Deer hunting weapon of choice

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by Bwana, Sep 9, 2006.

What do you hunt deer with?

  1. Rifle

  2. Shotgun

  3. Muzzleloader

  4. Bow & Arrow

  5. Crossbow

  6. Spear

  7. Camera

  8. Pick-up ;-)

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  1. Bwana

    Bwana Well-Known Member

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    After seeing all of Big Rockpiles' hunting pics, most showing a muzzle loader of one sort or another, I was just wondering what your weapon of choice is for deer hunting? In this poll, you can vote for multiple choices, so if, like BR, you hunt with both a muzzleloader and a crossbow, vote for both.

    Looking forward to the responses! Feel free to reply as well...give us some details!

    Dave
     
  2. Bwana

    Bwana Well-Known Member

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    OK, I guess I could have included my picks in the initial post but anyway, I mostly hunt with a rifle, though I have shot more deer with a shotgun in the past. I also bowhunt, though I've only gotten two with a bow, both of those in '96! And I started bowhunting in '87! Pretty pathetic, huh? :)

    Dave
     

  3. PyroDon

    PyroDon Well-Known Member

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    I hunt during rifle season . we have nieghbors that in my opinion are too close so I use a winchester 1894 44mag saddle rifle with 16" barrel for deer . most shots are well within 100 yards ( more like 50) but always make shots downward to avoid the bullets carrying towards the neighbors.
    For small game I use a pistold crossbow , winchester 1894 22 with shorts, or 16ga singleshot. I have taken one doe with a ozarkorange long bow but have dislike for most bow hunting after finding a number of dead deer that have been shot with arrows . (somepeople shouldnt be llowed to hunt)
     
  4. bgak47

    bgak47 Well-Known Member

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    For the last several years I've used a replica 1873 .45/70 Trapdoor Springfield that was made by Harrington & Richardson in 1959, during rifle season. During muzzle-loading season I use a Lyman .54cal Plains Rifle. Both of these rifles are 1 shot stoppers for whitetail deer at around 100yrds or less.
     
  5. moonwolf

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    Deer are too common here to take that many interesting pictures with a camera. I would have said that for first choice until I changed my mind that I have hunted deer and it really depends. For where I would hunt now in the 'ag zone' of the district it's more brushy and closer shots that a 30:30 lever action works great. In the 'longer range' areas of the forested large clearings I'd to with a 30:06...... both rifles scoped.
    I've hunted and harvested deer effectively with a 12 ga. slug with a marlin bolt action goose gun at 50 yards. That's a real killer weapon to bring down a deer which I proved to myself.
    I guess most of the time though, it would be the 30:30, as deer I would be shooting at between 75 and 100 yds and that gun worked the best for me so far.
     
  6. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    Man where to start??? I've shot Deer with 30-30,.270,.303 British,30-06,.243,20ga.Slugs,12ga. Slugs,.45Cal. Muzzleloader,.50Cal. Muzzleloader,54Cal. Muzzleloader,Various Recurve and Compond Bows,plus Crossbow.

    Shot Muzzleloader mostly every since they have such a long Season and Unlimited Doe Tags.

    big rockpile
     
  7. wy0mn

    wy0mn Transplanted RedNeck

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    Marlin Guide Gun in .45-70, that way I can tell a whopper & honestly say I shoot a .458, all at the same breath!
    .40 flintlock
    .50 flinter
    .58 capgun
    50# longbow
    45# recurve
    Got a doe with a 9mm, but won't attempt that again and do not recommend it for anyone else!
     
  8. Lairvine

    Lairvine Pure-T-Mommicked, son!!!

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    Well I have a .243 and a .270 both model 110 savage bolt action... I love em both
     
  9. tallpaul

    tallpaul Well-Known Member

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    I like to hunt with one of my pistols although I have never had the opportunity to harvest a deer with them. I like my muzzleloaders and have had great success with them as well my crossbow. Shotguns are used by me only occasionally- I like the accuracy of the muzzleloaders better.
     
  10. swamp man

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    .303?Man,I loooove those enfields.
    Our deer here are plentiful,but smallish.I have a few rifles to choose from,but my favorite for rolling over whitetails is my stainless mini 30(7.62x39).Ballistically,the round paralells the 30-30,at least for the most part.I wouldn't try to go outside of 100 yds with it,but I only take clean kills,and most of my shots are short-range from a treestand/blind/kitchen window.
    I've taken a few hogs and deer with my S&W 686 .357 mag,but those were inside of 20 yds.
     
  11. Bwana

    Bwana Well-Known Member

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    Good one, wy0mn!

    I'd like to either get a Ruger No.1-S Medium Sporter in .45-70 (smaller, lighter version of the 1-H Tropical) or a 1-H Tropical in .458 Win. which could be loaded down to .45-70 levels for plinking and close range deer and black bear. Seems like it would be great fun to carry around a single shot falling block rifle with 'express' styling!

    Dave
     
  12. Bwana

    Bwana Well-Known Member

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    How on earth did I forget to include handguns in this poll!? Sorry about that!

    Dave
     
  13. Highground

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    30-30 for the thick stuff.
    .308 for the mountain land.
    But if I had to choose one deer hunting style, it would be my bow.

    Bwana, you did forget pistols (.41 Ruger Mag.)

    And ladders................

    ..............long story. :D
     
  14. tyusclan

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    I use a model 70 Winchester in .270.
     
  15. Bear

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    My favorite deer or bear gun is my Remington 760 carbine in 30-06 and has proven itself many times in both species. If the weather is nice, I might even take out my prized Winchester Model 71 in 348. This gun knocks down deer like they got hit by a bolt of lightning. For archery I take my Hoyt Super Slam set at 70 Lbs.
     
  16. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    They say (whoever "they" are) that most deer in this country are taken with a .30-30 caliber rifle. That's what I use. A Marlin 336 that was my first, and only, deer rifle. Where I hunt, in Minnesota forestland, you rarely get a shot over 50 yards.

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    2005 Buck
     
  17. deaconjim

    deaconjim Appalachian American Supporter

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    As I sit in my living room watching two spikes and a doe walking around outside my back window, it occurs to me that most anything will do. I'm not sure that this could be called hunting... :)
     
  18. BearCreekFarm

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    I am looking forward to deer season this year. I have a new Browning A-Bolt in .308 which Mr. Jackpine Savage just gave me as a second anniversary gift.

    For a wedding present I gave him a Winchester Model 70 in .338. He had a moose hunt shortly after we got married and since I could not go along, I wanted to be darn sure he'd be thinking about me while he was away, lol. I guess it brought him luck because he bagged a 750 lb moose with it. Hope his gift brings me as much luck during deer season.
     
  19. Rockin'B

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    Cabin fever,

    That's a nice buck. Congrats.

    I chose shotgun in the poll because that is what the state requires. My real choice is rifle. I have many customs and love to shoot them. Nothing is quite like having a custom built up and reloading for it.

    Bow comes in second just because I'm one of those people that doesn't sit still real good. I can't even sit down and watch TV. Drives DW crazy.... :help:
     
  20. Bwana

    Bwana Well-Known Member

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    Great buck CabinFever! Nice pic too. Was it a self portrait via timer? One of the better feild photos I've seen, especially for that time of day.

    Dave