best round for hunting Kentucky Whitetails

Little FR

12 pointer
Nov 10, 2021
West Kentucky
If you have a 30-06 then I’d use a 30-06.

my family uses 30-30, 25-06, .243, .308, 350L, 7.62x39, my favorite .270 Win. I have friends that use anything from 22-250 to 300 Win Mag.

30-06 is pretty much at top of whitetail heap. If you just have to buy a new rifle for kicks, I’d get something that filled another niche not just deer. No sense in having a .308 and 30-06… unless your me. I need both because .


10 pointer
Feb 16, 2019
Russell Co
Haha really? Your asking a age old question that doesn’t have a wrong answer, just a matter of opinions. Whatever you can find ammo for lol

But if you want some real answers tell us what you want the rifle to do? What kind of place you hunting? 50 yard shots or 500 yards? You care about recoil? Why you straying from the 3006?


12 pointer
Oct 27, 2017
Estill County
That's worth a $50 bill at least...

To answer the OP, I agree no wrong answers here. A 30-06, 270, 243, 7mm-08, 7mm mag, 30-30, 308, 300 mag, 6.5, and anything in between will all kill them just as dead.

I'd stick with the 30-06 or buy whatever catches your eye if you just want to try something new.

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