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Which caliber would you choose to hunt all around in Louisiana 270 30-06 308 out of these 3 calibers
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   Lil johnb
.270 all day
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   Gator308
Any one of those will do the job !
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   BlueShamu
Personally, I would rank from first to last, .308, .270, 30-06.

Reason for the .308 - Thirty caliber bullet has a larger cross section than a .270 (0.277). Recoil is nearly identical between the two....which both being less than the -06.

From a ballistics standpoint, the .270 and .308 are nearly identical. The .270 being faster and flatter....but, you are separating pepper from fly poop when looking at the average shot for most Joe Hunters being 200 yards or less. In that range, all three calibers are great choices. For me, the .30 caliber round in .308 wins the battle....especially when using Winchester 150 grain Ballistic Silvertips through the .308. NOTHING has even so much as kicked after being shot in the boiler room by this round.
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Just seeing what people think
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   GUNS
THE 270 IS THE BEST SHOOTING AND MOST ACCURATE ESPECIALLY IN BROWNING-REMINGTON -RUGER. IT SHOOTS THE FLATTIS BULLET AT THE LONGEST RANGE. WE USED NOTHING BUT .270 IN OUR FAMILY FOR OVER 70 YEARS .IT DOES NOT KICK & HAS PLENTY KNOCKDOWN FROM ELK- DEER- WHATEVER YOU WANT TO HUNT. WE SHOOT ALSO BUT WINCHESTER SUPER X BULLETS IN THEM.THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE AND VERY DEADLY UPON IMPACT- GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR HUNTING - DAVID
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I’ve had all 3 calibers so I’m seeing what everyone likes
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I know there are more people out there
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I’ve taken more deer with a .270 with 130 grain game king bullet than the other simply because I had one since I was 17. But I have all 3 and more, .308 with 165 grain game king is awesome deer just drop, 30.06 with 165 grain super x soft point gets same results. The .308 is probably my pick though as using Nikon’s spot on app it does just what it says it will do.
More important though is the scope, you can make a simple rifle into a great rifle with quality optics or you can ruin a great rifle with a cheap scope 🧐
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Good points
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   JB
I have killed many deer with a 270 but have since shelved it in favor of a 7mag. I found that the last 5-6 deer I shot with my 270, did not bleed a single drop. It got so bad with a lack of blood, the last 2 I killed I made sure I shot through the front shoulder instead of behind the front shoulder. I shot 130 gr and 150 gr and even played with different bullet manufacturers. I hunted in Grosse Tete and every shot was less than 100 yards. All of the shots, minus the direct shoulder shots, were behind the shoulder and complete pass throughs. The deer never ran more than 50-60 yards but there was just no blood. Small hole in, small hole out.
My dad has hunted with a 270 his entire life and has had no issue with it. I found a deal on the 7mag I have now and could not pass it up and have really taken a liking to it.
All 3 calibers you mentioned are good and will do the job. I think that people put too much stock in what caliber the gun is and not enough consideration on shot distance and shot placement. If you shoot any high powered rifle and place the bullet in the boiler room, the deer will die. The question will be is if you can find it easily.
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Yea all shots are less than 100 yards mainly about 50 or less
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   JB
50 yards or less.....I'd go 308.
My family also has an H&R 44 mag that was purchased for my and my brother's kids when they were small. That is an incredible gun and round for sub-100 yards. No recoil and cheap ammo.
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OUGHT SIX FOR THE WIN! It’ll smoke anything on this continent. Good luck finding any ammo these days though. lol.
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   LSUfan71
First, my answer to your question is the .30-06, because it's the most proven cartridge in North America and ammo can be found anywhere. Now as far as ballistics goes, it's silly to suggest any of those those three cartridges is better than the other at less than 100 yards. Just a goofy conversation to be having.

Second, my choice for hunting conditions offering just 50-75yd shots would be a Marlin .30-30, can't go wrong with it.
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I have all 3 just seeing what people prefer to shoot thanks you have a good point where all 3 calibers are good at less than 100 yards
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For effectiveness on whitetail deer, there's not enough difference among the three to make any meaningful difference. Just pick the one that tickles your fancy. Good quality ammo is readily available for all three and price differences are negligible.
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   CCAguns
LSUfan71 has the right idea, and, for under 100 yards, the old 30-30 is tough to beat. There just isn't any significant ballistic difference in the three calibers mentioned. But for use anywhere in the US, at any reasonable hunting range for everything up to the big bears, the 30-06 is unbeatable! The .30 caliber provides a big difference in wound channel diameter thus the ability to find the shot deer! In the immortal words of P. O. Ackley, the greatest American gunsmith and cartridge tester in US history, when ballistics are similar, the advantage will always go to the larger diameter bullet. The 30-06 is easier to find on the shelf in most stores than any other round. The 308 was developed for semi-autos - short actions are nice but how much does 1/2 inch shorter bolt mean if you give up even a little performance. Secondly, there has been a run on 308 ammo due to the semi-autos folks have. Furthermore, 30-06 has more bullet options than any other cartridge. Finally, the 30-06 (especially when handloaded) and the 7mag are almost identical ballistically, but most 7mags run 1 to 1-1/2 pounds heavier in most sporter rifles. Why carry the extra weight and barrel length for similar performance? Many have tried and advertised but none have truly bettered the old 30-06!!!
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   LSUfan71
CAguns makes good points. But as far as weight goes, I'm not stalking mulies or elk across miles of mountainous terrain. I get off my ATV and hike 15 yards to my box stand, so the more weight in the gun, the lighter the recoil. Just sayin... :)
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Still wondering what people rather
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I harvested 2 great bucks this year one with .308 and one with 12 gauge slug gun both being in the 75yd range.
Both the rifle and the shotgun are effective at 0-100 yards
I rather them all I guess
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Yea most comments are either 270 or 30-06
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   LastCast
Bought an ‘06 about 25 years ago and shot many deer and hogs with it and never had a single animal go more than 10 yards. That said I bought a 270 about 5 years ago for my kids to shoot using the managed recoil rounds. They’ve shot quite a few deer with it these last few years and love the managed recoil rounds. They prefer it over their 243. They shooting Remington core lokts 130 grain in the 270. Haven’t lost any deer with it but some do go as far as 30-40 yards before piling up. To sum it up I think the ‘06 has more knock down power but the 270 is a sweeter shooting gun and more versatile given the fact that you can shoot managed recoil rounds or regular rounds through it
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   CCAguns
LastCast is correct in that a 270 kicks slightly less than the old '06, especially with reduced loads. There exists reduced load ammo for the '06 IF YOU CAN FIND ANY REDUCED LOAD IN ANY CARTRIDGE ANYWHERE! Typically, the 270 shoots a lighter bullet with 10% less bullet diameter. Whereas ammo is in short supply, it's still easier to find '06 ammo than 270 ammo.

However, for versatility and for help in finding your shot animal, the '06 would be preferred. Splitting the difference and going with the 280 Remington would be an excellent alternative - that is until the current ammo shortage came about. My friends and relatives who use 270 Win continue to have trouble finding ammo. In fairness, '06 ammo can be hard to find also. Nevertheless, should you decide to hunt elk one day, the 30-06 offers excellent bullet choices and opens a larger hole on these long-haired, large animals. I have no doubt I could kill an elk with a 22, but I'm certain I may never find it! The old 30-06 cannot be beat!
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