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Topgun 30-06 wrote:

.243, 25-06, 30-30, and 30-06, 50 caliber sidelock, and with 12 gauge slugs.  I would also like to comment on those who are shooting deer with 22 rimfires and one even stated a 12 gauge with  7 1/2 shot---WTH!!!  If you are, please, please, please keep it to yourself!!!

I believe the original question of this thread was "What calibers have you shot (killed) deer with?" not "What calibers do you reccommend for deer hunting?" Montana hunting regulations state "There is no rifle or handgun caliber limitation for the taking of big game animals."

I live in rural Montana. A hill rises several hundred feet in back of my house. There are no neighbors within 1/2 mile to the West of my house or on my side of the hill or within 1/2 mile to the East of my house. 30+ years ago when I moved here, I cut my backyard 25 yds into the hill so I could shoot pistols off my back porch. I also put a steel plate on a tree 300 yds up the hill for a centerfire rifle target.

However, I now have non-shooting, non-hunting neighbors on each side of my house. The neighbor on the North side has two pet (???) cows, and the neighbor on the South has two horses. I often have deer in my yard. I recently put wire mesh pannels against my house to keep the deer from eating the tulips that are trying to grow there.

Several years ago I hunted most of the deer season (with my .257 Ackley) without seeing a buck that I wanted to tag. I like to eat venison. A couple of days before the end of that season, there were 4 does and 2 fawns in my back yard. So I quietly slipped around the house and put a .22 LR bullet behind one of the does eyes. I regularily practice with that .22 LR rifle shooting quarter size candy wafers at 25 yds, so the 20 yd shot on that doe was easy. The doe dropped dead in her tracks, there was no loud centerfire rifle report to upset the neighbors, and I had venison for the winter.

As to the deer shot with a 12 ga 7 1/2 load, you make the call.

I was hunting Hungarian Partridges in a wheat field ten or so miles from the nearest town, and 40 miles from a F&G office. It was also the second weekend of deer season. I was walking through the brush next to the field when a 2 pt Mulie buck jumped up in front of me, ran a few yards deeper into the brush, and fell down.  As I walked closer to him I could see a fresh bullet wound on one of his rear legs that had broken the (femur) bone just above his knee. I doubt that I could have had a Warden come out there that afternoon to put that deer down, and I didn't want to walk away and let him suffer, so I shot him. Since I was bird hunting, I only had a 12 ga O/U shotgun with me. So I clicked the safety off the Full Choke barrel, slowly walked to within 10-15 feet of the fallen deer, and put a load of 7 1/2 shot into the center of his forehead. That ended my bird hunting for that day, and I tagged the buck and that ended my deer hunting for that year.

What would you have done?

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Thanks for the explanation

Thanks for the explanation because shooting a deer with 7 1/2 shot out of a 12 gauge is (hopefully) a rather unique story.  For what it is worth, I think you made the right decisions for the right reasons under the given circumstances. 

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Most with the 375...

Mostly with the 375 H&H, but also 7.62x39, 303 British, and 308. 

The only deer I ever hit with a 45-70 I lost.  I have no idea how.  She's a dead deer for sure but ran to a swamp with more deer tracks than I could sort out :(

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I've taken alot of deer so

I've taken alot of deer so far starting out with the one my father bought for me as a young fella, the 30-30 Winchester. I retired that when I bought my first Remington 700 BDL in 270. Then I purchased my Remington 760 pump in 30-06 and used it faithfully for many years and still do. I had an old polish fella ( Stash) who I considered like a father figure after losing mine a number of years earlier. Stash passed away after 20 odd years and his daughter a couple days after the funeral brought to my door his rifle and said that her dad would have wanted me to have it, it was a 300 Savage model 99 and I've used it a couple times for memory sake and have taken deer with that.\

The next rifle I purchased was a Ruger 260 for my wife at the time and she and I both took deer with that. It was short, light and easy to handle, a great rifle for sure. Lastly I bought a Savage 7MM bolt action and used it this year for the first time and did take a nice buck with that. I really like that 7MM and may use it from now on for rifle season. During Black powder season my first was a Thomson Center Hawken in 45 Caliber and now I use the Remington 700 synth SS in 50 cal and have taken deer almost every year with the later.

SO all in all I've taken deer with  all 8 different rifles so far. I DO NOT need another rifle, or so my wife tells me. lol

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Just a comment for those who

Just a comment for those who are questioning the rim-fires and shotgun shot kills, remember the original question states calibres you killed a deer with.  Killing a deer can be a lot of different situations besides hunting.  Dispatching a deer hit by a car with a 22LR is still killing a deer.

 

Now with that aside, I have killed deer with 12ga. slug, 6mm rem, 6.5x55, 308 win, 303 brit, 30-30, 30-06, and 300 rum.  I think that is all of them. Confused

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So with all that

So with all that said...lol..........We all have used many different ones but , Which caliber do you like the best for whitetail's?. I've always loved my 7600, 30-06 and still do but as I said this year I used my 7Mm and I'm really liking that rifle, I just may settle in with that from now on.

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As to favorite, I don't know

As to favorite, I don't know that I have a favorite cartridge really. Love the 7x57 and love my 6.5x55, it's my third! More about the rifle I think than the cartridge. I've hunted more with my old Mod 660 Rem in 308 than anything else I think. My old tang safty Ruger mod 77 might be second. My present 6.5x55 is a mot 70 featherweight and I really like this rifle. No matter what the rifle, I'll never have a magnum again. Just more fuss than is needed for about 90% of American hunting. Not particularly fond of anything under 25 cal either but have shot several deer with a 243. Used properly it is as deadly as anything. I'm just not comfortable with it.

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As I do not deer hunt much I

As I do not deer hunt much I have killed mine with a .257 Roberts and a .338 Win Mag.

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Responding to the original question, I have killed deer with a .257 Roberts, .308, and .257 Weatherby.  I probably won't add too many calibers to this list in the foreseeable future, but you never know. 

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223,220 swift,257 roberts,

223,220 swift,257 roberts, 2506,257 weatherby mag,264 win mag, 270wsm,7mm rem mag,50 cal muzzleloader, and a bow.

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