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    • .243

      11 5.00%
    • 30-30

      29 13.18%
    • 30-06

      69 31.36%
    • 7mm Varients [-08, Rem Mag, etc]

      16 7.27%
    • 25-06

      4 1.82%
    • .270 varients [Win, WSM, etc]

      28 12.73%
    • .280

      5 2.27%
    • .300 Varients [Savage, Win, WSM, etc]

      6 2.73%
    • 6mm

      2 0.91%
    • 8mm

      3 1.36%
    • .308 Varients

      40 18.18%
    • .338 Varients

      0 0%
    • .325

      0 0%
    • Shotgun loads

      12 5.45%
    • Muzzleloaders

      11 5.00%
    • Pistol Calibers [including lever actions]

      18 8.18%
    • Other

      15 6.82%
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    1. #61
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      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.

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      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.
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      Quote Originally Posted by 12ptdroptine View Post
      best group I have gotten thus far is 1.25" at 200 yds.
      That's unbelievable.

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      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.

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      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)

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      Marlin 1895 45/70 or 444 Marlin -- Marlin 1894 in .44 mag. -- Marlin 1894C in .357 Magnum (very cooool) --peep sights only....

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      Quote Originally Posted by Bisley View Post
      That's unbelievable.
      wow...

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      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.

      JBarL

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      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.

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      .270 130 gr. Get er done.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Re: Favorite caliber for deer hunting

      .45-70 in 1895 guide gun. 6.5 jap. 30-30

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      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.

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      30-06.

      There can be only one.

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      Favorite caliber for deer hunting

      Never mind, I forgot I answered!

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      Quote Originally Posted by niadhf View Post
      Never mind, I forgot I answered!
      I've given three different answers, myself, since 2008.

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      Re: Favorite caliber for deer hunting

      I love my browning x-bolt 300wm but 1/2 the time when my daughter is in school I carry her ruger hawkeye compact 7mm-08. Its just such a handy little gun and shoots moa out to 300 yards.

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      Favorite caliber for deer hunting

      Quote Originally Posted by Bisley View Post
      I've given three different answers, myself, since 2008.
      I may have also (I didn't retread the whole thread) but this time it was 3 posts above my post!

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      over all favorite is a .308 but in the brush of NC mountians a marlin 336-T in .35 rem. is real good.

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