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what is the best weapon (specifically) for deer hunting?

Question by thejaker. Uploaded on August 22, 2009

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from the hunter wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

It depends what you can use in some states they don't allow riflesbut in some they do. If you can use a rifle I would get a .243.

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from 270WSM wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

If you are asking gun, muzzleloader or bow, then the answer is gun if you are just starting out. If you are asking which gun, then there are endless options. I shoot a 270 WSM. my 10 year old son shoots a 25-06. As mentioned above by the hunter the 243 is also a good one to start with. Get one you can shoot comfortably with out worring abou the kick.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

It really depends on where you hunt and what style of hunting you do. I hunt usually from close range in treestands and for this hunting I like my 30-30. I also like the 30-30 rifle for close range in the evergreen forests of Maine. This really is a question that can't be answered. It's simply a matter of personal choice.

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from country road wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

As Libertyfirst said, there are too many choices. There are lots of different circumstances under which to kill deer and no one weapon is equally effective under all conditions. That is an unanswerable question.

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

i really like my marlin 30-30 works great.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

thejaker, A rifle using a softpoint designed for whitetail, not a frangible bullet for varmints.

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from apowers1031 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

i use a marlin lever action 35. it has been a great gun......but i use it for close rang thickets.....for longer rang like over 100 yards i would use a 30-06

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

For use in all states i would say a
1. bow
2. shot gun
3. muzzle loder
4. rifle if allowed in your state if allowed i would use a 25-06 for my frist pick a good rifle gives you more advantage over all the rest
the answer your looking for depends on the laws of your state really or laws of the states you will be hunting

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

“AAA” (triple A) gauge shotgun!

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

The bow has to be the best weapon for whitetail. Indians where using bows long ago to put venison on the fire. bow hunting requires you to pay more attention to every aspect of your hunt, scent control, wind direction, setting up as close to deers possible approach, keeping your body movements slow and deliberate, the deers behavior ( is it nervous and could the deer jump the string) picking that broadside shot for a double lung hit, all important for all deer hunting but more so for bow hunting. The easiest weapon for deer would be the rifle, long range, not much movement needed, short tracking.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

A good rifle is hard to beat. I use the 25-06 and it has done a mighty fine job for me on whitetails in nearly all conditions. But I have resorted to using a .35Rem when busting through willows so thick I had difficulty raising my rifle to my shoulder (I have only shot a few deer like that but it worked great under those conditions).

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

As 100 people and get at least 50 different answers. My old friend Bud Brewer, who probably killed a semi-trailor load of various deer, always said "Hell any rifle is a deer rifle."

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Your mind is the best weapon for anything......but the second best is any accurate, powerful-enough gun that you trust.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I'm strictly a rifle hunter so in my opinion it's my 270 win.It's a Tikka T3. Very accurate light weight rifle. A 270 win has plenty of power for any deer you'll ever see, ammo is cheep and in every gas station in the country and it dosen't dislocate your shoulder when you squeeze the trigger.

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from berky wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I would go with a 308 i have a model 88 lever action it never lets me down and has plenty of power for deer. they have alot of different load options and they arent to expensive to shot.

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from swilmot1 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Remington model 700 270!

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from trianglebar wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Mr. Petzal and Bud Brewer are right, of course. I still hunt with two of Bud's favorite rifles: a deadly accurate Sako 7mm Rem., and a lovely Husqvarna .243 (also the bane of many a Powder River prairie dog).

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

It really depends on where you hunt and what style of hunting you do. I hunt usually from close range in treestands and for this hunting I like my 30-30. I also like the 30-30 rifle for close range in the evergreen forests of Maine. This really is a question that can't be answered. It's simply a matter of personal choice.

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from country road wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

As Libertyfirst said, there are too many choices. There are lots of different circumstances under which to kill deer and no one weapon is equally effective under all conditions. That is an unanswerable question.

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from the hunter wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

It depends what you can use in some states they don't allow riflesbut in some they do. If you can use a rifle I would get a .243.

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from 270WSM wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

If you are asking gun, muzzleloader or bow, then the answer is gun if you are just starting out. If you are asking which gun, then there are endless options. I shoot a 270 WSM. my 10 year old son shoots a 25-06. As mentioned above by the hunter the 243 is also a good one to start with. Get one you can shoot comfortably with out worring abou the kick.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

The bow has to be the best weapon for whitetail. Indians where using bows long ago to put venison on the fire. bow hunting requires you to pay more attention to every aspect of your hunt, scent control, wind direction, setting up as close to deers possible approach, keeping your body movements slow and deliberate, the deers behavior ( is it nervous and could the deer jump the string) picking that broadside shot for a double lung hit, all important for all deer hunting but more so for bow hunting. The easiest weapon for deer would be the rifle, long range, not much movement needed, short tracking.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

As 100 people and get at least 50 different answers. My old friend Bud Brewer, who probably killed a semi-trailor load of various deer, always said "Hell any rifle is a deer rifle."

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

i really like my marlin 30-30 works great.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

thejaker, A rifle using a softpoint designed for whitetail, not a frangible bullet for varmints.

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from apowers1031 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

i use a marlin lever action 35. it has been a great gun......but i use it for close rang thickets.....for longer rang like over 100 yards i would use a 30-06

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

For use in all states i would say a
1. bow
2. shot gun
3. muzzle loder
4. rifle if allowed in your state if allowed i would use a 25-06 for my frist pick a good rifle gives you more advantage over all the rest
the answer your looking for depends on the laws of your state really or laws of the states you will be hunting

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

A good rifle is hard to beat. I use the 25-06 and it has done a mighty fine job for me on whitetails in nearly all conditions. But I have resorted to using a .35Rem when busting through willows so thick I had difficulty raising my rifle to my shoulder (I have only shot a few deer like that but it worked great under those conditions).

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Your mind is the best weapon for anything......but the second best is any accurate, powerful-enough gun that you trust.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I'm strictly a rifle hunter so in my opinion it's my 270 win.It's a Tikka T3. Very accurate light weight rifle. A 270 win has plenty of power for any deer you'll ever see, ammo is cheep and in every gas station in the country and it dosen't dislocate your shoulder when you squeeze the trigger.

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from berky wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I would go with a 308 i have a model 88 lever action it never lets me down and has plenty of power for deer. they have alot of different load options and they arent to expensive to shot.

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from swilmot1 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Remington model 700 270!

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from trianglebar wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Mr. Petzal and Bud Brewer are right, of course. I still hunt with two of Bud's favorite rifles: a deadly accurate Sako 7mm Rem., and a lovely Husqvarna .243 (also the bane of many a Powder River prairie dog).

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

“AAA” (triple A) gauge shotgun!

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