What is a good caliber size Rifle for hunting???

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    What is a good caliber size Rifle for hunting???

    I have never been hunting and want to start so I am looking for a hunting rifle but, not sure what size caliber to get. I was considering maybe a .223 or a .270. I have also heard you should not get anything less than .270 is this true. I may just opt for a .308/.306. I will be using it for hunting white tail deer. I do have a 30/30 but not sure if that is big enough for hunting. I want to buy a M4 .223/5.56 because I am in the military. Anybody have suggestions? Any input is appreciated.
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    Ok first input just what game you want to hunt ... then we will have lots of suggestions .
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    Deer, white tail.
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    A .223 may work well for varmints but if you are considering deer or antelope its way to light - also doesn't have the range you would need. I'm one of those that will stick with the old tried and true 30-06. If you are hunting in heavy brush the Marlin .35 is an excellant weapon. Let us know what you are planning to do.
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    RR is right .. The 30-06 Will Take any game on North America if you can shoot.. So will a 7MM MAG

    From there its all personal preferance I use a 300 Mag for a lot of my hunting .. But over the past few years have used about anything i can get my hands on

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    Deer anything from 25-06 to 458 mag if your up to it but 30-06 would be a fine and easy to find rifle

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    Opinion will always vary but I believe from what I hear that TX whitetails are not over large. If say around the 120# region then the other factor is range.

    Here in PA it is common to take shots within 100 yards. Taking that as a base line then you could manage fine with a .243 but IMO .270 is a good base level.

    Beyond this .308 Win or 30-06 is probably gonna come out tops as then you have better longer range options if needed but also a round that is not overly costly. A well placed 165 Ballistic Tip for example out of a .308 will drop a white tail very reliably.

    .223 is not on the list even tho a good shot placement could work - better keep that for varminting.
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    Ok harley , that is a start , depending on where in tx you are a .243 or a .308 will fill the bill nicely and you can find ammo in any mom and pop shop throuout tx . If you think you will move on to varments get the .243 , if you think you will move to the mountain states for heavyer deer and or elk get the .308 . either will serve you well there tho for deer . I suggest that you look at the NEW savages , they are a lot of gun for the money with a great trigger out of the box .. a good first rifle . I hope this helps , but so much of what rifle do i need is dependant on what i want to hunt , and where i live that you have to provide info .
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    lot of places a 223 is illegal to hunt dear with it is here..

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    Quote Originally Posted by harley91 View Post
    I will be using it for hunting white tail deer. I do have a 30/30 but not sure if that is big enough for hunting.
    Not to spoil getting a new rifle, but those 30/30's have put thousands of white tails in Kansas freezers. Unless TX deer are long range shots, buy the .223 just for fun.

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    If you go with the 30-30, pick up some of the new Hornady LeverEvolution ammunition. You get a flatter trajectory, longer range, more energy, and better terminal performance.

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    The 30-30 will start ya' out fine, unless they're way off.
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    Just wanted to mention that Field and Stream has an article in the July 2007 Issue "The Last Cartridge Guide You'll ever need".
    May want to take a look. Tried to find it online but didn't have any luck.

    Edit: Myself I plan on using my 30-30 Marlin 336xlr with the lever evolution ammo,
    unfortunately I wasn't able to try it last year due to a business trip so can't relay any experience.

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    30-30 should do just fine. Might want to find out if you like deer hunting before you spend too much.
    On that note, you do not need all the wiz bang , super duper scents , calls, heat seeking scopes, sent lock clothing, ect to hunt successfully. If our forefathers could do it with a muzzleloader and a once a year bath, I think we can make do with modern firearms and a shower once a day.
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    Rocky ... you are such a spoil sport lol .
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