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Old 11-19-2019, 01:14 PM   #1
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I have a hunting trip coming up and I want to buy a proper new deer rifle. All the guns I own now besides a 30-30 are set up for target shooting. Frankly this is just an excuse to buy a new gun!

I was raised that .270 was the best all around caliber for deer hunting in the south. But when I went to a local gun shop and asked to see .270 rifles for deer hunting you’d thought I was asking for a .50cal to hunt with by their reaction. They recommend.243 instead. My experience with gun stores has always been they are pretty cocky know it alls and this may be the case but I thought I’d ask the experienced hunters here. I’m only looking at mainstream calibers, easy to find and will be here down the road.

Is .270 too much for deer around here and in Alabama? If so is .243 really the better option? And does anyone hunt with a .223 bolt gun with success, I ask because I have a .223 bolt gun I love already?
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:19 PM   #2
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Here we go again

.270 is not to much for deer
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270 is great.

In my opinion it all depends on where you are hunting. Beanfield/shooting house rifle, swamps, dense woods, are all going to have better suited rifles.

You can kill a deer with a .22 or a 50cal. Personally, for general hunting, i like 30-06 and 308.

If i was looking for a flat shooting bean field gun, I would probably go with a 6.5 creedmoor or a 260.
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I wouldn't go back to a store that tells it's customers that a .243 is the best chambering for deer hunting.
Get a 30/06 and you will be set for just about anything in North America.
Nothing wrong with a .270, a .308 or a 30/30 for that matter, depending on how long your shots are.
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Just a word of advice. Only rednecks will say a 300 mag
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.270 is not to much for deer

I was worried this was going to be like asking what’s everyone’s favorite boat brand! Haha
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30-06 and 270 is what Ive used all my life
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This is the same as asking who makes the best truck...at the end of the day they will all get the job done. I shoot a .270wsm, and drive Ford trucks. My next "hunting gun" will probably be a .308 just because of more ammo options.(next truck will still be a Ford though)
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Last year I took my first deer (and two more). All taken with a .308.
One dropped right where it stood (neck shot), the other two went about 30yrds.
Just a newbie hunter's $0.02
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I appreciate everyone’s feedback. I’m going to stick with buying a .270 as I originally planned, I just wanted to check with the experience here to make sure I wasn’t over doing it. Thank you guys this is what makes this an awesome resource!
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