Hey everyone... I need some help picking out my first deer (whitetail only) rifle... although I'm 99% sure I'm going with the Ruger m77 all-weather (synthetic stock, etc). I just can't decide on a .243 or .25-06.
I'll be using this to shoot whitetail, and please don't tell me that a .243 or .25-06 is not powerful enough! I have two buddies that have the same gun, chambered in each of these - and they have killed plenty of whitetail with them both!
Alright, so I've shot the m77 in .243 and .25-06... and I couldn't tell a difference. One buddy swears by the .243 and the other by the .25-06.
What are your thoughts? Which one is more effective for whitetail, and why??
Also, I'm going to purchase a scope for this rifle. I'm really looking at the Zeiss 3-9x40 Conquest. In my (limited) experience, 3-9 is good for whitetail hunting. Correct? It's about $400 shipped, but I know Zeiss lenses are top quality.
Does anyone have any experience with this rifle scope? I assume a 40 will fit on a Ruger m77? I guess I could buy it, try it, and if not... wait until I get another gun (later)!
PLEASE share some of your knowledge. I'm some-what new to whitetail and I want to get ready for Dec. '08!