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what is the best rifle caliber for a mule deer at 200 yards

from dodgecummins on 01.15.09

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from dereckthomas wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

try 762 by 54

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from Jordan13 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

7mm MAG

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from clayp1 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

.264 Win Mag with 140 grain Nosler Partitions and 62 grains Retumbo powder.Drops them in there tracks.

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from Kody wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I have shot mule deer with light calibers like the 7MM Mauser at ranges out to that distance and would not hesitate to use a 25-05, 270 or 30-06 of course. However, I have had occasions when I encountered muley bucks so big, so muscled up they looked like a well bred horse If I ever get the opportunity to get a rifle on such a mule deer you had better believe I will be using something with some knock down power. A 300 Winchester Magnum would be my choice..why?? because I own one, I shoot it well and I would want a 30 cal bullet of good construction still traveling at high velocity and high energy at 200 yards to do the job. Of course any cartridge with similar ballistics would serve as well. The point is simply, if you get the chance at the buck of a lifetime you don't want to use a marginal cartridge.

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from Big O wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

.30-06/.308 both will work at that distance(have for me) out to the 350yd range.
Good luck and Good hunting.

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from nickd56 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I'm a big fan of the .270WSM....flat shooting and hard hitting - great overal ballistics and not alot of recoil...I use a 130 grain Nosler and have had some great luck with it!

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from Kelzey Gallagher wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

this last hunting season i shot mine from that range with a 243. and it worked ferfect droped it on the spot

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from cgull wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

My 270 WSM works great for such shots.

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from muskyhunter wrote 5 years 19 weeks ago

Choosing the right caliber is only part of the equation that one should consider. I truly believe in the old saying about choosing one that you will be able to shoot well. Choosing quality ammunition that is made for the game you are pursuing is equally important to caliber in my opinion (obviously shot placement...blah, blah). I know guys that hunt w/30-06 rifles and hunt with the cheapest ammunition they can find at Walmart, then can't understand why they couldn't find the deer or bear they hit. I took a good sized Colorado muley in 2005 at ~ 200 yards with my .270 Win. with a 130 gr. Nosler ballistic tip bullet. At the shot, he was nocked at a 90 deg angle, tried to take one step and his legs buckled w/o making another movement. I took a 250# black bear with the same rifle last fall that went maybe 15 yards w/a 130 gr. Nosler partion. You don't need to hunt w/a cannon.

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from Jason Paiva wrote 5 years 20 weeks ago

300 Win. Mag

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from Remington Metric wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

What defines “best”? Availability of ammunition, moderate recoil, component options for the reloader, several rifle manufacture options for a particular caliber? If I were going to recommend a non-magnum rifle for someone who wanted to go hunting Mule Deer I would recommend the .280 Remington. It’s a modern caliber factory loaded to assertive pressure limits that can be found almost anywhere ammunition is sold. As an added bonus the recoil is very manageable with a wide variety of reloading components being available. If you wanted to go with a magnum length action the 7mm Remington is the way to go if you want more power with a little more recoil. For people interested in short actions the 7mm-08 Remington will perform to any level the shooter needs.

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from CCMJS wrote 5 years 23 weeks ago

30-06 is my choice.

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from wilson wrote 5 years 23 weeks ago

I would use a 300 magnum or a 30/06.

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from bear hunter wrote 5 years 23 weeks ago

te old standby 30-06

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from BIG FISH wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

I shot a mule deer at 246 yards with a 300 windmag.

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from reloadny wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Another couple of calibers not to be overlooked are the .270 and .308 winchester. Both being proven rounds for taking North American big game animals.

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from Aaron1991 wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

A deer sized animal out to 500 yards should be right in range for a 30-06

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from elkslayer wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

When I started hunting 12 years ago at the age of 12 my father gave a .243 and I used that gun to kill all my deer until last year. with it I killed my first deer a muley doe at about 200yds and later my first buck but that was only a 50yd shot. since then I have killed four other whitetail bucks with shots to either the neck or chest as well as a few more does. My biggest buck fell to a neck shot from my .243 (it feild dressed at 285 lbs) so anything from a .243 on up should do it.

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

I haven't shot a muley at that range but my .30/06 has put several whitetails down out to 350 yds.

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from elkslayer wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

When I started hunting 12 years ago at the age of 12 my father gave a .243 and I used that gun to kill all my deer until last year. with it I killed my first deer a muley doe at about 200yds and later my first buck but that was only a 50yd shot. since then I have killed four other whitetail bucks with shots to either the neck or chest as well as a few more does. My biggest buck fell to a neck shot from my .243 (it feild dressed at 285 lbs) so anything from a .243 on up should do it.

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

I haven't shot a muley at that range but my .30/06 has put several whitetails down out to 350 yds.

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from Aaron1991 wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

A deer sized animal out to 500 yards should be right in range for a 30-06

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from reloadny wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Another couple of calibers not to be overlooked are the .270 and .308 winchester. Both being proven rounds for taking North American big game animals.

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from bear hunter wrote 5 years 23 weeks ago

te old standby 30-06

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from wilson wrote 5 years 23 weeks ago

I would use a 300 magnum or a 30/06.

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from CCMJS wrote 5 years 23 weeks ago

30-06 is my choice.

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from muskyhunter wrote 5 years 19 weeks ago

Choosing the right caliber is only part of the equation that one should consider. I truly believe in the old saying about choosing one that you will be able to shoot well. Choosing quality ammunition that is made for the game you are pursuing is equally important to caliber in my opinion (obviously shot placement...blah, blah). I know guys that hunt w/30-06 rifles and hunt with the cheapest ammunition they can find at Walmart, then can't understand why they couldn't find the deer or bear they hit. I took a good sized Colorado muley in 2005 at ~ 200 yards with my .270 Win. with a 130 gr. Nosler ballistic tip bullet. At the shot, he was nocked at a 90 deg angle, tried to take one step and his legs buckled w/o making another movement. I took a 250# black bear with the same rifle last fall that went maybe 15 yards w/a 130 gr. Nosler partion. You don't need to hunt w/a cannon.

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from BIG FISH wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

I shot a mule deer at 246 yards with a 300 windmag.

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from Remington Metric wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

What defines “best”? Availability of ammunition, moderate recoil, component options for the reloader, several rifle manufacture options for a particular caliber? If I were going to recommend a non-magnum rifle for someone who wanted to go hunting Mule Deer I would recommend the .280 Remington. It’s a modern caliber factory loaded to assertive pressure limits that can be found almost anywhere ammunition is sold. As an added bonus the recoil is very manageable with a wide variety of reloading components being available. If you wanted to go with a magnum length action the 7mm Remington is the way to go if you want more power with a little more recoil. For people interested in short actions the 7mm-08 Remington will perform to any level the shooter needs.

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from Jason Paiva wrote 5 years 20 weeks ago

300 Win. Mag

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from cgull wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

My 270 WSM works great for such shots.

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from Kelzey Gallagher wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

this last hunting season i shot mine from that range with a 243. and it worked ferfect droped it on the spot

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from nickd56 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I'm a big fan of the .270WSM....flat shooting and hard hitting - great overal ballistics and not alot of recoil...I use a 130 grain Nosler and have had some great luck with it!

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from Big O wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

.30-06/.308 both will work at that distance(have for me) out to the 350yd range.
Good luck and Good hunting.

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from Kody wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I have shot mule deer with light calibers like the 7MM Mauser at ranges out to that distance and would not hesitate to use a 25-05, 270 or 30-06 of course. However, I have had occasions when I encountered muley bucks so big, so muscled up they looked like a well bred horse If I ever get the opportunity to get a rifle on such a mule deer you had better believe I will be using something with some knock down power. A 300 Winchester Magnum would be my choice..why?? because I own one, I shoot it well and I would want a 30 cal bullet of good construction still traveling at high velocity and high energy at 200 yards to do the job. Of course any cartridge with similar ballistics would serve as well. The point is simply, if you get the chance at the buck of a lifetime you don't want to use a marginal cartridge.

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from clayp1 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

.264 Win Mag with 140 grain Nosler Partitions and 62 grains Retumbo powder.Drops them in there tracks.

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from Jordan13 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

7mm MAG

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from dereckthomas wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

try 762 by 54

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