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Never mind, I forgot I answered!
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.
over all favorite is a .308 but in the brush of NC mountians a marlin 336-T in .35 rem. is real good.
This post makes me sad. I don't get out Deer Hunting enough... When I do I use a 12 gauge shotgun, Double Barrel
I have a Winchester Model 94 that my maternal grandfather bought when he immigrated to this great country from what is now Hungary in the 1920's. The gun looks like it just came off the rack. I haven't knocked down a lot of deer with it but it brings back a lot of memories just taking it out in the woods.
I use .308 caliber probably for deer hunt.
I prefer the 30-06 for deer.....because I do thats why. I own a couple 30-06 and have a pile of bullets. Most of the deer I have taken in the past 10 years have been with a Mathews of one variety or another and a Slick Trick tipped carbon beman spined at 400.
32 Winchester Special.
I love the 308, but I have killed more deer with the 30.06. I'm voting for the 06!
No question, my 30-06, because of its versatility for large game, including deer.
Most of my buddies are die-hard .308 guys, also an excellent choice.
If i'm brush hunting some years have even used my winchester 30-30 model 94 lever, with no scope, but need the game to be really close proximity, like 50 yards or even much less, and i always rest it on a tree branch if possible.
Missed more than i've hit with the 30-30, so thats why i usually rely on my Remington model 700 bolt, scoped with my Bushnell 4x12x40mm. :supz:
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Oak, looks like the tool for the job. Hard to beat an accurate .308 with a steady hand on the trigger. Looks like you didn't skimp on the optics.
I have been hunting white tail with my 30-30 since I was 12 years old and hasn't failed me yet!
I have never shot a whitetail. However, I've taken mule deer, blacktail deer, pronghorn and/or elk with all the following:
6.5 x .284
.270 Weatherby Magnum
7mm Rem Mag
7mm Weatherby Magnum
.300 Weatherby Magnum
.338 Win Mag
If I were to hunt whitetail, I'd more than likely choose the .260 Rem or the 7mm-08. Both have plenty of power, are deadly and have extremely low recoil. In fact, they are probably perfect for just about all deer hunting anywhere in North America.
If I had to hunt mule deer (or the occasional pronghorn) in open country, no question a .25-06 would get the nod.
One rifle for all deer and an occasional elk would be either a .270 Win or .308 Win. They are about as powerful as I can go without noticing recoil.
I listed my favorite as .270 Win. So much history and such great performance. And ... it's still sexy after all those years. ;-)
When I hunted, I shot a .270 or a 7mm mag. Mainly the .270. Here in AL that is all you really need. I also shot one deer with my uncle's custom Browning .280, which was really nice.
I've killed more deer wit a .243 than the rest combined but I always considered it to be a little light for big bodied deer.
The last deer I killed, which was Sunday, was a medium sized 8-point that I killed using a .300 Blackout.
I was just invited to hunt on 200 acres of prime Wisconsin Whitetail country and I have the place to myself. My gun is a Ruger all weather M77 stainless in .270 Winchester. I anticipate dropping a nice buck this Saturday on opening morning. If so I will post pics.
30.06 is my goto gun. However I have friends in Arkanasa and there you can use Shotgun with Buckshot, rid eon horses and use dogs. Heck of a lot of fun that way. No getting up in the dark, climbing a tree, waiting for hours. Just go out in the late morning, mount up, ride to the tree line, and let the dogs bring the deer to you. Home in time for lunch.
Shotguns are for bird hunting and home defense. Get a rifle and take your deer in a more humane way, and you will get more pleasure from the whole hunting experience. I might have participated in a deer drive in my younger days, but I would not enjoy it, now.
Just my opinion, of course. Do whatever you think is best.