What is everyone favorite caliber for deer?

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Brant Walton, Oct 21, 2019.


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  1. Gregger

    Gregger Well-Known Member

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    My favorite all time is my 45-70 guide gun. The one that gave me the biggest smile is my Lyman great plains rifle with .54 cal patched round ball, it puts them down hard.
     
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  2. Kodiak Special

    Kodiak Special Member

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    For deer I use a Blaser R8 in .308 Win, standard contour, Leica 3-12 optics. Puts them down, DRT.
     
  3. just country

    just country Well-Known Member

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    morning, one that kills, skins, quarters, debones,
    wraps, grinds meat and freezes the venison. justme gbot tum
     
  4. RICHARD PERRETT

    RICHARD PERRETT Active Member

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    25-06, 257R, 250 savage, 6.5's,270, 280,7mm-08 you can throw them all in a bag and shake them up and they all have sufficient ballistics to take a white tail at any distance 95 % of us are capable of shooting with the right bullet choice. With that said a 243 has taken more whitetail in this household then all other calibers combined.
     
  5. TRG65

    TRG65 Well-Known Member

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    I’ve used 30-06, 35 Remington, 308, 7RM, 7WSM, and 338WM. My son has used my 223 and 6.5x47L. Of those, the 7RM was my favorite for deer/medium size.
     
  6. Jamesonj

    Jamesonj Active Member

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    25-06
     
  7. sturner

    sturner Well-Known Member

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    22-250
    45/70
     
  8. Clem Bronkoski

    Clem Bronkoski Well-Known Member

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    It used to be the .243, then I moved up to the 7mm-08. That one still is but I just got a 6.5 CM so its time to see how that one will fare. I'm sure any deer wouldn't know the difference between either of them.
     
  9. Highvoltage

    Highvoltage Well-Known Member

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    Got a lot of rifles, but I always grab 1 during gun season. Tikka t3 stainless 308, 165 ballistic tip and varget. So much confidence just point, squeeze, gut, drag, repeat.
     
  10. Mustang72

    Mustang72 Well-Known Member

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    Depends where,how and what kind of weather I am hunting in and if it is just for horns or a meat hunt. Love my 223.--but when it's windy or I am horn hunting I usually grab my 30/06 or 7 mag. This year most of not all hunting will be done with a 22-250.
     
  11. Tlr155

    Tlr155 Active Member

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    Same one I use for everything 7rm
     
  12. ChickenTikka

    ChickenTikka New Member

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    6.5x284.. 140gr eld at 3k
     
  13. Clem Bronkoski

    Clem Bronkoski Well-Known Member

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    I've always been suspect of using a .22 caliber for deer even with the heaviest bullets available. I know of a few guys out west that used .223s on mulies! I just can't buy into that idea. 6mm caliber is about as low as I would go personally.
     
  14. Mustang72

    Mustang72 Well-Known Member

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    They aren't for everybody. You have to be patient and pick your shots. All my shots with 223 are with a 50 grain v-max to the throat patch. Lots of opportunity where I hunt. They drop instant when you break their neck.