Indeed, quality counts. The reason this topic came up with me is because i was checking out some g-hog holes i was monitoring and i spooked two deer (buck or doe unknown), i had about a 3 or 4 second window where, if it was hunting season, i could have shot. It just made me wonder if the quick handling lever action carbines would fit the role better for a quick shot, from holding the gun in one hand, to sholdering it and shooting accurately. \\
If you're talking about close in shooting, a light, short-barreled rifle is the way to go, but fit and balance are important and often overlooked by rifle shooters. Where I hunt (Montana) you are wise to be ready for anything. Last year, I planned on shooting a deer in an open field at ranges slightly beyong 400 yards. Practised all summer to get to where I felt confdent at this range. Wound up shooting a ten point at well under 50 yards. Go figure!
I don't really know how to respond to jump shooting at running deer! Do you have time to know what's behind the deer and 3-4 seconds to decide do I shoot? A lever action with a rear peep sight may fit your needs. A savage 99 maybe, Marlin 336, Win 94. Just be carefull hunting in that manner, hopefully on your own property knowing no one else is in the area. I try not to preach too much but maybe if you made the decision not to shoot in the manner described then choosing a rifle may take on a different criteria and land you a better all around gun.
very very valid point! I guess its a sign that im a bit young because i never thought of that That definately should be my first. I can say that last year, for the most part, i was hunting a hollow, so all my shots would have been down hill, but to be actively walking and suddenly spooking a deer or two is different. Blackbird opens his eyes
All of us can learn new or safe tactics. I'm glad you responded in the manner you did as it says you are concerned about safety. Before we pull the trigger our minds have to process a lot of information in mili-seconds. It takes a strong measure of self discipline to not shoot in certain circumstances but that's what responsibility is all about.
Many answers to what is the fastest handling rifle in Deer woods..................
Ruger 44 mag Carbine DeerStalker ( good 100 yard rifle)
Rem 760 Pump Carbine in 270/308/30-06
Rem 600 Bolt Action in 6.5 or 350 Rem Mag
Browning BLR pre 81 Model in 308 win or 358 Win
Win 71 Carbine in 348 Win
Win 94 in 32 Special
Marlin 336RC ( 1957 version) in 35 Rem
All these make a fast pointing and accurate deer rifle.
Peep sights or low power scopes in 1.5x5 range.
I do alot of just slow walking thru the woods (still hunt) and jump shooting was the norm. I used a remington 7400 in .308 win. , was set up with a redfield 3x9 widefield and just works great. In reality , its what fits you best which takes some trial and error. I also use a remington BDL in 30/06 which I love but I cant snap shoot like the semi auto . I have used a friends ruger 77 that seemed like a good quick shot rifle too.
do you watch movies on the sportman channel well my idea would be a 270 or 308 30-06 pump auto are find but the pump is the way to go watch the benoits from maine that threr and it works a great lever would be next in a 308 or somethimg like that
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