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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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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.

Edited by Ham Gunner on February 14 2018 at 2:18pm


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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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