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What deer rifle do you use?

Postby bt58 » Wed May 04, 2005 12:19 pm

I didn't see a thread on this and I was just curious as to what ya'll were shooting.

I've got two right now.

I have a Winchester Model 70 with a synthetic stock in .270. I've got a Nikon 4.5-14x40 scope on it.

And a Browning A-bolt Hunter 7mm Rem. mag, which is scopeless right now. Looking at a Leupold or Nikon 3-9x50 for it.
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Postby gtk » Wed May 04, 2005 12:52 pm

I've been hunting with the same rifle for about 23 years now. Its been pretty faithfull to me :) , as I have taken several deer & other critters with it. I have only had 1 deer I've shot that I have never recovered.

Its a browning A-bolt .270. I have an older Nikon 3x9x40 on it. My uncle, cuz (bwm) and myself all handload the same load for our rifles.

Before my .270, I used a .30-.30 Marlin. My shot % went waaaay up went I got my bolt action !
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Postby Bayou » Wed May 04, 2005 8:12 pm

I shoot a Encore Thompson Center in the 30-06.
You will find me 25 feet up in a tree.
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Postby bt58 » Wed May 04, 2005 8:47 pm

gtk, My dad is still plugging away with the old Marlin .30-30. I enjoy taking it once in a while, but there's no way I'd trade my flat shooting bolt actions.
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Postby nobucks » Wed May 04, 2005 9:56 pm

I shoot my browning 270 A-BOLT.sweet gun. :)
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Postby Rod » Thu May 05, 2005 12:50 pm

We can't use rifles for deer hunting here, except for muzzleloaders. I have a CVA Eclipse Hunter .50 cal. that has worked very well for me.
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Postby gtk » Thu May 05, 2005 2:17 pm

bt58 wrote:gtk, My dad is still plugging away with the old Marlin .30-30. I enjoy taking it once in a while, but there's no way I'd trade my flat shooting bolt actions.

I was 14-15 years old when using my .30-.30 I almost blew my head off one morning with it :shock: . I love the feel of the .30-.30, and I believe its still a great < 100 yard gun, but mine never grouped to my satisfaction, but that was probably due to being so young.

Just for kicks, I may have to pull it out again, sight it in, and take it hunting with me. I'm sure if I do that, ol' big boy would walk out about 220 yards :)
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Postby gtk » Thu May 05, 2005 2:18 pm

Rod wrote:We can't use rifles for deer hunting here, except for muzzleloaders. I have a CVA Eclipse Hunter .50 cal. that has worked very well for me.

Rod, I expect that muzzleloader would probably shoot as well as many rifles :)
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Postby bt58 » Thu May 05, 2005 2:33 pm

gtk, I've carried the .30-30 a couple of times in the last few years. I love the way it handles....how quick it shoulders. Although I wouldn't trust it as a long range gun on a regular basis, I made a 175 yd shot on a coyote with it two years ago. I knew it was a shot in the dark, but we needed a little thinning on the coyotes so I took it anyway and dropped him in his tracks. I'll usually carry it when I know that I'm gonna be deep down in the woods without a chance for a long shot.

Just curious, but I would be willing to bet that a .30-30 has been responsible for the death of more deer than any other rifle cartridge....What do ya'll think?
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Postby gtk » Thu May 05, 2005 5:34 pm

I'd bet you would be pretty close if not correct on that assumption :)
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Postby bwm » Mon May 09, 2005 10:11 am

Browning 270 A-bolt
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Postby Stinger » Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:06 pm

Browning A-Bolt 30-06 with a Zeiss 3.5x10x50mm :wink:
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Postby iveygun3 » Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:19 pm

Custom 7mm Howa action, Bell & Carlson stock, and Tasco WC++ 3x10x50. SWEET.
wished I could use a muffler like Roebuck though :shock: :shock:
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Postby Roebuck » Wed Jun 08, 2005 1:22 am

I really wish I could send you a moderator Iveygun, but the centrfire moderators are controlled by our police as if they were rifles. Rimfire moderators, though controlled by the police, are the same as are used on airguns and airgun moderators are freely available.

I have a selection of deer rifles. My favourite is a Sauer 202 Outback, with an Ilaflon coated, fluted barrel and synthetic stock in .25-06 cal. It has a Swarovski 3-12 X 50 illuminated reticle scope. A Ruger 77MK11, stainless synthetic in .243, with moderator and a Swarovski 8 x 56 illuminated reticle scope. A Mannlicher Classic Stutzen in .308 with a Zeiss 8 x 50 (mostly for hunting in Germany). A Winchester 70 Ultimate Shadow in 300WSM, with a Swarovski 8 x 50 scope (this is really my Africa gun). I just sold a Tikka in .243 cal, which I will replace with a Sauer 202 Outback in .243, 3-12 X 50 illuminated reticle scope is waiting to go on to it when it comes.

I have just put a deposit on a Sako 75 Stainless Synthetic, in .22-250 and waiting for my permit to come back from the police, before I can pick it up. This one will have a moderator fitted and a 3-12 Swarovski illuminated reticle scope. This one will be used for night shooting foxes and for small deer speices in Scotland (22-250s are not legal for deer in England).

I sometimes shoot deer in Germany, with my pig gun (picture on the Antique Black Powder Weapons thread.

Spoiled for choice really but I can't resist a pretty gun!! :D

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Postby iveygun3 » Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:20 am

ok Roebuck, I'm done w/moderator. I have a question for you though.
Do you only hunt wide open places with those rifles that have the straight 8x scope b/c if a deer is less than 100yd or so then all you would see is hair. :?:
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Postby Roebuck » Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:54 am

I hunt forest and moorland Iveygun. I agree that the 8 power scope is higher than I would like for a fixed scope, 6 being the optimum (7 actually, if you believe the experts). My 8 powers are the ones that were the best deal at the time. I prefer the 3-12 Variable but allways with a 50mm objective lens. That's just me.

Most of my shots will be between 80 to 250 metres with a few going out to 300 metres (very few).

The problem with 8 power is not the close shots but the longer shots. Most Swarovski and Zeiss scopes have the reticle in the first ocular plane. This means that the reticle cross hairs or dots are rather large and for the longer shots, the reticle covers too much. Likewise with variables in the first ocular plane. As magnification goes up, so does the thickness of the reticle. For longer shots, the reticle in the second ocular plane,where the reticle dimensions do not vary, is preferable. My 22-250 will have a scope with the reticle in the second ocular plane. More expensive though.

No problem with the moderators, I really wish you could have them. They are good. However, I would give them all up to have my pistols back. They banned them in 1997. :D

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Postby iveygun3 » Wed Jun 08, 2005 11:08 am

I hear ya Roebuck. I was wondering b/c I once had a deer come up behind me when setting on a field w/scope on 9x and scoped him and all I saw was hair. I waited until he bolted and stopped him w/ a yell and made the shot. never even thought to turn power down (adrenaline)
Don't know what I would do w/o my pistols though.
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Postby Roebuck » Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:01 am

I think most of us will have been there, when the adrenaline stops us performing the simple task that will solve the problem. I missed a good red stag once because the scope power was wound up high. When I tried to come up quick on the target, all I could see was a blur. I couldn't work out what the problem was until the stag had gone. I allways check my power settings now, before moving out!!

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Postby iveygun3 » Thu Jun 09, 2005 6:44 pm

Roebuck, I have tried to remember to keep on low power unless need be, b/c usally time is there to crank it up when they way out yonder. It has probably happened to everone that has hunted much.
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Postby gtk » Thu Jun 09, 2005 7:30 pm

yep, its probably happend to everyone :)

i was standing by my 4-wheeler one day, and my friend was riding around a small thicket towards me. A nice buck comes barreling out of the thicket not 15 yards from me, and getting closer. I couldn't ever get him in my scope, and realized later it was on 9x :roll: So, like ya'll, I always keep my scope on low power until i need it.
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Postby cooper » Tue Jun 14, 2005 6:54 pm

I use a Sig SHR979 in 300 WinMag, Omega muzzleloader, just ordered a scope for my new Encore in 7mm-08, can't wait to shoot it....
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Postby banded » Sat Jun 18, 2005 6:38 pm

Lets see here..I have the following for my deer rifles

Savage with accutrigger 300wsm with nikon 2.5x10x56 30 mm tube, Savage with accutrigger 7stw with nikon 2.5x10x56
Savage 7mm08 with accutrigger with nikon 3.5x10x50
Encore with 25-06 with Nikon 3.5x10x50
Encore 50mm with Bushnell Elite 3x9x50

I am waiting to buy a Sako finnlight soon.
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Postby bt58 » Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:56 pm

Welcome Banded....I'm guessing you like the Accutrigger? I haven't any experiences with them yet.
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Postby Roebuck » Sun Jun 19, 2005 3:07 am

Hi Banded and welcome to the forums. I note that you have a 7mm-08. I am toying with the idea of getting one, a Kimber that I saw in my local riflesmith's shop. Can you tell me a little about the round and its balistics please? What bullet weight do you prefer? Are you using it on whitetail? I'd appreciate any advice you or anyone else can give me.

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Postby banded » Sun Jun 19, 2005 8:37 pm

bt58... Yes I LOVE the SAVAGES. The accutrigger has a lot to do with it. It is like nothing else to come from the factory set with a 1 3/4 trigger pull.. It will really spoil you with that light trigger. The second reason I love the Savages is that it is the most accurate rifle out of the box. For so long people have said the only thing wrong with a Savage is the trigger pull, well they have corrected that now. I have owned the Remington's, Brownings, Weatherby, and Winchester rifles in the past and I wouldn't trade all of them put together for one of my Savages. My Savage 300wsm shoots 5 shot groups at 200 yards at 1/2 inch and I am not that great of a shot... But Yeah I guess I like them ok.
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