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best caliber rifle for deer and elk

Postby richirich_99 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:59 pm

I want to buy a gun to hunt both deer and elk. Im wondering what would you guys suggest as a good caliber for both. Im debating either a .270 or .30-06 what dop you think? Thanks guys!
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 3:14 pm

either would be a good choice :thumbsup: i would go with the -06 just because it seems to have more choices as far as bullets go around here, but it could be different there...
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Postby Smackaduck » Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:22 pm

.30 call all the way. The possibilities are endless.
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Postby kfran1234 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:31 pm

270 vs. 30-06. The battle continues. There are probably hundreds of articles on this topic. Just saw it brought up the other night on G&A TV. They went with 270. Can't really go wrong either way.
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Postby DJH1 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:34 pm

Even though the .270 is my all-time favorite deer hunting caliber, if I was going for both deer and elk, i would go with the 30-06. Mainly for the selection of heavier bullets.
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Postby Michigan » Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:00 pm

30-06 for the reasons mentioned above.
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Postby mallardman77 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:46 pm

kfran1234 wrote:270 vs. 30-06. The battle continues. There are probably hundreds of articles on this topic. Just saw it brought up the other night on G&A TV. They went with 270. Can't really go wrong either way.


This will be a never ending battle! IMO, it's all a matter of personal choice. I shoot a .270 and I shoot that because I got a better deal on the model 70 chambered for .270 rather than in 30-06.


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Postby richirich_99 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:18 pm

along with the .270 and the 06, the .308 is also an option i have considered, but didnt know if that would be an over kill for deer?
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Postby Michigan » Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:34 pm

To be honest, I thing that the .270, 06, and 308 are all good calibers. Think about this though, you have just got to the area in which you are going to hunt deer or elk or whatever and you just realized that you forgot all your ammo. This area has a few small towns with some stores that carry a bit of this and a bit of that when it comes to sporting goods. What caliber are these stores most likely to carry a fair variety of?? The 30-06.
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Postby Gooseboy » Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:16 am

Lol yea but if you forget your ammo its your fault lol.
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Postby Michigan » Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:56 am

Yeah you're right GB but hey things happen. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Postby mallardman77 » Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:00 pm

michigan wrote:Yeah you're right GB but hey things happen. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


:withstupid: I've known guys to forget thier rifles at home...DUH!!!




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Postby doogie494 » Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:19 pm

i would also think a 30.06 or a .308 would be the ticket.
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Postby richirich_99 » Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:33 am

what would be the range of both a .30-06 and a .308 for elk? Will both get the job done out to 200+ yards? and would the .308 be too much for hunting deer?
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Postby doogie494 » Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:58 pm

According to Federal Ballistics it will get the job done at 200+yards and still be fine for deer.
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Postby richirich_99 » Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:29 pm

Thanks for all the input, looks like i'll probably be going with th 06. Im thinking in the remington model 700. Thanks again
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Postby Michigan » Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:48 pm

I have a 700 BDL in 06 and you can't find a better gun for the money. Just make sure you get the right scope for it though.
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Postby richirich_99 » Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:09 am

what type of scope do you recommend for both hunting dense timber as well as more wide open country? Thanks!
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Postby Michigan » Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:17 am

Something variable power like a 3.5-10x maybe. That way you can dial it down for close in work and then dial it up to reach out and touch those elk at the longer distances. I wouldn't go with whatever is cheapest eather. You may pay a price up front, but buying a quality brand will help out with alot of the fogging and low light problems you can run into with a scope. Now I'm not saying that you have to shell out $900 for a Leopold but I wouldn't recommend the $30 Tasco eather if you know what I'm saying. :thumbsup:
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Postby santeerangerman » Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:17 pm

Hard to beat the Zeiss Conquest!!!!

I've been using the 3.5-10x44 for about 4 years now. I love it!!!
Great in low light conditions, and you can pick one up for around $450.00
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Postby cinrds » Fri Nov 03, 2006 9:41 am

30-06
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Postby hm_palmer » Tue Nov 21, 2006 8:40 pm

I was using a .308 for many years and it is a great gun for deer and elk of your not shooting long distances. I just bought a new .300 WSM i'm trying it out for the first time this weekend going to see if I can get myself a nice buck. I went and sighted it in and aside from a sore shoulder it seems like a great gun.
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Postby Crawfish » Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:38 pm

Remington 700 30-06 would be great for both deer and elk. Scope?? The best in your price range (Nikon, Zeiss Conquest, etc....) Power??? Vari power somewhere from 3 to 15.
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Postby Michigan » Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:30 pm

Them Winchester 06 accubonds would probably do the job for moose too if you found the right bullet weight.
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Postby Troutslayer » Sun Dec 10, 2006 11:24 pm

richirich_99 wrote:what type of scope do you recommend for both hunting dense timber as well as more wide open country? Thanks!


I recommend spending as much on a scope as you spend on the rifle. It's an important piece of equipment and a good one will last you a lifetime. I shoot a 4.5-14 for deer and elk, but you might be better off with a 3-9 if you're going to be in heavy cover. Lower power gathers more light and allows you to find things in your scope that are closer as they often are in deer hunting. 3-9 seems to be the standard and you can aquire and aim at distant targets with it cranked up to 9.
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