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Offline ea1154

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Deer Rifle
« on: August 11, 2017, 02:10:39 PM »
I've always been a Sig fan and recently found CZ and now I don't think I'll ever buy another Sig.

CZ handguns are night and day better than sig IMO.  Are the rifles the same?  I sold my Tikka 25-06 to help fund my wedding and now it's time to fill the void.

What are you shooting during deer season?
CZ P-01 (All Steel)
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Offline Ron M.

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Re: Deer Rifle
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 08:16:58 PM »
cartridge selection is very dependent on the range I expect to shoot to, game, and if I'll be hunting from a blind or stalking. For 50% of my hunting I know I'm going to have shots of well under 100 yards and mostly stalking, I use my 527 Carbine in 7.62x39 hand load  with a 123gr Hornady SST. For hunts where I plan to shoot from a blind at 75 to 200 yards I use a 7mm-08 hand load with a 140gr Barnes TTSX. When I hunt for Mule Deer or Pronghorn in West Texas and New Mexico I use a 25-05 hand load with a 100gr Barnes TTSX. For elk I use a 340 Weatherby hand load with a 225gr Nosler Partition. For Moose the one hunt I went on I used a 35 Whelen loaded with Double Tap factory 310gr Woodleigh Weldcore.

I'm picking up one of the new Henry single shots in 243 and plan load up some 95gr SSTs to try and find a good hunting load.
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Offline AZ_CZ

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Re: Deer Rifle
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2017, 08:14:59 AM »
I'm not deer hunting this fall but my 550 full stock is what I would take. Has a lot of great features, set trigger, not too light, not too heavy, compact for in the cover, action never jams, dang accurate, shoulders and points perfect.

It looks good to but that's not why I take it.
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Offline M1A4ME

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Re: Deer Rifle
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2017, 09:53:47 AM »
How big are the deer?  And, how far will you be shooting?

I remember W. TX (Del Rio) back in the early 70's.  A newspaper article, with pictures, of the first day's "kill" brought into the Jolly Meat Packing Plant for processing.  Field dressed those bucks were 90 to 95 lbs.  I knew they were small.  While quail/rabbit hunting when the dogs jumped deer the first thought in my mind was always !!jack rabbits!!, then I'd realize they were really deer.  The size of the deer and the height of the sage brush would fool me at first.

Back in WV, the part we lived in, my first buck field dressed at 185 lbs.  The biggest one I killed (field dressed) spun the dial past the 200 lb. mark at the checking station (200 lbs. was it's limit).  I saw bigger deer.  Saw on one time (sneaking away as my B-I-L thought he was sneaking into his stand) that I first thought was some farmer's cow that had gotten loose and was heading across a reclaimed strip mine.  Then I saw the horns (I was a couple hundred yds. away).  My dad had a big one chase his English setter back to him one day while grouse hunting.  He thought it was an elk at first, then realized it was the biggest white tail he'd ever seen (after deer hunting in MI and ND for over 6 years, the biggest white tail he ever saw was back in the woods in WV).

For the little ones I wouldn't be uncomfortable with a .223.  For the big ones, a .308 (killed mine with my M1A) or 30.06 (I used to carry the bolt action rifles to the woods but never saw a buck when I had one of them with me).

Bigger deer? Use bigger bullets.  My father-in-law killed a lot of bucks in the woods.  He preferred 180 grain bullets in his 30.06 semi-auto rifles.

Overkill works (as we used to say in the Army).
Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.  So, if you see me walking the dogs with my SIG 556R, its okay.

Offline FN in MT

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Re: Deer Rifle
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2017, 11:35:11 PM »
  Deer hunting here in Montana I've used everything from handguns to .300 mags. It ALL depends on the RANGE.  In Central MT hunting irrigated hayfields the shots are long, I do no more than 400 yds, with 300 and under far more to my liking. I've used the .257 Roberts, .280 Rem/.280 AI , up to my old pre 64 Win in .300 H&H.

  Out west at my Cousins place in the deep woods....a handgun is all You need. Shots tend to be under 50 yds. Or I carry my .338-06 with CAST bullets. Works fine.

  Our whitetails can go 175 pounds on the hoof. Muleys a bit bigger.