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Old 05-05-2012, 09:00 PM
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Another one...not a "favorite" yet, but I like it alot. Might try it out on a small Texas Whitetail when I retire this year. H&R M-1, all correct. Mint bore.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:10 PM
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I have been shooting a Browning BAR 30-06 and have killed many deer with it. It is a great rifle, but I believe the best rifle is the one you practice with and become familiar with. Merry-go-round with deer hunting rifles seldom works, IMHO.

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Old 05-05-2012, 09:16 PM
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I have been shooting a Browning BAR 30-06 and have killed many deer with it. It is a great rifle, but I believe the best rifle is the one you practice with and become familiar with. Merry-go-round with deer hunting rifles seldom works, IMHO.

TJ
Nothing wrong with a BAR .30-06. As far as the merry-go-round with deer rifles thing goes, it depends on whether you have a good zero, with a good load, and you can shoot. Nothing wrong with owning several rifles (or pistols, or shotguns). Life is too short to hunt with one rifle.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:48 PM
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Isn't "favorite" hunting rifle just 1 rifle ? I really like all of my weapons but I have 1 favorite hunting rifle. If not then my favorite rifle is that one,that one ,that one and that one and etc....
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:55 PM
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OK, OK-if I had to pick...Ruger 77 Hawkeye, .30-06, with a Leupold 2.5-8X in Warne double-lever mounts. Custom barrel, engine-turned bolt, Cera-Kote bolt handle, "Old English" 1" pad. Not fancy, but I could live with this one.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:59 PM
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Isn't "favorite" hunting rifle just 1 rifle ? I really like all of my weapons but I have 1 favorite hunting rifle. If not then my favorite rifle is that one,that one ,that one and that one and etc....
All depends what your hunting I would think. What is good on a whitetail isn't necessarily the right choice on a pronghorn, just as a example.

Right now my "favorite" is my 1903A3 in '06 but I have a couple others I plan on trying this year (M1A with a 10X scope and possibly a Win 94 in 30-30 I just picked up).

To each their own IMO. There is no right or wrong as long as whatever you are hunting goes down quick and humanely.

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Old 05-05-2012, 10:14 PM
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If some of you have more than one 'favorite' and want to show them to me, who am I to complain?
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:15 PM
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Is it me, or does it seem there are a LOT of left hand rifles pictured? I didn't know there were THAT many.......but then again, I don't know much about rifles anyway.
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:19 AM
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if some of you have more than one 'favorite' and want to show them to me, who am i to complain?
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:26 PM
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I have been shooting a Browning BAR 30-06 and have killed many deer with it. It is a great rifle, but I believe the best rifle is the one you practice with and become familiar with. Merry-go-round with deer hunting rifles seldom works, IMHO.

TJ
Nothing wrong with a BAR .30-06. As far as the merry-go-round with deer rifles thing goes, it depends on whether you have a good zero, with a good load, and you can shoot. Nothing wrong with owning several rifles (or pistols, or shotguns). Life is too short to hunt with one rifle.
Bob
I agree, however my problem was thinking a "better"/different rifle would help me to be more accurate, instead of taking the time to learn how to shoot. I think a lot of people fall into this trap (as I did) and a dedicated commitment to learn how to shoot would serve better.

On the other hand, once you learn proper marksmanship, you should be able to be fairly proficient with any standard deer rifle.

TJ
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:42 AM
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Halo Battle Rifle .....

......and maybe also a Savage Classic chambered in .243 WIN...
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:59 AM
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remington 700 30-06
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:05 AM
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This one may be my future favorite...1949 M70 standard in .30-06, with an older Lyman 4X. Retro is big now.
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This is the definition of a deer rifle.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:57 PM
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IMO it's the perfect deer thumper. Nothing more than a .308 case with a .330 caliber bullet. I am color blind so like to put the odds in my favor to dump a buck in his tracks lol. Which is why I also bought a .375 H&H for this year. I will report back how that turns out lol.
let us know how you enjoy the .375 H&H, I have an old Weatherby given to me by an uncle, and shooting that rifle is almost like punishment. I did add a decelerator butt pad and now the rifle is enjoyable to shoot, for at least 25-30 rounds. I found it to be way to much gun for Whitetail, I only took one with it and the round destroyed the entire chest cavity and removed the front leg on the exit wound side. Now when I go bear hunting, thats my go to gun with a Ruger Super Blackhawk .44mag as backup. The dear shot was ranged at 320 yards, that is alot of gun.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:53 PM
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Ruger M77 MK-II (30-06) w/ Leopold VX-II 3-9X & Boyd's stock

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Old 05-07-2012, 06:48 PM
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I have a Browning BAR Safari in .270 with a Zeiss scope that I really like a lot. However, for the area I live, my Marlin 30-30 with just a set of XS ghost ring sights is my favorite. It's lightweight, balanced perfectly, and accurate for the distances I'm able to shoot.

I call the Marlin my favorite deer rifle, but it's only had 2 shots go through the barrel. I never even put any rounds through it when I first got it to see how it shot. Each of those 2 rounds I put through it wound up stocking my freezer. First was a doe at 75 yards, and the second was a buck at 50 yards. It has a 100% score card. Sadly, I haven't hunted in a few years.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:20 PM
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Remington Model 7 in .308 Win.
Great short rifle for tree stand hunting.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:18 PM
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How about a .50 cal?

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Old 05-07-2012, 10:31 PM
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You have to love muzzleloaders!

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Old 05-07-2012, 10:40 PM
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Maybe not my FAVORITE....but it's certainly served me well. Weatherby Ultra Light Weight in .280 rem with a 2.5-8X Leupold. With 3 rds of ammo and a light nylon sling it's 6 pounds 15 ozs. A dream to pack up and down my local hills.

Probably my favorite deer gun would be my old m-70 in .257 Roberts AI.

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Old 05-08-2012, 12:15 AM
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My favorite deer rifle was the one I took my first deer with... Browning BLR '81 in .358 Winchester. 200 grain round nose puts them down... Though this year I'm considering using a Marlin 336 in .35 Remington...
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:07 PM
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My favorite deer rifle is my Remington 1903A3 my father gave to me.
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:07 PM
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Maybe not my FAVORITE....but it's certainly served me well. Weatherby Ultra Light Weight in .280 rem with a 2.5-8X Leupold. With 3 rds of ammo and a light nylon sling it's 6 pounds 15 ozs. A dream to pack up and down my local hills.

Probably my favorite deer gun would be my old m-70 in .257 Roberts AI.

FN in MT
that's a nice buck, what's his inside spread? looks like maybe 16 or 17"
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:18 PM
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My favorite deer rifle is...

...my Steyr Pro-Hunter 7mmRemMag topped with a 3-12x56mm Zeiss Diavari.


Waited a long time to get this rig. Going to enjoy it for decades more.










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Old 05-13-2012, 02:33 PM
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This is probably my favorite deer rifle. I built it in 1997 started off as a '94 20" carbine. Put a 26" round oct. brl. My friend chambered and headspaced it to a 30-30 Ackey Imp. Pushes a 170 gn. to 2445 fps.
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