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#2890081 - 03/16/09 08:26 AM Rifle for Mule Deer
Landkiller Offline
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Registered: 12/11/08
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Loc: North Carolina
If you had to choose between these three for mule deer, which would it be? 7mm.Rem.Mag, 257 Wby Mag. and 25-06. I know that there are plenty others out there that will work, just curious about these three.

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#2890084 - 03/16/09 08:28 AM Re: Rifle for Mule Deer [Re: Landkiller]
Toolelk Offline
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Registered: 11/03/08
Posts: 554
Loc: Montana
Which ever one I shot the best as they are all excellent choices for Mule Deer.

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#2890097 - 03/16/09 08:32 AM Re: Rifle for Mule Deer [Re: Toolelk]
Jordan Smith Offline
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Registered: 03/29/06
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Loc: Calgary, AB, Canada
IMHO, 7Mag is more than is needed for any deer, and the .25-06 or .257WM would be better suited. In fact, I think the .25-06 would be ideal for mule deer. BTW, that's what I use as my mulie gun ;\)
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#2890138 - 03/16/09 08:50 AM Re: Rifle for Mule Deer [Re: Jordan Smith]
Tturbo Offline
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Registered: 07/22/08
Posts: 77
Loc: South Okanagan
ALL OF THE ABOVE WOULD DO!
I'd say the 25-06 Fast, hard hitting and easy to shoot, but if one of either the other two is a better shooter well then there is your answer

Just my 2 cents.

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#2890151 - 03/16/09 08:54 AM Re: Rifle for Mule Deer [Re: Landkiller]
lodgepole Offline
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I think the 7mm Rem Mag is the best choice because where you find muleys you often find a lot of wind and a good 160 gr. 7mm bullet bucks the wind better than anything you can shoot with the other two you mentioned.
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#2890243 - 03/16/09 09:31 AM Re: Rifle for Mule Deer [Re: lodgepole]
T_O_M Offline
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Registered: 11/06/07
Posts: 4153
Loc: State of Jefferson
I'd probably go with the 7mm mag.

I used to be a .25 fan. I lost a good buck well hit with a .25-'06. I found the carcass a few days later still intact enough to determine entry/exit points. It should have been DRT, or within 40-50 yards anyway, it should not have gone full-steam over a ridge 400 yards away. I lost a lot of confidence in the smaller calibers right there.

Tom
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#2890269 - 03/16/09 09:46 AM Re: Rifle for Mule Deer [Re: T_O_M]
olhippie Offline
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Registered: 01/02/06
Posts: 1736
Loc: Georgia
...A beautifully flat shooting 7mm that can be rolled up into a lighter easy carry rifle than required by the 7mm Rem Mag is the Winchester 284. The compact and efficient 284 hits with authority and shoots as flat as the 270 Winchester.

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#2890341 - 03/16/09 10:21 AM Re: Rifle for Mule Deer [Re: Landkiller]
Eremicus Offline
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Registered: 03/01/01
Posts: 18881
Loc: Placerville,CA,USA
It would depend on the rifles involved and, more important, how I was hunting them.
I've got a 6 lb., 14 oz. .25-284 which is ideal for back pack and rough, open country hunting done on foot. A 7mm Mag in such a light rifle wouldn't be a good choice for me. Kicks too hard, etc.
For a guy that packs a heavy rilfe, say 9-10.5 lbs., doesn't walk very far, and has lots of long range shooting under his belt, a 7mm magnum has it's adavantages. Bucks wind better, hits harder at the longest ranges, etc.
The .257 Weatherby is kind of a special case. Nothing shoots flatter. Recoils considerably less than the 7mm mags. E


Edited by Eremicus (03/16/09 10:22 AM)

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#2890436 - 03/16/09 10:55 AM Re: Rifle for Mule Deer [Re: Landkiller]
Mark R Dobrenski Offline
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Registered: 04/19/01
Posts: 28277
Loc: Bozeman, Montana
All 3 of the rounds you mention will do you just fine. For me, it would be about which rifle they were coming in and which one felt better to me than it would be about which round.

Good luck to ya

Dober
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#2890438 - 03/16/09 10:56 AM Re: Rifle for Mule Deer [Re: T_O_M]
Jordan Smith Offline
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Registered: 03/29/06
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Loc: Calgary, AB, Canada
 Originally Posted By: T_O_M
I'd probably go with the 7mm mag.

I used to be a .25 fan. I lost a good buck well hit with a .25-'06. I found the carcass a few days later still intact enough to determine entry/exit points. It should have been DRT, or within 40-50 yards anyway, it should not have gone full-steam over a ridge 400 yards away. I lost a lot of confidence in the smaller calibers right there.

Tom


Sounds like you had insufficient bullet performance, not an insufficient cartridge! ;\)
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