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Re: Basic deer rifle in your area? [Re: Magnum_Bob] #14931126 06/01/20
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In the 80's when I was a teen most local hunters would have been carrying a Remington pump or semi-auto rifle like a model 7600, 742 or 7400 probably in 30-06.

Now bolt actions are the norm divided between common calibers like 270, 30-06 and 7mm mag. 243 and 7mm-08 are common calibers for women and kids but some men too.


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for me its a 223,243 win,25/35wcf, 30/30 wcf, 300sav,358 winchester, this what i use, they all work good

Re: Basic deer rifle in your area? [Re: Magnum_Bob] #14931382 06/01/20
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Magnum Bob, As only living in Wyoming for 35 years, I’ve only met “one” hunter using a 30-30, and none using a .223 (though I know of some that say they used the .223). My wife, back in 1973 ish, used a .243Win.....once!

To further qualify my findings or lack of findings......I meet “very few” people when hunting! memtb


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Re: Basic deer rifle in your area? [Re: Magnum_Bob] #14931477 06/01/20
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Used to be the only rifles allowed in Indiana, PCR.
The .44 mag Marlins and H&R popular.
Private ground reg HP rifles also became legal.
Think entry level .243/.308 stuff like Axis/RAR top sellers.

When PCR only I ran a Ruger .44 auto sporter or a TC Contender in .35 rem (trimmed to meet spec).
Since reg HP rifle has been legal (test period) I've run a Ruger #1 RSI in .243 win and a Rem 760 in .35 rem.
Bought a Steyr Prohunter for crappy weather, in boring ol' .30-06

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I'd like a Number 1 in .243 win, in A config.
Or maybe in .250 savage.

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Re: Basic deer rifle in your area? [Re: efw] #14931590 06/01/20
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Originally Posted by efw
Winchester 94 or Marlin 336 in 30-30

Rem 700, Savage 110, or Win 70 in 30-06 or .270

Those would prolly account for 75% of what you’d see in the field here in Michigan north of our CF line.

South of that things have innovated a lot... .450 BM has gotten HUGE recently. For quite a while (Before modifications you restrictions) in-line MLs were all the rage.

I agree with this, with the addition of the 742/7400. What's really changed about Michigan is where people hunt. Thirty years ago, everyone went "up north" to the woods and used centerfires. Now, the majority of the hunters stay in Zone 3 and hunt farmland.

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Re: Basic deer rifle in your area? [Re: Magnum_Bob] #14933866 06/02/20
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Seems the newer hunters are buying 6.5 Creed & 308 bolt action s with higher powered vortex or other scopes with exposed turrets because tactical is cool. Older hunters likely to have a 30-06 or 7 Mag or similar. Our little pacific mule deer dress out at 125 lbs for an average fork horned buck so not too hard to kill but they are wary. Distances can be 2-400 yards in open heavily pressured areas.

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Lot of 30-30 levers, mainly Marlins, among the hunters that frequent the woods. 30-06, 270, and 7Mag bolt guns for those that hunt fields. Fair number of Browning BARs around.

Most bolt rifles are of the plastic variety these days, savage and Remington being the most popular. Ruger Americans are becoming popular. Most people willing to spend money on a rifle seem to go with Browning A-bolts and X-bolts. I rarely ever see a Model 70. M77s are seen a bit more often but still fairly rare. $50 or less scopes are the norm. I only know a handful of hunters willing to spend more than $200-300 on a scope.

My hunting partner and I are the only people I know personally that have ever take a deer with a 223.


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In Georgia: Walmart synthetic 700 .270 or 30-06 Nikon Buckmaster or similar scope. In recent years the Savage Axis and Ruger American rifles are catching up with the remingtons.

Re: Basic deer rifle in your area? [Re: Magnum_Bob] #14935817 06/02/20
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Always autos. Used my Moms 7400 270 With a crap Tasco till I was was 36 years old 2 years ago. Became a tradition, that was my deer rifle for the Wisconsin gun season. That gun will never be sold, not worth much anyway. It will be given to me and then given to my son. Then I Finally bought myself a BAR 7mm from a friend for a good price.
Some of my friends try to say how much more accurate there bolts are. My response is yes your right you can probably shoot a inch at a hundred and I’ll do 2 inch. That will still hit the deer. We’re not shooting squirrels. My longest shot might be 100yrds.
Or I’ll get, they can jam. Also true. Take care of the gun, find ammo it likes. The only problem I have found was that 270 didn’t like certain clips. I found this out while siting it in. So found the clips it liked and away we go.
That 270 never let me down.


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Re: Basic deer rifle in your area? [Re: Magnum_Bob] #14936882 06/03/20
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Quick CJS, hit the edit button and change clips to detachable magazines before Redneck gets on your case. See the Rimfire section for a more detailed explanation. I know, I know, every guy in deer camp calls them clips too. You are in rifle loony land here on the Campfire.


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There doesn't seem to be one dominant rifle where I hunt in Pa. I used to always see several Remington 760's every year but hardly ever see them anymore. Cheap package bolt guns in common calibers are the norm and will certainly get the job done. I carried my CZ 550 full stock in 6.5 Swede with a Zeiss Conquest scope on it for several years and guys ogled that like it was the most exotic rifle they ever saw. Last year I went back to carrying a model 94 in 30-30 like I did as a young hunter but I haven't seen another guy carrying a levergun of any kind in about 20 years.

Re: Basic deer rifle in your area? [Re: Windfall] #14937056 06/03/20
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Originally Posted by Windfall
Quick CJS, hit the edit button and change clips to detachable magazines before Redneck gets on your case. See the Rimfire section for a more detailed explanation. I know, I know, every guy in deer camp calls them clips too. You are in rifle loony land here on the Campfire.
Not only every guy in deer camp that calls them clips. Marlin and Remington called them clips in their advertising for years. The guys on the fire demanding they be called magazines are just dorks.

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The brass I find laying around at the semi-private range I shoot at is 270 Win, 243 Win and 308 Win.

I did see some nickle plated 7mm STW cases laying around the other day. Hard to believe someone shoots that and doesnt reload.


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Re: Basic deer rifle in your area? [Re: Magnum_Bob] #14937860 06/03/20
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.308 or 6.5 Creedmoor seem to be the “common” deer hunting calibers for younger guys. 30-06 or .30-30 with older hunters. Some areas of my state are Shotgun only, so I’ve done hunters who just use 12g for all their hunting.

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Here in Western Pa. the rifle used seems to depend on the age of the hunter. The old-timers carry Savage 99s, Marlin 336s, Remington 7600s and wood and blue Rem 700s and Win. 70s. The middle aged hunters prefer the nicer synthetic stainless bolt guns like Rem. 700s, Win. 70s , Tikkas and the like. The younger hunters are using the entry level black stock and matte blue bolt guns. The kids just starting get the hand me downs. I didn't mention Win. 94s that were legendery in the Pa. woods because the old-timers that grew up using them can't use open sights anymore because of declining near eyesight.


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Ya, my only hope was Betty Lou, she was the one, a combination AK 57 oozie radar laser triple-barrel double-scoped hit-seekin shotgun.

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Re: Basic deer rifle in your area? [Re: Blackheart] #14938933 06/03/20
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Originally Posted by Blackheart
Originally Posted by Windfall
Quick CJS, hit the edit button and change clips to detachable magazines before Redneck gets on your case. See the Rimfire section for a more detailed explanation. I know, I know, every guy in deer camp calls them clips too. You are in rifle loony land here on the Campfire.
Not only every guy in deer camp that calls them clips. Marlin and Remington called them clips in their advertising for years. The guys on the fire demanding they be called magazines are just dorks.

LOL! I love this! If you calle d them clips on another forum i'm on they'll tar and feather you.

I've heard a hundred reasons why not. They got called clips from WWII and M-1 Garands. The old magazine inserts were like a clip.


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Originally Posted by Blackheart
Originally Posted by Windfall
Quick CJS, hit the edit button and change clips to detachable magazines before Redneck gets on your case. See the Rimfire section for a more detailed explanation. I know, I know, every guy in deer camp calls them clips too. You are in rifle loony land here on the Campfire.
Not only every guy in deer camp that calls them clips. Marlin and Remington called them clips in their advertising for years. The guys on the fire demanding they be called magazines are just dorks.

Or maybe just dumb-asses with no life 😂....Hb

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There's a couple of guys on the G&A forum that will call them clips just to piss off certain people, me being one of them. It's silly go be so anal.
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