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I am heading to Eastern Colorado this fall to pursue plains mule deer. For this hunt, I am wanting to purchase a new rifle. I h

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  • Sourdough Dave
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    Out here in the west .270 is highly regarded and popular for good reason. Mine has put a lot of meat in the freezer.

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  • Lambo
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    Thank you to everyone for your input and suggestions based on your personal experiences. I appreciate it. It seems like I'll choose between .270 and 7mm mag. I'm considering a Model 700 MTN SS for the .270 and a Model 700 CDL SF for the 7mm mag. Thanks again, Chris.

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  • DakotaMan
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    Sorry... Muley is no match

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  • DakotaMan
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    All those you list will do the job. I prefer speed for flat shooting at long range and for minimum lead on one dashing for cover. I've hunted them in that area since the mid-60s. I use a 25-06 with a 100 grain bullet. It flattens them nicely out to 500 yards with no problem. It has the speed of the 7mm Mag without the recoil. If you need to shoot further, a 115g Berger adds easily another 100 yards. I shot a .270 too but far preferred the 25-06. Your 7mm/08 with a 120g bullet going 3200 fps would work just fine. These guys are not particularly tough as long as you hit the vital zone. If you don't hit well, nothing works well. A 30-06 with a 130g bullet does well too. That is what I will use this year since I have to use the same rifle for a backup elk rifle. I will miss my 25-06 but know that a milieu is no match for that either.

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  • DSMbirddog
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    I have 264 Win Mag and if you could find a used one in good shape I think you would be happy with it. All the calibers you listed are good ones and could do the job but I would also include the 30-06.

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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    LOL!

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  • bayouwoof
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    Yes, beyond that are the 7mm-.378 Weatherby magnum, the 7mm-.50 BMG,and the .17rem/20mm Gatling gun.

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  • jay
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    Of what you listed, I'd go with the 7 rem mag. This gets you a long range rifle which can be used for deer and elk.

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  • Safado
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    The best 7mm for western mule deer would be the 7mm Weatherby Magnum. Flattest shooting hardest hitting of them all. Better bullet selection than the .270.

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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    You didn't say what kind of ranges you are expecting to shoot at or how good a long range shooter you are. If you keep your shots under 300 yards any of those will do. A 7mm-08 is a bit wimpy out at 300 or so. My personal favorite for plains and 3-pointers from downtown is the 7mm Weatherby Magnum that beats all the other choices.

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  • mike0714
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    ps the .280 ackley improved is right in between a .280 remington and 7mm mag. there speeds for the same bullets are roughly 100 fps different that means if the .280 remington is shooting a 140gr bullet at 3000 fps, the .280 AI will probably do it at around 3100 and the 7mm mag at 3200. thx

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  • mike0714
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    if you are looking at a .280 caliber and can hand load i would suggest the .280 ackley improved it has better performance then a regular .280. but for ease of use and ability to find quality ammo i would go with a 7mm mag i love both rounds and have hunted with both. (i own a 7mm mag and have used a friends .280 ackley improved when I left the ammo for my .284 win back at camp both are great long rage deer rifles

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  • 007
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    With a little judicious handloading you can get 7MM magnum performance out of the 280, it's a bit more flexible. I have a 7mm magnum that I got a very good deal on, however, if not for that I'd probably have a .280.

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  • FirstBubba
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    All things being equal, and the four calibers you have selected are "relatively, "equal".
    Here's my view point.
    The 7mm-08, 280 and 7mm Mag will hurl heavier bullets than the .270, hands down.
    The .270 is excellent at range with the 130 gr bullet, but begins to suffer when pushing a 150 gr bullet out 300/400 yards. My .270 drops 9" at 400.
    The 7mm's will push heavier bullets faster. Especially the Mag.
    The faster the bullet, the quicker it gets to the target, the less time for wind to effect the bullet. Heavier bullets are less affected by the wind.
    Myself?
    I'd take my .270 and some souped up 130's.
    A really good choice, to me, would be the 7mm Rem Mag with moderate weight bullets, probably the 160 gr.
    BTW, those "plains" can get pretty windy.

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  • bayouwoof
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    Ah have owned 7 mm's and a .280.

    They are ballistically identical and shoot the same bullet.

    7mm ammo is more readily available.

    The other two wood prolly work fine.

    Your question requires the reader to separate the fly$hit from the pepper!

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