Planning first deer hunt/ need ammo recommendations.

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  1. crater

    crater NRA Member

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    This late in my life, I am planning on making my first deer hunt this gun season. I am limited to the three rifles I have on hand and need some help on which one to take.

    Considering I can shoot each one equally as well, which rifle/caliber would you all suggest to use up to 100 yards for whitetail.

    The three I have are: Bushmaster AR with a 5.56/223, a Marlin 30/30 (scoped) or a Yugo SKS with 7.62.39.

    Many thanks in advance.....
     
  2. Brass Nazi

    Brass Nazi NO BRASS FOR U!

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    No doubt, use the 30/30.
     

  3. vafish

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    Well I'd look at local laws. The .223 is not legal for deer hunting in many states.

    That leaves the Yugo SKS or the .30-30. Nothing wrong with a SKS for deer hunting, but I think the .30-30 has a slight edge.

    Load the .30-30 up with either 150 or 170 grain bullets depending upon which is shoots better.
     
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    {No doubt, use the 30/30.}

    I would have to second or is it third a 30-30. a FP design bullet in a 30-30 is very effective even at the slower speeds when compared to a comon 30cal 308win.
     
  5. 357glocker

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    Definately use the .30-30 out of the 3 you mentioned. I've never personally taken a deer with .30-30 but my brother uses a Marlin 336 every year and has killed a few with it. He has used both the 150 and 170 grain versions of the Remington Corlokt with success!
     
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    I'll agree with the others, and would like to add, for that kind of distance, I can't think of a better round than the 30/30!

    Unless it was a SHTF scenario, I would never hunt deer with a .223, or 7.62X39. There is just too many better calibers to choose from, and the 30/30 is tops on the list.
     
  7. vafish

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    Nothing wrong with the 7.62x39 for deer hunting inside 100 yards, IF you use the right bullets. Most of the 7.62x39 ammo, even the JHP stuff, is not suitable for deer hunting. For deer hunting I'd use any of the following. Corbon 150 gr SP, Federal 123 gr SP, Remington 125 gr SP, or Winchester 123 gr SP. (SP=Soft Point)

    But given the choice of a scoped Marlin 336 or an SKS for deer hunting the Marlin is a much better choice in my opinion and as long as you aren't using the Accelerator Sabot bullets just about any .30-30 ammo you pick up off the shelf at Walmart will work well on deer. That's important if you show up at your favorite hunting grounds and find out you forgot your ammo at home.
     
  8. Glocktex

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    Without a doubt use the 30-30. There have probably been more deer killed in North America with that round than any other. I have almost exclusively used Federal ammo in the 170gr. As mentioned above shoot what ever 150 or 170 grain bullet works best for you. You will pleased with the results!

    Don't forget to post pics when you are successful!
     
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    use the .30-30. i killed one a month ago. only ran ten feet before it dropped dead. and that was with a semi-poorly placed shot. use any decent ammo. i use remington core-lockts and winchester power points. they work wonders.