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What is the best caliber rifle to use for deer hunting?

I am new to hunting and will start next season. Looking for the best caliber of rifle.

Asked By: bpjp - 2/4/2011
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I think it really depends on where your going to hunt and how far you can take a shot... More
Answered By: Trout King - 2/4/2011
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There is no such thing. If you're in brush country, and shooting at closer (100 yards or so) ranges, a slow heavy slug like the .30-30 (it won't bounce off twigs like lighter, faster bullets will). Wide, open country and longer range, something like a .308. Maybe a 7mm Mag for mulies. I've taken more deer with a .243... More
Answered By: I Rule You - 2/4/2011
 
30-30 for up close at around 125 yards .270 for 350-400 yards and .308 for farther
Answered By: Kid with a 12 gauge 7.0 - 2/4/2011
 
I think 30-06 is the most versatile caliber there is, You can use it in most hunting situation.
Answered By: vchile - 2/4/2011
 
The most popular is the 30 caliber .308 used in the 30-30 in 150 and 170 grain soft point. Also used in the 30-06 in up to 200 grains spire and boattail. Then in the 308 itself so the ayes go to the 30 caliber in the .308. Now if your not a reloader your thinking ahhhhh. Ok the .308 is the size in diameter of the... More
Answered By: lopez - 2/4/2011
 
i hunt to kinds of deer mule deer in the hi desert and black tail deer in the mountains... More
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Answered By: landon - 2/4/2011
 
Start with a 260 remington or 7mm-08. 243 will work but isn't ideal. Both the 260 and 7mm08 will be light recoiling guns that shoot flat and can drop any deer. You won't have to worry about quartering shots with those two calibers. Larger calibers will work, but have more recoil. Smaller calibers are light... More
Answered By: pajasonc - 2/4/2011
 
I would say a .308, because it is good for open counry, and then in the brush. But that was just an all around caliber, if you are hunting in brush, a 30-30 would be nice, in open country, a .270 would be good.
Answered By: John Wayne 32-40 - 2/4/2011
 
If I am only carrying one rifle it is my custom 336 Marlin in 6.5/55 improved. With heavy bullets and aperture sights it handles the bush fine. If I go to open country I slap on the scope and its good for 5 or 600 yards.
Answered By: Brother Trucker - 2/4/2011
 
for longer distances id get a remmingtin 700 in .308 or a winchester 70 in 30-06.(300+ yds)for shorter distances id get a browning x-bolt in a 270
Answered By: Zack S - 2/4/2011
 
A rifle chambered in .270...... http://www.chuckhawks.com/perfect_pair.htm
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Answered By: METROPOLIS1 - 2/5/2011
 
* Pick one of these:.. 30-06, 30-30, 32 Winchester Special, 30-40 Krag, 303 British, 8mm Mauser, 270, 308, or 243......
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Answered By: dca2003311@yahoo.com - 2/5/2011
 
That depends on the type hunting you do. If you, like most, are planning to buy a bolt-action rifle, I'd suggest 7mm08 as the best balanced cartridge for the purpose, at least the best of those currently popular. I actually think 7x57 is a tad better still, but finding new rifles in that chambering is a problem. 280... More
Answered By: John de Witt - 2/5/2011
 
I own a lot of different rifles in a lot of different calibers, but my baby is a 25-06. It shoots flat and fast, has a low recoil, and plenty of punch for deer. Dont rule out this caliber, It's awsome!
Answered By: johnsls1ta - 2/5/2011
 
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