Mine's been the 270, I shoot a savage bolt action that has been accurate ever since I had it, however I can't ditch the old lever action 30-30 I started with, that thing killed alot of deer for me too and seems to work great for pa as a brush gun.
Post by jeffpahunter on Nov 19, 2008 23:42:22 GMT -4
I picked the 30-06 due to it's versatility & popularity but own and have killed Deer with 25-06, 30-30, 270, 30-06, 308 & 7mm Mag. All will do the job. It's not WHAT you shoot but HOW you shoot it. Hit a Deer in the rigth spot with a .22 and you can drop one in it's tracks but hit them in the wrong spot with a howitzer and they'll go a long way.
32 Special M94SRC, M336SC Marlin 35 Rem, 30-06 (three different rifles), M98 8x57 Mauser (two different ones), 22-250, 25-06, S&W M629 44 mag and 444 Marlin for me thus far. That leaves the 223, 243, 38WCF and a few others in "the pile", yet to go.
Last year was the first time in many years that I killed a deer with the 30-06 and that was only because it was my late uncle's deer rifle (1903 US Rem, issue sights), that I finally managed to acquire. It's now retired, again.
Still have two 30-06 scoped sporters: One old timer w/Weaver K4 and a commerical M98 action with a Pentax 6X on it. Might tote one on opening day? Didn't hunt at all last year with a scoped rifle, during deer season. Always take the heavy-barreled 25-06 along to camp though, in case I'm tempted to thump one across the valley, like I used to with it.