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Wat is the best rifle to go hunt deer

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by randyg27, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. randyg27


    Jan 8, 2010
    Hey how you guys doing
    i want to buy rifle a good one, but no more the 500 used what do you guys recommend . Thank you
  2. Travispitt


    Apr 12, 2007
    my deer rifle is a browning a-bolt chambered in .223wssm
    it's killed four mule deer in four years. and the buck I killed this year was a very large deer. it is a very flat shooting round and it gets the job done. and the gun is super light :) much better than carrying around the BAR I used to hunt with



    Feb 1, 2006
    S.A. TEXAS
    A used browning in 30-06 would be my pick.........:supergrin:
  4. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

    Jun 14, 2005
    if you don't know what rifle to get, get a .30-06 with 180 grain ammo. zero it @ 200 yards, and quit.

    My .30-06 is a 7600 pump with aftermarket 10 round mags, and more gun than required for deer. But what the heck, some deer are elks. ;)
  5. A lot of calibers & rifles under $500 will take a deer. If you don't plan to shoot over 100 yards the tried and true .30-30 lever gun is plenty big enough for deer and are sweet to shoot. If you think you need a scope for longer ranges, I'd consider a .270 Win. bolt action in a Savage. .30-06 maybe if I wanted to take larger game than deer.
  6. Randy,

    There are dozens of good deer hunting cartridges out there.

    There also is a huge variation in the size of deer in the US. From the small south eastern to the large midwestern/western and mule deer.

    It would help if we knew:

    1. Where you are planing on hunting.

    2. The type of terrain you are hunting.

    3. Your longest expected shot.

    4. Any state game regulations on caliber or bullet type.

    And MitchShrader covered it pretty well. If you don't know what to get a .270, .30-06 or .308. Here in VA we have smaller deer and I prefer a 150 gr. bullet in the .30-06 for them. But the 180 gr bullet would kill them fine too.

    As to suitable calibers, here's a response I typed up to a similar question on another forum.

    Last edited: Jan 14, 2010
  7. Glockman71


    Jun 17, 2009
    A 30-06 would be a good choice for nearly any anything you can hunt, other than african dangerous game! The 30-06 cartridge can be loaded with 110gr up to 250 gr bullets. If I could only own one rifle a Browning A bolt 30-06 would be my choice! Top it off with a good scope and your set!
  8. Dr. J Frame

    Dr. J Frame LSWCHP +P

    May 8, 2004
    Here in northern Minnesota, 4 calibers make up probably 80% of the rifles used on Whitetails. These rounds can be found easily in most hardware stores, gas stations, etc-


    And it's not uncommon for many rural & small-town folk to own just one centerfire in these parts. So those that also hunt varmints will usually go with smaller diameter calibers. The following 2 are very popular.


    I've hunted with all I have listed and never had a problem putting down any deer. I use .308's now only because it was fairly inexpensive to stock up on surplus 7.62 Nato ammo, and I had several in this caliber when I made this my choice for one rifle caliber. .223 for my carbines.

    For me, quality of optics is the most important factor when building a whitetail rig, assuming the rifle provides acceptable hunting accuracy. Dusk & dawn is where most of the fun happens. I want every edge I can get here.
  9. DoubleDog

    DoubleDog Grrrrr.....

    Nov 11, 2002
    I took 2 dear with my Rem 700 .243 this year...First time I've ever hunted with it (usually use a 700 in .308)...

    After using a .308 for so long, I was thinking the .243 wasn't going to cut it...I was wrong...Dropped each deer with one shot, and there was no doubt -- down they went...

    I'll use it again...

  10. Lot to be said for that. Also what do the rest of the people in your hunting party use?

    When I bought my first deer rifle it was a .30-06, mostly because that's what my dad and brother hunted with. When you forget to pack your ammo on a hunting trip it's nice to have the same caliber as your hunting partners so you can bum some ammo off of them. (not that I would ever have done that...)
  11. ChaneyD


    Mar 20, 2003
    I have a cabin up in northern MI and have an SKS and Mosin Nagant. Paid $200 for both and they have taken A LOT of deer.
  12. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

    Jul 26, 2002
    If your just going to hunt deer, and aren't going to need a 500yd gun to do it (don't know your hunting terrain), these guys have given you good advice already.


    Man if your hunting less than 150/175yds a 30-30 with a good glass on it has killed a loooot of deer as well.

    Lots of choices for ya.

    Good luck what ever you decide...

  13. Where do you hunt? In timber? Whitetail? Mule deer? It really depends on alot of factors. Are you going to be doing alot of hiking? Texas style hunting from stands? 100 yds or 300-400 yds? Lots of calibers will kill a deer if you hit it in the vitals with a modern hunting bullet but if I was hiking through brush and shintangle and wasn't going to see game over 100 or so yards, I'd surely think about the weight and compactness of the rifle more than the caliber.
  14. bustedknee

    bustedknee Curmudgeon

    Aug 1, 2001
    Wythe County, VA
    A used Ruger model 77 in 308 or 30-06 from a local gunshop. $300-400.
    A used Leupold 4 power off of Ebay, $150-200.

    A smart guy once told me, "If you can only afford one box of shells, practice with 16 rounds and carry the last 4 rounds when you go hunting...not the other way around."

    This ammo is common all over the country and good for woods, fields, and plains hunting.
  15. kshutt


    Aug 24, 2001
    If you buy a .30-06 or .270, you'll have a rifle that you can take anywhere you want and hunt deer. Other calibers will also get the job done quite nicely, but these two seem to have ammo available in most retail outlets that sell it anywhere you go.
  16. bandmasterjf


    Aug 26, 2009
    If I could have only one gun it would be a rem. modle 700 in 308 with a Nikon Buckmaster on it.
  17. grecco


    Sep 12, 2004
    philadelphia pa
    What kind of deer?
    what kind of hunting? thick woods or open fields?

    for the thick stuff hunting while tail deer in Pa, a 30-30 /35 lever action is hard to beat.
    For anything else, with shots over a 100 yards a 270/280/30-06 is hard to beat.