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Title: favorite deer rifle?
Post by: don0764 on Sep 26, 2010, 08:59:39 PM
just curious to see what every ones favorite rifle is for deer hunting
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Post by: halfrack33 on Sep 26, 2010, 09:16:11 PM
just curious to see what every ones favorite rifle is for deer hunting

I use either a 30-06 or 35 rem right now. I would love to get a 22-250 though. One of my buddys has one and they are amazing. He dropped a 200 lb 9 pointer in his tracks with it. The accuracy at long ranges is incredible. I've seen him successfully take 250-300 yard head shots at the strawberry farm when we go nuisance hunting. Plus its a perfect varmint rifle.
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Post by: huntfishdrink on Sep 26, 2010, 09:17:58 PM
my only rifle is a BSA 7mm mag.a bit large but gets the job done.this year i am trying a new hornady shell.139gr
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Post by: maineduckhunter on Sep 26, 2010, 09:49:03 PM
I hunt some thick stuff her in Maine and grew up shooting this gun....30/30 Marlin....has killed all but 2 of my deer, the other 2 were with a bow.
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Post by: stka on Sep 26, 2010, 11:13:52 PM
Usually when I rifle hunt it's on a farm. I bought a 30-06 because it's one of the most versatile calibers.
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Post by: SilentStalker on Sep 27, 2010, 01:20:17 AM
I also beat the brush with a Marlin 30-30.
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Post by: Deposit on Sep 27, 2010, 05:09:02 AM
I am happy with my Remington 7400 30-06. Been good to me over the years so far.
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Post by: myemmy on Sep 27, 2010, 05:59:13 AM
Ruger M-77   30/06  gets the job done !!!
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Post by: surflizard on Sep 27, 2010, 06:00:22 AM
Got my first deer 25 years ago with a Savage 99 300, replaced that with a Savage 99 in 308. I like to pin them to the ground !  ;D
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Post by: nyspike on Sep 27, 2010, 06:25:20 AM
Ruger M-77 mark II, all weather, feather lite 270.
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Post by: hunts2long on Sep 27, 2010, 01:19:45 PM
Remington 740 Woodmaster (semi-auto) .308...got new in 1959  ($149)....We have spent a lot of time together..hunts2long
Title: Re: favorite deer rifle?
Post by: stka on Sep 27, 2010, 01:43:45 PM
I should have added that my 30-06 is an M77 MKII, with a Burris FullField II 4.5-14x42mm. I glass bedded and floated the barrel myself, it's a sub 1" gun at 100yds with hot hand loaded 165gr SPBT's. No one else will shoot it because it has a bit of a kick ;) If the weather is good I'll have it out this weekend for coyotes.
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Post by: aquaassassin on Sep 27, 2010, 04:17:47 PM
Ruger M-77 mark II, all weather, feather lite 270.

I like your style bro ;) make that x2 for me.
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Post by: FrankM on Sep 28, 2010, 09:03:34 AM
I have 2 deer rifles both of which were passed down to me.  I have a Reminton 721 .30-06 that I inherited from my father.  The gun was made in 1949 and my father bought it when he got out of the navy.  I recently put a new laminated stock on it and also a conversion kit for a 4 shot clip.  I glass bedded the action and just finished fine tuning the sighting in process.  It really shoots well and the recoil is negligible with the new stock.  It kicked like a mule with the original factory stock.   I also have a nice Savage bolt action .30-30 carbine that is a joy to carry and works well where I hunt since the woods are so thick it is not likely you would ever get a shot over 100 yds.  My uncle gave me that gun.  Both of these guns shoot well and have sentimental value.
Title: Re: favorite deer rifle?
Post by: newfound on Sep 28, 2010, 09:58:20 AM
'Ol Betsy'  my 45 year old ML, Thompson Center Hawkins Renegade Carbine in .54cal. for Oak groves and shotgun only towns. And yes, I sleep with her.  ;D
Some say she's ugly, but I prefer to use the term 'broken in'!  :P  She's been very good to me!

Rem. 700 in 7mm Mag. 3x9 Redfield widefield for large cutdowns and cornfields(hardly use).

NB
Title: Re: favorite deer rifle?
Post by: upstatehunter on Sep 28, 2010, 11:57:51 AM
I'm torn with that question. I killed my first buck with a Winchester model'94 in 38-55. Then was given my Dads Remington 141 gamemaster pump in .35.
Killed a lot of bucks and filled some DMP's with that gun. Tried to put a scope on it at one time. Went back to the peep sight.
Now have a Remington 700 in .270. Love the gun, not sure the hopped up 130gr shells I was loaded for a present are that good for deer.
They do go down, just not like I'm used to with the .35. Both bucks I've shot with it have taken more than one shot. The ole .35 just thumps them.
Only remember one deer that took two shots from it.  So until I find the perfect load for my .270 I guess the .35 is my favorite.
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Post by: mooseslayer71 on Sep 28, 2010, 11:59:23 AM
i shoot a rem mod. 700 stainless syntetic in 7mm mag. killed 7 deer and a 52 1/2in. bull moose 890lbs. dressed weight. dropped 1 shot. all the clearcuts up here you need a flat shooting rifle and the 7mm fits the bill perfectly.
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Post by: blackhawk on Oct 25, 2010, 08:25:30 PM
Remington 740 30.06 has been old faithful for me.  I also have a Ruger .45 carbine that I have yet to kill a deer with but have heard it is a great close range brush gun.
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Post by: huntny30 on Oct 25, 2010, 08:38:29 PM
Remington Model 7600 .270 w/ Redfield 3x9 Golden 5 star, Model 742 .308 Carbine and Model 700 .35 Whelen w/ Nikon Monarch, love them all and carry them at different times...my Bowtech Patriot kills the most deer though...
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Post by: pieman1998 on Oct 26, 2010, 06:12:00 AM
i have pro hunter and encore. the encore has 7-08 and muzzleloader for my son  i have the pro hunter with the 30tc  and muzzleloader
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Post by: TallywackahME on Nov 04, 2010, 03:44:00 PM
model 7 in 350 mag
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Post by: speedyrower91 on Nov 05, 2010, 08:29:40 PM
just got a marlin xl7c in 30-06 i got 165gr bullets for it
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Post by: deerme117 on Nov 05, 2010, 08:39:05 PM
Remington 740 30.06 for me.

Remington 742 30.06 for my son.

Remington 760 30.06 for my daughter.
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Post by: howesfc on Nov 05, 2010, 08:57:54 PM
My 1954 Winchester Model 70 Featherlight 30-06 my Uncle John left me, he paid $65 dollars for new! ;D
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Post by: mobey3 on Nov 05, 2010, 10:06:43 PM
Remington 700 bdl  .270...I shoot a 130gr bullet.
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Post by: don0764 on Nov 08, 2010, 06:29:55 PM
Got my first deer 25 years ago with a Savage 99 300, replaced that with a Savage 99 in 308. I like to pin them to the ground !  ;D

i was just handed down a model 99 in 300 from my grandfather
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Post by: Skidda on Nov 11, 2010, 05:54:45 PM
Browning Micro Medallion A-bolt pre boss, in the .284 caliber. I just love the gun, lightweight, very easy to carry and just beautiful. Ammo can be a bit difficult to find at times.
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Post by: bigfish on Nov 17, 2010, 08:03:37 PM
         just pickup my new savage Axis Camo 30-06 on mon cant wait for sat      8) 8)  ps shooting 165 gr bullets :-\
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Post by: stka on Nov 17, 2010, 08:48:27 PM
Hope you put some rounds through the new '06 before saturday Bigfish. I shoot 165's as well.
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Post by: mschott on Nov 18, 2010, 04:16:39 PM
I use a Rem m.700 mountain rifle in 280 cal. have had that since i was 14 ---last few years though i've been carrying my grand dads  old model 94 tirty tirty  that was handed down to me gotta love those peepsights !
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Post by: swillerjig on Nov 18, 2010, 04:50:08 PM
Well the only two rifles I own are a marlin .22mag which I love but for deer,  30.06 in a bolt action mossberg, camo synthetic stock and I love that one too, 180 grain bullets ;)
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Post by: castnblast on Dec 06, 2010, 07:26:07 PM
H&R Ultra in .270 shooting Winchester Supreme ballistic tips. Does the job nicely. I had this gun handed down to me from my father when I turned 21 and have carried it for nearly 19 years. Not only is this a nicely made gun but its real pretty too!
Title: Re: favorite deer rifle?
Post by: TR19 on Dec 07, 2010, 08:13:56 AM
90% of my hunting is done with my
Remington 742-BDL  in 30-06 shooting 180 grain bullets. We've been together for 29 years now.
The rest is done with a Ruger .44 carbine shooting 180 grain hollow points,
Mossberg 500 12 ga. with copper solids,
or my OLD Onieda Screaming Eagle bow.

TR19Dad shoots a Remington 740 30-06 with 180 grain bullets or a Remington 870 Express 12 ga.

TR19jr is shooting a Remington Model 7 in 7mm-08 & 140 grain bullets.

I see a serious Remington devotion issue here.......
Title: Re: favorite deer rifle?
Post by: adksavage on Dec 07, 2010, 09:04:31 AM
Mainly us my T/C Encore for everything. 300 win mag barrel for deer, 223 barrel for coyotes, 12 ga turkey barrel, and 50 cal muzzle loader. Rugar 44 mag carbine for deer and bear. All are topped off with a 3.5 x 10 Weaver Grand slam. Best scope for the money in my opinion. At least until they realised they had a great scope and jacked the price up. Rugar 10/22 for small game. A 870 12 ga pump that my father bought me many years ago, that has taken just about every animal out there.  Now looking for a AR in 223 for coyotes. Purchased a night scope to mount on it last season. I mainly use the T/C 223 for day time hunts.
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Post by: fly-in on Dec 07, 2010, 09:35:24 AM
Weatherby Vanguard sporter SS 22-250 rem, topped with a Weaver 3-10X40 scope, drops deer on the spot a long ways out.

I also have the dog in the cabinet, a 303 brit, as much as I dislike that gun.......it drops deer, even when it shouldn't
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Post by: dooberhoopa on Dec 07, 2010, 10:08:05 AM
It used to be my Savage .270....when my Dad passed 2 years ago i started shooting his Remington 700 .270. I havent picked the savage back up since
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Post by: upstatehunter on Dec 07, 2010, 10:31:57 AM
Hard to go wrong with Remington guns TR. I have  a lot of them myself.
I have the 700 in .270 as well  Doober, and my brother has the Savage in 30-06. Have taken deer with both, the Savage shoots very well but like the .270 a little better as far as ruining meat. A 180gr 30-06 does a number on a shoulder. They don't go anywhere though.
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Post by: Johnny Ringo on Dec 07, 2010, 11:51:25 AM
My favorites are Brownings. I 've owned Mossburg and Remington but now all I have are Brownings. My 2 favorites are:

#1. Browning A Bolt Medallian Series 270 shooting 130 Grain Boattail  - shoots flat and plenty of knock down power for most deer
#2. Browning A Bolt Synthetic Stock, Stainless Steel w/Boss 7MM Short Rim Mag with a Nikon Scope - nice gun overall


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Post by: gdominy12 on Dec 07, 2010, 07:33:20 PM
My .270, only has ever required one shot each time.
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Post by: mooseslayer71 on Jul 26, 2011, 01:11:30 PM
up here in n. maine we have huge clearcuts. some thousands of yards long. i have a rem. 700 in 7mm mag that fits the bill. killed a doz. deer and a moose with it. none went more than 40 yrds.before folding up. and believe it or not i havent lost much meat either. it does put a hole in them but make a heart/ lung shot everytime you dont have to worry about ruining meat. longest shot was 364 yrds. on a 6pt. even with a 5-10mph wind i still took him through both lungs resting on a stump. some consider this caliber overkill but for up here i think it really excells. recoils about the same as a 30'06 and in lighter grain loads is extremely flat shooting. for short range thick woods i have to agree the 30-30 is hard to beat for ease of use and effectiveness. killed my second deer w/ my uncles 30-30.
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Post by: hooknhunter on Jul 28, 2011, 08:13:41 AM
up here in n. maine we have huge clearcuts. some thousands of yards long. i have a rem. 700 in 7mm mag that fits the bill. killed a doz. deer and a moose with it. none went more than 40 yrds.before folding up. and believe it or not i havent lost much meat either. it does put a hole in them but make a heart/ lung shot everytime you dont have to worry about ruining meat. longest shot was 364 yrds. on a 6pt. even with a 5-10mph wind i still took him through both lungs resting on a stump. some consider this caliber overkill but for up here i think it really excells. recoils about the same as a 30'06 and in lighter grain loads is extremely flat shooting. for short range thick woods i have to agree the 30-30 is hard to beat for ease of use and effectiveness. killed my second deer w/ my uncles 30-30.

7mm is a good choice for those types of shots, as is a 300 mag.  Congrats of some fine shooting.
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Post by: mschott on Aug 27, 2011, 11:21:17 AM
 I use rem m 700 280 cal. my grandpops old win. mod 94 3030    T.C hawken flintlock    and just picked my first ever inline today, tc impact  with bushnell trophy 3-9 with the bdc reticle
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Post by: chris338378 on Mar 09, 2012, 02:33:06 AM
My .338-378 Weatherby Magnum in the Accumark.
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Post by: peddler on Mar 12, 2012, 07:11:18 AM
Model 7 MS .257 Roberts from Remington's Custom Shop w/3-9X40 Nikon Monarch  BDC's weren't out then or that's what would be on it. Maybe after I get my wife's new rifle I'll get a BDC for it.

Model CZ 600 .270 Win. W/21/2-10 BDC Nikon Monarch Gold 30 mm

Thompson Center G2 .45  W/ 11/2-6 X 42 Nikon Monarch Gold 30mm


Just ordered the new Savage Lady Hunter in 6.5 Creedmoor for my wife. That will have a BDC on it also.

Two Rem. 1100 Light 20's W/4X Nikon Monarch's

 

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Post by: OneShotWonder on Jan 03, 2017, 05:07:03 PM
Remington Model 700 all the way.
Tweaked so the trigger squeeze is very slight. Equipped with a Bushnell 9 power scope. About as accurate as can be.
With the right shooter, you could practically drive nails with it at 75 yards
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Post by: oldpro51 on Jan 04, 2017, 11:13:45 AM
Remington 7600 carbine in 30.06  with 165 grain bullets and 2x7 scope
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Post by: nyduckman on Jan 04, 2017, 07:40:32 PM
Remington 7600 in 30-06 165grain 3x9 Nikon... Mrs.ducky uses a axis 7mm-08 140grain with a 3x9 Nikon
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Post by: Green Mountian Hunter on Jan 05, 2017, 03:52:36 AM
Remington 7600 in 30-06 165grain 3x9 Nikon... Mrs.ducky uses a axis 7mm-08 140grain with a 3x9 Nikon
8)  Me and Mrs. Ducky would get along great , Except I got the BLR with a  3.5x10x50 Nikon   :) :)
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Post by: nyduckman on Jan 05, 2017, 08:53:33 AM
8)  Me and Mrs. Ducky would get along great , Except I got the BLR with a  3.5x10x50 Nikon   :) :)
its a pretty good lil gun... we had a full size 7600 for her for the first 3 years she hunted but it was just a tad bit long on her!! we ended up getting the  lady/youth model and it fits her great now!! I still like my 06 but the 7mm-08 seems to be a tack driver
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Post by: Green Mountian Hunter on Jan 05, 2017, 03:22:34 PM
its a pretty good lil gun... we had a full size 7600 for her for the first 3 years she hunted but it was just a tad bit long on her!! we ended up getting the  lady/youth model and it fits her great now!! I still like my 06 but the 7mm-08 seems to be a tack driver
I was a 243 guy for a long time then went to the 7mm-08 it put's them down right there in there tracks
don't get me wrong the 243 is good but some times you don;t see the reaction when you hit them  ??? But the
7mm-08 you watch them drop right in there tracks  :)
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Post by: nyduckman on Jan 06, 2017, 09:40:37 AM
I was a 243 guy for a long time then went to the 7mm-08 it put's them down right there in there tracks
don't get me wrong the 243 is good but some times you don;t see the reaction when you hit them  ??? But the
7mm-08 you watch them drop right in there tracks  :)
she also has the 243 lady pink thing.... that's a great little gun also  but I like the 140 grain out of the 7mm-08 better with the chance of bear coming out on a drive!!
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Post by: Green Mountian Hunter on Jan 06, 2017, 04:20:10 PM
she also has the 243 lady pink thing.... that's a great little gun also  but I like the 140 grain out of the 7mm-08 better with the chance of bear coming out on a drive!!
I am looking for a 7600 in the 7mm-08 . seen one in the black and silver laminated stock 4 years ago
still kicking myself in the butt for not grabbing it  >:( If you come across one  " PLEASE "  let me no .....
She going to be real happy with that rifle , Me i am short armed had Browning cut my stock down
a 1 3/4 " and had my trigger pull reduced best thing I have ever done no more reaching for the trigger
and no more vise gripes to pull the trigger  :) :)
Title: Re: favorite deer rifle?
Post by: nyduckman on Jan 06, 2017, 04:31:04 PM
I am looking for a 7600 in the 7mm-08 . seen one in the black and silver laminated stock 4 years ago
still kicking myself in the butt for not grabbing it  >:( If you come across one  " PLEASE "  let me no .....
She going to be real happy with that rifle , Me i am short armed had Browning cut my stock down
a 1 3/4 " and had my trigger pull reduced best thing I have ever done no more reaching for the trigger
and no more vise gripes to pull the trigger  :) :)
will do... there are a few local shops here that always seem to have the 760 or 7600 used in stock!! if I see one in 7mm-08 in good condition ill let you know for sure!!
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Post by: peddler on Jan 10, 2017, 06:34:46 AM
Legendary Arms Works 6.5 Creedmoor with a Leica ERi 2.5-10 X 42  #4 reticle 30 mm tube in Talley Lightweight mounts.

Mrs. Peddler shoots a Savage Lady Hunter 6.5 Creedmoor with a Nikon Monarch 2.5-10 X 42 in Talley Lightweight Mounts.
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Post by: EricWil21 on Nov 21, 2018, 12:23:45 AM
Ruger M-77 mark II is a good choice!
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Post by: monk on Oct 21, 2020, 07:11:07 AM
Remington 700 Classic in 7mm Mag. 140 gr. is my favorite. But getting up in age, I now use my brother's rifle, a Remington 742  308  150 gr. Recoil is much more tolerated.
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Post by: lv2hunt on Oct 21, 2020, 09:07:31 AM
My favorite Rifle is my Ruger American 30-06 great shooting gun and light unfortunately the only thing its taken down is 2 coyotes and a moose. I live and hunt in southern nh can only use a shotgun so my deer gun is my Remington 1187 has filled my freezer every year for 25 yrs now.
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Post by: aquaassassin on Oct 21, 2020, 03:27:28 PM
Well, mine has surely changed since I joined the site!

I do most of my damage with a Ithaca Deerslayer 2 in 12ga. Otherwise my .280 x bolt gets the nod. Itís the confidence factor. Both of them I know when I point itís game over no matter circumstance
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