Most popular deer rifle (Redux)

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    I've killed more deer with a 30/06 than any other caliber, 30/30 would be in second place, then my .45 muzzleloader. My latest love, a Tikka T3 Hunter in 25/06, is what I hunt with now. I've also taken them with .35 Rem., 270 Win., 6mm Rem.,.243 Win., 257 Roberts, .44 Rem. Mag., 12 ga. shot gun and a few with my bow. If I could only have one centerfire rifle it would be a 30/06, for deer only, I'm really like'n my 25/06, but I would like to try a .260 Rem.
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    For whitetail the only two rifle calibers I use are the 30 - 06 and the 25 - 06. They have both served me well for more years that I care to count. As well, they are both great calibers to handload. Very versatile with respect to bullet weights and very accurate.
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    Shot my first with a .222 and flipped it over fast. Shot the next 30 or so with a 25-06 with 100 gr ballistic tips, awesome medicine. My new favorite is a mod 788 in .308 with an 18 1/2" bbl. Shoots very well and is short and sweet. The .308 is versatile but I really want a "thumper", preferably a BLR takedown in .358, that should cover moose and elk. Not that the .308 couldnt handle them but I know that in any weather when the hammer falls, the gun goes BOOM!!!
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    Taken most of the deer I've shot with a 30/30 (east Tx piney woods), and a few with a 30/06 (west Tx hill country). This year I sporterized a Mosin-Nagant and hand loaded some 7.62x54 using 165gr Nosler Ballistic tip bullets. I'll let you know how things turn out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJS3 View Post
    Taken most of the deer I've shot with a 30/30 (east Tx piney woods), and a few with a 30/06 (west Tx hill country). This year I sporterized a Mosin-Nagant and hand loaded some 7.62x54 using 165gr Nosler Ballistic tip bullets. I'll let you know how things turn out.

    That is one sweet looking Mosin. I want one like that.
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