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What gun do you usually reach for when you're going deer or big game hunting?

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  • Jarold Ruch
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    30-'06 with the main variable being bullet weight in grains. 150 or less for whitetail, rams, 180 for elk and 200 or heavier for bear, moose etc.

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  • .30-06Hunter
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    Deer: Ruger .30-06 or Marlin .45-70
    Boar:Marlin .45-70

    I always wanted to get a deer with an iron sighted .30-30 but am afraid the one day I take it the deer of a lifetime will appear in scope only range.

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  • CoastieJim82
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    I always grab my winchester 3030. Nice gun especially if you hunt in the woods or brush.

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  • Kiko Guam
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    Either a Vanguard .270 win or Marlin XL-7 in 30-06, depends on my mood, both ate very effective.

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  • buckeye
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    I live in Ohio so usualy my mossberg 500

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  • WILLHAM48
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    Remington 7600 30-06 or my Marlin XL7 30-06, sometimes the Winchester 64 30-30.

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  • chuckles
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    My current favorite for deer is a CVA in 45/70. I am hoping to break in a Ruger #1 in 7x57 this year. The thick brush and close range shots in MN seem to call for a larger bullet at medium velocity.
    For black bear I use an ERShaw .308 with a Henry lever action in 45/70 as backup.
    If elk is the game then I reach for my .270 A-bolt.
    I could probably do 99% of my hunting with any one of the above but what fun would that be?

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  • rfleer87
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    Whitetail a 770 Remington .270

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  • LostLure
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    When I lived out West it was the .300 win. Now that I'm in the South, the .25-06 it is.

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  • FirstBubba
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    My other rifle (besides .22LR!) is a 6.8mm Ruger Ranch! (that's .277 caliber!)
    Of course there's the .223 and the .22 Hornet.

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  • Safado
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    Depends on the game and anticipated length of shot.
    Pronghorn Antelope- .240 Weatherby Magnum.
    Whitetail- .270 Win.
    Muledeer- .270 Win or 30-06.
    Black Bear- .308 Win or 30-06.
    Hogs- .308 Win or 30-06.
    Elk- 30-06 or .340 Weatherby Magnum.
    Brown Bears- .340 Weatherby.
    I also usually carry a back-up, the back-up is usually the 30-06. All rifles are scoped except one 30-06 reserved for up close work on hogs and bears.

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  • FirstBubba
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    Primitive arms - T/C Omega Z5 w/ Weaver K4-1 or T/C Renegade .54
    Regular gun - Ruger No. 1 - .270 Win or Parker Hale in .270 Win.
    (Yeah! I like me some .270 Win!)

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  • jhjimbo
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    Depends. If I know the area, for 100yd shots on deer I might take my Winchester 94 or scoped Marlin 336 in 30-30. If I know longer shots may present, I might take my Weatherby Mk V in .300WbyMag for 250+yds for deer and bear. For bear, the Remington 7400 30-06 carbine as we hunt them the last legal hour or so of light. If I have no idea the terrain, for deer or bear I would take my Remington 700 in 30-06.
    When I get tired of carrying any of the above, I will pull out the Mauser in 6.5X55(it is usually along on a trip as a back up gun) a super, very capable rifle .

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  • Happy Myles
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    Geez, forgot my 25-06

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  • Happy Myles
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    One thing about deer hunting there are literally dozens of rifles, calibers and bullets to choose from. All of them work fine. I have used ten or so calibers from 243 through 300 Win Mag. Guess my favorites would be 257 Ackley. 280 Rem, or one of my 300s.....then of course there are my 270 or 06, and the beat goes on.

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