What cartridge/caliber did you shoot your first deer with?

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  1. Valmet

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    I am not a hunter. I used to deer hunt occasionally and waterfowl hunt often. I don’t have much of a desire to kill things anymore. That said, I have zero issues with anyone who does, I still go along to hunt camps with buddies to help out, sit by the fire and share stories but much of the time the rifle stays in the truck.

    What was the first cartridge/caliber you shot your first deer with? Mine was a 30-06 in an old Remington 760 Gamemaster. It was a friend’s rifle with an old Weaver on it and used a Remington Core-Lokt 220-grain as that was the only box of ammo he had. Deader than a hammer at 90 yards.

    I’ve since used .300 Wby, .308 Norma and 30-30 and if I had to go hunting this fall I’d likely pull the old Model 94 out of the safe and take it out but when I was younger it was, “more power!”
     
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    30-30 with my own handholds in a Marlin 336CS. Age 13.
     

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    Age 18, 45 pound bow at about 25 yards. Never went deer hunting again!
     
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    At age 59 with a 12 ga.
     
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    I don't see any Deer here in Miami but back in NY they came around once in a while. I have a lot of respect for people that can find one while happening to have a Rifle cause as far as I can tell having one doesn't mean you will find the other. Like fishing for example which I do fairly often. Many times without ever having caught anything other than a sun burn.
     
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    I tagged my first deer with a Winchester model 94 trapper at approx. 80 yards. She ran about 40 yds and dressed out at 153 lbs. I was some proud of that deer.
     
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    16 gauge dbl bl with round slugs.. I was 14
     
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    Why would I shoot a deer? last thing I shot at was shooting at me
     
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    I was around 9 and it was ~25 yards with a brenneke .410 slug out of a NEF single shot. It hit it and the deer hit the ground and tried to get up and I put another one in it and finished it quickly. I stepped up to a .270 after that and shot a bunch with it.
     
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    .30-30 using a '94 .30 WCF back in 1983.....that's when the obsession began.:D
     
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