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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-31-2008, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Wow. A completley unanimous vote. Didnt see that coming. Lol
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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-31-2008, 11:24 AM
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well you know the old saying"great minds think alike"

Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
Genesis 27:3 "The thinking deer hunter should mature through three phases during his hunting life. First phase, "I need to kill a deer." Second phase, I want to harvest a nice deer. And last phase, we must manage this resource so our children and their children can experience the grand tradition of good deer hunting." - Jim Slinsky
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Hey me too......30-06
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post #14 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-12-2008, 06:57 PM
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I vote for the '06, it's my favorite too, especially in a Remington 700. But the M44 isn't too far off the '06 if you can find good soft point ammo and you can hit with it. I shot my first deer with a .223 this year, but I'd still vote for the '06.
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06 here. i have a remi 700, great gun and round. you can really reach out and touch something with it. but at $20 A BOX it gets kinda of hard to shoot like i want to shoot... as much as i can. but i just got a 300 winmag i guess i will never get away from at least 20 a box.

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Alright then let me change the stakes a little bit. My friends 30-06 is more than likely going to be being used by him when I need to go hunting so unfortunatley its probably not going to be used.

The SKS is going into the gunsmith and will be there for quite a while, Im not sure why exactly, its my fathers and hes having something done to it.

SO, the ones that are at the moment on hand are the AR-15 and the Mosin Nagant M44. Which of those two???

Or should I just take em both? Lol

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whichever gun you are more confident with

Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
Genesis 27:3 "The thinking deer hunter should mature through three phases during his hunting life. First phase, "I need to kill a deer." Second phase, I want to harvest a nice deer. And last phase, we must manage this resource so our children and their children can experience the grand tradition of good deer hunting." - Jim Slinsky
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Hopefully, you are thinking about saving for a deer rifle for yourself. When that time comes, I'm sure you will find many opinions here on what you should purchase. For now, like Joel said use what is available making sure you go to a range and shoot it first.
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post #19 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-14-2008, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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See thats why I was asking in the first place. Because I'm most confident with the AR-15. I was worried about the .223 not being able to do the job cleanly. I mean, Im a DARN good shot but I know that Im probably going to be jittery the first time i get a deer in the sights an I dont want to cause undue suffering to the animal, and I was sceptical of the .223's ability to put the animal down.

I've spoken to many fellow soldiers who were in OIF1 and they complained of needing to use 2-3 rounds to put down the bad guys. OF course they were using FMJ's, but humans are considerably less resiliant than deer.

On the other hand the M44 is a DARN arm cannon that I know would most likely drop the deer on the spot and probably mangle alot of the meat in the process, but its no where close to the AR in terms of accuracy, but its still decent at about 100 meters or so. 2-3 inch groups and such.

BUT the big thing is that I've only put about 100 rounds through my mosin and 1000's through the AR.

I know I'm kind of a broken record here, and I apologize. Im just pumped for my first hunting season and I want to make sure I do it right. I dont want to wound an animal and have it suffer for 2 or 3 days because I used too small a caliber to put it down.

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I dont want to wound an animal and have it suffer for 2 or 3 days because I used too small a caliber to put it down.
Well the .223 is the absolute Smallest Caliber to be using for Whitetail Deer,
So if you're really concerned about wounding a Deer causing it to suffer for 2 or 3 days (maybe longer)
than I sure wouldn't risk using the .223

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Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the outcome of the vote.
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