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Old 11-16-2015, 04:49   #1
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Mosin Nagant M91/30,M44 - 7.62x54R < [will kill anything in North America] or Savage 11 Hog Hunter .308
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.444 Marlin Lever Action, learn to stalk!
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Talking I don't know about you

But mine is a Remington 760 game master 30/06 , it will reach out when stalking is not enough and when repeat shots are needed so your hunting buddies can eat deer too !
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Funny, No one mentioned the most traditional Deer Rifle. The Lever Action .30-30.
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Funny, No one mentioned the most traditional Deer Rifle. The Lever Action .30-30.
Perhaps they consider all the variations of .44 Center-fire Lever Actions even more traditional? Guess it depends on when and where Ya'll grew up, Durango.
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The old .44-40 rifles were banned in many Western States. These old .44 Black Powder survivors were not elk or moose rifles. I expect in the East where the only Big Game is the White Tail deer these old rifles would be OK. The last poll showed the Lever Action .30-30 and .35 Remington as number 2 of 10 most popular rifles. Here in the Big Sky country I expect the 7MM Remington is used more often on the Mule Deer.
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Originally Posted by Durango Ranger View Post
Funny, No one mentioned the most traditional Deer Rifle. The Lever Action .30-30.
I dont know how we managed that!
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I dont know how we managed that!
Well let me fix that for ya I got an 11 pointer and many others with my old Marlin 30-30

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Originally Posted by James T. Kirk View Post
Well let me fix that for ya I got an 11 pointer and many others with my old Marlin 30-30

Eastern boy showing off by doubling the points! Only one side counts dude! Well, at least out west. Even out west thats a mighty fine looking buck (okay, really, really fine). Congrats!
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I didn't know that Gov. Moonbeam let you boys hunt?....257 Weatherby is a hard hitting flat shooting,mean bullet,that makes average shooters look better than Roy and Dale!....I know cuz I are one!
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....and more 257 stuff!.257 Weatherby Magnum
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The Old .25-06 is still very popular in the Western States. The .257 Magnum is definitely an excellent rifle for Western hunting.
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Haven't meet many sporting the .257 Mag outside the lower 48. Most Yukon Guides prefer the Old .444 Marlin or 45-70 in the Land of the Midnight Sun. But every geographical area has it's particularities. Folks East of the Mississippi used to boast about the .348 Win when I grew up. The 45-75 has much more credibility (Teddy Roosevelt etc) above the 49th parallel than the .257 Mag has earned since it's inception, but in the small picture of US Open sky hunting I can understand why stagnant Folks revere such outdated technology. There are much better Modern Rifles and Calibers for Western Big Sky Game, but there is still a place for tradition, no matter how small the genre. JMHO.
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I didn't know that Gov. Moonbeam let you boys hunt?....257 Weatherby is a hard hitting flat shooting,mean bullet,that makes average shooters look better than Roy and Dale!....I know cuz I are one!
Yup. .243 is fairly popular for mule deer
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Interesting statistics, I kind of figured that Texas and Alaska would have the most hunters. But when I looked up the stats, low and behold WI and most of the Great Lakes areas are where the most hunting permits are issued. Many of those states are shotgun only, so I guess the shotgun is the most popular hunting firearm in America. Check this out:

http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages...ry20042015.pdf
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Low and behold WI and most of the Great Lakes areas are where the most hunting permits are issued. Many of those states are shotgun only, so I guess the shotgun is the most popular hunting firearm in America. Check this out:

http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages...ry20042015.pdf
I can't answer for the other GL states, but only the lower 1/3 of MI (and the thumb) is shotgun/ML/handgun only (looking at the basic MI map IE: the back of your left hand, shotgun country is south of a line running through the crotch of your thumb (Bay City) and the thumb).

I've dumped 3 with a rifle so far this year, with another 9 days of "regular" season and 10 days of a special doe season yet to go.
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Top Ten States for hunting permits.

1.) wi 2,968,341
2.) pa 2,642,943
3.) mi 1,896,927
4.) mo 1,831,083
5.) mn 1,571,600
6.) tx 1,537,431
7.) il 1,440,993
8.) or 1,291,430
9.) oh 1,151,515
10.) ny 1,114,904

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The Old .25-06 is still very popular in the Western States. The .257 Magnum is definitely an excellent rifle for Western hunting.
.25-'06 is a "go to" here in the deep south too
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There is a big difference in arms carried by Guides and their clients. The Guide who lives off the "Grid" most of the year more often prefer large bore lever guns. The lever guns are chosen more for the flat receivers than anything else. They ride comfortable under your leg for those long hours in the saddle. They also pack securely on pack horses.
The Client is the first responsibility of the Guide at close range. The clients may choose what ever arm they prefer. You do not protect hunters 400 yds.away.
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Smokey, Which Western rifle caliber would be better than a .25-06 or .257 Mag. across 400 yds. of Needle Grass and Sage Brush? The primary Game being Prong Horns and Mule Deer. There are many calibers that suffice but better than?? What is arcane about a rifle that can deliver a120 grs. soft point above 3,000 fps?
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