help needed picking a gun to take deer hunting

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by tysn, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. tysn

    tysn Member

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    So I have a 300 ICL ( weatherby improved ) loaded with 165 barnes x, 7mm rem mag loaded with 160 barnes x and finally a 6mm rem with 100 speer spfb, my dilemma is which round to use, shot seem to be with in 400 yard shooting up hill, on avg size mule deer, im not worried about the mags blowing the deer in half with the barnes bullets. just trying not to punish myself with recoil if i dont have to. the 7 mag is the heaviest and kicks the hardest, the 300 is the lightest but with the muzzle break its the longest by 4 inches, the 6mm is manageable with recoil but with the flat base its not going to carry the best past 300 yards. i can shoot the 300 and 6mm the best, the 300 shoots alot tighter than the 6mm, i know im loaded for elk with the mags but should that suffice for deer without being too overkill?
     
  2. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Take the rifle you shoot the best (300) don't worry about damage just place the bullet in the ribs and all will be great. No such thing as overkill in my world, just rifles that fall short for some jobs.

    Jeff
     

  3. MHO

    MHO Well-Known Member

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    I agree. If the 300 is what you shoot the best, then that is your answer. Plus you wont mind or ever feel the recoil when that big buck hits the ground.
     
  4. robgundy

    robgundy New Member

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    This is an age old issue. Is there a perfect bullet, caliber, powder or rifle? The answer is yes. The perfect combination is... The one that you shoot the most comfortably. If you are not comfortable with it, you wont shoot well. The rifle that I am most comfortable with and can get 2 in groups at 200yrds is not a good choice for a friend of mine that can not hit the 2ft piece of paper at 100 yrds with it. My rifle fits me and doesnt fit him. If you are more comfortable shooting the 300, then I would go with that. As one of the other guys stated, when you drop a deer, you wont feel a thing. Adrenaline takes over at that point. My personal favorite is my Savage 110 in .30-06. Is it the perfect rifle? Nope, but it works for me. I can use 165gr for deer and 180gr for elk. I have it sighted in at 200yds and can hit a 6 in group with both for either deer or elk. I am not going to driving tacks while hunting. I just want to get close because I know I will be ampted up.
     
  5. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    No such thing as overkill. Take the 300 and be done.
     
  6. Engineering101

    Engineering101 Well-Known Member

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    There are a lot of reasons a guy might have for picking one rifle over another. In my case, I would choose the 6mm Rem for deer. In my opinion it is the perfect deer gun – but of course for my reasons. I was raised on venison and don’t like wasting it and the 6mm makes them just dead enough. The bullet usually stops on the opposite rib. I have a Douglas barreled Sako 6mm Rem and I’ve shot the majority of a couple of dozen deer including mulies, whitetail and blacktail with that rifle using the 100 grain Sierra flat base or later the SPBT which has a decent BC.

    I switched to the 6mm after my 30-06 hammered the front half of a little buck that I hit a bit too far forward. A friend of mine told me recently that he literally cut a deer in half with his 300 RUM and some factory loaded ammo with soft bullets. The fact that there was “a lot” of meat loss did not seem to bother him all that much. I have no problem with a guy using whatever he likes for whatever reason he might have. As I said, my reason for my choice is I like them just dead enough. They usually stumble for 20 yards or so and go down. I can’t think of any that went further. Said another way, I like to AVOID cutting them in half but I’m not a purist. The season before last I shot a whitetail over in Montana with my 338 RUM just to see what kind of meat damage I got with Barnes TTSXs. In thinking about how those bullets work, I expected the meat damage to be low and as it turns out, I was right. So I might take the 338 after deer too – but not without the Barnes bullets. Also when you start personally seeing grizzly in your hunting territory, the 338 takes on a new appeal.

    I have switched over to the TTSXs in the 6mm Rem. I’m curious to see if it is enough gun using these bullets which will no doubt pass clear through meaning that some of the kinetic energy will not end up in the deer. That bullet is running 3,400 fps at the muzzle and groups around an inch at 200 yards so I couldn’t resist loading up a batch. I will however switch back to the Sierras if deer go more than 20 yards.
     
  7. JP100

    JP100 Well-Known Member

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    take the gun you are most comfortable and confident with. for me it would be the 6mm as im not big on noise and recoil. but if you can shoot the .300 the best go for it. confidence in your shooting is very important especially with uphill/down hill or angled shots.
    Good luck
     
  8. dave elliott

    dave elliott Active Member

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    personally i would use the rifle i shoot the best. practice practice practice. a hunter who is confident in his weaponry and his ability will put meat in his freezer more times than not. now go fill that young man:) as my dad used to say. enjoy your hunt.
     
  9. dave elliott

    dave elliott Active Member

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    its supposed to read go fill that tag.