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What is the best gun for someone around the age of 16 for hunting whitetails in saskatchewan any help would be great.

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I vote for the .270. If you're going to be hunting up north in the bush I would include a 30/30.

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you might want to check out the 7mm08!

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BGHunter wrote:
What is the best gun for someone around the age of 16 for hunting whitetails in saskatchewan any help would be great.

you can
never go wrong with a .308 cal with a 165 gr.

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Three years ago, I bought my wife a nice little gun that packed more punch then the 7mm-08, or a .243, and comparable to the .270.
I bought my wife a Winchester model 70 7x57mm.
This gun has many bullets it can shoot well but, I found that my wife shot the 142 grain hornady spire point the best. Little recoil, and deadly out to 250 yards with ease. My wife took a nice 4x5 140 class Whitetail for her first deer with this gun. She took him at just under 227 yards in the lungs.
This is a great rifle if you can find one, other wise my vote is with the .270.

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yes i believe the 270 is a great gun but my first gun as a kid was the 308. i live in bc. we have huge record book mule deer and lots of other large big game. i have found that when i uses my 308 with federal 165 gr he they have all the pack you need to get the job done. with my 308 2 years ago i shot my 13/12 point moose and my 5x5 mule deer witch classed at 175. if you have an animal with in 300 yards the 308 is all the gun you need. its pretty hard to compare a 30 cal to anything else.

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As a 16 year old boy, I used a Browning lever action .308 and an old model 70 7x57mm. for hunting. I have killed many deer and moose with them. I found the .308 to be heavy and lacking flatness compared to the .300 mag I use now for Moose and Elk. I still like the 7x57mm for deer. At longer distances such as 300 yards, you some what lobb the .308 in. With practice and experience the .308 can be a good all round rifle but, I think that the .270 or the 7x57 would be better choices for flatness, less recoil, weight, and for taking some of the guess work out of shooting distances for a 16 year old. To each their own I guess!
This big bull was taken with one shot from a well placed 7x57 at 238 yards.
Alberta has huge Bulls as well! This bull scored 202 B&C, and measured 58 inches wide. Both men are over 6 foot, and 220 pounds.

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nice picture. yes i do agree with you about the flatness lacking at longer shots but within 200 yards i love the hitting power of a 30 cal. at longer shots when i hunt bear and moose i have to say i love my 7mm rem mag browning a-bolt.
i use 150 noslers. what a fast flat shooting gun.

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I'm 17, and I shoot a Remington .30-06 Semi-Automatic with 180gr Winchester Super-X Silvertips. I hunt Moose, Black Bear, and Whitetail with it. Great all around calibre (.30-06) I think.

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280 remington. Choose a bolt gun to maxmizes this terrific cartridge's inherent accuracy. The 280 is within 200 FPS of the 7 mag with less recoil. The exploits of the 7 mm bullet are countless. The 280 will kill his deer and still be enough gun to hunt elk, sheep, Antelope, even moose. its a great round.

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muley17 wrote:
Three years ago, I bought my wife a nice little gun that packed more punch then the 7mm-08, or a .243, and comparable to the .270.
I bought my wife a Winchester model 70 7x57mm.
This gun has many bullets it can shoot well but, I found that my wife shot the 142 grain hornady spire point the best. Little recoil, and deadly out to 250 yards with ease. My wife took a nice 4x5 140 class Whitetail for her first deer with this gun. She took him at just under 227 yards in the lungs.
This is a great rifle if you can find one, other wise my vote is with the .270.

http://www.mcohunting.com

muley I hate to burst your bubble but....the 7X57 does not and I emphasize does not pack more punch than the 270, or the 7mm-08.

the 7x57 otherwise known as the 7mm mauser is lucky to push a 140 grain bullet to 2700 feet per second (fps). Where as a 7mm-08 pushes that same 140g bullet at 2800 fps. And the good ole 270 is in another league, pushing 140's at nearly 3000 fps. Check your facts . Now I agree that the 7x57 is a good deer gun. You can kill a wagon load of whitetail with it. But, You can't claim that it has more punch.

FYI the 7mm-08 or 7x57 are nearly equal cartridges in my opinion, and the 270 outclasses both of them. OBTW the 280 rem pushes a 140g bullet at 3100 fps. If you don't already know the 280 (formerly known as the 7mm express) is a 30-06 case necked down to a 7mm with the shoulder pushed forward. interestingly the 270 is a 30-06 case necked down to .277. Both our excellent rounds.

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