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

  • #2
    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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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        A deer sized animal out to 500 yards should be right in range for a 30-06

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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            I shot a mule deer at 246 yards with a 300 windmag.

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            • #7
              te old standby 30-06

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              • #8
                I would use a 300 magnum or a 30/06.

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                • #9
                  30-06 is my choice.

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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      300 Win. Mag

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                      • #12
                        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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                        • #13
                          My 270 WSM works great for such shots.

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                          • #14
                            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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                            • #15
                              .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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