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#5552835 - 01/19/15 08:20 PM best rifle for deer hunting
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What is the best rifle for deer hunting around 200yd. texas


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#5552842 - 01/19/15 08:22 PM Re: best rifle for deer hunting [Re: outdoorsman916]
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#5552887 - 01/19/15 08:47 PM Re: best rifle for deer hunting [Re: outdoorsman916]
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This is about to get interesting....

I will start with .243 and bigger caliber. You need to pick the one that you can accurately shoot.
I would experiment with different calibers and find the one that fits you the best.

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#5552894 - 01/19/15 08:50 PM Re: best rifle for deer hunting [Re: outdoorsman916]
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Any centerfire rifle between a .243 and a 300 win mag is perfectly acceptable for Texas whitetail hunting.


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#5552896 - 01/19/15 08:50 PM Re: best rifle for deer hunting [Re: outdoorsman916]
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But really there are many rifles that will work for that and we argue about this atleast once a week. Scroll through the threads a little and you will found this topic beat to death.

My favorite is the 243 for anything that moves in Texas and most of the lower 48

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#5552911 - 01/19/15 08:55 PM Re: best rifle for deer hunting [Re: outdoorsman916]
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#5552945 - 01/19/15 09:11 PM Re: best rifle for deer hunting [Re: outdoorsman916]
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#5552953 - 01/19/15 09:14 PM Re: best rifle for deer hunting [Re: T Bone]
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Originally Posted By: T Bone


A .375 H&H would be a minimum. This is much better and will take down anything in Texas:
http://www.gunsamerica.com/996200401/Merkel-140-1-Color-Case-Double-Rifle-500-Nitro-Express.htm
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#5552967 - 01/19/15 09:20 PM Re: best rifle for deer hunting [Re: outdoorsman916]
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I like my Tikkas. One in .30-06, one in 7mm-08.

I like my Browning X Bolt White Gold Medallion and Winchester Model 70 Super Grade both in .270 Win.



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#5552995 - 01/19/15 09:33 PM Re: best rifle for deer hunting [Re: outdoorsman916]
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Those small rifles, go big or go home

http://www.anzioironworks.com/anzio-50.htm
or if not walking to the stand
http://www.anzioironworks.com/Anzio-20-50.html

Seriously there isn't a best rifle, there are many rifles that will get the job done but different shooters in different hunting conditions dictate different needs. Some will cover all of whitetail and mule deer hunting but are a compromise for some hunts in some locations.

Mostly I use a Remington 788 in 7mm08, Cooper in 6.5-284, Marlin 1894 357mag. With those I have whitetails and mulies covered from close range setups to longer than I need to be shooting. Of course the long range guns will work at short range but are not as handy in some close range hunting situations.



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#5553016 - 01/19/15 09:43 PM Re: best rifle for deer hunting [Re: outdoorsman916]
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#5553018 - 01/19/15 09:45 PM Re: best rifle for deer hunting [Re: outdoorsman916]
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The best rifle is one that fits YOU, is in a caliber that is not only legal but you can handle the recoil, and, is accurate out to 200 yards.

To quote kmon1, there are many that will get the job done but just like there isn't one bullet in a caliber that is 'best' in all rifles of that caliber, there isn't one gun either.
Many have listed some major manufacturer's firearms and all will do the job provide:

A. it fits YOU - it's not too long, not too heavy and not to short
B. it's in a caliber that will legitimately take any whitetail you MIGHT hunt in your life out to 200 yards and in a legal caliber in that state.
C. you actually search for the store-bought ammo that is most accurate in YOUR SPECIFIC rifle and finally,
D. That you actually practice with it more than just the week before opening day.

I've guided too many hunters that brought guns that they had shot only the week before when they bought it. Please, do yourself and the game a favor and practice then practice some more.
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#5553479 - 01/20/15 08:31 AM Re: best rifle for deer hunting [Re: outdoorsman916]
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If this place has taught me anything, it's that the only acceptable answer is a double rifle with .30-06 and .257 Weatherby barrels.

For real though -- a bullet between .243 (6mm) and .338 (8.58mm if I can math) in a case that's based on the .308, .30-06, .375 H&H (or a Weatherby if you hate your shoulder) will be great.

They're not armor plated and there's no magic caliber.

Get yourself some decent glass and rings too. People forget about this and it results in bad shots. You cannot hit anything with precision if your POI is not knowable from your POA. I think same Tikka's come with decent rings attached these days?

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#5553715 - 01/20/15 10:21 AM Re: best rifle for deer hunting [Re: outdoorsman916]
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#5553805 - 01/20/15 11:08 AM Re: best rifle for deer hunting [Re: outdoorsman916]
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I will say the same comment I always do for this question...

Assuming you don't have other rifles, I highly suggest to people to stick with wally world calibers, i.e. calibers that almost any small town walmart is likely to carry. No one plans on forgetting their ammo, but I've seen it happen many times.

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