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The 10 Best Whitetail Rifles Ever Made

The 10 Best Whitetail Rifles Ever Made

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from theBassMaster wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Great list. That Mannlicher Schoenauer is a thing of beauty.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Hard to beat a lever gun in the deer woods, Savage 99 or other wise. I lament all the 99's I let slip by over the years. Most all were bargains at the time, especially a .358 Winchester with a rotary magazine whose owner couldn't find ammo for it and complained about recoil. There was also a great little .250 Savage...

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from Thundarr wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

The uncle who taught me most of what I know about hunting carried a '60s era model 99 in .300 Savage. It has iron sights and the rotary magazine, and it still shoots like a dream. If I were building my ideal whitetail rifle, it would be a model 99 in 7mm-08.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I believe many of us can recall the rifles we should NEVER have sold, and I can generate a list of my own. Among them, a Savage 99 in .250 Savage, sold in lean times to address other priorities. I don't disagree with any of the choices illustrated, though I'd generate a different list based on other preferences, but I won't disagree with any of these.

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from peter wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

i have always loved wincester 94. i wish i had one, the has a great hold and feel to it

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from thewoodenduck wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Excellent list. I would suggest an honorable mention to the .257 Roberts by BSA.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

The Springfield 30-06 03-A3, the forgotten one!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Lets not forget the Savage Model 99!

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from Jesse wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

the windcester 94 was my ferst deer rifle as a kid and i just bought another one last week thay have the best feel to them of any deer rifle iv ever held in my hands

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from buckslayer33 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

the winchester model 94 is probably the most versitle rifle in the bunch. at close range a 30.30 will take down most everything in north america and the winchester action is very relaible one rifle that i can not believe didn`t make the cut is the remington model 700

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from Whackdaddy wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I won't hunt with anything called a Man-Licker but thank you.

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from jwallen wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

The model 64 Winchester was a blend of the 94 action and the style of the 71. It still is the rifle I choose when the distance is 150 yards or less. The accuracy is good but hampered by the open sights and trajectory. A good peep sight and the LeverEvolution ammo will stretch that another 100 yards. Part of the experience is the feeling of tradition and the Winchester is the lever action deer rifle. I would hunt with any of the 10 and each has it's place. Let's check in 100 years and see what is still here.

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from jamisrdr wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

My pop died when I was youn leaving me a Savage Model 99 in .308 and my Uncle recently had surgery leaving him unable to shoot shouldered firearms (he's now using a pistol, of course) letting me buy a few of his guns, including a Remington 760 in .300 sav. a few months ago. Then I get the Dec/Jan issue of F&S and on page 94 are these 2 at #1 and #4 respectively. Guess those old farts knew a thing or 2 on choosing Whitetail rifles. Thanks for the article.

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from yukonjack wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Let's not forget the Ruger Model 77 (.308) or the good old 45/70 Trapdoor. How many whitetails were harvested for subsistance during the 1800's to the 1930's?
Cheers

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from shane wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

there is a 3 generation model 1899 in .300 savage sitting in my safe, calling to me every night. when it finally lets me sleep, i dream about flattening a lion with a 7600 in .35 whelen. speaking of africa, that 660 in .350 would be pretty handy-dandy there.

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from Dale Hayden wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Trimming the spring in the trigger assemble carefully made the rem 760 very satisfactory!

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

A good list over all, I would have liked to have seen the Remington model 700 listed in the top 10. Some of the guns are a little out there in price but over all not bad.

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from ShowMe2 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

C'mon Dave...a rifle you shoot in a bean field and a shotgun in the 10 best RIFLE list.

How about the 2 most popular bolt actions ever produced? I'll give you a hint...a Mannlicher is NOT one of them.

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from Taylor Fitzpatrick wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Good list would to better with more information on the guns though.

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from duckslayerz71 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I would have to agree about the model 94 winchester but I'm disapointed that the model 70 didn''t make the list

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from buckslayer33 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

what i want to know is where is the remigton model 700.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Where are all the bolt guns? Come on Dave, no 70s, 700, or 77s??? Wow, and a 600??? Good lord how long did that one last 20 years with miserable sales?
I do like the guide gun in 45-70 though that is a little powerhouse and fun to shoot.

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from Bigbuck14 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

YOu guys no what is a good deer gun 700 ultra bolt that is a good deer gun it kicks hard though

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from markpangler@aol.com wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

I'm glad that the model 94 made it into the top ten deer rifles, the model 94 rifle that I use is in the 44 mag. caliber, it's light and easy to carry through thich brush and nasty terrain. And it pack's a wollop.

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

I think that you should have mentioned the marlin 1894 44 magnum. I don't think it would be worth the light-loading to hunt deer with a 45/70.

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

I think the savage model 99 should have been chambered in 444 marlin-would be a great elk rifle as well.

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from Deep Shit wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

The country I come from, doesnt allow any kind of "self defence weapons", The government has PC'ed their backbone out!....they will only allow hunting weapons IF you observe very strict rules, and in fact will only let you do a class for your firearm licence IF you pass various state security tests (much like those imposed on possible terrorists entering the country from abroad)
...so I can only comment very vaguely based on my limited experience.... But am an avid big game fisherman/and would be hunter... I think the pics are great. but wonder if the guns are a little dated??... surely there are more modern/efficient weapons available that may not yet have had time enough to be proven to joe public based on historical reputation???..."I cant know without the comments of experience from blokes like you"
I have had the absolute pleasure to visit a bloody beautiful part of the world known as northern California, and while there, was able to shoot almost any kind of rifle I could think of,at almost anything I cared to... some dating all the way back to the "Sharps" era right up to fairly modern rifles/handguns... The opinion I have, is that though the older types of guns are about the most fun you can have in the vertical position...."that is without commenting on the fact that they are by far the most elegant of their kind to look at and handle"... but just as with cars, the more modern.... surely has to be the most efficient?...and if not?.... "in the respect of accuracy"... the most satisfying to work with??... I am just not in it to shoot a whitetail at 1400 yards, much like I am with fishing, "I would rather catch and release"... for me, its all about tecnique... "If I know I can bag it, thats enough for me" (unless I am looking at sharks or coyotes.)... Deep Shit. ... he he

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from hickboy518 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Modle 94 and marlin 336 that all i go near the woods with for a rifle

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from Griz wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

could or should you use a 300 win mag for deer hunting. I'm new to hunting and my buddy said if want just one gun get a 300 win mag it will be good for every thing including deer. What are your thoughts on this ?. Thanks Griz.

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from rserwe44 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

i really like this article but i see no point in a blaze orange gun

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from rserwe44 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

i really like this article but i see no point in a blaze orange gun

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from Huntandtrap09 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

agree with rserwe

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from Huntandtrap09 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

i love that savage

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from BigWoodsHunter57 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Great story...some people forget that it doesnt take a custom made 6,000 dollar to kill large or medium size game...Some of the most successful hunters I know (some of which have passed on) hunt with used and abused level actions in calibers like 30-30. Today no one would "recommend" this caliber for large game like moose, but I dont know how many people I know that have killed moose in this caliber. Regardless of your rifle...SHOT PLACEMENT!!

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from buddyboy564 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

the win. model 100 should be on there

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from Seth Sell wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I just bought a Ruger M77 Hawkeye International, it has the full mannlicher style stock but sadly not the butter knife bolt handle. It still points wonderfully and has a nice light feel to it though.

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from fisherus wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Oh boy, here goes the old spoon stirring the crap again. If you want to get a hunter fired up, don't include his favorite gun in the article writer's top ten list.
I really wonder just how many of the guns on his list he's actually shot. It appears to me that he plagerized a list out of a 1955 Outdoor Life article.
With the recent past 15 years of bullet and powder developement, why would one continue on stating the top ten are only the ones that Great Grandpa shot?
I will say again, and hold to it, that the best gun a hunter can kill an animal with expediently is the one he shoots well. The shot placement and the ability of the firearm and shooter to put it in the vitals is the most important factor over anyone's top ten list.
Also, I agree with many of you responding to this article. There are definately some very exceptional guns missing from this list.

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from poleski wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

guys,everyone has what i call the gun they were raised on.that usually is your gun of guns.the f&s list is that editors personal picks.my list is based on the guns that i still think are worth owning on a middle class budget.1)remington 760.2)winchester model 70.3)winchester 94.4)marlin 336.5)savage 99.6)remington 700.7)ruger m77.8)tc icon.9)browning bar.10)just for you guy from ohio 870 remington rifle slud.and that is only my personal picks

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Pretty cool. Too bad about the Remington 600, 660, and the Winchester '71. They looked like they would have been nice deer guns.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

What about the Ruger "DeerField" 44mag? You can't beat that for a brushgun. Or the Reamington 700 or The Ruger M77 or the Winchester M70. All were GREAT deer rifles.

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from sidehillgouger wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

never seen a tar-hunt or mannlicher in the maine northwoods. winchester 64's, 70's, 88's & 94's; savage 99's, remington 740's, 742's & 760's were the norm. occasionally you'd see a mongrel winchester '71 or 1895, marlin 336, smle .303 or ruger 44 or 77. i think you missed the mark by not including the fast handling, light carrying, near or long shooting little remington model 7. teamed with the 7mm-08 round, it is the ultimate modern deer hunting rifle.

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from OVER-60 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

SELDOM DO I RESPOND TO THE SO-CALLED EXPERTS OPINIONS ON HUNTING OR EQUIPMENT FOR I UNDERSTAND THEY ARE PAID TO WRITE AND SOMTIMES THERE ARTICLES ARE DICTATED BY A HIGHER SOURCE. HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON THE ARTICLE ENTILED " BEST 10 DEER RIFLES EVER PRODUCED " GIVE ME A BREAK GUYS , YOU SHOULD HAVE SAID " BEST 10 OF YESTERYEAR " TODAYS OFFERING OF RIFLES LEAVES MOST OF YOUR PICKS IN THE DUST . DONT GET ME WRONG , YOUR PICKS WERE ABSOLUTELY SOME OF THE BEST FOR YOUR FATHER OR PERHAPS YOUR GRANDFATHER BUT MODERNERZATION HAS PRODUCED WAY YONDER BETTER EQUIPMENT FOR TODAYS HUNTERS. AND THATS THE WAY IT IS AND SHOULD BE . KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK .

AN OLD TIMER

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from i4hunting wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

#4 Remington's 760 "Gamemaster" in .270 with 130gr Nosler Partitions that's what I have taken most all mine with.Two Bou in Canada's Ungava and a 14" spread West Virginia 9pt Buck.At ranges over 250 yards.Like her because she pumps fast like a shotgun,and keeps your point of aim while you work her.

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from tonynhtown wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I think Petzal wrote this article to demonstrate that people actually read his work! The responses will be used to justify a pay increase!

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from czyburt wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

What about the Winchester 70...? The Savage 110...?

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Useful information.

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from ChandlerV1997 wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

All of them are great guns

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from tach0412 wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

How about the 03-A3 Springfield rifle, manufactured by Remington in .30-06. My dad has been knocking down white-tails since I can remember with this wonderful gun. I've smoked a few myself with it.

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from edharold wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

You can't have a best list not including the Winchester M70 or the Remington 700.

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from Tom in Missouri wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

Winchester Model 94 was the first gun I ever bought. Got it at a pawn shop for $50. Used it for 20 years.
Last year I had the honor of shooting a whitetail buck with a Model 94 I inherited. My great-grandfather bought the gun in 1901 while sherrif of DeSoto County, MS. Long hexagon barrell, metal butt plate, it kicks like a mule and bites like a crocadile. Other than sighting in before season, it was the first time shot in decades. Performed like it was brand new. Best deer season I've had in years.
Gave the pawn shop gun to my new hunting buddy, my 13 year old son. He shot his first deer with it.

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from New Age Bubba wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

This must be a list that was compiled over a three martini lunch!

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from dasmith wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

I got my Winchester 94 30-30 for my first year of deer hunting. Now I usually carry a Ruger .44 semiauto, its lightweight, short and easy to carry. Just bought the newer version with the 4 shot mag. Another of the Best Whitetail rifles! I did expect to see some semiauto rifles.

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from dtownley wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

My Gram left me her 99/.300, a salesman that had to have my business sold me a 600/6.5RM for a song, and I picked up a 336/.35Rem that had a butcher worked trigger(looks like BROCKMANS may get some work). I still kick myself over not picking a 94/30-30 carbine that was offered 'cause it wasn't a Marlin and a beautiful Mannlicher in 06 W/set triggers because I shoot lefty.
THUNDARR SAV99/7-08 are out there.
OVr60 12yrs before I hit 60, the real good stuff is the old stuff, they have improved some of it and some they just charge us more for.
One other missed gem was a 99/358WIN wanted the fellas boat but he wanted to sell the rifle ?

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from edharold wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

This is more a list of somebody's favorites. For best production rifles you need to include the Winchester 70 and Remington 700 in 270 or 30-06.
Those close range guns mentioned can be fine in thick forest or brush but not in the open areas in the west. The rifles I mentioned can handle both and do so.

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from redjohn wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

My Dad traded for a deer rifle my first year of hunting (I'm 61 now.) so I would have my own to use. It happened to be a Savage model 99 (.308-Win,rotary magazine, gold trigger, near perfect condition). I still use that rifle today and it is STILL in that condition. I have never even considered another firearm for deer and elk. Additionally, I have the model 1894 Winchester my grandfather purchased (used) when he came to South Dakota to homestead around the turn of the last century. It still shoots accurately and effectively. You can imagine how I felt when I clicked on the first two "Best Whitetail Rifles Ever Made".

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from Justin Engelman wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

I agree with SOME of these guns, but I must say you didnt put a (now guys and girls dont yell at me) winchester 270 on there. That is my everything, go-to gun.

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from jmeerpohl wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

I own and hunt with the Winchesters in 94 and 71, in 32 Special and 348 Win. I also have a 94 in 30-30 that I is designedl ike the Model 64, and set up in scout rifle mode.I think the BLR I own in 358 Winchester is as good deer rifle as listed and maybe better than several on David's list.For whitetail, I like fast handling, quick to point rifles, that have about 2400 foot lbs of energy at the muzzle so the 32-35 calibers in lever actions fill those charachteristics well.

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from westjoel@sbcglo... wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

I recieved a Model 99 from my uncle that belomged to his son who died from cancer at age 21. Before his death, he hunted and fished in the hilss of New Hampshire taking 9 deer with the "99" I had just bought a Winchester 94 the day before getting the 99. After sighting in both at our rifle range,(Grafton Cty F&G Club) the 94 was sold and the 99 went hunting with me. Chambered in Sav..303 it was easy to get ammo in N.H. but not many other NE States. My son has the rifle now and it will be passed down to his son as that was the "agreement" for it to stay in the family. Thanks for the article.

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from Daniel Allison wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

If you run across a Remington 600 or a 660 take it to a good gunsmith to check the trigger. All of these guns were recalled by Remington and taken off the market in about 1972 if memory serves me well. The triggers were faulty and if you pulled the trigger while the safety was engaged it would fire when the safety was released. I had it happen to me. Some would fire when it recieved a bump on the butt plate after the safety was released. You would be well advised to replace the factory trigger if it is still on the weapon.

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from rdu-hunter wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I grew up with this gun in the pre-sixtyfour format, but I have to agree with Mr. Wallen above that the post sixtyfour version still makes this a mighty fine rifle for the average man or American boy whitetail deer or other fairly large game within moderate range. I still use mine and wouldn't think of giving it up.

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from jhjimbo wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

i have used a lot of them over the years. the 94 in the early years, then stepped up to the remington 742. Probably shot more deer with my ithica mod 37 12ga. than any other. I had the 99RS in .300 but sold it because i am left handed and the safety was set up on the lever for right handed.
Other honorary mention i have had are the browning BLR(Belgian) in .308 - sweet. The Marlin .444 and marlin 450 mag. My weatherby V .300 is now in a synthetic stock and still shoots great. A new addition is a remington 7400 carbine in -06 - easy to carry all day.
My top shelf rifle was a steyr manlicher left hand -06, set triggers, with a swarovski 2.2 X 9. Did not really need one like that so i sold it.
Most accurate i have ever had was a mauser model 3000 left hand in .280. With my reloads i shot five rounds at 50 yards in a .380" group. still have the target hanging on the wall.
Go to rifle this year is the Remington 7400 carbine in 30-06 and for shotgun hunting will be my Browning BPS 12ga with leupold 2-7.

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from Michael Shepard wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

This is the MOST interesting rifle I own...a Model 71.the fitted parts are exceptional, and the wood is very good....I handload so the rifle is at its optimum for power. it swings like a dream, points as natural as a traditonal bow...and will kill anything on the NA Continent..a true keepsake of a by-gone era in the good old USA..and mine has the factory peep, and sling..

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from royrogers wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I started out when I was 13 or 14 hunting with a Marlin 30/30, but for the past 35 or so years I hunt with a Remington Model 742 Woodsmaster 30.06 that I would not take for. I do not understand why it is not on the list.

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from Noah Prail wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Very nice list.

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from Dave Rohde wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Really pleased to see Marlin's 1895G on your list and still kicking myself to this day for selling mine-esp. after the intro. of the new line of extended range ammo! Damn. I miss that rifle! On my 'next to buy list'...again.

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from deadeyedick wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

My first real deer rifle was a model 99 in .308 win. I worker all summer at a mink ranch to buy that rifle which of course, cost $99.99 Since then I have bought two more, both in .300 savage. Last October a good friend of mine passed away and he left me a very fine 94 winchester in 32 special. Both of the 300 savages are from the early fifties and so is the 94 winchester. Probably the best fast handling short rifle for the eastern woods. I plan to use it this fall in Pennsylvania. Very good choices for the TOP TEN. I was glad to see you put the Tar hunt slugrifle in there, Ohio, where I reside is slugs only and like you said the TAR HUNT cannot be beat altho mine is based on the rem 870

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from John Martynski wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

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from John Martynski wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

Sorry about that. I think you have made several good choices for some of the best deer rifles and I know that everyone has a favorite, but I think you missed a couple of great choices. One being the Remington 742 and the other the Browning BAR, I think they are both classic rifles for deer. Having grown up in New York, and hunted the Tug Hill and Adirondeck area for many years, most of the men and their sons shot the 742 or the BAR, that's why I bought one to use when I was old enough to buy my own gun. Like I said, I'm sure everyone has a favorite and you can't list them all, and I have a Winchester 30-30, a Marlin 30-30 and a Marlin 45-70, but I still love my 742 and my BAR.

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from coosabass2012 wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

I love my 1974 built Winchester 94 in .30/30. I prefer it for the woods I hunt, rarely seeing a deer even 100 yards away. Other guns have their place but, if I could only choose one, this would be it.

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from jb59215 wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Speaking from open and rolling prairie and farm land of Western ND and Eastern Mt.I agree with most of what has been said for short visibility hunts. Out here varmint calibers have as much popularity in extending the barrels and distance as the larger thirty calipers and faster magnums. Which have brought not only four hundred yards and beyond as common kill shots. Big and slow is rarely seen in the back window of the farm pickups of the big sky country. With all that said, rarely do I have a need to exceed two hundred yards for any of the species hunted here. But I do have the ability and confidence to go further if needed.

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from coosabass2012 wrote 45 weeks 2 days ago

I love my Winchester '94 in .30-30. It's a 1974 build model but it shoots great. Tried it with a side-mount scope, hated it, put the scope on another rifle and just use the iron sights.

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from Gem Gram wrote 40 weeks 6 days ago

Clearly an article that is guaranteed to cause some people to shake their head in disbelief. The Remington 742 and 7400 certainly has unbelievable advantages in many more minds than a 7600; or ANY of those levers. And leaving Model 700 Remington rifles and Winchester 70's off in all their many forms certainly will raise an eye brow or two.

As for caliber, the 30-06 is clearly the choice for any of those rifles I just mentioned. Chosen as the BEST long range caliber, as well as the best short range caliber. Actually the best caliber ever made in my opinion (and clearly a whole lot of other people)! If God had decreed that no other caliber would be made after 1903 we would already have the one that will clearly do anything that all those that came after would honestly do. Sure some nut might want to shoot a deer at 2000 yards just for bragging rights but really, I mean really. I have rifles in about any thing someone can imagine but if I really intend to kill something I take a 30-06.

And someone who knows how to handle one can shoot it out of a bolt gun at about the same speed as that pump gun; and a hell of a lot faster than most levers. So clearly David let prejudice get away in that title. It should have started in all caps, bold print "IN MY OPINION:"

Actually the best deer rifle in the world is a Nikko Golden Eagle in 3006. :-) Since I shot about 40 deer with one and never pulled the trigger on a deer with it with intent that the deer did not die. I shot deer with other rifles and a shotgun but nothing was ever as "Good" as that best of all deer rifles, "Lucy Mae the Zen Rifle". "IN MY OPINION" of course:-)

Gem

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from Gem Gram wrote 40 weeks 6 days ago

Clearly an article that is guaranteed to cause some people to shake their head in disbelief. The Remington 742 and 7400 certainly has unbelievable advantages in many more minds than a 7600; or ANY of those levers. And leaving Model 700 Remington rifles and Winchester 70's off in all their many forms certainly will raise an eye brow or two.

As for caliber, the 30-06 is clearly the choice for any of those rifles I just mentioned. Chosen as the BEST long range caliber, as well as the best short range caliber. Actually the best caliber ever made in my opinion (and clearly a whole lot of other people)! If God had decreed that no other caliber would be made after 1903 we would already have the one that will clearly do anything that all those that came after would honestly do. Sure some nut might want to shoot a deer at 2000 yards just for bragging rights but really, I mean really. I have rifles in about any thing someone can imagine but if I really intend to kill something I take a 30-06.

And someone who knows how to handle one can shoot it out of a bolt gun at about the same speed as that pump gun; and a hell of a lot faster than most levers. So clearly David let prejudice get away in that title. It should have started in all caps, bold print "IN MY OPINION:"

Actually the best deer rifle in the world is a Nikko Golden Eagle in 3006. :-) Since I shot about 40 deer with one and never pulled the trigger on a deer with it with intent that the deer did not die. I shot deer with other rifles and a shotgun but nothing was ever as "Good" as that best of all deer rifles, "Lucy Mae the Zen Rifle". "IN MY OPINION" of course:-)

Gem

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from zack1216 wrote 26 weeks 4 days ago

Model 94, Best gun I've laid my hands on. I currently have 2, both pre-64's a '32 and a '56. Both Work good as new. Tack driver and a deer killer. Have nothing but good things to say about this gun. Outlived my Grandfather, sure will outlive my great-grandson!

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from Waco wrote 25 weeks 6 days ago

Winchester model 94 is definitely on the top of my list, however that picture is NOT of a M94...

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from Threedraw3 wrote 25 weeks 6 days ago

Remington 7 mm-08. At 200 yards the bullet drops 1/8th of 1 inch.

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from Tom Schiff wrote 21 weeks 1 day ago

Holy blind spot. How can you not have the rifle that has shot the 2nd most deer - only trailing the 30-30. That is the Springfield 03 - 30.06 - the American Mauser. Great rifle - proven in battle and in the woods.

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from Tom Schiff wrote 21 weeks 1 day ago

Holy blind spot. How can you not have the rifle that has shot the 2nd most deer - only trailing the 30-30. That is the Springfield 03 - 30.06 - the American Mauser. Great rifle - proven in battle and in the woods.

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from Timber Ghost wrote 20 weeks 18 hours ago

Savage 99 - YES........ Winchester 94 - YES............. but, you mention the 7600 without a mention of the 7400?? You mention the Model 71 ( which is only chambered in 1configuration) but you didn't mention the Model 64? You mentioned a custom beanfield rifle but didnt mention one of the most widely used and trusted actions, the Remington 700. Although I enjoy the list mine looks more like this, in no particular order.

Savage 99
Winchester 94
Remington 700
Winchester 70
Winchester 88
Winchester 100
Marlin 336
Ruger 77
Remington 7600
Remington 7400

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from Timber Ghost wrote 20 weeks 18 hours ago

Savage 99 - YES........ Winchester 94 - YES............. but, you mention the 7600 without a mention of the 7400?? You mention the Model 71 ( which is only chambered in 1configuration) but you didn't mention the Model 64? You mentioned a custom beanfield rifle but didnt mention one of the most widely used and trusted actions, the Remington 700. Although I enjoy the list mine looks more like this, in no particular order.

Savage 99
Winchester 94
Remington 700
Winchester 70
Winchester 88
Winchester 100
Marlin 336
Ruger 77
Remington 7600
Remington 7400

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from ChaseDillon wrote 16 weeks 2 hours ago

Savage are by far the best deer rifles of all time in my book. I've never seen anything more accurate and dependable than a savage. Granted there maybe some rifles better at one thing savage and to be the best overall.

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from Miss bee wrote 11 weeks 22 hours ago

I have a 760 gamemaster 30-06. If you don't work the action hard enough when shooting at a deer, the empty casing jams with the next bullet going into the chamber. I had this happen more than one time and one time when I missed with the first shot ,and with the rifle jammed, the buck just walked away!

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from Miss bee wrote 11 weeks 21 hours ago

You must, of course, take the clip out to unjam a 760 gamemaster and by that time the deer is gone. But I have shot 34 deer with it since 1971, most with open sights. One of my other favorites is a marlin model 1894 in .44 mag using the flex tipped bullet. Great little rifle. I have one with a scope and one without a scope. Hunting the same great woods in Pennsylvania since 1969. When I die, can't think of a better place to be.

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from Miss bee wrote 11 weeks 21 hours ago

You must, of course, take the clip out to unjam a 760 gamemaster and by that time the deer is gone. But I have shot 34 deer with it since 1971, most with open sights. One of my other favorites is a marlin model 1894 in .44 mag using the flex tipped bullet. Great little rifle. I have one with a scope and one without a scope. Hunting the same great woods in Pennsylvania since 1969. When I die, can't think of a better place to be.

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from ShowMe2 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

C'mon Dave...a rifle you shoot in a bean field and a shotgun in the 10 best RIFLE list.

How about the 2 most popular bolt actions ever produced? I'll give you a hint...a Mannlicher is NOT one of them.

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from jamisrdr wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

My pop died when I was youn leaving me a Savage Model 99 in .308 and my Uncle recently had surgery leaving him unable to shoot shouldered firearms (he's now using a pistol, of course) letting me buy a few of his guns, including a Remington 760 in .300 sav. a few months ago. Then I get the Dec/Jan issue of F&S and on page 94 are these 2 at #1 and #4 respectively. Guess those old farts knew a thing or 2 on choosing Whitetail rifles. Thanks for the article.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Where are all the bolt guns? Come on Dave, no 70s, 700, or 77s??? Wow, and a 600??? Good lord how long did that one last 20 years with miserable sales?
I do like the guide gun in 45-70 though that is a little powerhouse and fun to shoot.

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from poleski wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

guys,everyone has what i call the gun they were raised on.that usually is your gun of guns.the f&s list is that editors personal picks.my list is based on the guns that i still think are worth owning on a middle class budget.1)remington 760.2)winchester model 70.3)winchester 94.4)marlin 336.5)savage 99.6)remington 700.7)ruger m77.8)tc icon.9)browning bar.10)just for you guy from ohio 870 remington rifle slud.and that is only my personal picks

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from theBassMaster wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Great list. That Mannlicher Schoenauer is a thing of beauty.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Hard to beat a lever gun in the deer woods, Savage 99 or other wise. I lament all the 99's I let slip by over the years. Most all were bargains at the time, especially a .358 Winchester with a rotary magazine whose owner couldn't find ammo for it and complained about recoil. There was also a great little .250 Savage...

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Lets not forget the Savage Model 99!

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

A good list over all, I would have liked to have seen the Remington model 700 listed in the top 10. Some of the guns are a little out there in price but over all not bad.

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from Taylor Fitzpatrick wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Good list would to better with more information on the guns though.

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from markpangler@aol.com wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

I'm glad that the model 94 made it into the top ten deer rifles, the model 94 rifle that I use is in the 44 mag. caliber, it's light and easy to carry through thich brush and nasty terrain. And it pack's a wollop.

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from hickboy518 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Modle 94 and marlin 336 that all i go near the woods with for a rifle

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from fisherus wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Oh boy, here goes the old spoon stirring the crap again. If you want to get a hunter fired up, don't include his favorite gun in the article writer's top ten list.
I really wonder just how many of the guns on his list he's actually shot. It appears to me that he plagerized a list out of a 1955 Outdoor Life article.
With the recent past 15 years of bullet and powder developement, why would one continue on stating the top ten are only the ones that Great Grandpa shot?
I will say again, and hold to it, that the best gun a hunter can kill an animal with expediently is the one he shoots well. The shot placement and the ability of the firearm and shooter to put it in the vitals is the most important factor over anyone's top ten list.
Also, I agree with many of you responding to this article. There are definately some very exceptional guns missing from this list.

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from edharold wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

This is more a list of somebody's favorites. For best production rifles you need to include the Winchester 70 and Remington 700 in 270 or 30-06.
Those close range guns mentioned can be fine in thick forest or brush but not in the open areas in the west. The rifles I mentioned can handle both and do so.

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from peter wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

i have always loved wincester 94. i wish i had one, the has a great hold and feel to it

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

The Springfield 30-06 03-A3, the forgotten one!

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from Jesse wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

the windcester 94 was my ferst deer rifle as a kid and i just bought another one last week thay have the best feel to them of any deer rifle iv ever held in my hands

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from yukonjack wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Let's not forget the Ruger Model 77 (.308) or the good old 45/70 Trapdoor. How many whitetails were harvested for subsistance during the 1800's to the 1930's?
Cheers

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from Dale Hayden wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Trimming the spring in the trigger assemble carefully made the rem 760 very satisfactory!

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from duckslayerz71 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I would have to agree about the model 94 winchester but I'm disapointed that the model 70 didn''t make the list

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from Bigbuck14 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

YOu guys no what is a good deer gun 700 ultra bolt that is a good deer gun it kicks hard though

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

I think that you should have mentioned the marlin 1894 44 magnum. I don't think it would be worth the light-loading to hunt deer with a 45/70.

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from Deep Shit wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

The country I come from, doesnt allow any kind of "self defence weapons", The government has PC'ed their backbone out!....they will only allow hunting weapons IF you observe very strict rules, and in fact will only let you do a class for your firearm licence IF you pass various state security tests (much like those imposed on possible terrorists entering the country from abroad)
...so I can only comment very vaguely based on my limited experience.... But am an avid big game fisherman/and would be hunter... I think the pics are great. but wonder if the guns are a little dated??... surely there are more modern/efficient weapons available that may not yet have had time enough to be proven to joe public based on historical reputation???..."I cant know without the comments of experience from blokes like you"
I have had the absolute pleasure to visit a bloody beautiful part of the world known as northern California, and while there, was able to shoot almost any kind of rifle I could think of,at almost anything I cared to... some dating all the way back to the "Sharps" era right up to fairly modern rifles/handguns... The opinion I have, is that though the older types of guns are about the most fun you can have in the vertical position...."that is without commenting on the fact that they are by far the most elegant of their kind to look at and handle"... but just as with cars, the more modern.... surely has to be the most efficient?...and if not?.... "in the respect of accuracy"... the most satisfying to work with??... I am just not in it to shoot a whitetail at 1400 yards, much like I am with fishing, "I would rather catch and release"... for me, its all about tecnique... "If I know I can bag it, thats enough for me" (unless I am looking at sharks or coyotes.)... Deep Shit. ... he he

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from rserwe44 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

i really like this article but i see no point in a blaze orange gun

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from rserwe44 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

i really like this article but i see no point in a blaze orange gun

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from Seth Sell wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I just bought a Ruger M77 Hawkeye International, it has the full mannlicher style stock but sadly not the butter knife bolt handle. It still points wonderfully and has a nice light feel to it though.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

What about the Ruger "DeerField" 44mag? You can't beat that for a brushgun. Or the Reamington 700 or The Ruger M77 or the Winchester M70. All were GREAT deer rifles.

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from OVER-60 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

SELDOM DO I RESPOND TO THE SO-CALLED EXPERTS OPINIONS ON HUNTING OR EQUIPMENT FOR I UNDERSTAND THEY ARE PAID TO WRITE AND SOMTIMES THERE ARTICLES ARE DICTATED BY A HIGHER SOURCE. HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON THE ARTICLE ENTILED " BEST 10 DEER RIFLES EVER PRODUCED " GIVE ME A BREAK GUYS , YOU SHOULD HAVE SAID " BEST 10 OF YESTERYEAR " TODAYS OFFERING OF RIFLES LEAVES MOST OF YOUR PICKS IN THE DUST . DONT GET ME WRONG , YOUR PICKS WERE ABSOLUTELY SOME OF THE BEST FOR YOUR FATHER OR PERHAPS YOUR GRANDFATHER BUT MODERNERZATION HAS PRODUCED WAY YONDER BETTER EQUIPMENT FOR TODAYS HUNTERS. AND THATS THE WAY IT IS AND SHOULD BE . KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK .

AN OLD TIMER

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from tonynhtown wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I think Petzal wrote this article to demonstrate that people actually read his work! The responses will be used to justify a pay increase!

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from czyburt wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

What about the Winchester 70...? The Savage 110...?

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from ChandlerV1997 wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

All of them are great guns

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from tach0412 wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

How about the 03-A3 Springfield rifle, manufactured by Remington in .30-06. My dad has been knocking down white-tails since I can remember with this wonderful gun. I've smoked a few myself with it.

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from Tom Schiff wrote 21 weeks 1 day ago

Holy blind spot. How can you not have the rifle that has shot the 2nd most deer - only trailing the 30-30. That is the Springfield 03 - 30.06 - the American Mauser. Great rifle - proven in battle and in the woods.

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from Miss bee wrote 11 weeks 22 hours ago

I have a 760 gamemaster 30-06. If you don't work the action hard enough when shooting at a deer, the empty casing jams with the next bullet going into the chamber. I had this happen more than one time and one time when I missed with the first shot ,and with the rifle jammed, the buck just walked away!

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from Thundarr wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

The uncle who taught me most of what I know about hunting carried a '60s era model 99 in .300 Savage. It has iron sights and the rotary magazine, and it still shoots like a dream. If I were building my ideal whitetail rifle, it would be a model 99 in 7mm-08.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I believe many of us can recall the rifles we should NEVER have sold, and I can generate a list of my own. Among them, a Savage 99 in .250 Savage, sold in lean times to address other priorities. I don't disagree with any of the choices illustrated, though I'd generate a different list based on other preferences, but I won't disagree with any of these.

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from thewoodenduck wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Excellent list. I would suggest an honorable mention to the .257 Roberts by BSA.

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from buckslayer33 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

the winchester model 94 is probably the most versitle rifle in the bunch. at close range a 30.30 will take down most everything in north america and the winchester action is very relaible one rifle that i can not believe didn`t make the cut is the remington model 700

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from jwallen wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

The model 64 Winchester was a blend of the 94 action and the style of the 71. It still is the rifle I choose when the distance is 150 yards or less. The accuracy is good but hampered by the open sights and trajectory. A good peep sight and the LeverEvolution ammo will stretch that another 100 yards. Part of the experience is the feeling of tradition and the Winchester is the lever action deer rifle. I would hunt with any of the 10 and each has it's place. Let's check in 100 years and see what is still here.

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from shane wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

there is a 3 generation model 1899 in .300 savage sitting in my safe, calling to me every night. when it finally lets me sleep, i dream about flattening a lion with a 7600 in .35 whelen. speaking of africa, that 660 in .350 would be pretty handy-dandy there.

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from buckslayer33 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

what i want to know is where is the remigton model 700.

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from Griz wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

could or should you use a 300 win mag for deer hunting. I'm new to hunting and my buddy said if want just one gun get a 300 win mag it will be good for every thing including deer. What are your thoughts on this ?. Thanks Griz.

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from Huntandtrap09 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

agree with rserwe

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from Huntandtrap09 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

i love that savage

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from BigWoodsHunter57 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Great story...some people forget that it doesnt take a custom made 6,000 dollar to kill large or medium size game...Some of the most successful hunters I know (some of which have passed on) hunt with used and abused level actions in calibers like 30-30. Today no one would "recommend" this caliber for large game like moose, but I dont know how many people I know that have killed moose in this caliber. Regardless of your rifle...SHOT PLACEMENT!!

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from buddyboy564 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

the win. model 100 should be on there

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Pretty cool. Too bad about the Remington 600, 660, and the Winchester '71. They looked like they would have been nice deer guns.

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from i4hunting wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

#4 Remington's 760 "Gamemaster" in .270 with 130gr Nosler Partitions that's what I have taken most all mine with.Two Bou in Canada's Ungava and a 14" spread West Virginia 9pt Buck.At ranges over 250 yards.Like her because she pumps fast like a shotgun,and keeps your point of aim while you work her.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

Useful information.

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from edharold wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

You can't have a best list not including the Winchester M70 or the Remington 700.

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from Tom in Missouri wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

Winchester Model 94 was the first gun I ever bought. Got it at a pawn shop for $50. Used it for 20 years.
Last year I had the honor of shooting a whitetail buck with a Model 94 I inherited. My great-grandfather bought the gun in 1901 while sherrif of DeSoto County, MS. Long hexagon barrell, metal butt plate, it kicks like a mule and bites like a crocadile. Other than sighting in before season, it was the first time shot in decades. Performed like it was brand new. Best deer season I've had in years.
Gave the pawn shop gun to my new hunting buddy, my 13 year old son. He shot his first deer with it.

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from New Age Bubba wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

This must be a list that was compiled over a three martini lunch!

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from dasmith wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

I got my Winchester 94 30-30 for my first year of deer hunting. Now I usually carry a Ruger .44 semiauto, its lightweight, short and easy to carry. Just bought the newer version with the 4 shot mag. Another of the Best Whitetail rifles! I did expect to see some semiauto rifles.

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from dtownley wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

My Gram left me her 99/.300, a salesman that had to have my business sold me a 600/6.5RM for a song, and I picked up a 336/.35Rem that had a butcher worked trigger(looks like BROCKMANS may get some work). I still kick myself over not picking a 94/30-30 carbine that was offered 'cause it wasn't a Marlin and a beautiful Mannlicher in 06 W/set triggers because I shoot lefty.
THUNDARR SAV99/7-08 are out there.
OVr60 12yrs before I hit 60, the real good stuff is the old stuff, they have improved some of it and some they just charge us more for.
One other missed gem was a 99/358WIN wanted the fellas boat but he wanted to sell the rifle ?

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from redjohn wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

My Dad traded for a deer rifle my first year of hunting (I'm 61 now.) so I would have my own to use. It happened to be a Savage model 99 (.308-Win,rotary magazine, gold trigger, near perfect condition). I still use that rifle today and it is STILL in that condition. I have never even considered another firearm for deer and elk. Additionally, I have the model 1894 Winchester my grandfather purchased (used) when he came to South Dakota to homestead around the turn of the last century. It still shoots accurately and effectively. You can imagine how I felt when I clicked on the first two "Best Whitetail Rifles Ever Made".

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from Justin Engelman wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

I agree with SOME of these guns, but I must say you didnt put a (now guys and girls dont yell at me) winchester 270 on there. That is my everything, go-to gun.

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from jmeerpohl wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

I own and hunt with the Winchesters in 94 and 71, in 32 Special and 348 Win. I also have a 94 in 30-30 that I is designedl ike the Model 64, and set up in scout rifle mode.I think the BLR I own in 358 Winchester is as good deer rifle as listed and maybe better than several on David's list.For whitetail, I like fast handling, quick to point rifles, that have about 2400 foot lbs of energy at the muzzle so the 32-35 calibers in lever actions fill those charachteristics well.

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from westjoel@sbcglo... wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

I recieved a Model 99 from my uncle that belomged to his son who died from cancer at age 21. Before his death, he hunted and fished in the hilss of New Hampshire taking 9 deer with the "99" I had just bought a Winchester 94 the day before getting the 99. After sighting in both at our rifle range,(Grafton Cty F&G Club) the 94 was sold and the 99 went hunting with me. Chambered in Sav..303 it was easy to get ammo in N.H. but not many other NE States. My son has the rifle now and it will be passed down to his son as that was the "agreement" for it to stay in the family. Thanks for the article.

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from Daniel Allison wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

If you run across a Remington 600 or a 660 take it to a good gunsmith to check the trigger. All of these guns were recalled by Remington and taken off the market in about 1972 if memory serves me well. The triggers were faulty and if you pulled the trigger while the safety was engaged it would fire when the safety was released. I had it happen to me. Some would fire when it recieved a bump on the butt plate after the safety was released. You would be well advised to replace the factory trigger if it is still on the weapon.

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from rdu-hunter wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I grew up with this gun in the pre-sixtyfour format, but I have to agree with Mr. Wallen above that the post sixtyfour version still makes this a mighty fine rifle for the average man or American boy whitetail deer or other fairly large game within moderate range. I still use mine and wouldn't think of giving it up.

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from jhjimbo wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

i have used a lot of them over the years. the 94 in the early years, then stepped up to the remington 742. Probably shot more deer with my ithica mod 37 12ga. than any other. I had the 99RS in .300 but sold it because i am left handed and the safety was set up on the lever for right handed.
Other honorary mention i have had are the browning BLR(Belgian) in .308 - sweet. The Marlin .444 and marlin 450 mag. My weatherby V .300 is now in a synthetic stock and still shoots great. A new addition is a remington 7400 carbine in -06 - easy to carry all day.
My top shelf rifle was a steyr manlicher left hand -06, set triggers, with a swarovski 2.2 X 9. Did not really need one like that so i sold it.
Most accurate i have ever had was a mauser model 3000 left hand in .280. With my reloads i shot five rounds at 50 yards in a .380" group. still have the target hanging on the wall.
Go to rifle this year is the Remington 7400 carbine in 30-06 and for shotgun hunting will be my Browning BPS 12ga with leupold 2-7.

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from Michael Shepard wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

This is the MOST interesting rifle I own...a Model 71.the fitted parts are exceptional, and the wood is very good....I handload so the rifle is at its optimum for power. it swings like a dream, points as natural as a traditonal bow...and will kill anything on the NA Continent..a true keepsake of a by-gone era in the good old USA..and mine has the factory peep, and sling..

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from royrogers wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I started out when I was 13 or 14 hunting with a Marlin 30/30, but for the past 35 or so years I hunt with a Remington Model 742 Woodsmaster 30.06 that I would not take for. I do not understand why it is not on the list.

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from Noah Prail wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Very nice list.

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from Dave Rohde wrote 2 years 1 week ago

Really pleased to see Marlin's 1895G on your list and still kicking myself to this day for selling mine-esp. after the intro. of the new line of extended range ammo! Damn. I miss that rifle! On my 'next to buy list'...again.

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from deadeyedick wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

My first real deer rifle was a model 99 in .308 win. I worker all summer at a mink ranch to buy that rifle which of course, cost $99.99 Since then I have bought two more, both in .300 savage. Last October a good friend of mine passed away and he left me a very fine 94 winchester in 32 special. Both of the 300 savages are from the early fifties and so is the 94 winchester. Probably the best fast handling short rifle for the eastern woods. I plan to use it this fall in Pennsylvania. Very good choices for the TOP TEN. I was glad to see you put the Tar hunt slugrifle in there, Ohio, where I reside is slugs only and like you said the TAR HUNT cannot be beat altho mine is based on the rem 870

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from John Martynski wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

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from John Martynski wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

Sorry about that. I think you have made several good choices for some of the best deer rifles and I know that everyone has a favorite, but I think you missed a couple of great choices. One being the Remington 742 and the other the Browning BAR, I think they are both classic rifles for deer. Having grown up in New York, and hunted the Tug Hill and Adirondeck area for many years, most of the men and their sons shot the 742 or the BAR, that's why I bought one to use when I was old enough to buy my own gun. Like I said, I'm sure everyone has a favorite and you can't list them all, and I have a Winchester 30-30, a Marlin 30-30 and a Marlin 45-70, but I still love my 742 and my BAR.

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from coosabass2012 wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

I love my 1974 built Winchester 94 in .30/30. I prefer it for the woods I hunt, rarely seeing a deer even 100 yards away. Other guns have their place but, if I could only choose one, this would be it.

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from jb59215 wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Speaking from open and rolling prairie and farm land of Western ND and Eastern Mt.I agree with most of what has been said for short visibility hunts. Out here varmint calibers have as much popularity in extending the barrels and distance as the larger thirty calipers and faster magnums. Which have brought not only four hundred yards and beyond as common kill shots. Big and slow is rarely seen in the back window of the farm pickups of the big sky country. With all that said, rarely do I have a need to exceed two hundred yards for any of the species hunted here. But I do have the ability and confidence to go further if needed.

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from coosabass2012 wrote 45 weeks 2 days ago

I love my Winchester '94 in .30-30. It's a 1974 build model but it shoots great. Tried it with a side-mount scope, hated it, put the scope on another rifle and just use the iron sights.

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from Gem Gram wrote 40 weeks 6 days ago

Clearly an article that is guaranteed to cause some people to shake their head in disbelief. The Remington 742 and 7400 certainly has unbelievable advantages in many more minds than a 7600; or ANY of those levers. And leaving Model 700 Remington rifles and Winchester 70's off in all their many forms certainly will raise an eye brow or two.

As for caliber, the 30-06 is clearly the choice for any of those rifles I just mentioned. Chosen as the BEST long range caliber, as well as the best short range caliber. Actually the best caliber ever made in my opinion (and clearly a whole lot of other people)! If God had decreed that no other caliber would be made after 1903 we would already have the one that will clearly do anything that all those that came after would honestly do. Sure some nut might want to shoot a deer at 2000 yards just for bragging rights but really, I mean really. I have rifles in about any thing someone can imagine but if I really intend to kill something I take a 30-06.

And someone who knows how to handle one can shoot it out of a bolt gun at about the same speed as that pump gun; and a hell of a lot faster than most levers. So clearly David let prejudice get away in that title. It should have started in all caps, bold print "IN MY OPINION:"

Actually the best deer rifle in the world is a Nikko Golden Eagle in 3006. :-) Since I shot about 40 deer with one and never pulled the trigger on a deer with it with intent that the deer did not die. I shot deer with other rifles and a shotgun but nothing was ever as "Good" as that best of all deer rifles, "Lucy Mae the Zen Rifle". "IN MY OPINION" of course:-)

Gem

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from Gem Gram wrote 40 weeks 6 days ago

Clearly an article that is guaranteed to cause some people to shake their head in disbelief. The Remington 742 and 7400 certainly has unbelievable advantages in many more minds than a 7600; or ANY of those levers. And leaving Model 700 Remington rifles and Winchester 70's off in all their many forms certainly will raise an eye brow or two.

As for caliber, the 30-06 is clearly the choice for any of those rifles I just mentioned. Chosen as the BEST long range caliber, as well as the best short range caliber. Actually the best caliber ever made in my opinion (and clearly a whole lot of other people)! If God had decreed that no other caliber would be made after 1903 we would already have the one that will clearly do anything that all those that came after would honestly do. Sure some nut might want to shoot a deer at 2000 yards just for bragging rights but really, I mean really. I have rifles in about any thing someone can imagine but if I really intend to kill something I take a 30-06.

And someone who knows how to handle one can shoot it out of a bolt gun at about the same speed as that pump gun; and a hell of a lot faster than most levers. So clearly David let prejudice get away in that title. It should have started in all caps, bold print "IN MY OPINION:"

Actually the best deer rifle in the world is a Nikko Golden Eagle in 3006. :-) Since I shot about 40 deer with one and never pulled the trigger on a deer with it with intent that the deer did not die. I shot deer with other rifles and a shotgun but nothing was ever as "Good" as that best of all deer rifles, "Lucy Mae the Zen Rifle". "IN MY OPINION" of course:-)

Gem

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from zack1216 wrote 26 weeks 4 days ago

Model 94, Best gun I've laid my hands on. I currently have 2, both pre-64's a '32 and a '56. Both Work good as new. Tack driver and a deer killer. Have nothing but good things to say about this gun. Outlived my Grandfather, sure will outlive my great-grandson!

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from Waco wrote 25 weeks 6 days ago

Winchester model 94 is definitely on the top of my list, however that picture is NOT of a M94...

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from Threedraw3 wrote 25 weeks 6 days ago

Remington 7 mm-08. At 200 yards the bullet drops 1/8th of 1 inch.

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from Tom Schiff wrote 21 weeks 1 day ago

Holy blind spot. How can you not have the rifle that has shot the 2nd most deer - only trailing the 30-30. That is the Springfield 03 - 30.06 - the American Mauser. Great rifle - proven in battle and in the woods.

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from Timber Ghost wrote 20 weeks 18 hours ago

Savage 99 - YES........ Winchester 94 - YES............. but, you mention the 7600 without a mention of the 7400?? You mention the Model 71 ( which is only chambered in 1configuration) but you didn't mention the Model 64? You mentioned a custom beanfield rifle but didnt mention one of the most widely used and trusted actions, the Remington 700. Although I enjoy the list mine looks more like this, in no particular order.

Savage 99
Winchester 94
Remington 700
Winchester 70
Winchester 88
Winchester 100
Marlin 336
Ruger 77
Remington 7600
Remington 7400

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from Timber Ghost wrote 20 weeks 18 hours ago

Savage 99 - YES........ Winchester 94 - YES............. but, you mention the 7600 without a mention of the 7400?? You mention the Model 71 ( which is only chambered in 1configuration) but you didn't mention the Model 64? You mentioned a custom beanfield rifle but didnt mention one of the most widely used and trusted actions, the Remington 700. Although I enjoy the list mine looks more like this, in no particular order.

Savage 99
Winchester 94
Remington 700
Winchester 70
Winchester 88
Winchester 100
Marlin 336
Ruger 77
Remington 7600
Remington 7400

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from ChaseDillon wrote 16 weeks 2 hours ago

Savage are by far the best deer rifles of all time in my book. I've never seen anything more accurate and dependable than a savage. Granted there maybe some rifles better at one thing savage and to be the best overall.

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from Miss bee wrote 11 weeks 21 hours ago

You must, of course, take the clip out to unjam a 760 gamemaster and by that time the deer is gone. But I have shot 34 deer with it since 1971, most with open sights. One of my other favorites is a marlin model 1894 in .44 mag using the flex tipped bullet. Great little rifle. I have one with a scope and one without a scope. Hunting the same great woods in Pennsylvania since 1969. When I die, can't think of a better place to be.

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from Miss bee wrote 11 weeks 21 hours ago

You must, of course, take the clip out to unjam a 760 gamemaster and by that time the deer is gone. But I have shot 34 deer with it since 1971, most with open sights. One of my other favorites is a marlin model 1894 in .44 mag using the flex tipped bullet. Great little rifle. I have one with a scope and one without a scope. Hunting the same great woods in Pennsylvania since 1969. When I die, can't think of a better place to be.

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

I think the savage model 99 should have been chambered in 444 marlin-would be a great elk rifle as well.

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from sidehillgouger wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

never seen a tar-hunt or mannlicher in the maine northwoods. winchester 64's, 70's, 88's & 94's; savage 99's, remington 740's, 742's & 760's were the norm. occasionally you'd see a mongrel winchester '71 or 1895, marlin 336, smle .303 or ruger 44 or 77. i think you missed the mark by not including the fast handling, light carrying, near or long shooting little remington model 7. teamed with the 7mm-08 round, it is the ultimate modern deer hunting rifle.

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from Whackdaddy wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I won't hunt with anything called a Man-Licker but thank you.

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