Buying new rifle - What caliber?

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  1. myoung84

    myoung84 Senior Member

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    OK guys, I'll be buying a new rifle soon for this years deer hunt. Went last year with the father-in-law and will be going again this year. Last year I borrowed an old Remington .270 but want my own gun. I have committed to the Savage 11/111 with Nikon scope but have been bouncing around on what caliber to go with. I've done a lot of reading on rifles and for under $500 with a decent scope, I don't think I can go wrong with the Savage.

    I'm looking at either .270, 7mm-08, 30-06, or .308. What are your thoughts? All of them are roughly the same price. I'm leaning towards the 30-06 or .308 but feel it might be too much. What are your thoughts?

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    I had a 270 when I had time to hunt and it had more than enough to put down a deer. Hopefully will pick another one up soon once we get our house built and I can get the trails cut back down on our land

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    .270 or .308
    Can't go wrong with either.
     
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    Will you be hunting in the woods or open fields with potential long range shots?

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    .270 will do the job....hunted for years with one. Never failed to put down any muley I shot at.
     
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    .270 has great ballistics, but I'm a .308 guy. One of the best well rounded rounds out there. If you want a greater selection of loads, the 30-06 would be my next choice.

    I always consider what is available locally for ammo. Both of the 30 caliber choices are on every shelf around here.

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    I always consider recoil when choosing a rifle so that will be coloring my advice.
    If you reload then I recommend the 7mm-08 because you can get some terrific performance with milder recoil than the others.
    If you don't reload then I'd say go with the .308 for a wider selection of ammunition.
    Any of the ones you mention will be fine for hunting deer.



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    Great feedback guys. I'm leaning towards .308 right now. I do agree that I can't go wrong with any of these choices...

    If we go back to the same place as last year, there's opportunity for both.

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    I have 4 30-06's and one .308. During the great gun scare last year I could find 30-06 without much issue, .308 was impossible. They're so close in every different way that I prefer the 06 just because it was easier to find ammo.
     
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    Good choice on the Savage 111/11. I love the savage rifles, really accurate and a good price. And no I dont say that because I worked for them lol. My savage axis .223 is my favorite rifle I own.

    I have always been told by my hunter friends .270's work best for deer but I have never gone deer hunting so Im not sure if thats true. .270 wsm seems very hard too find up here. I would probably just go with whatever has the most available ammo.
     

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