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Deer hunting rifle

what is the ideal rifle for deer hunting?
Most of my life i have exclusively hunted ducks and pheasant, but lately i've been itching to get into the deer hunting mode.

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It is very tough to say. It kinda depends on the area you are hunting in and what distances your average shot will be. But to be honest, i think that anything in a .270Win, .30-06, .308Win. will be fine. I personally think that when you get up in the 7mm mag or .300 range, that is a little much for whitetail(certainly will do the trick), but you don't need something that big just for hunting whitetails. I also think that you should choose a gun larger than a .243 Again, this is an excellent deer gun, but alittle more knock down power for that huge buck would be nice. So personally, i would choose something larger than a .243 and smaller than a .7mm mag. Any gun will do the trick.

Good luck

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Personally, I love the .30-06. It does the job well for WT and as a plus, despite what others might say, I beileve it is also a good choice in case you want to hunt other large game such as Elk and Moose.

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There's no such thing as "the ideal rifle for deer hunting." There is only what works for you. For some people, the ideal rifle is a muzzleloader. For others it's a lever-action .30-30. For some it might be a .243 single-shot, or a bolt-action in .30-06, or you name it.

So, the first question is, what kind of rifle do you like? Then, what kind of deer are you talking about? The mule deer you find in the Northern Rockies are very different animals from the little whitetails found in Southern Florida. Finally, some consideration has to be given to the game laws where you hunt. Most states regulate the allowable calibers to some extent and some states don't allow rifles at all!

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Location: Wisconsin
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Without knowing most of your distance that you would be shooting at for deer ,go with a 7 mm Rem Mag.Its good from any distance that you can hold steady at and still put a good size animal down thats living in the states.You are pretty much covered for distance and game,all in one.That is my choice of caliber and my opinion.Cant wait till you ask about scoping it.Good luck and have fun.

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While all the advice above is excellent and calibre choices are all correct for whitetail hunting, it should be pointed out that the 30.06 offers the most wide selection of bullet styles and weights which makes it a very versitale cartridge. You can positively find a cartridge and bullet style and weight in any combination to be able to hunt any large game animal in North America and you can buy them anywhere.
Recoil is very tolerable and accuracy is unbeatable with factory ammo when cartridge, bullet style and weight are matched to the particular rifle and shooter.

Betcha cant guess what I hunt with? :smile:

Actually I use a .308 for most of my hunting but I am using my 30.06 more and more as shooting distances seem to be growing as they chop all the trees in my hunting area.

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Like others have suggested I'd check the regulations in your area, some places don't allow rifles.

If you can use a rifle and you will only ever have one rifle, I'd get a 30-06 or larger. That way you can use it to hunt bigger game down the road if the opportunity should arise.

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I still think the most important thing is fit and feel and the type of action you want. Example...my "go to" deer rifle is a .308 Browning BLR. Why? It fits me like a glove. It cycles clean and fast. It is accurate. It is fairly light and compact. It has a detachable mag for easy and fast loading and unloading. FINALLY...the .308 possesses ample power for all deer and won't blow my shoulder outta joint at the range. This is what works for me...not saying you should get a BLR, but to find out what has the fit and features you want, THEN pick a cartridge. Just my own humble opinion.

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Location: Florida,USA
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Here, Here!! excellent advice mister_venison

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I used a 7mm Remington Magnum for deer hunting this season, but I hardly consider it ideal, and certainly not necessary. The 7mm-08 Remington and 308 Winchester kick less, aren't chambered in such heavy, long-barreled rifles, and cost less to buy ammo for. The 30-30, 30-06, 270, 280, 257 calibers, the 6mms, these are far more suitable for deer hunting than the big magnums. A rifle that you can shoot well, and without flinching, is far superior to a rifle that kicks hard, regardless of such trivial things as muzzle velocity, or bullet drop at 400+ yards, the things some hunters place too much emphasis on. None of the deer I saw during this season were farther out than 200 yards, and the fact that a deer-sized target looks damned small through a scope at that distance also plays a role. If you're thinking of hunting deer as well as bigger stuff, a 270, 280, 7mm-08, 308, 30-06 are all fine medicine.

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Mister V . That BLR in 308 is a real nice rifle for deer.Do you have it scoped?

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