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Posted: October 11 2010 at 8:06pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Well heck, after all the debate about the .25-06 or the .375, I may just take the .300 WSM for mule deer instead.



Originally bought this Model 70 for longish range mule deer hunting, and for a variety of reasons, I've as yet failed to blood it. The rifle slings 210 grain Bergers or 200 grain Nosler Accubonds at a bit over 2800 fps with excellent accuracy. Am using a near max load of H4350. Strongly suspect that such a load will easily handle a mule deer buck...

A bit heavier than the .25-06, it really delivers on 300 - 600 yard accuracy... I think the weight is worthwhile.

You guys will know if I chicken out and grab Ol' Meat in the Pot, the .25-06 Rem 700...
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Posted: October 11 2010 at 9:25pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

"You guys will know if I chicken out and grab Ol' Meat in the Pot, the .25-06 Rem 700... "




Only 4 days to go Guy.....

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Posted: October 12 2010 at 5:19am | IP Logged Quote Boomer

"I may just take the .300 WSM"

You never did learn to listen, son!

Yep,, you gotta take the rookie out and put it through her paces.. I think it's some sort a sin to have a new deer rifle that's never shot a deer.

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Posted: October 12 2010 at 6:19am | IP Logged Quote M700

The suspense is killing me. I did home improvement stuff all weekend, moving 10 yards of decorative rock into the flower beds, painting the fireplace, etc... Thinking of deer hunting the entire time..

Got the fever bad...

It really doesn't matter which rifle I grab, I just want to go hunt some deer!
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Posted: October 12 2010 at 8:04am | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

"Yep,, you gotta take the rookie out and put it through her paces.. I think it's some sort a sin to have a new deer rifle that's never shot a deer."

That mean I should take the Ruger #3 in 45-70 rather then the deadly 25-06?

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Posted: October 12 2010 at 10:10am | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

If you can drop a slug into the vitals with it, then it don't really matter which one it is. I don't have any magnums as my range is not normally nearly as long here in Missouri, but I too have had times when I just did not know which rifle or handgun that I wanted to use. I end up taking at least two and sometimes three rifles to camp to augment my revolvers and have taken out a different rifle in the afternoon than I did in the morning if I came back to camp at noon. All ballistics being familiar to me of course.

For long range shots, best be very familiar with the ballistics. I always have a ballistics chart drop and windage table laminated and rubber cemented to the butt of my stocks except for the short range rifles. Just in case I get that long shot at a trophy buck that I can't pass up.

This year I am going to bring along my old 94 Win. .44 Mag. along with Lyman 429215 225gr. gas checked bullets. Now that I have a rear peep sight and fiber optic Firesight on the front, I can actually hold a decent group with open sights again. I have been neglecting the poor thing for years because my eyesight using open sights would not allow me to hit the broadside of a barn.

Last year I dropped my deer with that same bullet in my old Flattop Blackhawk using a replacement rear peep sight blade. But I think I will take along my New Service .45 Colt this year with the Wonder Sights installed and will be using a 282gr. RCBS 270-SAA cast bullet. I can now hit with it. Can't wait.

Edit: Oh, I like the idea of bigger holes when hunting bigger game.

Edited by Ham Gunner on October 12 2010 at 10:18am


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You already know my choice, the .25-06.   Mine has never failed me. In all my hunting I've rarely needed a second shot on game with the 06.   Dependable with a trajectory that is quite flat.

It's gone with me more then the .300 H&H Mag that I reserve for large game.
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Posted: October 13 2010 at 4:57am | IP Logged Quote Boomer

STCM(SW) wrote:
"Yep,, you gotta take the rookie out and put it through her paces.. I think it's some sort a sin to have a new deer rifle that's never shot a deer."

That mean I should take the Ruger #3 in 45-70 rather then the deadly 25-06?


Why Certianly!!! I'm using my 1895 CB in 45-70 rather than the 25-06, one of 3 7X57's, .257 roberts, 30 Rem (next in line),6.5X55, 280 Rem, 2 30-06's, 338-06, 35 Whelen, 35 Remington, 44 Mag.....

Edited by Boomer on October 13 2010 at 4:59am


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Posted: October 13 2010 at 6:40pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Yeah... My good ol' .25-06 has decided it doesn't like me, or at least it doesn't want to group well for me. Not sure what's up with that. I've got the barrel soaking up a load of Wipe Out bore cleaner...

But, the .300 WSM and the .375 H&H are both shooting GREAT, so all is well.
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