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    The ultimate deer caliber ??????

    Which caliber do you think is the best for all uk deer species from muntjac to big lowland reds ? Your thoughts please regards Benji

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2130martin View Post
    .270 or .308
    +1 on that.

    I went for .308 myself. Huge range of grain weight available, every gun shop has it and dead easy to reload for.

    I have also shot .270 and TBH it was a toss up between the two. The only reason I went .308 is that its the caliber I shoot for target rifle so I know it like the back of my hand.
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    7x57 or 7x64 or 7mm-08

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji53 View Post
    Which caliber do you think is the best for all uk deer species from muntjac to big lowland reds ? Your thoughts please regards Benji
    If you buy factory ammo .308 BUT if you reload then for me it's got to be 7mm-08. Got a crappy rem 700 that shoots 0.6 groups at 100 with hand loads. 140 grain at about 2800 fps. It will kill anything in the uk no problem ( if you hit it where you should)

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    I have seen Muntjac, Roe, Fallow, Sika and Reds shot with a 30-06 and using a 180gn bullet and in all cases they have all been without excess meat damage.
    I have also seen the same with a .308
    Both calibres have a range of bullet weights available worldwide so take your pick.

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    The ultimate question, I have shot and killed 4 species of deer in the UK with every calibre I have owned, mainly because we only had 4 species, I suppose that makes the answer, the one in your hand.

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    .270 for me. Ok, so it doesn't offer the range of bullet weights that the likes of the .308 does, but does anyone really need such a range? I guess it comes down to personal preference. . . . .270, .308. 30-06, 7mm . . . . . none of them make deer too dead, do they?

    If I was only to have one rifle in the cabinet it would be my .270, though
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    6.5 x 55

    and good for steel out to 1000m!

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