Here in my neck of the woods, I would guess as many deer have been taken with a 30-30 lever action rifle, as with any other. Maybe that has changed in the last decade or so, with the popularity of "Black guns", I will freely admit to hunting and taking a nice doe with my AR/AK this season, the 7.62x39 with HP was devastating, she didn't go more than 10 feet but it did make a mess of the shoulder the bullet exited from. My favorite round to hunt white tail the last few years has been the 7.62x54 out of an old Mosin that I have attached one of those Scout scopes onto. However, I use my own cast boolits in it with my own hand loads, not factory ammo. In my particular patch of woods, 100 yards would be a long shot, maybe 150-200 if I was out on the field but I don't like to shoot them out on the pasture. I had at one time a 7mm Rem Mag, that was just too much for white tail at the distances that I was shooting at and it was not pleasant to shoot when sighting it in. What do you use?
Post by endofroadfarm on Feb 21, 2019 15:33:35 GMT
Yep, shotguns have put a lot of meat in the freezer and it is hard to argue with anything that can pull double duty as probably one of the best, if not the best, weapons for home defense. For a lot of years an old Mossberg 500 loaded with #6 shot, sat between my bed and the nightstand. It has been a long time since I concerned myself with the hunting regulations of states other than Alabama, but I have been in some that didn't have a rifle season for deer, so if you were going to hunt it was going to be with a bow or a shotgun. Great choice, in my humble opinion.
Has anyone taken a whitetail...or had the chance to try out 350 legend? I have not...but it interests me a bit.
Considering it heavily mainly because of the compatabilty with the AR platform. Both my boys are at hunting age now and I am just not a huge fan of .223/5.56 as a whitetail round especially in brush. Considering buying my boys both ARs and then just buying the 350 legend uppers. Thoughts?
Post by Lone Wolf Survivalist on Jan 16, 2021 1:17:43 GMT
It depends on where in the country you are hunting the deer. People talk of the Iowa corn fed deer that can approach 300 pounds or more or the small deer in Arkansas that are half that size. The larger caliber rifles would of course be used for the larger deer. I took my last deer (here in Arkansas) with a .223 62 grain soft point. Dropped it where it stood. Also, and I'll ruffle some feathers here and because I saw it when I lived in Alaska is the magnum mentality. I saw over and over again hunters using magnum calibers to compensate for poor marksmanship. I saw one fellow pump seven magnum rounds into a mountain goat because his marksmanship sucked. There was little salvageable meat from that poor critter after this guy was done blowing it to bits. There were bullet holes from its front leg to its hind quarter. Keep in mind that every big game animal on the North American continent has been taken with a .22 at one time or another. A lot of hunters will kill an animal with a 30-06 and then believe that a 30-06 is the only caliber that will ever work and will defend it to the death. Check your local game laws regarding caliber. Shot placement is key. Don't compensate poor marksmanship with caliber.
I usually kill 1 dear a year, but t I really don’t go hunting. I am usually sitting at my reloading bench either reloading or building a gun or working on a gun. And I have a 100 yard range right out the window over my bench. I see deer almost daily out the window. So the just shoot one when I’m ready for more meat. I have lots of different calibers and usually use whatever gun is out at the time. I have lots of MOSIN Nagants and it’s one of my favorite rifles especially the Finnish ones. I reload a lot of different calibers. I know things are hard to get now and if you can find them they are way too expensive! Guns, ammo, and components! I am glad I stocked up way before all this foolishness hit!