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dear hunting rifle???????

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by -, Dec 12, 2003.

  1. Guest

    I went hunting last week and killed a dear. I was using a freind's rem 30-06. I am looking to buy my own dear rifle, but I don't really know alot about them. I am more of an ar-15 type of guy. What is a good round to use? My buddies tell me to get a .300 mag. I know at work we use a rem mod 700 in .308, but that is for sniping people not deer. What is a good rifle to get for the $ and give me some input on scopes.

    thanks in advance from a city boy.
  2. WalterGA

    WalterGA Millennium Member

    Jan 26, 1999
    city boy: Down heah on Tobaccy Road, we'uns gets into lots of troubles if'n we'ens kills a "dear"! :)

    You won't need a .300 Mag unless you're planning on making some really long shots or killing some 400# deer. There's nothing wrong with the 30-06, but you'd do just as well with a .308, and your shoulder wouldn't get thumped quite as bad.

    The Remmy's a great rifle, but you'd do yourself a big favor if you took a good look at a Tikka.

  3. 308 does the job. ^c So much of different 308 ammo out there and it's cheap.
  4. f1b32oPTic

    f1b32oPTic R4d104c71v3

    Aug 5, 2003
    up close & personal
    id just borrow the duty rifle for the weekend!

    if you are used to shooting remmy .308's then that would naturally be the better rifle for you to hunt with.

    i had my remmy .308 out in some FOUL weather the other day for about 5 hours, i didnt worry a bit.
  5. sigsrbest

    sigsrbest "Clique"member

    Apr 25, 2003
    the 9th circle of hell
    just get one of the savage bolt action synthetic stock package deals in 308/30-06 for about $400.00... its all you really need...
  6. Guest

    dear rifle? Are you writing it a letter?
  7. Red-Pike


    Jan 30, 2001
    Douglasville, Ga.
    OH DEER!;8 ....... He killed a dear.;M
    Don’t let it bother you. I married a schoolteacher and I get my grammar corrected all the time..;2

    Down here in the South there has been more deer killed with a 30-30 than any other rifle.
    I use a 30-06 myself but a 308 will do the job as well. ^c
  8. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    The Remington 700 in .308 you use at work (where-ever that is) will work perfectly fine on deer, though I would recommend one of the lighter models (not the PSS) as chunking an 18lb sniper rifle through the woods for a target that doesn't shoot back is kind of nuts. A 700 ADL in .308 with a decent scope (3X9 Leupold maybe) would do just fine.
  9. Either one would be perfect. The 308 would get my nod. I ended up with a 30.06 only because thats the only caliber they had my 700 in at the time and I plan on hunting bigger game with it one day. Both will kill deer as fast as anything else as long as you place it in the vitals. Post back on what you get. Take Care Esox357
  10. Alchemy

    Alchemy Senior Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    a 308 or 30:06 will make a fine deer rifle for you. Please forget
    about the 300 mag, your trying to kill the deer not blow it up!

    Remington,Ruger or Tikka all make fine rifles. Do yourself a favor
    though, don't skimp on the scope. Get yourself a 3x9 Leupold.
  11. txgolfer45


    Mar 4, 2002
    Really, there are quite a few calibers that would work well for you. .308, 30-06, .270, .243, and on and on. I happen to like my Remington 700 ADL in .270. Something people didn't mention is the scope. Get as good a scope as you can afford. I bought a Leopold VX-I in 3-9X40 and it works great for me.

  12. That is alot of rifle and not fun on the range a'tall. A little personal endorsment from about 3:00 o'clock this after noon. 15 deer walked by about 60 yds away. I pointed my browning BLR .308 at a good sized antlerless one and when they stopped Kaboom! Blood trail 4 foot wide about 40 yds long. More than enough! And besides you will get sick of saying I got an "ott-six"
  13. paynter2

    paynter2 It ain't over Millennium Member

    Apr 25, 1999
    upper mid-west
    Congratulations. If you'd been shooting a .243 or 6mm you would have had a deer laying at the spot of impact - not a blood trail.
  14. onemilmhz

    onemilmhz Ten Ninety Five

    Jun 25, 2003
    Georgia on my mind
    ;i ;i ;i Bwaaahaaahaaahaaa!! I have killed a lot of deer with my .243 and love it, but one thing it has never done is dropped a deer in it's tracks. My dad's .308 has, many times. Don't get me wrong, I love the caliber but get real.
  15. Did I just put a log on the fire of the 243 conversation?
    I am convinced that i cannot drop a deer in its tracks! Rifle, muzzy, arrow, havent done it yet. I could move the crosshairs forward just a tick, the double shoulder shot is brutal for a take down. I kinda like the excitment of following a good trail on a hard hit deer. Even aiming behind the shoulder a 243 may not exit and that wouldn't make following up as easy, being that the exit is usually the side that pumps. Well this got sidetracked a little, any whoo thanks for the congrats and i say get the 308, more versatility short and simple!
    As for the model 700 great gun
  16. Glockerel

    Glockerel Got Mojo?

    My .243 rarely doesn't drop a deer in it's tracks.
    Last year, I tipped one over with a shot to where the neck joins the body. It's legs just collapsed. it didn't even twitch.
    This year, the two I sniped in the neck simply dropped. The third I shot behind the shoulder. It went 5 yards.
    I shoot remington CoreLoct 100 gr right off the shelf.
    The only time a .243 "ain't enough gun" is when you are taking a shot you have no business taking.
  17. jchast

    jchast Draw Yer Gun!

    Sep 23, 2003
    Western PA
    Yup... He's a city boy... can't even spell DEER...

    Just bustin your chops.

    For thick woodsy areas, I use a 30.06. For open areas I like my 7mm. Both rifles are Savage and are very accurate.

    Took a 9 point this year with my 30.06

  18. 1. Use the same type of .308 you use for work. But maybe a different scope? 3-9x will handle your needs, mostly set on 3. Or if you want something different than just get a .308 Rem 700. .30-06 will work fine too. I don't see any need for .300win mag, but fine if it doesn't make you flinch.

    2. One shot drops, I believe, work well on a broadside relaxed deer shot in the heart/lung area taking out both lungs.
  19. Guest

    I looked at a savage "Tactical" rifle in .308 today. It was kinda heavy and had a heavy bull barrel. it was $460.00 is that too much? I also looked at a remmy 700 in .308 for $440.00. do these prices seem ok or are they high?
  20. Dont really know the particular gun. However Savage makes very nice bolt actions and the price isnt too high their lower end bolts sell at $369. Oh and the part about the bull barrel.... Think about how heavy that gun will get after a day in the woods for the amount of walking you do, may be it is something to consider.