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Gun season just opened. I loaded up a new load for the ol’ Marlin .30-30.

160g Hornady LeverEvolution with 30.5g BLC2. Chrono’s at 1960 FPS. Got a Marlin 336 with a fixed power Leupold 2.5x

It’s a good little setup for a climbing stand in the woods.

Deer Fawn Terrestrial animal Twig Grass


I’m hunting this guy hard. Too bad he’s only on camera at night. They don’t rut in my area until late January into early February so I guess I’m hunting some meat early in the season.

I think my light load will be perfect for deer inside of 100 yards.

I’ve got a .270 Win load that I can use for longer distance if needed. It’s the classic 59g of 4831 with 130g JSP. It’s. Pretty hot load.
 

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7mm-08 42.5 grains IMR 4895 130 grain Speer Hot-Cor
Easy on the shoulder, but not on game.
I had some surprisingly good loads in .270 with 4895 and 4064.

The problem I’ve had with .270 is making an accurate reduced load. My gun doesn’t like them, and by the time I’ve worked up to an accurate load I’m within 100fps of factory ammo.

My .223 shoots great at 2500-2600fps but this little .270 just ain’t havin’ it.
 

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I’ve been a dedicated handgun hunter for the last 25+ years.

I used a scoped Ruger Super Redhawk in .44 Magnum for a lot of those years. For about the last 10 years I’ve been using a scoped T/C Contender in 7-30 Waters. My pet load is 139gr Hornady SST over Varget. Love this handgun. Have taken several deer with it.

My alternate is a Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 Magnum. I had to add a Burris Fastfire 3 the last couple of years because it’s been getting harder and harder to cleanly see the front sight. Favorite load is 240gr Hornady XTP over H110.

Because of some medical issues, I can’t hunt the big, deep woods of PA like I normally would be doing on Saturday. A buddy of mine invited me to hunt from his property so I only have a short walk from the truck to get to the stand. I’m thinking I’ll be using the SBH. Have it dialed in at 50 yards….longest shot looks to be about 75 yards.
good luck to you. Getting a clean kill with a handgun is very rewarding. One of my favorite hunts I killed a mature whitetail with a model 66 in .357 magnum.
 
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