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What rifle caliber is suggested for hunting white tail?

Im looking for a rifle that's dependable and accurate. I've been between a 30-06, 308, and 270. I am also open to any other calibers that will be effective. Not really worried about recoil. Have currently been looking at a Remington 700 but other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Asked By: Travis - 12/1/2009
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As mentioned, any of the three cartridges are great for deer hunting-or even up to moose,elk or black bear hunting. I reload for multiple rifles, and the 30-06 has been my favorite cartridge since I was 13,it just gets the job done. I've always had great results using a 165 grain bullet in my 30-06s,even before a... More
Answered By: falconry2 - 12/1/2009
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Any of those will do. I like my 30-6. It depends on the terrain you are hunting on too....is it open long range fields....deep think woods....windy valley.... there is a lot to consider.
Answered By: Chuck - 12/1/2009
 
everyone has a favorite, for me, I switched to .270 over 30 years ago, and have never regretted it. It is one of the flattest shooting cartridges available. I have used it to harvest black bear, mule deer, elk, white tail deer, Antelope, Hog and more. .308 and 30-06 are both great calibers too. shoot safe
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Answered By: randy - 12/1/2009
 
I have a Savage Model 10 in .308 for Mule Deer in SD. Though 30-06 is more versatile. I just have the 308 because I had several 30-06s already. I know some will swear by the .270 but I never felt the need for that caliber. If you are looking for closer distances, and you are in a rifle state you may look at a... More
Answered By: the long shot - 12/1/2009
 
If your going to use it just for whit tail deer and nothing much larger I would stick with the 270 or a 243. Remington 700's are great rifles and easy to get parts for if you ever need to repair anything on them. Savage makes great rifles also for the pirce, extremely accurate right out of the box. I have 2 Savage... More
Answered By: dpsa98 - 12/1/2009
 
the 3 you mention are a dead heat tie for larger game hunting in North America. Out were I live... I can find ammo for those 3 in any Walmart... and about half the small town drugstores and gas stations and hardware stores from here to the East Slope of Colorado (and beyond)
Answered By: Jeff - 12/1/2009
 
the 3 calibers you mention are pretty easy to come by and so is the ammo
Answered By: gunsmoke!!! - 12/1/2009
 
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Answered By: mosquito - 12/1/2009
 
Let me see. 30/06 and 308 up to 150 grain bullet shoot basically the same, the 308 does have a shorter bolt movement than either the 30/06 or the 270 also know as bolt throw, this makes the 308 a little faster reloading than the other two choices you gave your self. Then the 270 does shot flatter so were you will have... More
Answered By: zipper - 12/1/2009
 
I have a 700 in 7mm Rem mag. The deer around here are huge compared to the ones down south. I also use it for elk and mullies. If white tail is your largest game animal, it may be too much for you. But it is smaller caliber than a 30-06 and a .308 at .284. But it packs a punch not needed for small animals.
Answered By: Josh - 12/1/2009
 
ya go with 30-6
Answered By: demonzarmy - 12/1/2009
 
i`ve used a 20 gauge for about 18 years and the last 4 years have been using a 30-30 and i think its got a lot of knock down power,but it depends where you hunt open country or hardwoods hills like i do.
Answered By: DOA - 12/1/2009
 
270 Winchester is a little overbore but a great choice if your shots tend to be long as a rule. 308 Winchester and 30-06 are great picks, if more than you really need for deer. If you like the idea of 308, you really ought to consider 7mm08 or 260 Remington. The sectional density of the bullets usually used in those... More
Answered By: John de Witt - 12/1/2009
 
270. win forsure
Answered By: M.P.M - 12/1/2009
 
Any of those calibers will do. Consider also the .25-06 Remington. The Remington 700 rifle is a great choice. H
Answered By: H - 12/1/2009
 
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