12 gauge slug.
7mm Varients [-08, Rem Mag, etc]
.270 varients [Win, WSM, etc]
.300 Varients [Savage, Win, WSM, etc]
Pistol Calibers [including lever actions]
i would rather shoot 1 with my bow,but if it doesn`t work out.once gun season opens my 300win always seems to do the job
12 gauge slug.
I voted other for (7.62x54R soft tip)
12 gauge slug or 357 remington max in handgun.
100 gr bullet in .243
For deer .30.06 is my favorite...
sub sonic .22lr?? lol
270 for sure!
I've changed my mind since first replying to this thread.
I've gotten two deer with two shots from my .30-06, in a brand new (never fired, perfect finish) 1964 Model 70 Winchester that I ran across, a few months back. So, how could I not love the .30-06?
I dont know about a favorite,but i did take a deer once with my 1911.It ran through my friends yard,he was like "Shoot it!!"
I shot it in the head,a nice little 4 point.
I live and hunt in the great state of Illinois... The reason I consider it great is because of the whitetail population and size. The gun law's here are awful. We can hunt them with Shotgun Muzzeloader and certain handgun's. I picked my favorite gun of all for the performance. It is a Savage.50 smokeless muzzeloader that I have replaced the barrel with a custom PacNor.45 a Bell & Carlson Duramax stock. Repillared and bedded. A Leupold 3.5X10 sit's atop of her. It is the most accurate gun you can imagine. I shoot a 200gr SST with a harvester light blue sabot sitting on top of 62 gr of H4198. This gets me 2700fps and sub moa out to 200 yds.. And further I am sure just havent got to shoot it further yet. Yep this is my version of a 30-06 muzzeloader! best group I have gotten thus far is 1.25" at 200 yds. Sighted in 1.5" high at 100 and hit's 2.5" low at 200 yds It took a while to get it all done. But she is well worth the effort.
Depending on which side of the channel I hunt on, mainland I use a 7x57 Mauser. If I go over to the islands where things hunt you back, then I'll carry a .30-06 at a minimum. I just built a .338-06 that I'm digging to try out on black bear too.
Didn't see either of my favorites for deer listed. But I'd go with the 35 Rem or 35 Whelen (The Hammer of Thor)
Marlin 1895 45/70 or 444 Marlin -- Marlin 1894 in .44 mag. -- Marlin 1894C in .357 Magnum (very cooool) --peep sights only....
10 years of marriage to my wife last year she bought me a wetherby 300 mag for Christmas first gun she ever bought me and it sure was a wonderful present not only can I use it for Deer but Elk, Moose, moutain goat, big horn sheep. I love it just gotta get used to the high dollar ammo tho but I'm really pleased with it.
My main hunting rifle is a Remington 700 chambered in .270 WIN. That's all the gun I need around my neck of the woods, and it has never failed me.
My father has used a .25-06 for the last 35 years, and he's deadly with it. Flat shooting and extremely accurate, it's a great cartridge for any animal in Texas.
I'd be happy with either of these calibers.
.270 130 gr. Get er done.
I like the 7mm-08 myself. I think it is a good match with White Tail sized game. Good bullet weights with fairly flat shooting. JMHO.
My three deer rifles that see the most time in the field are my FN mauser 30-06, Ruger M77 270WSM and most recently Ruger Hawkeye in 35 Whelen.
.45-70 in 1895 guide gun. 6.5 jap. 30-30
I started out with a Smith & Wesson .243 but recently I moved up to a Ruger .270 and love it but its hard to not love the old faithful .243.
There can be only one.