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Question by jeremym. Uploaded on October 25, 2010
My vote goes to the Winchester Model 70 Featherweight in 6.5X55mm Swedish Mauser with 129 grain Hornady Light Magnum cartridge. You should get about 100 different answers to this question. Good luck!
I can't deny 99explorer made a fine recommendation. Let me assure you that you have a great many choices, all of them entirely appropriate and effective, so your initial challenge is going to be to narrow your choices. So much of this depends on personal taste and preferences that a single "Best" choice is difficult to make.
For the record, my two favorite deer rifles at this point in life are the Winchester Model 94 lever action in .30-30, and a Winchester Model 70 Lightweight Carbine in .250 Savage, but I've taken deer with many other rifle/cartridge combinations.
Don't believe there's a single answer to your question. Of many choices before you, a great many are excellent. Enjoy the process of making your selection!
i recommend a .30-30. In my state, it has killed more deer than all other kinds combined
.270 or 30-06 both of these are awesome rounds
The 7mm/08Rem or 358Win these are great cabilers
depending were you hunt.
I'd go with the 7mm-08, but the .270 has more different loads to choose from and has more widely available ammo. As to rifles, the Rem. 700 is fine, as is the Win. 70 and the Savage 110. As has been said, there are lots of good choices out there, but these are one that I've had hands-on experience with.
Forgot part of your question---bullet weight between 120 and 150 grains should be fine, but you can go a little on either side. Lots of folks like the ballistic tip bullets for quick expansion and hydrostatic shock, but a heck of a lot of deer have been killed with Remington core-lokt and similar bullets. I like Hornady's boat-tail softpoint in 130 gr. for my 270 and had great luck with the Barnes TSX 120 gr. in my 7mm-08. Best of luck to you.
Besides having the right rifle / bullet combo you also need to understand when and where the deer are moving / eating / sleeping in your area. When hunting a food plot from a shooting house or blind, your movement and scent are somewhat masked. Hunting from a tree stand or from the ground requires a whole different level of staying still and scent control. Camo is very important for bowhunting but I've found it's not so important while hunting with a gun (especially when you're wearing blaze orange). A major exception: don't forget to wear camo gloves and try and wear some camo for your face. Those are the body parts moving the most and are most likely to give you away. Wind direction is very important. If hunting from a shooting house or blind try not to spook game while coming and going. Also extremely important is staying as still as possible or moving slowly when looking for game. Scent is your No.1 give away with movement being a close 2nd while sitting against a tree or on a hillside. Noise and scent are your major problems while stalking heavy woods. Being a new hunter means you will probably get very excited when you see game so remember to take deep breaths and not jerk the trigger when taking the shot. Make VERY sure your intended target is a deer and be VERY aware of what's behind the animal before you shoot. It's better to let one walk than take undue risks. A patient hunter is a successful hunter. Good luck and have fun!
I think the best answer is were will you be and were will the deer be? Open plain, fields, brush or combination. We all have our favorite caliber 30-30 has been around longer than Coca-Cola and is a good choice. Pighunter said it best on line of sight/ background, so a turn bolt gun is best. The there is the oxi-moron of camo and a Blaze Orange Hat. Poor deer are color blind in that spectrum, they do pick up movement in dimlight but adjust slowly [Deer in the headlights] so stay still. If your lucky enough to line up on a deer just remember the word my dad & uncle taught me BRAS [Breath-Release-Aim-Squeeze the trigger]
P.S. I have a 6.5x55 swedish and I love that caliber
Just in case there are Critters with Fangs,tusks or claws that can kill and or eat you, at Least a 30/06, always have ENOUGH gun for any situation.
jeremym; I know I am going to get some flak for this but I have to bring up the topic outdoor clothing. If you don't have proper clothing/boots you'r not going to have fun. I'm 61 we went out in Carharts & shitkickers. When we were done we fed the cows [sent elimination] If you need cloths go with the camo & LOTS of Orange. I mentioned the 6.5x55 great cart. but you will not find it in every store in every town.
This question would probably be alot more effective if you suggested a gun and cartridge and asked for our opinions. Because like they said, their are way to many options. Give us somthing in your price range and we'll tell you what we think.
Something to keep in mind is ammo availability and price. Try to choose a cartridge that is easy to find and inexpensive to shoot. The .30-30 and .30/06 fall well into that category, and rifles in those cartridges are readily available new and used for reasonable prices.
If you are going to be walking a lot you will want a rifle that is light and easily transported as well. Will you be hunting in the woods or across fields, or both? Knowing how far you will be shooting is a factor also.
Here in Maryland we have areas that can't be hunted with a rifle. You have to use a shotgun or muzzleloader during the general firearms season. You may want to explore the smoke pole, you get more hunting in for your dollar since most states have ML seasons. I have a T/C Omega and use it during the ML season and all through the firearms season since I don't live in an area where rifles are legal.
Hope this helps, good luck.
thanks i was looking at a .270 but i still dont know
One more post before I sign off. You have a deer in our sight shoot him in the HEART_LUNG area the only place you shoot in the head is my home town Brooklyn. Next you have to field dress this deer, get the tools or better yet a friend who knows how it's done. Finally you should have a place that will process game. Your local butcher shop cannot do it on site. Finally look on line for some good recipes and you should have a real treat. I will leave you with this the First time I took my then 8 year old on a party boat he won $200 in the pool, his response why go to school I can do this everyday, Hope see a picture of you on this site
jeremym, you won't go wrong with the .270 for deer. I've killed a pickup full with mine over the years.
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