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#5700194 - 10/11/11 What's the perferred deer cartridge for guys in Canada?  
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What deer cartridge is the favorite of most of you Canadian deer hunters?

1. 300 Win Mag
2. 7mm Rem Mag
3. 30-06
4. 270 Winchester
5. 308 Winchester
6. 7mm-08

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You forgot .303 Brit & .300 Savage.


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Actually I don't own anything on your list.The .270 is probably Number 1,but I've shot more than a few BC Mulies and whitetails with the .280Rem and the .280AI. Monashee


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303 Br
6.5x55
270
30-06
308


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Originally Posted by Dixie_Rebel
What deer cartridge is the favorite of most of you Canadian deer hunters?

1. 300 Win Mag
2. 7mm Rem Mag
3. 30-06
4. 270 Winchester
5. 308 Winchester
6. 7mm-08


Just to show on your list. A few years back, the 303 Brit for sure, and also the 300 Savage and 30-30. Most prolific for the past century would have to be the 30-30 lever gun.


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Originally Posted by the_shootist
Originally Posted by Dixie_Rebel
What deer cartridge is the favorite of most of you Canadian deer hunters?

1. 300 Win Mag
2. 7mm Rem Mag
3. 30-06
4. 270 Winchester
5. 308 Winchester
6. 7mm-08


Just to show on your list. A few years back, the 303 Brit for sure, and also the 300 Savage and 30-30. Most prolific for the past century would have to be the 30-30 lever gun.


This is probably the correct assumption, personally I use a .280, though this year I will bring along my .257 Roberts as I have it shooting 100gr TTSX pretty well.


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Not mentioned in your list and not necessarily a "preferred" cartridge are shotguns with slugs (both 12 & 20 ga.)and 50 cal. muzzleloaders for those of us forced to hunt in the built up areas of southern Ontario.

When hunting in WMU's allowing rifles it might be whatever I pull out of the safe for a given hunt.

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Numbers 1,2, and 3 are great elk, moose, and bear rifles, but most guys around here use a .25-06, .270, .243, or 7mm-08 for deer wink


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243, 25/06, 270, 303, 308, are just some I own and hunt.
Cut my teeth on a 303 British.


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Why is the 303 British so popular with Canadians?

No one that I know of produces factory rifles in that chambering.


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The most used would likely be 308 or 06.
With 30-30 coming in close behind.

Personally I use a 308, 280, 250-3000 & a 38-55 but I like to be different.

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Originally Posted by Dixie_Rebel
Why is the 303 British so popular with Canadians?

No one that I know of produces factory rifles in that chambering.



Kinda like the 1917 Springfield for you fellers. It was the Canadian/British military weapon in two world wars, and for about $20 you could get one from Eatons or McLeods or any other department store. Plus they are powerful enough and accurate enough to kill moose and deer.


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I know a bunch of guys that still use the old 303. I killed my first whitetail in 1989 with my uncle's 303 british. Most of the guys I know though use 308, 270, 30-06, 30-30. 7mm rem mag. There seem to be more and more 300 wsms around here in the last few years.

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Years ago I attended a family reunion near Bancroft (Canada) and while there talk turned to hunting.
I waxed eloquently about the superiority of my .284 Win model 100. After a while I took a breath and asked, "so, what do you hunt with?"
A guy said, "303" I waited a few seconds and said, "so, tell me about it!" He replied, "it works."

Lesson? Listen and learn.

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The big favourite around here is the 30-06.

Why?

While hunting deer in BC there's a good chance, in many places, that what you'll actually bump into is an Elk, a Moose, a Black bear or a Grizzly bear.

I'd guess 30-06 sales account for most of the ammo sold in BC.


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Why 303?

It works. Well! Ruger makes their #1 AB chambered in it and they sell fast and furious. A lot is nostalgea, but more is the practical mind of the Canadian middle aged hunter. We all grew up with at least one in the house, and so in fact did many of our children. I own four, two sporterized Lee Enfields, One full military #4 mk 2 and one factory Ruger. They all function flawlessly, and deliver remarkable accuracy.

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. . . . . . . and they do pretty good double duty at cleaning the head of some ruffed grouse as well. wink






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There are a couple of things that most people forget about talking firearms for deer, black bears and moose. The biggest factor is where they hunt. There's a heck of a difference hunting whitetails in the prairies (the plains, for our friends in the US) versus most of eastern Canada in dense deer woods. Prairie ranges are a lot farther. They need the reach.

The second is the age of the hunter. Most, but not all hunters under forty have been bamboozled into buying overpowered rifles. Hunting magazines make promises of better, more successful hunts with magnums or some of the new chamberings. A magnum or larger, flat shooting rifle like a 25-06 might do well in western Canada, but it's a waste in Ontario or in most of eastern Canada.

Bigger cartridges kick more, the ammunition costs more and are more expense to shoot for reloaders.

Western Canadians may have to worry about brown bears or grizzly bears, so they might want something with a little punch, when they're in bear country.

Writers should educate their readers about rifle selection. Hunters should do their own homework and not depend solely on what they read. Ad men and full page colour spreads should be eyed with suspicion.


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Originally Posted by Dixie_Rebel
Why is the 303 British so popular with Canadians?

No one that I know of produces factory rifles in that chambering.



http://www.ruger.com/products/no1LightSporter/models.html


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Dixie,

By your comment about factory rifles, why then is the Savage 99 series so popular?


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Guys please don't consider my question derogatory in any way. I'm not putting down the 303. If any of you guys like and use it yourselves, I'm perfectly fine with it.

I was just curious as to why the 303 British is so popular.

One thing I fully recognize it the 303's ability to take deer at the modest range they are typically found in the eastern part of Canada's woods. The 303 has plenty of power for deer.

I assumed some of the more popular American cartridges, like the 30-06, 270 Winchester or 308 Winchester, would be the cartridge of choice for most hunters.


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The .303 British was the service rifle for the Canadian Army in both WWI and WWII.After the war there were barrells of them sitting around that could be purchased dirt cheap.A whole generation of hunters started off with the .303.There aren't that many around anymore.The US Army's service rifle in WWI(and at the start of WWII) was the .30-06 Springfield.Lot's of guys used them for starter hunting rifles as well(The Garand just wasn't suitable! grin) Monashee


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Originally Posted by Rug3
Years ago I attended a family reunion near Bancroft (Canada) and while there talk turned to hunting.


Born & raised in Bancroft.
Still live only 40 min away.
PM your family name, I probably know them.

Took my 1st & biggest moose with a 303B.

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I would have to say, that most houses in Canada that have firearms in them, most likely have, or have had a .303 in them.
I'm pretty sure there is a law about it somewhere....


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