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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-17-2008, 06:27 PM
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i wouldnt use one. i use my dads remington model 700 in .308. never shot a deer with it but he has.recoil wise its only about double that of his .410. my rifle is going to be either a 264 win. mag or a 308 but not a 22-250. little too small, but to each his own .
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-18-2008, 07:34 PM
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You can kill just about any animal with just about any cartridge. When I hunted caribou with Inuits in northern Canada, they used 22 mags to kill caribou and thought all the center fires we had were too big. They would look at our guns, shake their heads, and say, "Too big shoot caribou." But when they kill a caribou, they run their canoes right up next to one that is swimming and shoot it right in the ear. So, that works for them.
The question you need to ask yourself is: How much do I respect the animal? By that I mean, please don't take a chance on wounding it because the rifle caliber you were using required an absolutely perfect hit. So many things can go wrong - a little wind, a slight movement of the animal just as you pulled the trigger, a tiny branch that you didn't see that was in the way, etc. You most likely won't be able to stick your barrel in its ear like the Inuits do, right?
My advice: stick with the recommended "usual" calibers for the game that you are hunting.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-19-2008, 04:08 PM
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onehorse, I agree. We all know the poacher caliber is a 22 long rifle. Small calibers will kill the issue is, is it legal, moral, ethical? Of course not! I too have over 50 deer kills with many different rifle/caliber combinations and believe that the 243 is the starting point for youth/women and go up from there. I think the new 260 rem with a 140 gr bullet is a great rifle for a young hunter to start with.
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