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  • I'm buying a rifle. I know, I know.... it matters less what caliber I use on my first western hunt for mule deer, it matters mor

    I'm buying a rifle. I know, I know.... it matters less what caliber I use on my first western hunt for mule deer, it matters more how good a hunter I am. I've read just about every article I can find on choosing a rifle. I rotate between preferring to buy a .243, a .270 or some magnum. When it comes down to it, I want something different from everyone else, something fun. Do you know what I mean, something really cool? What is a good caliber specifically for a Western deer hunt. If I get to hunt something else, somewhere else, I'll get a different rifle. Thanks in advance for your help.

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    If you want a gun that is unique, and not to many people have it I would get a 25-06 you can hunt deer to elk with this gun just change how much grain you get for the bullet.

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    • #3
      I would go with a 7mm weatherby if you reload, it really shines with 160 to 175 grain bullets and its a dying breed. That or a 270wsm I know that alot of people have them but with a good 150grain nosler you have a hell of a elk rifle to.

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      • #4
        If you want something unique go have yourself made a custom rifle. But when it comes to caliber I would go 270 wsm.

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        • #5
          Ruff Grouse and...

          The boy is lost!

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          • #6
            Try a .280 about the same as a .270 but it will be different from what most people have like you want.

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            • #7
              for somthing different i would get a Remington m 40 308 sniper rifle. it good for deer or elk.

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              • #8
                I would go with the 300 win mag or the 300 ultra mag.I have had great sucess with my 300 win mag.

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                • #9
                  Get a BLR in a 325 WSM it packs A LOT of punch. If not that then a BLR in a 358, 35 version of a 308 good brush gun and its dying out quick. Another route is to go marlin 1895 in either a full length or a guide gun and go with a 450 marlin or 45-70. PLEANTY of knock down once again and with the 45-70 you'll be using a bullet that was here 100 years ago! prove your as good a hunter as your great granddad!!! I congratulate you on your desire to be different and if you want the high dollar rifle that NO ONE will have go for a Weatherby MK V accumark in a 338-378, a 30-378, or a 340 weatherby, you'll pay 100 dollars a box but you'll probably be the only one you know that shoots one.

                  CB

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                  • #10
                    257 Robts Ackley Improved is an outstanding deer round and uncommon. My favorite is the 25-06 tho.

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                    • #11
                      For about a grand you can get a really nice looking Kimber bolt gun in 25-06. I have one and love the thing. Never seen another just like it. Had mine weatherproofed by Ultracoatingsinc of Olathe kansas.

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                      • #12
                        25-06 is a great gun

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                        • #13
                          Pick the 25/06!

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                            mhough3

                            Take your pick Sir, but my choice is the 25-06 hands down! I own Magnums and back in 1980 I sold my 300 Win Mag and bought a 25-06 and never regretted it. The 25-06 has magnum performance and the ammo is cheaper than a magnum. For mule deer the overall performs and cost of the 25-06 slams any other cartridge. If you reload, you can make 25-06 out of 270, 280 and 30-06 and you don’t have to fire form them just shoot!
                            If my 9 year old Grandson can take deer at 250 yards with one shot, imagine the performance you can get out of it!!

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                            • #15
                              get a 30-06 of if your good enough get a .204 or a .223 i live in montana and shot deer with both calibers

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