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01-14-2010, 00:17
Hey how you guys doing
i want to buy rifle a good one, but no more the 500 used what do you guys recommend . Thank you

01-14-2010, 00:42
my deer rifle is a browning a-bolt chambered in .223wssm
it's killed four mule deer in four years. and the buck I killed this year was a very large deer. it is a very flat shooting round and it gets the job done. and the gun is super light :-) much better than carrying around the BAR I used to hunt with

01-14-2010, 04:05
A used browning in 30-06 would be my pick.........:supergrin:

01-14-2010, 04:30
if you don't know what rifle to get, get a .30-06 with 180 grain ammo. zero it @ 200 yards, and quit.

My .30-06 is a 7600 pump with aftermarket 10 round mags, and more gun than required for deer. But what the heck, some deer are elks. ;)

01-14-2010, 07:37
A lot of calibers & rifles under $500 will take a deer. If you don't plan to shoot over 100 yards the tried and true .30-30 lever gun is plenty big enough for deer and are sweet to shoot. If you think you need a scope for longer ranges, I'd consider a .270 Win. bolt action in a Savage. .30-06 maybe if I wanted to take larger game than deer.

01-14-2010, 07:48

There are dozens of good deer hunting cartridges out there.

There also is a huge variation in the size of deer in the US. From the small south eastern to the large midwestern/western and mule deer.

It would help if we knew:

1. Where you are planing on hunting.

2. The type of terrain you are hunting.

3. Your longest expected shot.

4. Any state game regulations on caliber or bullet type.

And MitchShrader covered it pretty well. If you don't know what to get a .270, .30-06 or .308. Here in VA we have smaller deer and I prefer a 150 gr. bullet in the .30-06 for them. But the 180 gr bullet would kill them fine too.

As to suitable calibers, here's a response I typed up to a similar question on another forum.

The best deer rifle caliber is the one you can place your shot with at the normal hunting range in your area and that has enough power to cleanly kill a deer.

I've killed more deer with the .44 magnum than all other's combined.

The list of suitable deer calibers is very long and depends a lot upon proper bullet selection.

Just in modern commercially available calibers I think any of the following will work if you choose the proper bullet:

.223 (not legal in all states)
.223 WSSM (not legal in all states)
.22-250 (not legal in all states)
.220 Swift (not legal in all states)
.243 WSSM
.25 WSSM
.250 Sav
.257 Roberts
.260 Rem
.264 Mag
.270 Win
.270 WSM
.280 Rem
.284 Win
.30 Carbine (not legal in all states)
.300 Sav
.30 TC
.308 Marlin Express
.307 Win
.300 Mags of many flavors long, short and super short.
.303 Brit
.30-40 Krag
.32 Win
.325 WSM
.338 Marlin Express
.338 Federal
.338 Mag
.338 RUM
.348 Win
.35 Rem
.35 Whalen
.350 Rem Mag
.357 Mag
.358 Win
.38-55 Win
.44 mag
.45 Colt
.454 Casull
.450 Marlin
.450 Bushmaster
.458 Socom
6mm Rem
6.5 Rem mag
6.5x55 Sweede
6.5 Grendel
6.5 Creedmoor
6.8 SPC
7.62x54 R
7x57 Mauser
7MM Mags also of many flavors.
8MM Mauser
8MM Rem Mag

01-14-2010, 08:07
A 30-06 would be a good choice for nearly any anything you can hunt, other than african dangerous game! The 30-06 cartridge can be loaded with 110gr up to 250 gr bullets. If I could only own one rifle a Browning A bolt 30-06 would be my choice! Top it off with a good scope and your set!

01-14-2010, 18:13
A-Bolt 308

Dr. J Frame
01-14-2010, 18:46
Here in northern Minnesota, 4 calibers make up probably 80% of the rifles used on Whitetails. These rounds can be found easily in most hardware stores, gas stations, etc-


And it's not uncommon for many rural & small-town folk to own just one centerfire in these parts. So those that also hunt varmints will usually go with smaller diameter calibers. The following 2 are very popular.


I've hunted with all I have listed and never had a problem putting down any deer. I use .308's now only because it was fairly inexpensive to stock up on surplus 7.62 Nato ammo, and I had several in this caliber when I made this my choice for one rifle caliber. .223 for my carbines.

For me, quality of optics is the most important factor when building a whitetail rig, assuming the rifle provides acceptable hunting accuracy. Dusk & dawn is where most of the fun happens. I want every edge I can get here.

01-19-2010, 21:38
I took 2 dear with my Rem 700 .243 this year...First time I've ever hunted with it (usually use a 700 in .308)...

After using a .308 for so long, I was thinking the .243 wasn't going to cut it...I was wrong...Dropped each deer with one shot, and there was no doubt -- down they went...

I'll use it again...


01-20-2010, 08:07
......These rounds can be found easily in most hardware stores, gas stations, etc-........

Lot to be said for that. Also what do the rest of the people in your hunting party use?

When I bought my first deer rifle it was a .30-06, mostly because that's what my dad and brother hunted with. When you forget to pack your ammo on a hunting trip it's nice to have the same caliber as your hunting partners so you can bum some ammo off of them. (not that I would ever have done that...)

01-20-2010, 08:37
I have a cabin up in northern MI and have an SKS and Mosin Nagant. Paid $200 for both and they have taken A LOT of deer.

01-20-2010, 13:01
If your just going to hunt deer, and aren't going to need a 500yd gun to do it (don't know your hunting terrain), these guys have given you good advice already.


Man if your hunting less than 150/175yds a 30-30 with a good glass on it has killed a loooot of deer as well.

Lots of choices for ya.

Good luck what ever you decide...


03-20-2010, 10:33
Saiga .308

03-21-2010, 21:45
Where do you hunt? In timber? Whitetail? Mule deer? It really depends on alot of factors. Are you going to be doing alot of hiking? Texas style hunting from stands? 100 yds or 300-400 yds? Lots of calibers will kill a deer if you hit it in the vitals with a modern hunting bullet but if I was hiking through brush and shintangle and wasn't going to see game over 100 or so yards, I'd surely think about the weight and compactness of the rifle more than the caliber.

03-23-2010, 00:29
Hey how you guys doing
i want to buy rifle a good one, but no more the 500 used what do you guys recommend . Thank you

A used Ruger model 77 in 308 or 30-06 from a local gunshop. $300-400.
A used Leupold 4 power off of Ebay, $150-200.

A smart guy once told me, "If you can only afford one box of shells, practice with 16 rounds and carry the last 4 rounds when you go hunting...not the other way around."

This ammo is common all over the country and good for woods, fields, and plains hunting.

03-26-2010, 04:31
If you buy a .30-06 or .270, you'll have a rifle that you can take anywhere you want and hunt deer. Other calibers will also get the job done quite nicely, but these two seem to have ammo available in most retail outlets that sell it anywhere you go.

03-29-2010, 13:13
If I could have only one gun it would be a rem. modle 700 in 308 with a Nikon Buckmaster on it.

03-29-2010, 13:19
What kind of deer?
what kind of hunting? thick woods or open fields?

for the thick stuff hunting while tail deer in Pa, a 30-30 /35 lever action is hard to beat.
For anything else, with shots over a 100 yards a 270/280/30-06 is hard to beat.