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 Post subject: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:04 pm 
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Deer hunting starts this next weekend in WI so I got my 1983 manufacture Yugoslavian Model 59/66 all greased up and ready to go. Last year I took a smallish ten pointer at about 35 yards, iron sights. Can't see much more than 50 yards into the swampy river bottom woods from my stand, so iron sights are no real handicap.

The SKS rifle is very popular with the Americans of Mong heritage, of which there are quite a few in northern Wisconsin. If its good enough for a kid whose grandpa fled a war zone, then it's good enough for me. :wink:

What are you using for deer this season, and what is the terrain like where you hunt?



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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:24 pm 
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If I were going to hunt deer, it would be with a Ruger 77R in 6mm Rem. The terrain is either stands of timber or edges of green wheat.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:32 pm 
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If time presents itself, I’ll be using my Howa 1500 in .270 Win. Either the field edges that border timber or in the timber.

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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:45 pm 
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I may actually hunt some this year. If I go, it will probably be a Savage 99 in .300 Savage. Either that or my Remington 760 pump in 30-06.


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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:50 pm 
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When I used to hunt, I used a Remington 700 BDL 30-06 Springfield.



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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:59 pm 
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Hi,

I had a Yugo SKS "rifle" for a number of years. Never did use it for deer. I finally gave it to a son in law to enjoy.

I'm not much of a deer hunter anymore, and while I do have a plastic Savage 110 in .243, I don't really feel an attachment to it. Oh it's a good enough shooter, but it doesn't spark joy in me for hunting.

I do have a couple of other oldie but goodie rifle I seem to prefer more. I have 1943 Swiss K31 in 7.5x55 that is sweet shooter. You sure can't beat the 3 1/2lbs trigger pull.

But I find myself most often gravitating to my 1943 Finnish M39. It's the Cadillac of the Mosin-Nagants. I seem to be able to see the sights much better than on my Mauser or K31. I can be confident out to 200 yards with it. I'm still using the same box of Lapua 7.62x54R I bought 15 years ago. Still got 7 or 8 rounds left.

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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:16 pm 
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When I used to hunter, I used a Remington 700 BDL 30-06 Springfield.



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Still use one. Mine has a Kwik-Klip conversion.
The other is a M94 Winchester in .44mag with Williams Fire Sights.
I can be in thick woods or open grassland.

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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:29 pm 
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A Remington 81 and a Standard Arms Model G both in 35 Remington have been trading off so far. No blood drawn with them yet. Might switch them out for a Savage 1899 in either 38/55 or 25/35 and a Winchester 1876 in 45/60 for the last weekend. A Savage Model 16 in 7mm/08 is my bad weather gun.

Filled two tags with a 12 ga Beretta 391 using Lightfield sabots. Might switch to a 50 cal Knight inline for that zone if I desire more venison.


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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:31 pm 
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Actually, I have a number of rifles I can hunt deer with. My go to deer rifle is a left hand Ruger M 77 in 300 Win. mag. that I download to about 2900 fps with 180 gr. Hornady bullets. The reason I use bullets that heavy is because they give reliable performance & at the same time ruin a minimal amount of venison. I like to eat venison. I killed my first deer this year using my 12 ga., 30" LC Smith with a load of "OO" buckshot. I had intended to use my .54 cal. cap lock smoke pole & had the shotgun in the tree stand as back up but the buck hadn't read the script & I elected to use the shotgun at the last minute. I also hunt deer with my SXS Pedersoli 45-70 & my SXS .58 CAL. Pedersoli Kodiak. They are both called "Kodiak" mark something. I can't remember what or which is which. The 300 Win has accounted for the most deer but the only one I haven't killed a buck with is the .58 Kodiak. It is more or less a hog rifle as is the 45-70. I have never been one to kill a lot of deer in a year but I generally harvest one or two most years. I have had the M77 since the 80's. I haven't shot a doe in the last 40 years. I am not above doing so if it's legal but hasn't been in the cards!


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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:33 pm 
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Winchester model 70 supergrade in .270 winchester. 150 gr. Nosler partitions.

Steep, mountains, doghair lodgepole, probably never have to worry about even a 100 yd shot, more likely 50 yards.

I have a cow elk tag I'd like to fill, I can shoot a whitetail buck in this area as well (mulies are special permit in that particular district). I'm more focused on the cow, not really looking for a deer though I've been pushing them out of their beds fairly regularly.

We didn't make our eastern Montana mulie hunt this year. My hunting partner drew a Ram tag here locally and was focused on that effort.

Trying to decide if I want to get up at 4am and go look for the cow in the morning.

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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:41 pm 
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When I lived out West, my go to was a 700BDL in 7mm Mag. I also own a Model 7 in 7-08 which would be more than adequate for Eastern critters.

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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:21 am 
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Anybody using an Armalite variant or other scary looking modern semi-auto?

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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:37 am 
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Anybody using an Armalite variant or other scary looking modern semi-auto?



Only for coyotes at the farm.



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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:05 am 
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oldthompson wrote:
Anybody using an Armalite variant or other scary looking modern semi-auto?

Right now my deer rifle is a TC Encore in .460 S&W. I am wanting to do an AR build in .450 Bushmaster. Ohio is SW cartridge only

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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:12 pm 
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oldthompson wrote:
Anybody using an Armalite variant or other scary looking modern semi-auto?


My niece' boys have my LR-260 again this year. The one took a nice buck but I don't know what gun he used. His brother plans on using it this weekend I've heard.

My Remington Model 8 is a semiauto with a non-detachable magazine that hangs down and would probably scare certain members of society even though it was made in 1940. I doubt that that fact it was designed around 1900 and the outward appearance hasn't changed since 1905 would matter to them.


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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:22 pm 
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I'm not mad at deer anymore but when I was, I used a .30-30 Marlin 336 and a Remington 700 ADL in 6mm Remington. Terrain mostly open, with timber around rivers and creeks and un-tillable land.

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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:55 pm 
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What do you mean "I'm not mad at deer anymore"?

You ever been mad at a venison steak? :wink:

That 336 is a nice lever gun. My uncle lent me one in .35 Remington for a couple seasons. Did not shoot at any deer with if but man was that easy to carry. Very light compared to my 9-1/2 pound sks.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:08 pm 
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I started deer hunting 70 years ago with a 30-30 Winchester 94. Went through several other calibers, including 30-06,270, 7mm Mag, and now in my mid-80s, I have two calibers that I use, and they have served me as well as any that I have used for deer, black bear, and feral hogs. Either will and has done the job for me. Those are the Model 70 Winchester in 243 WSSM and the Remington 700 in 7mm-08. I actually prefer the 243 WSSM with 95 grain Ballistic Tips. It is very light and has almost no recoil.

Let me qualify the number of years that I have been deer hunting. I started out with a "no brand" 12 gauge single shot when I was a young chap using buckshot to help feed my family during the 1940s. I made haste to buy a 30-30 when I knew about them as few people in the Waccamaw River lowlands had enough dinera to buy them if they had heard of them. The 30-30 has served many of these old geezers well, even today. Though few are as old as this geezer, I see lots of 30-30s even now.

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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:17 pm 
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My war with deer ended at least 30 years ago. I never developed much of a taste for venison, so there was no point in me shooting any more of them. The last time I hunted them was with a handgun but the only thing that came within range was an old tom cat and I wasn't mad at him, either.

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 Post subject: Re: What's your Deer Rifle?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:19 pm 
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For me it's my Sako 75 in .308 win with a custom 24" SS Douglas air gauged barrel. Scope is a Zeiss Conquest 4.5x14x 44mm and a Browning sling. Ammo is usually Hornady 150 gr SST's at either 2,820 fps or 3,000 fps. I hunt whitetails in the woods up to 150 yards to some fields out to 500 yards. It's taken around a half dozen deer. My nephew used on his first deer during a youth hunt and was the first kill with this gun.

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