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Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: Txslobberknocker] #5363548 10/16/14 03:44 PM
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The .243 would get it done for 90% of the shots I take on Whitetail. But, the other 10% is why my .270 Win is my go-to gun for deer.


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Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: Txslobberknocker] #5363713 10/16/14 05:26 PM
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I've looked at the model 700 and saw a 300magnum.. Since so may are recommending a 30-06 and 243 I figured I would find some middle ground between the two. Any one use one of these?

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LOL ... a 300 mag is a 30-06 on steroids.


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Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: Txslobberknocker] #5363736 10/16/14 05:44 PM
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A 300 is one of my favorites

Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: Txslobberknocker] #5363737 10/16/14 05:44 PM
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I've never personally shot a 300 mag, but have been around folks that do shoot them. I wouldn't go near it for a primary rifle.

Yeah, it has a lot of energy and can be very flat shooting for long distances. But, they kick like mules and are kind of overkill for whitetail. I don't think you will be very comfortable shooting it much.

One of the best things about a 270 is you can throw a 130gr round in it that will still knock a deer on its @$$ and you can shoot a lot without bruising your shoulder. It is also pretty flat/fast with that lighter round. The 30-06 is gonna have a little more energy but is also pretty comfortable to shoot with its lighter rounds.

I would only go for a 300 mag if you expect to be shooting more mule deer than whitetail, with elk or something large thrown in too.

Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: Txslobberknocker] #5363743 10/16/14 05:50 PM
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Get an ar 15 and there won't be a bush in the woods left!

Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: sloveless] #5363745 10/16/14 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted By: sloveless
I've never personally shot a 300 mag, but have been around folks that do shoot them. I wouldn't go near it for a primary rifle.

Yeah, it has a lot of energy and can be very flat shooting for long distances. But, they kick like mules and are kind of overkill for whitetail. I don't think you will be very comfortable shooting it much.

One of the best things about a 270 is you can throw a 130gr round in it that will still knock a deer on its @$$ and you can shoot a lot without bruising your shoulder. It is also pretty flat/fast with that lighter round. The 30-06 is gonna have a little more energy but is also pretty comfortable to shoot with its lighter rounds.

I would only go for a 300 mag if you expect to be shooting more mule deer than whitetail, with elk or something large thrown in too.


If you have a 300 with a good muzzle brake it will kick less than your 270 without one. 2cents

Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: Txslobberknocker] #5363774 10/16/14 06:11 PM
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a .270 will take down anything indigenous to Texas.

Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: Txslobberknocker] #5363911 10/16/14 07:26 PM
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If you mussle brake a 300, you had better make sure you and anyone around you always has ear pertection on.


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Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: RUM Mann] #5364084 10/16/14 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted By: RUM Mann
A 300 is one of my favorites

I've never understood needing a 300 in tx. Different stokes for different folks I guess.

Is there anything that even resembles shoulders left from a 100lb doe?

Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: Txslobberknocker] #5364191 10/16/14 10:18 PM
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I always like the wasted meat quote, I have cut out more bloodshot meat from a 22-250 and 243 than I have ever from a 300 win or my 9.3x62 using premium bullets. If I had one gun to hunt whitetail it would be a 9.3x62 or my 325 WSM..I would use it border to border. Plenty of range,nice big bullet,and easy on the shoulder. I always get a kick out of the guys that say a 300 win kicks...try a 500 jeffery or my 470...those kick. I also have yet to find any of my guns obnoxious with a break. I am usually behind them and there is usually less than 7-8 decibels worth of difference...believe me I have measured. Now the concussion wave is another story...just tell your guide to plug his ears and stand back, most don't have a problem with that..especially if your a good tipper! wink

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Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: Txslobberknocker] #5364198 10/16/14 10:23 PM
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Cabelas has a good sale going on right on several different brands of rifles. Just got a flyer in the mail.


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Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: stxranchman] #5364217 10/16/14 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Cabelas has a good sale going on right on several different brands of rifles. Just got a flyer in the mail.


Saw that. I've been thinking of trying the Ruger American, heard mixed reviews. Don't really need it but don't have a ruger, so...

Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: Txslobberknocker] #5364244 10/16/14 10:48 PM
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Thanks guys, looks like I'm headed to cabelas this weekend!

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Check out those Steyr SBS's and the Tikka T3s you will be happy after the purchase

Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: Txslobberknocker] #5364321 10/16/14 11:41 PM
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Check out the gun library while you're in Cabelas. They've got some reasonable prices on double rifles.

Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: Txslobberknocker] #5364391 10/17/14 12:34 AM
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Depends on area you are hunting, what range do expect to be shooting?
I hunt east Texas, I have a stand in heavy woods along a creek and use a Marlin 45-70, great on hogs, excellent knock down power, no tracking in the thorn bushes required. At 60 yards and in its proven great for multiple harvest of deer and hogs.
I also have a stand in some open pines and use a Marlin 308 where I tend to have longer range shots.

308 Winchester ammo is pretty easy to find right now, 45-70 as well. 308 Marlin, can be found on line right now but I warn you it can disappear from the shelves and web sites. I only use for hunting so a stock of ME 308 is easy for me to keep on hand.

I love my 45-70, for more versatility a 308 is great choice.

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Originally Posted By: DHS274
Depends on area you are hunting, what range do expect to be shooting?
I hunt east Texas, I have a stand in heavy woods along a creek and use a Marlin 45-70, great on hogs, excellent knock down power, no tracking in the thorn bushes required. At 60 yards and in its proven great for multiple harvest of deer and hogs.
I also have a stand in some open pines and use a Marlin 308 where I tend to have longer range shots.

308 Winchester ammo is pretty easy to find right now, 45-70 as well. 308 Marlin, can be found on line right now but I warn you it can disappear from the shelves and web sites. I only use for hunting so a stock of ME 308 is easy for me to keep on hand.

I love my 45-70, for more versatility a 308 is great choice.

I love my 45-70 too, but I wouldn't recommend it as a first and only rifle.


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Re: In need of a deer rifle [Re: Txslobberknocker] #5365415 10/17/14 03:38 PM
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Get a 308 as your post included hogs. Great round and gives you a fighting chance with a running big boar where shot placement is just trying to hit him.


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