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Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite

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rbhuntn

10-12-2017 14:11:06




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Rifle and/or Handgun calibers or bow?

I use a 6.8SPC caliber rifle (120gr bullet) as my primary. 30-30 as my secondary (150gr bullet) and when I really want to reach way out there the old 30-06 (125-150gr bullet)

I also use a crossbow (shoulders will not let me use compound bow anymore)

When I use a handgun I prefer the 357 mag or 45 acp (yes I have killed a 6 point with a 45 for those that don't believe you can)

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SDE

10-13-2017 14:28:59




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
My brother gave me some bullets for my 7mm08. They have a plastic insert instead of lead. I think they are called Ballistic tip. They are longer than a bullet with lead in the copper jacket. I have had deer drop right where they were standing, without hitting shoulders or spine. I think the right bullet can may almost any caliber a favorite.



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gordosd

10-13-2017 09:14:40




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 .308 fwt. Bought new in 1960 for $95. Topped with same old 2x7x 35 leupold scope since 1988. For long range prairie deer the German .270 Weatherby I bought in Europe in 1963.



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Fred Werring

10-13-2017 09:02:01




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
For years, it was shotgun/muzzleloader only in Ohio.

Large caliber pistols became legal many years ago, but I can't hit the broad side of a barn from the inside with a pistol, so those were out.
Used a Remington 1100 with a smooth bore slug barrel
Then an 870 with a rifled choke tube...but decided those sabot shotgun slugs were too expensive for me.
Then a CVA break action muzzleloader in 50 cal
Few years ago, Ohio made straight walled cartridges legal, so now it's a Marlin 1894 lever action in 44 mag with a scope, cause my eyes can't see the rear sight, front sight, and the deer at the same time.

Fred

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Lazy WP

10-13-2017 06:41:23




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
I have shot more with my Savage 223. 4 years ago I got a buck at 600 yards with my M77 Ruger 7 mm. Biggest buck was taken with a 300 Win Mag



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Traditional Farmer

10-13-2017 05:58:59




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
Deer rifle is a Ruger 77M .257 Roberts.



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rrc300 u

10-12-2017 23:16:48




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
I like my 444 Marlin topped with a 2-7 scope. Puts down anything I've hit with it. Second choice 308 Remington 7600 with 3-9 burris scope. Put some hand loaded ammo in either one and go to the woods. The hand loads actually made either one a tack driver. Amazing what a little consistency with primer powder etc will do for any gun.



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mjbrown

10-12-2017 20:15:32




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
Wife used a 2000 Honda Civic. She bagged 11 in 10 years with it back in the aughts.



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544hydro

10-12-2017 20:02:43




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
I have been using my trusty 30-06 but this year I am going to try my new 7mm-08. Hope I like it.



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IA Roy

10-12-2017 19:44:59




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
ULTRADOG what is the smallest allowed in Mn these days. I was thinking it was .270 years ago (40). Maybe it was .243. Seems like a lot of new calibers since then.



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teddy52food

10-13-2017 05:58:39




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to IA Roy, 10-12-2017 19:44:59  
.223 was made legal a few years ago in Mn.



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Russ from MN

10-13-2017 05:56:45




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to IA Roy, 10-12-2017 19:44:59  
What firearms are legal for big game?
• At least .220 caliber and has centerfire ignition;
• Loaded only with single projectile ammunition;
• The projectile has a soft point or is an expanding bullet type;*
• Muzzleloaders (long gun or handgun) cannot be loaded at the breech
(muzzleloading revolvers are not legal for taking big game);
• Smooth-bore muzzleloader used must be at least .45 caliber
• Rifled muzzleloaders are at least .40 caliber;
• Muzzleloaders with scopes are legal during the regular firearms and
muzzleloader deer seasons.

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Ultradog MN

10-13-2017 04:39:29




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to IA Roy, 10-12-2017 19:44:59  
Hi Roy,
Well I just looked in the reg booklet and couldn't find it. I know it used to be .25 cal but that might have changed to anything with a center fire cartridge - .243, etc.
I used a 30 30 lever since HS till my eyes began to change so I bought the new rifle with a scope.
I still prefer iron sights. Don't like the scope.



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old

10-12-2017 21:51:38




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to IA Roy, 10-12-2017 19:44:59  
Here in Missouri any center fire round is legal for deer hunting. No grain limit as to bullet weight so a 25 caliber pistol is legal to hunt deer with but I know I sure would not try hunting a deer with it. Shoot I found an M1 carbine which is a 30 caliper is not real good for deer since it is a tad bit on the light side as for bullet grains



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Nick m

10-12-2017 17:46:21




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
I have an h+r single shot 20ga with a bull barrel. Remington 7400 30-06 (terrible gun but dad gave it to me) and a ruger super red hawk 44mag. Never shot at a deer with that, but it has tagged along a few times. Also have a 10pt crossbow. All get used, depends on area. Really like that 20ga. Lethal up to 150yds, easy to maintain and shoot.



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4520bw

10-12-2017 17:36:08




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
Well before the law was changed it was a Winchester model 13 12gauge, then rifles that shot "hand gun ammo" were legal i got a .458 socom on an AR lower. Now most rifles are legal I use a weatherby chambered for the .300 weatherby mag or a marlin .30-30



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stonerock

10-12-2017 17:10:24




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
use a 30-06, 180 gr sst, from the combine



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Briar Hill Brittanys

10-12-2017 16:56:30




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
Favorite rifle.... Browning BAR in .308, fed a handloaded 150 grain BTSP Speer bullet. Bow is PSE Nova.



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grayrider

10-12-2017 16:44:04




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  

For the last 8-10 years all I’ve deer hunted with are handguns, I have a stainless Thompson Encore pistol in 7mm-08, kill deer out to 200+ yards with it, I also hunt with a Thompson Contender pistol in 35 Remington, have took deer at 125 yds with it and I also have a Thompson Contender pistol in 223 I’ve used on does at 125+ yds. I like the challenge, when I’m walking to and from stands I carry a pistol shooting stick to help steady these firearms

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glen sw wi

10-12-2017 16:37:33




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
Ruger 44mag carbine. Now that I am getting older and eyesight isn't as good, have installed a scope. Still prefer open sights.



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Old Popper

10-12-2017 16:13:29




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
I haven't hunted deer for a couple of years (respiratory problems) but I used a Mossberg 500 20 ga with the rifled slug bbl. Remington "copper solid" slugs, and that thing shoots as straight as a rifle.



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hd6gtom

10-12-2017 16:04:20




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
Can only use shotguns or bows here in this part of Iowa. Its got to change. There are now thousands of the darn things where there used to be dozens. They destroy everything, worse than goats.



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David G

10-12-2017 16:09:51




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to hd6gtom, 10-12-2017 16:04:20  
Iowa is too populated for rifle hunting.



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old

10-12-2017 21:48:06




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to David G, 10-12-2017 16:09:51  
If handled correctly a rifle is safe any place but the key it correctly. Unless things have changed greatly since I was in Iowa last you had miles of areas with big farms and lots of open ground so the only way a rifle would be a problem is if you shot it at a 45 degree angle into the air. Shoot the rate of fall for a 30-30 is under 500 yard shot flat. A 3030 is a 150 yard gun to be effective.



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steve19438

10-12-2017 16:02:37




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
rem 788 308 3x9x50 scope. bought it in 79 for 95 bucks. me eyes aint so good no mo.



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Jim in Ma.

10-12-2017 15:39:15




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
No favorites because conditions rule. In the past 50+ years I have taken deer with a 22LR, 12 gage. 20 gage 223 Rem, 30-30 Win or Granddads 30-06 Savage to name a few.



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KURK1

10-12-2017 15:21:09




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
.243, 44 mag, 41 mag, .308, sometimes .257 weatherby



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old

10-12-2017 15:07:01




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
Well since I tend to be politically incorrect I use a Russian SKS s my primary deer. I also carry a 44mag as a side arm and have shoot deer with it also. As for bow hunting I have used a Crossbow even since I had my back surgery back in 1996 rifle and have shoot a good number with that bow. Has 5 reticle scope on it so the center line is 10 yards and each line lower add ano0ther 10 yards so it is sited in up to 50 yards My SKS also has a 4X25 scope on it and the wife's SKS has a 6X32 scope on it

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Goose

10-12-2017 14:37:25




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
My main deer rifle is a Remington Sportsman 78 in .270 caliber with a scope.

Also have a Dan Wesson DA .357 mag that would be legal, plus a Super Blackhawk .44 mag., also legal. I've never used a handgun on deer, although once a big buck parked himself directly under my tree stand. I was quietly and carefully trying to get the .357 out since a rifle shot was impossible. While I was trying to get the .357 out, he moved far enough out that I nailed him with my rifle.

I didn't realize it before, but Nebraska actually allows spears for deer hunting. The regulations say it has to be hand thrown.

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Russ from MN

10-12-2017 14:43:08




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to Goose, 10-12-2017 14:37:25  
Years ago (35) there was a spearchucker in the arrowhead country of MN that was spearing bears, as I remember the DNR put a stop to it. At least they put a stop to him publicizing it!



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Russ from MN

10-12-2017 14:23:10




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
I shoot a Winchester mod 88, 308 cal. It's a hand me down from my father, but the lever works well for me as I'm left handed. My longest shot has been <200yds, I'm not confident beyond that. I shot one a few years ago with my Ruger Blackhawk 357, But I'm not confident beyond about 40 yds with that. I shot it at about 25 yds and it went about 50 and fell over dead, same as the 308. My wife shoots a 243 and has good luck with that, she has shot the biggest deer in out party, 217 field dressed. Our son has a 7mm and a 300wsm, both very long range rifles. With the new power line ROW we have one stand where you could shoot 4 miles!

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Russ from MN

10-12-2017 14:28:44




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to Russ from MN, 10-12-2017 14:23:10  
Forgot to mention, we shoot Barnes triple-shock bullets, all copper, so there is no chance of any lead in the meat. They have always gone through the deer, and make a big hole coming out. They are expensive, but a box may last me the rest of my life!



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rbhuntn

10-12-2017 14:17:43




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:11:06  
To keep this tractor related we do hang it with the 1983 year model Ford 2110 to skin it and then haul off the carcass in the FEL.



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Ultradog MN

10-12-2017 15:08:40




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to rbhuntn, 10-12-2017 14:17:43  
Yes, tractor related...

About 10 years ago I sold a Ford 2N.
Took the cash and went straight to Gander Mountain and bought a Tikka T3 in .270 and a nice Leupold scope.
22 days till the opener here.



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Barts Dad

10-12-2017 15:25:37




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 Re: Since we are talking deer. What is your favorite in reply to Ultradog MN, 10-12-2017 15:08:40  
Mossberg 185 16 gauge bolt action shotgun. I hunt the Kettle Moraine southern unit public hunting grounds north of Eagle WI in heavy brush. Got deer 4 of the last 5 years with it. Carry a Sauer and Sohn Western Marshall in 45 long colt as a side arm. Looking forward to getting together with the gang again.



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