The Biggest debate among hunters, is which caliber is the best for hunting whitetail deer, opinions do vary throughout the hunting industry. The most important thing to consider as a hunter are 3 things when thinking of ballistics. Velocity or Speed, Energy or Knockdown of pounds delivered to the animal when the bullet hits the target, and Trajectory which is how much the bullet rises or drops at different yardages
So lets start with the most common and my personal favorite the 30-06, the most used caliber for deer hunting. The 30-06 is known as the 30-06 springfield cartridge, which was introduced to US Army in 1902, it was used by the army up until the early 70’s. The .30-06’s power, combined with the ready availability of surplus firearms chambered for it, and demand for commercial ammunition, has made it a popular hunting round. It is suitable for large mammals such as deer, elk, and moose.
This is a Mossberg 30-06
The Next Most Common Caliber is the 270 win mag. The .270 Winchester was developed by Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1923 and unveiled in 1925. a 130-grain bullet at approximately 3140 ft/s (957 m/s), (later reduced to 3060 ft/s (933 m/s)) the cartridge demonstrated high performance at the time of its introduction and was marketed as being suitable for long range shooting on most big game. Two additional bullet weights were soon introduced: a 100-grain (6.5 g) hollow point bullet for Varmint shooting, and a 150-grain bullet for larger deer, elk and moose in Big-game hunting. While not an immediate success, over the succeeding decades and especially in the post WW2 period, the .270 Winchester has gain great popularity among gun owners and hunters, ranking it among the most popular and widely used cartridges worldwide.
This A Colt 270
The last one is the 243 caliber, this is a great gun for young hunters a starter rifle, The 243 winchester is a very popular sporting round greatly used for WhiteTail Deer, Mule Deerf, pronghorns, Antelopes,Black Bear and Wild Boar. it is very effective for long range varmint shooting. It uses what is basically a .308 cartridge case necked-down to accept a .244 in/6 mm bullet. The .243 is well known for its accuracy, very flat trajectory, and relatively mild recoil compared to other cartridges. The .243 Winchester produces a velocity of 2960 feet per second with a 100 grain projectile from a 24-inch barrel. Commercially loaded .243 ammunition is available with bullet weight ranging from 55 grains up to 105 grains, typical use being with bullets of . 75–90 grains.
The best ammo to use in the field is Hornady American WhiteTail. The powder burns clean and it does not leave nasty residue in your rifle.The most important part the knock down power of their ammunition is always right on the money. You Can pick this ammunition up at any sporting retail store or gun shop.
To Conclude everyone has their favorite caliber and that is just fine. If you would like to share your experience out on the hunt just email us here at RealNSE.Com
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