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Location: Deer Woods
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What is the best caliber for hunting in thicket

What caliber is a real brush buster for all you thicket hunters.

I like the 30-30.

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Location: Nova Scotia
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What is the best caliber for hunting in thicket

Is there any calibre that is a real "brush buster"? I don't think the calibre is as important as the style of firearm. The lever action is as good as it gets for thick, tight areas. I find myself using a 3" 12 ga. slug in a 22" rifled barrel Rem. 870. I like this setup because it anchors a deer up close and you don't have to guess where it went.

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Location: Utah
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What is the best caliber for hunting in thicket

I agree that type of action is better than style of bullet for busting brush. My son and I use a 30-30 Marlin 336C and 30-06 autoloader for heavy dense cover. Bolt action comes into play for more open territory.

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Location: Utah
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P.S.

Dense cover results in short shots on game, so heavy for caliber ammo or bullets that are well constructed perform best. - due to high velocity when striking game.

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Location: Wa.
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What is the best caliber for hunting in thicket

I like my 30-06 with 220grs. I doesn't trim the brush and stay on target but, it will anchor the game.

If your looking for a good round the
45-70 gov't
444 marlin
375 win
358 win
all make good short range, lever action, hard hitters but, none of them will trim the brush and stay on target either.

Location: Minnesota,
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What is the best caliber for hunting in thicket

I have shot through 2" trees with 30-06 180 gr corlokt and still killed deer at 60-70 yds ( It's just amazing how well those tree can disapear in your scope!!)

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Location: Utah
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What is the best caliber for hunting in thicket

Wink A 30-06 just makes those trees willow away, doesn't it? Mr. Cool!

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Location: Colorado
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What is the best caliber for hunting in thicket

45-70 Govt
444 Marlin
450 Marlin
500 S&W (they make a single shoot chambered in this cartridge now)
350 Rem Mag

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Location: NONYA,thats in MONTANA
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What is the best caliber for hunting in thicket

416 rem mag,it will remove small trees on the way to its target...LOL!! Thumbs up

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Location: Missouri/Arkansas
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What is the best caliber for hunting in thicket

Pretty much any lever-action centerfire carbine is a good tool for brush hunting.

Shorter bolt-action rifles, preferably with iron sights, will also work well.

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