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While I shoot several different rifles/calibers during Whitetail season in Mississippi, I was wondering what your caliber of choice is? I shoot 260, 7RM, 308 and 300WM but if I only had one choice it would be the 7RM. What’s yours? BTW I shoot Barnes TTS or TTSX in all four.
 

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Caliber of Choice

My choice is a .280. Have been shooting Remington 140 PSP-CLs because they shoot so well in my X-Bolt, but will take a look at the Federal 140 Trophy Copper and Hornady 150 ELD-X this fall.
 

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3006, out of a Winchester Ranger. I’ve used a .280 out of a TC Encore that was great on deer, just not economical to shoot.
 

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Bergara 6.5 Creedmore Hornady precision hunter 143 gr. ELDX and Remington 788 in .308 150 gr. Hornady super performance sst
 

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I don’t have a caliber of choice, per se. I do believe any rifle called a magnum is more than most people need or can shoot properly. Not saying they don’t have their place or I don’t own any, but we are talking whitetails. My calibers of choice in some what of an order are 7mm08, .270win, .30-06, .30-30. Personally, I’m more attached to the individual rifles themselves than the rounds they are chambered for.
 

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My choice is a .280. Have been shooting Remington 140 PSP-CLs because they shoot so well in my X-Bolt, but will take a look at the Federal 140 Trophy Copper and Hornady 150 ELD-X this fall.
That's two of us with good taste! lol ... Another vote for .280 here. Given they group well in your rifle, you'll be pleased with the performance from the Federal Trophy Copper. I've been shooting them in both of my A-Bolt's for a few years now and they are tough on deer and hogs. Just put it on the shoulder and collect your prize. [cool]
 

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All other things being equal, when I head to the stand, I carry a .280, and my daughter carries a 7mm-.08.

Of course everything ain't always equal, so sometimes I grab a .30-30 or .300 SAUM.
 

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300 win mag. You can never have too much. 25 yrs running it. Thanks to suppressors I don’t see why more don’t use them. Someone stated magnum calibers aren’t needed and that is correct. I can kill a deer with a well placed .22 but I wouldn’t. I have seen deer shot with some mentioned calibers that deer ran forever or were lost. I will take the larger caliber that allows for a larger margin of error and a bigger bullet. Shot placement is critical but we have all been there and done that and if every shot taken was perfect there would be no need for blood dogs.
 

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When I bought my rifle .270 was what many people were shooting (at least in central Alabama). I’m surprised no one has mentioned it..
 

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I’ve only shot 2. Its either my old Remington woods master 742 “jam master” that my dad handed down to me 2 decades ago or my .35 whelen.

Recently I’ve been using the whelen but may slap a newer scope on the .06 just because.
 

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I don't have a caliber of choice, per se... Personally, I'm more attached to the individual rifles themselves than the rounds they are chambered for.
Yep. Exactly the same here. I hunt from the ground in super thick stuff, usually stalking through buckbrush, so for me it's all about handling. I like short barrels, carbines, and fatter bullets. I've killed more deer over the past 20 years with a 45-70 H&R single shot than any other, but my 35 Whelen has been my choice for the past few years. I hand load, which gives me a lot of flexibility with bullet weight and velocity choices. IMO, being "at one" with your weapon is way more important than cartridge choice. Countless deer are killed every year with a pointed stick moving a couple hundred feet per second. There's no need to carry a bazooka into the woods, although there's not a thing wrong with it, either.
 

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It's rare for me to have a shot that's more than 100 yards, so 9 times out of 10 I reach for my 45-70.
 

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At one time, I preferred super duper magnums in rifle and shotguns. Now, give me a .308 with a good scope and a 20 gauge with TSS.
 

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Growing up i killed ALOT of deer with my 270 bar... then i went to a 270 shortmag and love it... but i got my son a ruger 308 compact and now its my choice to carry anytime he isnt using it!! short and light!!!
 

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I am perplexed that I am the only one that shoots a 7RM. Lots of different choices so far. 270, 280, 30-06, 308, 270WSM, 35 Whelen, 45-70, 300WM and 30.30 but no 7RM’s.
 
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