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#5485573 - 12/18/14 10:18 AM Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas
Jimmie Moreland Offline
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Registered: 11/28/13
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Loc: Azle, Tx
Morning fellas,

Been hunting mainly around Comanche and now spending more time in East Texas. My primary rifle is a Mauser 7mm Mag, but thinking since Im deep in the woods now I should pick-up a 30/30.

Any recommendations/suggestions or is the 7mm Mag gonna get the job done?

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#5485583 - 12/18/14 10:20 AM Re: Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas [Re: Jimmie Moreland]
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If the 7mm can't get the job done. The world might end.

Contrary to popular belief East Texas has the ability for some very long shots.

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#5485596 - 12/18/14 10:26 AM Re: Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas [Re: Jimmie Moreland]
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7mm should be fine, but hey if you want a lever gun I say jump on it.
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#5485597 - 12/18/14 10:26 AM Re: Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas [Re: Jimmie Moreland]
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your current rifle is just fine. if you want to add, get the 30/30

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#5485599 - 12/18/14 10:26 AM Re: Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas [Re: Jimmie Moreland]
Jimmie Moreland Offline
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I know it can get the job done, just wasnt sure, with the heavy cover. I am fairly new to hunting and hunting at the lease in Comanche the likelyhood of taking a shot into cover is very minimal as most everything is wide open at our blind. At our new place in East Texas, its all thick woods/cover. Was told the 7mm would have a higher probability of the bullet deflecting off a branch etc. (Hope I am making sense)

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#5485643 - 12/18/14 10:45 AM Re: Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas [Re: Jimmie Moreland]
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All buckets are going to deflect when they hit something other than the animal

You may want a handier rifle like a model 7 in 7mm-08.
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#5485710 - 12/18/14 11:16 AM Re: Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
All buckets are going to deflect when they hit something other than the animal

You may want a handier rifle like a model 7 in 7mm-08.


yep, and you are actually just increasing the odds (however small) of hitting something other than the animal by using a larger caliber bullet, or bucket.
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#5485722 - 12/18/14 11:21 AM Re: Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
All buckets are going to deflect when they hit something other than the animal

You may want a handier rifle like a model 7 in 7mm-08.


This^

In thick cover you want a short fast handling rifle. A short bolt action or lever action in a good medium to large game caliber will suite you well.
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#5485725 - 12/18/14 11:23 AM Re: Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas [Re: Jimmie Moreland]
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All bullets will deflect.

You rifle will work fine.

Every Texan should own at least one lever action.
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#5486077 - 12/18/14 02:52 PM Re: Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas [Re: Jimmie Moreland]
Jimmie Moreland Offline
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Registered: 11/28/13
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Loc: Azle, Tx
Thanks for the info guys..... learning to adjust to hunting the new area. I will see about picking up a 30/30 after the season.

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#5486102 - 12/18/14 03:03 PM Re: Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas [Re: Jimmie Moreland]
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Registered: 01/17/13
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If you want a lever gun with less chance of deflection, you might think about a Marlin 45-70. Handy in the woods and will bang-flop any deer you will ever see. rifle

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#5486114 - 12/18/14 03:11 PM Re: Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas [Re: Jimmie Moreland]
Jimmie Moreland Offline
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Registered: 11/28/13
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So if we are talking 100 yards and under, which is what I am looking at (majority of the time I imagine we would be looking at 50-60 yards at most), would I be better off with a 30/30, .243, .270?

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#5486158 - 12/18/14 03:40 PM Re: Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas [Re: Jimmie Moreland]
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Any of the above will work.

I'm not a .243 fan but the others will work fine
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#5486173 - 12/18/14 03:51 PM Re: Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas [Re: txtrophy85]
Jimmie Moreland Offline
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Registered: 11/28/13
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Loc: Azle, Tx
Thank you sir!

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#5486176 - 12/18/14 03:52 PM Re: Rifle Suggestion / Hunting East Texas [Re: Jimmie Moreland]
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You over thinking this to much. Just use what you have and it will work fine. Turn the scope to the lowest power if you are walking or stalking. Go to a heavier bullet if you think you need it.
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