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Deer season gun #6664150
11/12/19 09:51 PM
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Just wondering what yíall are using. In a world with more options than one could shake a stick at, Iím curious. Sure this has been hashed out numerous times but people change flavors fairly often. Whatcha using and why?

308, 25-06, 257 Roberts and 280. Roberts and 280 are full custom builds. I use them because they shoot lights out with the loads developed and both get the job done with ease. The 308 was my go to for several years but I kinda put it on the back burner for a bit. The 25-06
Is my ultimate deer gun but it sees little use these days. Itís got too much sentimental value.


I keep desperately hoping that one day someone will call me "Sir" without adding "please calm down" or "you're causing a scene."
Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664159
11/12/19 09:56 PM
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Remington Model 600 6mm shooting Remington 100 gr. Core Lokt factory loads. Favorite deer gun of all time for me.

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Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664165
11/12/19 10:00 PM
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Finally Run to ground in TN
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This season on nostalgic days a mod 1894 in 30/30 and on the more modern thinking days a AR 15 in either 6.5 Grendel or in the brush in 458 SOCOM but I am thinking the 94 mostly just because


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Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664167
11/12/19 10:01 PM
11/12/19 10:01 PM
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Winchester XPR in 30-06 topped with a Burris Eliminator scope firing 125 grain Hornady custom lite ammo. Would normally use a 150 grain bullet, but that gun loves those custom lites. Last 2 years I killed 2 deer within a half hour, and all 4 were heart shots.

I've also got a Remington 7600 pump, also in 30-06, topped with some Hawke glass. Taking it to the range on Thursday to try a handful of different factory loads to see what it likes best. Hoping it shoots the custom lites well, as I may let my city slicker brother hunt with it this year.

Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664186
11/12/19 10:14 PM
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I'm old school,I like the old timers.I took the 45/70 and 8mm out today and shot a couple of rounds to make sure they're shooting where they should.Why do I like them?Personal preference.All deer size calibers will work,I get bored really quick when some gun cranks pull out the ballistic charts proving the .30/06 outshoots the .270,the .308 out does the .280,the 30/30 is a piece of junk,blah blah blah.Here in the U.P. of Michigan I either in a cedar swamp or hardwood ridges,and I do just fine with what I shoot.Whatever you can handle,afford,and shoot well is the gun to use.


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Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664198
11/12/19 10:22 PM
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Browning a-bolt 270 win nikon scope. Weatherby badlands in 257 wby leupold scope and a Begara ridge in 6.5 creedmour leupold scope. Winchester ballistic 130 gr in the 270 . Nosler ballistic 115 gr in the 257 wby and hornady eld 140 gr in the 6.5.

Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664199
11/12/19 10:24 PM
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I have some 325gr hornady xtps that are loaded up in my 458socom that i need to test out on something this year. I also have some 168gr combined technology ballistic silvertips loaded in my 308 that needs testing on something this year. Last year i tested out a couple 30-06 loads between barnes ttsx and sierra gamechangers...the gamechangers won hands down and will probably take another couple deer this year with them too. Gonna break out the 30-30 marlin 336 and let my oldest boy do some target practice and try my best to get his first deer this year. Hopefully by next deer season i will be good enough to take out my recurve for my first traditional archery deer.


"If you're gonna be stupid you better be tough"
Re: Deer season gun [Re: The Possum Man] #6664208
11/12/19 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by The Possum Man
Last year i tested out a couple 30-06 loads between barnes ttsx and sierra gamechangers...the gamechangers won hands down and will probably take another couple deer this year with them


If you are hand loading, What was your load data on the game changers? I bought a box but havenít played with them yet and donít want to waste too many finding a good load.

Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664213
11/12/19 10:35 PM
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H&R Ultra Slug gun in 12 gauge shooting 2 3/4 Hornady SST slugs.


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Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664223
11/12/19 10:42 PM
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Been using a Model 7, 7mm-08 for last few years. Going back to old school, got a pair of Marlins in .35 Remington, 1 is 1958 , other is 1968 . Just feels good to carry these 2 guns.


My heart belongs to my family.
My body belongs to my work.
My soul belongs to the woods.
Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664225
11/12/19 10:45 PM
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Have never shot one with a slug so until I get one: Mossberg 20ga with Nikon scope.

Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664259
11/12/19 11:26 PM
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742 woods master in 30-06 or a 308 mossberg depends what my son wants to use.

why , cause they make holes in and out

never shot a deer at any long distance and I stock bullets in .308 and load them in 30-06 and 308 as needed.

it doesn't much matter the 30-06 I load for the 742 is going 308 velocity as the 742 gets battered by hot loads, talk about a great handling woods deer gun that Remington screwed up on in so many ways .
shoulders like a shot gun fast and easy to point.


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Re: Deer season gun [Re: TurkeyTime] #6664261
11/12/19 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by TurkeyTime
Have never shot one with a slug so until I get one: Mossberg 20ga with Nikon scope.


sabots or foster slugs ?

I have a 20ga mosberg with 24 inch rifled barrel and nikon 2-7x32 mounted on it , it is a game changer in a shotgun only area almost a 444 marlin with those sabots


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Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664262
11/12/19 11:31 PM
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Winchester hollow point rifled slugs, smooth barrel youth turkey gun(changed the choke), Nikon Buckmaster scope because the "iron" sites were horribly off and not adjustable.

Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664263
11/12/19 11:35 PM
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Oh man! I didnít even talk loads but since itís been brought up, here goes. The 308 runs on a load of 8208 XBR with a Hornady 155 A-max. It zips along pretty fast for a 308 and has killed deer from 15 feet out to 663 yards. Couldnít honestly tell the number itís taken in the few years Iíve had it because it was used heavily for CD permits for a bit but inside 200 yards, that bullet typically performs very well. Beyond that it gets a bit funky. Deer die quickly at all ranges so far but beyond 300, itís probably not coming out of the deer.

The quarterbores both run 100 grain bullets (NBTís in the Ď06 with IMR 4350 and Sierra GKís in the Bob over 8208 XBR) with devastating results for both.

280 is punching a Hornady 162 ELD-X at just under 3k FPS. With velocity like that, I donít need a 7mm RM. Thinking my niece is gonna use it this year when I take her out opening day.


I keep desperately hoping that one day someone will call me "Sir" without adding "please calm down" or "you're causing a scene."
Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664284
11/13/19 12:04 AM
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I guess Iím kinda the odd man out here judging by the replies. For the last ten years Iíve carried the same weatherby vanguard .270 with a 4-16x50 Nikon monarch shooting cheap Winchester 130gr. ammo. Iíve killed many deer with it, my wife and my son both killed their first deer with it. Itís been reliable and accurate. Anytime I head out to kill something bigger than a coyote I reach for that rifle. Is it weird to say I have a sort of bond with it? Itís hard to explain. I just trust it, and when itís in my hands I have complete confidence that I will hit anything I pull the trigger on. Iíve hiked well over a hundred miles with it on my shoulder, no other rifle feels right.


"I have two guns, one for each of ya."
Re: Deer season gun [Re: Bob] #6664298
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Originally Posted by Bob
I guess Iím kinda the odd man out here judging by the replies. For the last ten years Iíve carried the same weatherby vanguard .270 with a 4-16x50 Nikon monarch shooting cheap Winchester 130gr. ammo. Iíve killed many deer with it, my wife and my son both killed their first deer with it. Itís been reliable and accurate. Anytime I head out to kill something bigger than a coyote I reach for that rifle. Is it weird to say I have a sort of bond with it? Itís hard to explain. I just trust it, and when itís in my hands I have complete confidence that I will hit anything I pull the trigger on. Iíve hiked well over a hundred miles with it on my shoulder, no other rifle feels right.

Not at all. Much respect for the guy that carries one gun. I carried a 270 for quite some time. Still like the caliber but my true love is still the 25-06. Kinda happened on the custom guns in an odd way and seeing what they have to offer swayed me. Keep beating that 270 through the woods man. Iím sure itís got a lot of stories to tell.


I keep desperately hoping that one day someone will call me "Sir" without adding "please calm down" or "you're causing a scene."
Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664302
11/13/19 12:37 AM
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When I get out ...... itís a .45 cal patched Round Ball and fixed iron sights [Linked Image]


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Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6664317
11/13/19 12:59 AM
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Originally Posted by wvmntnhick
Just wondering what yíall are using. In a world with more options than one could shake a stick at, Iím curious. Sure this has been hashed out numerous times but people change flavors fairly often. Whatcha using and why?

308, 25-06, 257 Roberts and 280. Roberts and 280 are full custom builds. I use them because they shoot lights out with the loads developed and both get the job done with ease. The 308 was my go to for several years but I kinda put it on the back burner for a bit. The 25-06
Is my ultimate deer gun but it sees little use these days. Itís got too much sentimental value.


Remington Model 31a 20 gauge shotgun, no scope. I never shot a deer with anything else, and even now that I live where I can use any gun, see no reason to change.

Last edited by yotetrapper30; 11/13/19 01:00 AM.
Re: Deer season gun [Re: wvmntnhick] #6665287
11/14/19 12:03 AM
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Too many "favorites" to pick just one.

Ruger 44 magnum carbine with 1-4 power Leupold.
My other Ruger 44 magnum carbine with red dot scope.
Colt A2 Sporter in 7.62 X 39.
Remington 700 BDL in 308.
Remington 870 with custom stock, cantilever Hastings slug barrel with 1-4 power Leupold.

The hardest part is making the final choice right before I go out the door.

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