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Posted: February 14 2018 at 9:45am | IP Logged Quote M700

What are the typical hunting rifles & cartridges in your area? Where are you? Please include that. And, what is the typical game animal hunted?

Here in Central Washington State, the typical hunting rifle is a scoped bolt action in one of the popular cartridges such as the 270 Win, 30-06, 7mm Rem mag, 300 Win Mag, 300 WSM, etc...

I typically hunt with one of two Remington 700 CDL's, a 25-06 and a 30-06. Both are topped with 6x Leupold scopes.


In my area common game animals are mule deer, black bear and elk.

It's actually rare to see anyone afield with a lever-action rifle.

How 'bout your area?

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Posted: February 14 2018 at 10:37am | IP Logged Quote Rex

There is a bit of everything around here but I'd guess the old '06 outnumbers all others combined.
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Posted: February 14 2018 at 10:40am | IP Logged Quote twillis

Here in PA you will typically see pretty much the same thing you see there. IE. Bolt action 30.06s and 270s. That said, we probably have far more pump rifles that you do. Representative of those are the Remington 760s and 7600s; most in 30.06 and 270. Now me on the other hand use an Encore in 30.06 or a Marlin 1895 in 45/70.

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Posted: February 14 2018 at 10:52am | IP Logged Quote M700

Rex wrote:
There is a bit of everything around here but I'd guess the old '06 outnumbers all others combined.


Mostly in scoped, bolt-action rifles I'd guess?
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Posted: February 14 2018 at 10:54am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Here in East Texas, the primary rifle for hunting
whitetail deer is a bolt action, scoped, .270, .243, or
.308. Very basic setups but always with scopes. I believe
I'm the only one that uses iron sights anymore in this
part of the planet. Ha ha ha

Now as to our other Prime game animal is the feral hog.
These nasty things are hunted with a myriad of different
rifles and calibers. The Little Black Rifle in .223 has
become the main rifle of choice for many of the Texans
hereabouts. Also the 300 Blackout has become a very
popular caliber for Hogs as well. Many of the hog Hunters
prefer scopes of moderate power or reddot devices.

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Posted: February 14 2018 at 1:50pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

South Missouri, other than small game hunting, is only about white tailed deer and now days, occasionally hogs. For the most part, I would say that from the beginning of legal deer hunting in Missouri in the 1940's the lever action 30-30 had always been the most abundant rifle around for the short ranged hunting in the South part of the state and until likely the last 30-40 years or so, open sights were more abundant than scopes, but I suspect that scoped rifles are the norm now days with the Marlin lever action being very abundant to include the 35 Rem. There always seemed to be a good many of the Rem. 742 autos and 760 Rem. pumps around chambered in .30-06 as well when I was younger along with plenty of surplus military rifles, some with open sights and some customized with scopes.

Recently, and I am guessing the last 30 years or so, bolt rifles have caught up to and likely surpassed the lever action in abundance and of course they likely all have scopes. Anything from the long and short magnums on down to the standard calibers of 30-06, 270 Win., 243 Win., as well as a sprinkling of most any other cartridge can be found for even the short range hunting.

In the past 20 years or so the .223 Rem. is likely making good headway into hunting in this area of short range deer hunting. The AR type rifles are certainly popular for hunting now, so I would say that the 30-30 is no longer even in the running for the most popular rifle anymore. The AR might be gaining even on the bolt guns.

Now N. Missouri has much longer range hunting areas and I would think that the scoped 30-06, 270 Win., 7mm Mag, as well as plenty of larger magnums would still be quite popular along with sprinklings of most other longer range cartridges.

My favorites include my 94 Win. in .44 Mag., now with peep sights, and my 19" full stocked 6.5x257 Rob Jap wearing an old 2 1/2 power El Paso K-Weaver. I have killed deer with long range shots with my customized Mosin-Nagant reworked M-28 Sako rifle (.308 dia. Sig barrel) with scope when hunting on the farm, but for the last 30 years I normally hunt from a deer camp with buddies in the National Forest with the short range rifles or handguns such as my old Flattop Blackhawk .44 Mag. and of course, my scope equipped crossbow here lately.

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Posted: February 14 2018 at 2:21pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Yes Guy, the scoped bolt gun is King here. Some of the shots off across the sandhills get a bit long, river bottoms not so much. BUT, the river bottoms are pretty much all leased by city folks with more money than most of us! I haven't seen a lever gun out hunting in years though I wish I had one.
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Posted: February 20 2018 at 1:14pm | IP Logged Quote Tom W.

I like my Ruger #1B in 30-06 A.I.
It has a 6x Leupold on it. I had one in 7mm Rem Mag that I fancied up a bit, but sold it. I mostly shoot paper with handguns now...


My cat is on my lap bumping my arm with her nose as I try to type this....It makes life a bit difficult, but hey, she's family....

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Posted: February 20 2018 at 9:36pm | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

What I have seen around here is most of the older hunters(me excluded) still can't do without their bolt action rifles.
Some of the younger folks are checking out the AR15 chambered for the more powerful deer calibers.



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Posted: February 22 2018 at 3:17pm | IP Logged Quote doghawg

Every year before deer season we open our range to the public for sight-in. I am one of a group of members who work the range and could tell a lot of stories.
Our brass bucket (very few hunters save their brass) is mostly .30/06 followed by .270, .308 and .243. Also a surprising number of WSM's. Rifles are usually bolt actions, some quality stuff but a lot of the Walmart style budget packages with scopes. A lot of hunters show up with their guns sporting a brand new mega-scope that the gun shop supposedly bore sighted..."Should be right on but I just want to check it"... We often end up at 25 yards trying to get the thing on paper. Lots of loose action screws and scope bases and rings too.
An awful lot of once a year shooters are flinching with .30/06's and .270's and would be so much better off with a .243 and low power scope. About the worst mismatch I've seen is a new shooter with more money than experience that some salesman set up with a .340 Weatherby and a top end Leupold scope. He brought 2 boxes of factory ammo ($$) and was fliching so bad I finally told him the last couple shots were in the bull and he didn't need to shoot any more. Most shots were at least on the paper at 100 yards!


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Posted: February 23 2018 at 2:08pm | IP Logged Quote hdwhit

When I was a teenager in Northern Arkansas, everyone I knew had a lever action 30-30 rifle for deer hunting except for one guy who had a 30-06 rifle.

Fast forward 40-odd years and the "purists" are using bolt guns primarily in 308 although there are also 243, 270, 6.5 Creed, 7mm-08 and 30-06.

Everyone seems to have an AR-15 and/or an AR-10 and they seem to get used in the deer woods quite a bit.
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Posted: March 04 2018 at 9:32am | IP Logged Quote Yeti

Here in Southern Oregon I have seen a little bit of everything.
Remington 760, 700, 81, 760. Winchester 70, 94, 64. Savage 99, 100,
110 and lots of milsurplus. ARís are now showing up more regularly.

Calibers are most commonly 30-06, 300wm &wsm, 270 and 243.

Animals include deer, elk, bear, cougar.

If I am not hunting with my bow I will be using a 6.5 cm Ruger or my
R700 25-06.

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Posted: March 04 2018 at 10:43am | IP Logged Quote Ranch 13

Pretty typical of most places the rifles are bolt action scoped, chambered in
the gambit of centerfire cartridges ranging from the 243 to the 300
sumthinornuthers.

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Up here in NorthWest Montana among the
common 30-06, 270, 308, etc. . . Calibers
used for hunting there is an unusually
large number of "7mm Rem. Mag." guns in
use for hunting. In fact based on the way
the ammo in that cartridge is stocked on
the shelves just before hunting season in
almost every brand name and loading
offered and then proceeds to fly off the
shelves till they are stripped bare of
that particular cartridge and then
restocked and again emptied again several
times throughout the hunting season along
with the number of hunters I encounter in
the field carrying a scoped bolt or even
the occasional semi-auto chambered for
that cartridge (Only one common semi-auto
in that chambering that looks sort of like
a semi-auto shotgun only without the mag
tub under the barrel and a noticeably
tapered rifle barrel that I pretty much
recognize by sight by now on other
hunters) along with many local hunters who
swear up and down it is the best do all
cartridge - elk, deer, bear, antelope, +
anything else.

Lon story short in this area for some
particular reason the "7mm Rem. Mag." in
terms of popularity as a hunting cartridge
is holding it's own right up in the front
of the pack with even the 30-06 !!!

Probably should eventually get one myself
being one of the few chambering I don't
got nothing in and find out for myself if
it is really as good as everyone else
thinks it is. But then I would be going
with the crowd rather then cutting across
the grain and that might not feel good, me
not being used to that sort of thing.

Also, I think we might have more people
hunting deer with 223 and 7.62x39 then
common because of the amount of soft point
hunting loads that come in and then sell
out for the hunting season where other
places I have been they think you are
weird if you go up to the counter and ask
about soft point hunting loads in those
cartridges especially the 7.62x39 much
less they bring in stock of put them out
front of the counters for the hunting
season like they do locally.

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A fair number of .338s around here for elk, seems a bit much to me, but there are lots of big open meadows, with the potential of some pretty long shots.

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I just re-read Elmer Keith's book "Hell, I was there".
He was not a big physical man but shot some pretty big rifles, but his wife, who was a small person, regularly shot the 338/378 K.T.! How in the world did she handle that thing? Seems her small rifle was a .300 H&H.
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"Once upon a time", everyone would have had the same answer .. 94 Winchester .30-30.
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Hi...

I hunt in Pennsylvania...most of what I see are bolt
action rifles.
Personally, my primary hunting rifle is a bolt action
Savage in 7mm Magnum, although I have several other
rifles I simply prefer that one.
My son carries a Tikka bolt action in .308 although he
has others as well.

I see a lot of lever guns at the gun club but see very
few hunters carrying them when hunting.

Once upon a time everybody seemed to use a lever
action, but things have obviously changed.
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375supermag

I think some of the reason in the .30-30 being less popular is due to ammunition companies trying to convince us that "bigger and newer is better".

I started off in upstate NY, and back then there were two different areas for hunting, the lower and western part of the state was shotguns with slugs only for deer and the Adirondack area was the only place where you could use a rifle.

My father and his hunting friends used .270s, mostly Remington pump guns, when they hunted in the "mountains". Those mountains were just speed bumps by western standards.

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Guy

Since you posted a deer pic, here is one of mine, not exactly a rifle. One of my 6 gr. of Uniqe/240 SWC loads.

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