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whats a better close range deer hunting caliber the 45-70, 30-30 or 243? i wont be shooting over 150 yards but i would like to reach 150 yards incase i have to. i mostly hunt in heavly wooded areas or swamps.

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from libertyfirst wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I would go for the 30-30. Good accuracy and power at short range, light recoil, light weight rifle and about the least expensive deer hunting round you can buy. Very tough to beat!

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from reaperofchaos87 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

"Best" or "better" is always tough to answer. I consider the 243 to small for most deer. Especially when you get up to 150+ pounds. Of the other 2 options, id go with the 30-30 for a few reasons. The ammo is generally easier to find, and cheaper. In general, the 30-30 has a higher BC, so it would be easier reaching out to 150 yards. However, with the new leverevolution ammo, its more of a toss up. The 45-70 is going to have about double the recoil as the 30-30. The only reason i would go with the 45-70 over the 30-30 would be for "bush busting" or if you plan on hunting much larger game in the future.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

DITTO~libertyfirst!!!

The 30/30 or 35Rem are to beat in heavy woods and swamps.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I wish I had a nickel every time someone asked this question.

Don't dink around, 25-06 or 30-06, you will be glad you did!

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Of those three I would recommend the 30-30 for the same reasons as mentioned above. I personally prefer the .35 Rem over the 30-30 in very heavily wooded timber though. Any time I expect a shot beyond 50 yards, I will use a 25-06. I haven't carried a 30-30 or a .35 Rem since getting a 25-06 43 years ago and there is a reason for that. They are fast and deadly at any range deer are hunted.

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from bndude wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

30-30 is a very nice short range gun but at 100 yards or more i would recomend a rifle with a faster bullet the 243 has kill many deer over the years i have killed all my deer with this round you cant go wroung with it

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I vote with Clay on this one. If I already had a more pwerful long range rifle like an '06, I might be tempted to use a .30-30 for dense woods hunting as a second or third rifle. The only .30-30 Win that I own is a Stevens 219 single shot for big varmints around the field, etc.

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from jack81888 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

30-30 definetly

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

If the three calibers you listed are the choices at hand, without a doubt the .30-30.
The .243, with 100 gr bullets will go anywhere the .30-30 will!
The key is, if you're not able to "pick" your shots, flat out DO NOT shoot!!!
Even with the .45-70, poor bullet placement means wounded and lost game animals!! THAT ain't good!!

Bubba

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from Crazyhunter wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

30-30 for sure

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from chaslee wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

100 yards get the 30-30. Shells are cheap and its a great gun. If you use the 243 for ground hogs or varmits and shoot it often and pick your shots the 243 is OK for deer. That was my deer rifle for 30 years.

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from Phil1227 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I would go with the 30-30 also

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from Wisconsin Hunter 24 wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

ive had a 30-30 all my life. its never let me down. light-weight and small but packs a punch. great brush gun.

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from .300winmag wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

I couldn't see shooting a deer at long range, much less any range with a bullet that ways 100 grains or less. 130 grain minimum. I bought a .243 for coyotes, coyotes and smaller game only.

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from libertyfirst wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I would go for the 30-30. Good accuracy and power at short range, light recoil, light weight rifle and about the least expensive deer hunting round you can buy. Very tough to beat!

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from reaperofchaos87 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

"Best" or "better" is always tough to answer. I consider the 243 to small for most deer. Especially when you get up to 150+ pounds. Of the other 2 options, id go with the 30-30 for a few reasons. The ammo is generally easier to find, and cheaper. In general, the 30-30 has a higher BC, so it would be easier reaching out to 150 yards. However, with the new leverevolution ammo, its more of a toss up. The 45-70 is going to have about double the recoil as the 30-30. The only reason i would go with the 45-70 over the 30-30 would be for "bush busting" or if you plan on hunting much larger game in the future.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Of those three I would recommend the 30-30 for the same reasons as mentioned above. I personally prefer the .35 Rem over the 30-30 in very heavily wooded timber though. Any time I expect a shot beyond 50 yards, I will use a 25-06. I haven't carried a 30-30 or a .35 Rem since getting a 25-06 43 years ago and there is a reason for that. They are fast and deadly at any range deer are hunted.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

DITTO~libertyfirst!!!

The 30/30 or 35Rem are to beat in heavy woods and swamps.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I wish I had a nickel every time someone asked this question.

Don't dink around, 25-06 or 30-06, you will be glad you did!

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from bndude wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

30-30 is a very nice short range gun but at 100 yards or more i would recomend a rifle with a faster bullet the 243 has kill many deer over the years i have killed all my deer with this round you cant go wroung with it

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I vote with Clay on this one. If I already had a more pwerful long range rifle like an '06, I might be tempted to use a .30-30 for dense woods hunting as a second or third rifle. The only .30-30 Win that I own is a Stevens 219 single shot for big varmints around the field, etc.

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from jack81888 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

30-30 definetly

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

If the three calibers you listed are the choices at hand, without a doubt the .30-30.
The .243, with 100 gr bullets will go anywhere the .30-30 will!
The key is, if you're not able to "pick" your shots, flat out DO NOT shoot!!!
Even with the .45-70, poor bullet placement means wounded and lost game animals!! THAT ain't good!!

Bubba

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from Crazyhunter wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

30-30 for sure

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from chaslee wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

100 yards get the 30-30. Shells are cheap and its a great gun. If you use the 243 for ground hogs or varmits and shoot it often and pick your shots the 243 is OK for deer. That was my deer rifle for 30 years.

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from Phil1227 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I would go with the 30-30 also

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from Wisconsin Hunter 24 wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

ive had a 30-30 all my life. its never let me down. light-weight and small but packs a punch. great brush gun.

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from .300winmag wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

I couldn't see shooting a deer at long range, much less any range with a bullet that ways 100 grains or less. 130 grain minimum. I bought a .243 for coyotes, coyotes and smaller game only.

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