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Old 12-01-2009, 11:46 AM
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Re: whitetail guns

nvm im sticking with .308. tried and true
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:25 AM
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Re: whitetail guns

As has been said in other posts on here,

"you can't use too much gun" when it comes to whitetails..

I personally have shot them with rifles chambered from the 240Wby thru the 300RUM, at ranges from 50 yards to over 400. The only one, yes one, that dropped at the shot was hit with a 270Win, thru both shoulders, at 200 yards, using a 150 gr. Nosler partition bullet.

So go figure, I don't know the majic caliber to get that job done.

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Old 12-03-2009, 02:11 PM
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Re: whitetail guns

all of your mentioned calibers will take down white tail no problem with proper shot placement. All of your mentioned calibers will shoot paper at 700 with practice, a good rifle and quality ammo. In SD we have BIG DEER, not just nice racks, but BIG DEER. My recent 3x3 weighed in a 220lbs field dressed and headless when I dropped him off at the locker. A .243WSSM and 75gr VMAX dropped him in his tracks at 397m, the doe took a similar hit and wobbled about 20m before passing out from blood loss. The antelope i got in Oct was taken at 683m with the same ammo and same results.
absolutely nothing wrong with the .308 or the 270 or 260...anything from .30 to .243 for that matter. just get to know what your weapon likes, and practice. I will admit, i was nervous about using a 75gr 243 bullet, my dad uses 150gr 7mm and my cousin uses 175gr 308, and we all have had the occasional deer run a hundred yards after a good shot, deer are tough.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:48 AM
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Re: whitetail guns

Whether a .308 would be "overkill" for Coyotes or anything else would be determined by your bullet choice. A tougher constructed bullet will do less damage, others such as Ballistic Tips will cause a bit more mess. Personally, I consider the .243 a varmint cartridge, have never appreciated their ability as a deer cartridge.
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:31 AM
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Re: whitetail guns

"Overkill":

I cannot think of a sentence where I would use this word.

Sorry,
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:06 AM
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Re: whitetail guns

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"Overkill":

I cannot think of a sentence where I would use this word.

agreed. unless you plan to sell them, (and around here people get between $5-$10)
So if you dont want the hide...blow the **** out of them. .223 is over kill for prairie dogs too but it's fun to see them pop.
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:49 PM
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Re: whitetail guns

There are a TON of hunters I know here in coastal NC that hunt with a 243 and absolutely swear by it. Kill both deer and coyote with it regularly. And it's accurate enough to do some decent bean/field work for the average NC deer and particularly coyote. My only question on the caliber for deer is downrange energy. If you're talking reasonable distances, IMO, deer @200-250 and less, should be no problem. Coyote, a walk in the park! And I know there are people who can stretch and accurately exceed that range .....but that's when I feel the need to reach for a 270 or 30 caliber.
You might wanna grab that 308, some reloading equipment and homemade bullets tailored for whatever you're after that day and go hunting!!



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