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223

300 blk for 150 and in

243,308,7-08,260 are all pretty reasonable although not strictly the least powder volume wise.

Not that most people shoot at enough deer in 10 years to burn a lb of powder. So not sure it matters anyways

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30-30, 308, 30-06 which ever you might have. 150-180 cast FN bullet with 12-20 grains of suitable pistol Powder.

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If as your original post stated you want the least amount of powder then 223 is probably your best bet although if you limited yourself to 100 yards a 357Mag rifle would be the way to go. If you want least cost then cast bullets are the way to go since all else being equal, bullets are the most expensive component. 100 yards is easy, 200 yards and you best pick your shots and know your trajectory.

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I've been using a 243 LBC (6mm Grendel) as of late but that's not a factory cartridge. So, I'll say 6mm ARC.

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Why reinvent the wheel. The 30.30 Win. in a Marlin 336 and a low X scope. Been doing it for years.

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Originally Posted by super T
Why reinvent the wheel.. . .


That's just what people want to do
IMO all the bases for hunting firearms were covered
decades before I was ever a molecule

I wouldn't feel bad restricted to a 30/30 for the
hunting I do in the places I've hunted.
There's years and years worth of ammo and
components already made up sitting in storerooms
here and there

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What are your game laws in WV? If .22 CF's are legal I would go with a .22 Hornet if shots were close-ish, .223 if 200 yards were a genuine possibility. Several relatives have killed a train car full of deer in PA with the Hornet where it's perfectly legal.

I'm a lead bullet caster/shooter from way back and have great success with .30's, so that's another approach I can recommend. Fire up the old .30-30, get yourself a mould that throws 180-190 grain flat nosed, cast them relatively soft, and drive them at 1800fps give or take, and make room in the freezer.


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Grendel been said , very efficient and effective 7BR

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150 gr. 30 cal.

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.250 Savage and 6.5x47.

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This is an easy one, 223.


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Originally Posted by Elvis
.250 Savage and 6.5x47.



You obviously have never hunter with a 250 savage....

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223 Rem. Some great bullets for deer with it.

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6.5 Grendel has worked well for us. Very accurate in the Howa Mini Action and used on deer out to 250 yards this year. 100g Nosler BT. Very light recoil.

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Another vote for the Grendel.

Another choice would be the 6.5 or 7 TCU. Uses .223 brass, very little powder and when using light bullets performs extremely well on whitetails out to 200 yards. I have used a 7TCU and 120 grain Nosler BTs to kill my two biggest bucks so far.

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IMO, a Grendel with 100-123 grain bullets, or even up to the 130, and a 6.8 SPC using something like a 120 ProHunter, will beat anything out of a 223. That's not to knock the 223, because I know there are those who consider it a perfectly acceptable deer cartridge............something I don't do, but having shot seer with a 223 and a 6.8 SPC, the larger caliber was the winner as far as I'm concerned.

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Lots of good choices that burn 30gr of powder or less. Grendel-like cartridges might have an edge if trajectory, good bullet weight, and bullet selection are factored in. Some others like the .350 Legend might require more holdover figgering than one might get under hunting conditions.

In WV, any centerfire is legal, so it’s a good place to do “research” if one is so inclined.


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.223 or maybe a .357 Mag carbine like a Marlin 1894 or Ruger 77/.357 / .44 mag

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I appreciate all the replies, LOTS of good calibers mentioned.

The 223/5.56 would probably the all-around winner on this one due to availability of components, powder expended, etc.

I do appreciate the mention of the 357 Mag or similar pistol caliber carbines.


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Originally Posted by TheBigSky
To me, based on cost and availability of all components, a 223 is the slam dunk objective answer, in my opinion.


Yep.


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