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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Default Rifles for this upcoming deer season

It's 'bout that time, actually past that time, that I need to start selecting rifles for deer season.

Actually that's a little optimistic of me as my hip pain is so bad that It'll be hard to walk to my stand even from where I park my 4 wheeler... And that's assuming I feel comfortable leaving Kathie for a few days...

But, deer huntin' be like chasin' young wimmins! Most of the fun be in gettin' to the point that you have the opportunity to, uh... um... fire your weapon!

Anyway, I know my main rifle will be the 50-140. It'll be a lot of fun working up a load for that big boy! And I should get my new back-up rifle all set up since one of my daughters claimed it's predecessor, my Rem M-7 in 7-08 as her own last year! The new back-up BTW is a SS/Plated 30-06 with synthetic furniture. I got the barrel from Pete and the receiver and stock set from other members here.

I'd like to have a couple more ready but haven't decided what... decisions decisions...

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post #2 of 67 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 03:51 PM
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The season is approaching . Easy one for me this year. NEF 357 max loaded down a bit for my boy. #57 Max encore loaded up for me. Back up for both is a Ruger 44mag carbine. Most of my hunting this year will be with 50 lb longbow or 46 lb Recurve.

I dont care what gun Im using as long as Im hunting
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My 357 Handi the first Saturday of November since it's accounted for my two biggest deer ever the same day 2017 and 2018. Leading up to and after that I need to get blood on my 30/30 Handi and 45/70 Henry single shot. We are allowed two bucks and four does here.
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Ruger Bisley 45 Colt for gun season and Investarms 50 cal Hawkens for muzzy season. If I get some depredation tags I may shoot one with my 94 trapper 357 or Rossi 45 Colt.

I too have a 7mm-08 and love it but ya get a spankin if you use one of them on deer in this state. Dandy fine windy day coyote rifle though!
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ive got some little guns ready for crop damage which should start any day. 6mm rem, 2506 and my 240 wby. Regular deer season is going to be my 8.5 inch 300 bo. Might even take the 16 inch blackout out and shoot a couple does in the fields if I get a short range set up.

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Tough decision.

I may go with my 358 Norma Mag downloaded to 357 Max levels with a full house round in the mag for a long shot if needed, or my 35 whelen set up the same as the 358 NM, or my Ruger 77/357 with some hot 357 mag loads. If I get my mauser M95 to 35 remington project done it may end up going. Then there is my Rossi 92's in 357 mag, or my H&R in 357 max.

Maybe if I invent a rifle caddie kinda like a golf bag that I can simply roll behind me and just select one as the situation dictates... Now that's not a bad idea!

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Not a bad idea at all! I'd buy one!!

For still hunting North Carolina bears the .348 Handi gets the nod. I'll take my 30-06 as a back up.

For hunting NC bears with dogs, my Maxi or my Rem Model 7 in 35 Rem. Don't know which will be primary and back up yet.

For Virginia bear hunting with dogs, I'll take my Ruger 44 Carbine.

For VA deer hunting my Savage 220 or my Huntsman will go with me.

For VA deer urban hunting my 357 Max with a subsonic 220gr cast HP is, without a doubt, the only one I take.

Are these such "first-world" problems we have??

Thanks, Dinny

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not sure been playing a lot with my 357 max lately and will probably use it unless I am hunting where a long shot is possible, then my ruger american 308. Of course I also love my 444's and 356 so I guess it will be a day by day thing for me.
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45-410 ready to go loaded with .444 cases blown out to .45 caliber and 300 gr. XTPs.

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post #10 of 67 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 09:06 AM
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Lt Dave I think that is the smartest solution for the .45-,410 I've heard. Bet it shoots good too.

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Started with .223 Ultra Bull barrel. Added .357 Talo barrel. Added an action and stock set bought here, 7.62x39 barrel. Then bought complete guns .444 Marlin and .300 Blackout. Leaving me at 4 complete rifles plus a barrel. Plus a 9mm stub job bought here, and I have been finding and buying H&R shotguns at our local pawn shop where they seem to go cheap.
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