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arrowflipper's picture
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Just for fun, list all the calibers you have shot a deer with.  Some guys stick with the same rifle year after year and others just keep trying out new things.

Here's my list of calibers I've killed a deer with:

223, 22-250, 25-06, 270, 6 mm, 243, 7 mm mauser, 8 mm mauser, 264 win mag, 30-30, 30-06, 7 mm rem. mag, 300 win mag, 300 Weatherby mag, 338 win mag and I think that's all.  I'd like to shoot one with a 45-70 someday.

OK, name the calibers......

hunter25's picture
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Location: Colorado western slope
Joined: 11/13/2009
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I'm just getting started to

I'm just getting started to branch out and use something different for fun. I have many different calibers but so far have only taken big game animals with the following. .30WCF, 30-06, and my 7mm Remington magnum. I took my mountain lion with a .45 Colt but that's the end of my list so far. My kids have used a .243 and a .270 with good results and I will be trying my new .270wsm this year for the first time.

I have others that I plan to work with but that's all at this point.

Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Joined: 01/13/2007
Posts: 363
260 Rem, 7mm08, 7X57 Mauser,

260 Rem, 7mm08, 7X57 Mauser, 7mm Rem Mag, 308 Win, 35 Whelen, 12 ga, 50 cal MZ

Plus: Longbow, compound bow, Crossbow

JSmitty's picture
Location: Eunice, NM
Joined: 09/23/2008
Posts: 313
Not many different ones for

Not many different ones for me 30-30 first then several with the 30-06 and then finlally one with the 50 encore bp. Hope to get one with the 7mm-08 that is ordered for the Encore. 

buffybr's picture
Location: Montana, USA
Joined: 11/15/2007
Posts: 358
Cartridges I've killed deer with

Cartridges I've killed deer with include .22 LR, .22-250, .32 Spl, .257 Ackley, .30-06, 12 ga (7 1/2 shot), .44 mag pistol, and .45 blackpowder rifle.

And cartridges that I've killed other deer size critters with include 7 mm RM, .308 Win, .300 Wby, .375 RUM, and .45 acp.

Joined: 10/23/2006
Posts: 21

I have used the following to kill deer;

30-30, 20 ga. slug, .308, 30-06, .243, ,270, and .270 wsm.

Ca_Vermonster's picture
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Location: San Diego, CA
Joined: 07/27/2007
Posts: 5813
My success is limited, so I

My success is limited, so I have used only 2 calibers.

3 deer in Vermont were all taken with a 30-30.

The one deer in California was taken with a 30-06.

Hopefully, I can add .348 in the future, and I would like to take a deer with my grandfather's shotgun, so that would have to be buckshot.  If I take one, then I would retire the gun for good.

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Location: Pueblo Colorado
Joined: 12/18/2006
Posts: 1821

List for deer is 270, 243, 444 Marlin, 50 Cal MZ, 7mm Mag. If elk and antelope are thrown in the mix the 30-06 can be added.

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Location: Antelope, Ore
Joined: 03/24/2005
Posts: 3213
22LR, 22 Mag, 222 Rem, 223

22LR, 22 Mag, 222 Rem, 223 Rem, 243, 6mm Rem, 25-06, 6.5x55, 6.5-06, 280 Rem, 7x57, 7mm Rem Mag, 30-30, 308 Win, 338 Win Mag. I think thats it!

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Location: Allegan, MI
Joined: 12/11/2010
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.243, 25-06, and 30-06, along

.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!!!

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Joined: 03/23/2011
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260 Rem, 30-30, 30-06, 270,

260 Rem, 30-30, 30-06, 270, and 54 cal. muzzleloader. And occasionaly 9mm to put a wounded deer down while I'm working.