September 29, 2009 at 8:21pm
In my life I have killed deer with a 20ga, 16ga, 4 differnt 12ga, 223, 243, 2 different 270, 30-06, 300wsm, 44mag, 45-70, 5 different 50 cal. muzzleloaders and a 357, not to mention 4 different bows. Yes I'm old, used to hate deer and wanted to kill them all. Now I only kill 1 or 2 a year if at all.
The point is it really doesn't matter what gun, or caliber you choose as long as it suits you. Every gun out there has it's strengths and weakness's with the greatest weakness being the operator, second is bullet choice.
Find some friends that have different calibers and styles that will let you shot them. Make your own list of what is important to you like range, knock down power, kick, etc. Once you figure out your priorities then ask your questions accordingly.
For example, I was reading another thread about the 45-70 earlier. Everyone was talking about how bad they kick. My favorite gun of all those I mentioned above is my H & R handi-rifle 45-70. I have never noticed it kicking.
Simply put, don't let someone else (all of us on this forum) choose for you. I spend more time during hunting season with my weapons than my wife and I didn't let anyone else choose her for me, so why my gun? Just the rambling thoughts of an old man, now carry on.