which one?

Discussion in 'Modern Firearms' started by DeerSkinner3742, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. DeerSkinner3742

    DeerSkinner3742 Spike

    Dec 28, 2009
    burlington ky
    .308,.270, or .243 which one would you choose strictly for deer hunting?
  2. Ash12

    Ash12 10 pointer

    Oct 21, 2007
    .308 or .243 depending on your average shot distances. If you keep it around 150 yards or so I would say a .243 would be fine. If you are wanting to reach out a little more then I would go with a .308. I would opt out of a .270 personally because I have been told that some of them have a bit more recoil then others.
  3. I've hunted with a Savage .308 for the past 28 years. My sons have hunted with a Winchester .270 and a Remington .243 for several years.
    We like all three of them so I guess that's not much help.
    I've only shot one deer that I couldn't find until the next day, but that was my own fault and not the gun's.
    I would probably say the .308, but my sons would probably say whichever caliber that they hunt with. Probably can't go wrong with any of the three.
  4. ancienthunter

    ancienthunter 8 pointer

    Dec 25, 2011
    Over the Hill
    I agree with this, .308 may be the easiest to find ammo for.
  5. KYBH4Life

    KYBH4Life Banned

    Feb 13, 2011
    I have had a 270 for over 25 years, owned a 243 (was not happy with it's performance), never shot a 308. However, given the low recoil and huge market for cheap ammo, I would go with a .308. After having one helluva time finding ammo for my son's 7mm-08, I changed my mind from getting one of those to a .308. Cabelas had all kinds of .308 ammo and not one single bullet in 7mm-08.
  6. chrispbrown27

    chrispbrown27 8 pointer

    Nov 2, 2011
    Carlisle county, KY
    I am going to have to agree with everyone that said .308. .243 is a good caliber, but is definitely the bottom end of deer calibers. I can't say anything bad about .270 since I have never owned or shot one. But .308 is a good strong caliber with a vast variety of ammo that you can find just about anywhere.
  7. scsims

    scsims 10 pointer

    I killed deer with a fair number of calibers and my favorite by far is the .308. I just love a short action 30 caliber rifle.
  8. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

    Jan 2, 2009
    raised n Bullitt Co.
    the one you shoot the best.
  9. useyourbow

    useyourbow 12 pointer

    I have shot deer with many different calibers and hands down for me the .270 is the cats meow. I have had more DRT with the .270 than any other calibers.
  10. davers

    davers 12 pointer

    Jul 14, 2014
    I have owned & used all three of the calibers you listed. Taken several deer with them over the years, but I really like the .308 for my personal weapon, especially for hunting in the woods or brush areas. I have a Ruger M-77 MKII in .270 I use for long field shots especially on coyotes. The .270 Ruger has a very mild recoil as does my .308 rifles, but any rifle caliber, you listed, will do the job.:)
  11. danf26

    danf26 8 pointer

    Nov 5, 2009
    out of those three i would deffinitly go with 308
  12. coach&hunt

    coach&hunt 6 pointer

    Dec 17, 2013
    Owned all three seen a million of all three in deer camp, only ones I have ever seen complained about are 243. small bullet lot of deer get away on them, they do the job less room for error. My personal favorite is 270, and my kids both carry one, they kill deer every year.
  13. sacmarata

    sacmarata 10 pointer

    Jul 28, 2014
    I like em all but chose to shoot .270. Just bought the wife a 7mm08 and am impressed so far.
  14. KYT

    KYT 8 pointer

    May 3, 2008
    Eastern Ky.
    Without another thought .308.
  15. Shaine1985

    Shaine1985 12 pointer

    Jul 11, 2012
    your moms
    I shoot a .338 myself, father hunts with a .300 send both are excellent. I also like .308 pretty well for deer hunting

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