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Deer Rifle conundrum

Post by The Twizzler » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:11 pm

So I grew up in a non gun home but started to get interested in firearms 5 years ago. I want to hunt deer succesfuly this Fall. My choices are 7.62 Enfield,and Mosin Nagant, both with irons or a scped 30/30 Marlin. As no one ever taught me I am lookin for advice and tips. I tried hunting last year with no luck.
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Re: Deer Rifle conundrum

Post by quazi » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:21 pm

It seems like any of those would work, but I've never hunted deer.

My first inclination would be towards the scoped .30-30. What kind of scope is on it?

What kind of ranges would you expect to be shooting at?

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Post by The Twizzler » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:31 pm

It is a 3x9 Redfield I think from the 70-80 year range. I am wondering what I should look for and a time of day to hunt. I am thinkinking sub 200 yards.
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Re: Deer Rifle conundrum

Post by RonnyRonin » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:11 am

Another vote for the marlin. Conventional Bubba wisdom holds .30-.30 as the most sacred of deer killers. Lighter and handier then the surplus guns as well I assume. definitely get the scope out in crappy (cloudy, darkish) weather and see how clear it is in less then ideal circumstances.
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Re: Deer Rifle conundrum

Post by hondo » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:54 am

For hunting most important is to scout where deer is, which rifle that is second issue, but rule of thumb is one that you are most proficient.

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Re: Deer Rifle conundrum

Post by Ad'lan » Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:25 am

Which firearm you use is really academic compared to how well you shoot it, knowing what ranges you are sighted for, and how to accurately judge that range.

Knowing how to find the deer, either by stalking or predicting where they will be, is far trickier.

Are you hunting public or private land?
Do you use a stand or blind or hunt from foot?
What is the cover like, what ranges will be open to you?
What do the deer in your AO feed on at various times of the year?
Does Rifle Season coincide with the rut?
Are scents, baits or similar legal?
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Re: Deer Rifle conundrum

Post by Stercutus » Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:50 am

Either the Enfield or the Marlin. Neither will help you hunt though. Successful hunting involves a lot more than grabbing a gun and heading to the woods.
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Post by flybynight » Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:55 am

Stercutus wrote:Either the Enfield or the Marlin. Neither will help you hunt though. Successful hunting involves a lot more than grabbing a gun and heading to the woods.
This exactly. The best advice I can give is slow down. ( unless you're in a tree stand then sit still ) . The first day or two of a deer hunting vacation we always ran all over the mountain not seeing anything but tracks or a distant view of the south end of a north bound deer. by second or third day we would slow down and then start getting shot opportunities. Good luck.
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Re: Deer Rifle conundrum

Post by Stercutus » Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:26 am

I always recommend stand hunting over bait (where legal) for those starting out with no guidance from someone on the ground. Where bait isn't legal find a good watering hole along a deer crossing trail set up a camera and wait for it. wait for it. wait for it. wait for it.....

Start off easy and work your way up to real hunting.
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Re: Deer Rifle conundrum

Post by brothaman » Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:13 pm

If you're stuck hunting public land, the shooting and scooting is a fun way to go. When I do the Scoot and Shoot thing, I think of it as hiking and goofing off in the woods with my rifle. My rule, and this is just me so don't thing its a great way to do things, is to walk easy for the first hour, then sit for a 30 minutes. Then slow walk for 30, then sit for 30. I take a book, too. I've caught more deer on the move while reading. It keeps me anchored and quiet. As far as scouting goes,.. its already too late for that in my AO. If you just want meat, a lot of guys are more willing to let you tag along or double up on a sit if your aim is to take a doe. Don't forget your Binos or a range finder if you have one. Don't forget your scent. Don't forget to hunt the wind (don't let them smell you). If you have a smart phone, download Hunt Stand. Its a good GPS app while showing you current wind conditions. Also will let you mark the map for crossings, sightings, raccoon poop and such. Take your scoped rifle.
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Re: Deer Rifle conundrum

Post by roscoe » Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:15 am

If you have only one rifle, the 30-30 is a great choice. Quick shooting, light, handy, and powerful enough for everything in the lower 48. And now there are rounds customized for longer range (LeverRevolution), and heavier game (Buffalo Bore).

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Re: Deer Rifle conundrum

Post by minengr » Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:38 pm

Location and wind direction are probably going to play a bigger role than which rifle you choose. I'll always take a scope over irons. Personally, I like a heavy duplex reticle when deer hunting. The majority of my deer hunting has been in fairly thick timber and it can get dark those last 10min of legal shooting time.
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