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Old 11-29-2008, 10:25 AM
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First of all, The ballistic tips are more accurate, and shoot flatter. I think a lot of people try to be "marksmen" and prove themselves by taking head shots or neck shots. And to contradict an earlier statement, bigger cals don't always tear up more meat. I used to work in a processing plant and the smaller cals, tore up and jellied more meat then a larger caliber. I shoot a 280 and a 7mag, a shot thru the front shoulders usually anchors them right there. I've been hunting and shooting for about 32 yrs, and have learned and experimented with different calibers. And no I don't shoot a mag because I'm not profecient with my gun, I pride myself on being extremely accurate with any gun. I don't care if it's a 338 win mag or the 22hornet, I don't compromise on accuracy.
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:21 AM
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First of all, The ballistic tips are more accurate, and shoot flatter. I think a lot of people try to be "marksmen" and prove themselves by taking head shots or neck shots. And to contradict an earlier statement, bigger cals don't always tear up more meat. I used to work in a processing plant and the smaller cals, tore up and jellied more meat then a larger caliber. I shoot a 280 and a 7mag, a shot thru the front shoulders usually anchors them right there. I've been hunting and shooting for about 32 yrs, and have learned and experimented with different calibers. And no I don't shoot a mag because I'm not profecient with my gun, I pride myself on being extremely accurate with any gun. I don't care if it's a 338 win mag or the 22hornet, I don't compromise on accuracy.
spent about 8 years in a deer cooler/processing plant and I must say that as a general rule larger cal do more damage due to a larger frontal area but magnums destroy more meat than do slower velocity rounds, just yesterday my oldest granddaughter said she wanted to kill a deer but we did not go because all I have ready is the 22-250 and I don't think she is ready to shoot a deer with it but I am gonna get her something to hunt with
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:26 AM
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If your not competent to make the shot accurately under all conditions,then by using a 460 Weatherby will not compensate for the operators lack of skill when shooting under pressure.


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I agree 100%, it might give you a little more room for error, but does not always equal a kill.
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:29 AM
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:19 PM
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I think we can all agree that you can KILL deer with very small calibers...but will you find them??? With that being said, how many people have or know someone who has shot a deer with a large caliber with great shot placement and not found any blood??? I think in general the larger caliber do more damage, but the cartridge does make a huge difference.

Simply said...shoot the largest caliber that you feel comfortable with and can shoot with the best accuracy. I shoot a .308 over my 30-06 simply because I am more accurate and confident with it. I am shooting Winchester Ballistic Silvertips in 150gr and the combination works well for me.
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:26 PM
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I load up the 12 pound cannon when I head to the deer woods and will shoot nothing smaller...just wait till there's a herd in the oat patch about 2 clicks out and rain a little death down upon em! Works like a charm and NO tracking jobs!
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Old 11-29-2008, 01:44 PM
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223 dropped 4 with it this year and still going.
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Old 11-29-2008, 03:12 PM
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i have a 22 hornet dont hunt much with it but i have killed 2 nice bucks and 3 does none of them went over 30 yrds. shot everyone of them in the boiler room. when i opened them up to gut there was nothing left of the heart or lungs also just for the record i got this gun when i had a broken coller bone and 4 ribs. will probally give tthis gun to my son. hes 7
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Old 11-29-2008, 03:20 PM
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learning to shoot, being patient an knowing your equipment is more respectful of the animal than blasting a 100 pound deer with something having the energy to kill moose and destroying meat and still having to track it 200 yds, a little more ethical than some of the "sniper wannabes" shooting moose and elk cartridges at deer at 500-600 yds when they couldn't hit a bull in the butt with a bass fiddle don't you think?
No. I hunt with DEER cartridges, 260 and up. They can and thousands have been killed with a 22 rimfire, but why do that.
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Old 11-29-2008, 03:34 PM
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Once I shot a deer with my 243 Ruger using a 100 gr winchester bullet. The deer was quartering away from me and the bullet bounced off a rib. Then that same bullet hit the deer in the neck and it tore off half of the deers neck. Now I will only take head on shots or broadside shots at a deer with that rifle.
Mostly I use larger caliber rifles for deer hunting.
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Old 11-29-2008, 03:36 PM
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IMO - The smallest ethical caliber is the .243. My son shoots a .260 and that is the smallest of my guns.

Unless you have some sort of handicap, I just do not see any reason to use marginal weapons
I agree---.24 caliber should be bare minimum!
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:55 PM
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Not that I condone their use, I knew someone who used a 22lr when I was younger and never had a deer run out of sight. It was definitely superior to a bow at 100% kill recover record. I don't think it should be legal by any means, but the 22 centerfires are plenty adequite if used responsibly.
That said I use a 45 & 50 cal. most of the time
The smallest I have ever taken a deer with is 22 cal.
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:59 PM
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I agree---.24 caliber should be bare minimum!

Some states have made that the law!
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:14 PM
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I shoot a Ruger 6.5x55 but smallest I have taken a deer with is a friends .243 I borrowed one time.
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