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#4720621 - 04/08/18 02:40 PM Oh deer
ridgerunner Offline


Registered: 01/14/09
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Just for fun...which bullet caliber/round do U think has taken more deer in this country throughout the past 100 yrs than any other? I will say the 22lr. Notice I didn’t say “legally” taken. It has certainly taken the most game by far imo.

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#4720626 - 04/08/18 02:45 PM Re: Oh deer [Re: ridgerunner]
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Deer?

Doubt it.

.30-30

Or perhaps .30-06.
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#4720627 - 04/08/18 02:48 PM Re: Oh deer [Re: ridgerunner]
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I would say the 30-06 hands down!
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#4720628 - 04/08/18 02:50 PM Re: Oh deer [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
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Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
I would say the 30-06 hands down!


I think so, if not I bet it's in the top two.
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#4720630 - 04/08/18 02:51 PM Re: Oh deer [Re: ridgerunner]
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Buncha deer hunters I knew liked the .270 for that task, but that's a tiny sample size.
I'd say .30-06 is probably the winner.
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#4720640 - 04/08/18 03:01 PM Re: Oh deer [Re: Virtus_Probi]
dave123 Offline


Registered: 01/13/09
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Originally Posted By: Virtus_Probi
Buncha deer hunters I knew liked the .270 for that task, but that's a tiny sample size.
I'd say .30-06 is probably the winner.
+1 have to agree with that

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#4720654 - 04/08/18 03:12 PM Re: Oh deer [Re: ridgerunner]
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The 30-30 may have been the top round years ago but the 30-06, and the others mentioned are more popular now.

I’ll throw in the 308. That’s a nice popular round.
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#4720660 - 04/08/18 03:20 PM Re: Oh deer [Re: ridgerunner]
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The .30-30 has been taking deer since 1895, and still is preferred today to other longer range rounds, in short range wooded areas like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. It is still very popular.

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#4720670 - 04/08/18 03:34 PM Re: Oh deer [Re: ridgerunner]
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Has to be 12 gauge. The sheere volume of animals harvested during the legal seasons surely far outweighs all other times.
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#4720689 - 04/08/18 03:50 PM Re: Oh deer [Re: ridgerunner]
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.308 and 30-06 are my two top picks. 30-30 would have, as another indicated, probably have been the top choice a few moons ago.
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#4720696 - 04/08/18 04:01 PM Re: Oh deer [Re: ridgerunner]
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The .30-30 had a big head start on everyone else with cheap and plentiful rifles and is still a top 3 or 4 pick in the woods today.
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#4720706 - 04/08/18 04:10 PM Re: Oh deer [Re: ridgerunner]
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Hunters I know all use either 12ga slugs or .45-70.

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#4720740 - 04/08/18 04:54 PM Re: Oh deer [Re: ridgerunner]
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I'd also suspect that 30-06 or 30-30 hold the top spots due to the cartridge age and the cartridge capabilities in that size game.
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#4720741 - 04/08/18 04:56 PM Re: Oh deer [Re: ridgerunner]
ridgerunner Offline


Registered: 01/14/09
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22lr has been around since 1850. Many a deer have fallen from a well placed head shot especially during the turn of the century and throughout the great depression. I will admit that other calibers have made up a lot of ground since then and since regulations being enforced.


Edited by ridgerunner (04/08/18 04:57 PM)

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#4720743 - 04/08/18 04:57 PM Re: Oh deer [Re: billt460]
Al Offline


Registered: 06/08/02
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Loc: Elizabethtown, Pa
Originally Posted By: billt460
The .30-30 has been taking deer since 1895, and still is preferred today to other longer range rounds, in short range wooded areas like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. It is still very popular.

I would tend to agree with you over the last 100 years.
https://www.americanhunter.org/articles/2012/7/6/which-cartridge-has-taken-the-most-deer/

I guess over the last 25 years its the 30-06, Back in the day I never even heard of 30-06..just 30-30
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