag. This year it was 6mm Rem at a little under 200yds.
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:47 PM
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There are almost too many great calibers for deer to mention. I own 3 deer rifles, a Marlin 30-30, Rem. 25-06 and a Browning 300 WM. I have hunting buddies that use 270's, 243's and even a 338 WM with great results. I've taken a couple of deer with my 300 WM and IMHO, it is a just a bit of an overkill unless you are shooting longer distances. My favorite caliber is my trusty old 25-06. Whether shooting 300+ yards or shorter distances, it gets the job done and done well. My next purchase will be a 358 Winchester in a Browning BLR. It will serve double duty as a mid-range (under 300 yards) deer gun and either a backup or primary elk gun. I will be hand loading for the 358. Hopefully, it will be my last gun I will need...until my next GAS attack.
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:07 PM
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I have an older Rem Model Seven in .308 w/18 1/2" bbl. I have some Barnes 168gr VLC BTHP's loaded with 43gr of Accurate 2230 chronod @ 2800 and have taken deer from 30yds in the thick brush to 275yds accross an open field and they all fall. It's topped by a Simmons Aetec 1.5-6X32 scope. Wish I had a little more scope in the open but it works well. Maybe the new Leupold VX-6 2-12X 40?
Bottom line is .308 or .338 Federal would be my choice. And a light rifle like the new 7 will run you about $550-600. Good luck.
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:50 PM
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I use 30 06 and its great. How is the barrel life on 300wm and 300wsm? I have been thinking about getting one.
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