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    Your first deer gun.

    Hi folks, just asking out of interest more than anything..

    What calibre was your first deer gun?
    Did it suit, did you require another smaller/larger calibre at a later date, do you wish you had started out differently?

    Cheers,
    TT

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    I follwed the herd and bought a 243, a couple of years later I swapped for the 7mm08 I have now.

    more versatile,

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    .308
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    Ideal calibre for everything from muntjac to red. Keep thinking of buying a different calibre but can't think of a good reason other than to have another gun in the cabinet.

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    That is interesting willie, is a .308 never too large?

    Thanks for the replies guys, I wondered mainly if many people started with .243 but later decided it wasn't large enough.

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    .222 then went on to a 3006 FOR DEER MAINLY REDS Got a chance of a really nice sako .270 so went that roads .STARTED SHOOTING MY OWN AREAS ABOUT THE EARLY 90,S MAINLY ROE DEER SO GOT MY SELF A 243 Didn't like it a real meat waist er then got my self a 6.5 x 55 I have shot the smallest to the largest with this calibre bullet combo. It is the one i shall keep unless my stalking changes to something extreme.

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    Not in my opinion.....but remember that it's just my opinion!

    You may get the question as to whether there is more carcass damage with a .308, but not in my experience comparing to friends with .243's, .270's and .30-06's.

    Regards

    willie_gunn

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    First deer rifle

    I started with a .308.
    My opinion is its plenty of rifle for larger deer.
    >243 will do the same but for me its better to go bigger and do the job rather than half of it.

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    I started with a .222 which was only for Roe.

    Then got a .243 which was fine but just that.

    When I started contracting and needed a PROPER Deer rifle I moved on to the .308 Mannlicher SSG PII as advised by a former boss.

    I must say he did come out with some nonsense at times but that was one of the best bits of advice anyone in the industry has ever given me.
    Thank you CM!

    As a working rifle which has been in all weathers in Scotland and New Zealand you cannot beat it.

    Usually people who think that such a calibre is too much for Roe etc. are those who have never had experience with one in the right hands, with the 123 grain SAKO bullets my Roe are clean as a whistle.

    In a working environment the .308 is brilliant for woodland Reds where a .243 is on its limits in my opinion.

    Each to their own though as a jack of all trades the .243 has a place but it is no specialist.

    All the Best
    Ben

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    My first Deer rifle was a 243, it was a bargain 10 years old NIB and at a 10 year old price. I have since acquired a 6.5X55 and 222 since then, and the 243 has not been pointed at a Deer since I got the 6.5. It's the sort of gun that could convince me I only need one rifle instead of five, almost

    John

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