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What is the next highest gun after a .243 for hunting White tail deer?

Question by Ruff Grouse and.... Uploaded on January 29, 2009

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

there is a .264 but its not that common so .270 in common calibers.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Do you mean the next larger caliber? I might suggest a .257 Roberts or .250 Savage. If you want more than that, the .260 Rem or 6.5x55mm are fine options also.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Next up is the highly recommended .25 caliber. Cartridges are the 257 Roberts, 25 WSSM and 25-06. The 06 is my favorite gun.

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from jlfreeborn wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

i assume by your question that you want more power than a .243, but not so much that it destroys you or the deer. Everyone else has posted great answers, but i would add the 7mm-08 into the conversation.

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from rrmont wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I would go with the .270, it is a very good deer caliber, plus you can find ammo in any sporting goods store.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I would suggest a .25-'06 or .270 Win., either one will make you very happy insofar as accuracy, cost of operations, and killing results. Just choose a good bullet.

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from T.W. Davidson wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

My answer echos Del's, with one addition: the 257 Ackley Improved. This presumes that you are a handloader and that you like to experiment and develop loads in your rifles. If you do, and if you try the 257 AI, you'll find a rifle that will shoot as fast, flat and hard as a 25-06, but, because the 257 AI is a more efficient cartridge than the 25-06, with less recoil, less powder burn, and, ultimately, less cost. Plus the 257 AI is just a very cool cartridge.

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from dvsheldon wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

I don't have any experience with the cartrige but the .260 Rem is .308 case necked down to a 6.5mm bullet as opposed to the .243 which is a 6mm.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I believe the next caliber would be the .257 but I would highly suggest a .270... you can take about any North American game with that caliber.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

25-06 or .270 Win. Mag.!!!

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from PAShooter wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

.25 caliber

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Do you mean the next larger caliber? I might suggest a .257 Roberts or .250 Savage. If you want more than that, the .260 Rem or 6.5x55mm are fine options also.

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from jlfreeborn wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

i assume by your question that you want more power than a .243, but not so much that it destroys you or the deer. Everyone else has posted great answers, but i would add the 7mm-08 into the conversation.

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

there is a .264 but its not that common so .270 in common calibers.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Next up is the highly recommended .25 caliber. Cartridges are the 257 Roberts, 25 WSSM and 25-06. The 06 is my favorite gun.

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from rrmont wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I would go with the .270, it is a very good deer caliber, plus you can find ammo in any sporting goods store.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I would suggest a .25-'06 or .270 Win., either one will make you very happy insofar as accuracy, cost of operations, and killing results. Just choose a good bullet.

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from T.W. Davidson wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

My answer echos Del's, with one addition: the 257 Ackley Improved. This presumes that you are a handloader and that you like to experiment and develop loads in your rifles. If you do, and if you try the 257 AI, you'll find a rifle that will shoot as fast, flat and hard as a 25-06, but, because the 257 AI is a more efficient cartridge than the 25-06, with less recoil, less powder burn, and, ultimately, less cost. Plus the 257 AI is just a very cool cartridge.

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from dvsheldon wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

I don't have any experience with the cartrige but the .260 Rem is .308 case necked down to a 6.5mm bullet as opposed to the .243 which is a 6mm.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I believe the next caliber would be the .257 but I would highly suggest a .270... you can take about any North American game with that caliber.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

25-06 or .270 Win. Mag.!!!

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from PAShooter wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

.25 caliber

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