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March Madness is down to the final two. Looks like the .300WinMag is going to edge out the 30-06. O.K., I can live with that.

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  • March Madness is down to the final two. Looks like the .300WinMag is going to edge out the 30-06. O.K., I can live with that.

    March Madness is down to the final two. Looks like the .300WinMag is going to edge out the 30-06. O.K., I can live with that.

  • #2
    Nah, good ol' 30.06 is gonna take it!

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    • #3
      I think the OL/06 will take it also!
      But here in Fl.The 243Win is King of the Hill!

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      • #4
        .300 Win mag for whitetails? C'mon! That's a bit over the top. Of course, my vote always goes to the 30-06 because I hunted deer, elk, and moose with it in the same environments and usually at the same time. If I was SPECIFICALLY hunting whitetails, I might step down to .308 or 7mm Mauser. The .243, .270, and 25-06 are good flatland shooting guns but most folks don't hunt whitetails in those situations. Like the .300 Win mag, those calibers also inflict too much unjustified damage to the meat.

        For whitetails I think I would pick 30-30 over .300 Win mag and I'm no big fan of that caliber. But it makes more sense than carting around some either overly heavy or overly shoulder-punishing cannon to blow the crap out of a mere deer. That's a big big game cartridge.

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        • #5
          If the 30-06 wins, there better be a big footnote saying this turned out to be more a popularity contest rather than just based on the facts. Do not get me wrong, the '06 is great, i have a couple of them. What i am saying is there were other, better, LONG RANGE DEER cartridges that were knocked out of the competition too early.
          I say this so someone not knowing uses the competition results to buy a long range DEER ONLY size caliber and if he follows the competition and buys a 30-06, winds up with a very good ALL PURPOSE long range caliber that is considered by some to be over gunned for deer only when he should maybe be getting something like a 25-06. Just saying. IMHO

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          • #6
            People forgot what the contest said. It didn't say "What was the all around deer rifle". It said what the best "long range" rifle and the 30-06 IS NOT the best long range rifle.

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            • #7
              Long range ballistics is exactly the edge that the Win. mag. has over other 30 calibers.

              And as far as meat damage, where do you guys shoot your deer anyway? Not much meat in the ribcage behind the shoulder. Keep track of your angles and you really shouldn't loose any meat.

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              • #8
                Loose meat? Sounds like a problem to me. LOSE meat.

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                • #9
                  Yeah, like all these long range shooters trying to poke deer at four and five hundred yards are going to be able place their shots exactly where they want. Pffffft. That's an oxymoron if I ever heard one.

                  I don't find any ethics in long range shooting at game of any sort and I have no use for competitions, mythical or otherwise, that condone the practice. Sorry, but to me, just like the antler mania that is currently trashing this sport, I see promotion of "long range hunting" as the wrong direction for things to be going. We need to keep that crap on the firing range - or the Vegas casinos - where it belongs.

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                  • #10
                    OHH stop sugarcoating things, tell us how you really feel.
                    Hope spring is treating you well up in Cananda. Still mud season here in MN.
                    The poll was definitely one of the stranger ones. Some weird pairings in the first round and downhill from there.

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                    • #11
                      damaged and blood shot meat is 99% shot placement, not caliber. Double lung an animal and you'll only loose the rib meat. Hit it right in the shoulders and you could loose both front quarters.

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                      • #12
                        It looks like 30-06 will win.

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                        • #13
                          I should correct my above statement: I don't have a problem with those who want to long range shoot gophers, ground hogs, or prairie dogs. They're either dead or missed. Can't get any more ethical than that. But I really don't consider them "game."

                          Chuckles, things are still frozen pretty hard up here and a fair amount of snow remains. A bit of a thaw off and on last week but cold enough every night to firm things up. I'm not seeing a lot of sleds moving around town though. Probably has more to do with the price of gas than the weather. You guys sure lost a lot of idiot ice fisherman this winter who drove their rigs out onto the rivers. Anyplace where there's current one best tread as lightly as possible.

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                          • #14
                            yea, this was more a popularity contest then a good long range gun contest. i agree with the .300 win mag being in the championship, but the .30-06 should not be. not bashing its deer killing capabilities, but there are definitely other chamberings that sling lead a lot farther, a lot faster, and a lot flatter.

                            yea, a .300 win mag is a cannon for deer (at least whitetails, its a solid performer on any of the larger deer species, mule deer and up), but it is ballistically superior to the 06'.

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                            • #15
                              I still cant get over the 7mm Rem Mag getting knocked out so quickly. I think if they had given the 30-30 a berth it likely would have progressed to the final four. People cant seem to get over the notion that God invented the 30-30 , 30-06 and to some degree the .270 and to the devil with the rest.

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