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Here’s What We Found to Be the Best Rifle Caliber for Deer

best rifle caliber for deer

If you ask 20 people what they think is the best rifle caliber for hunting deer, you’ll likely get one of these three answers every time. 

I just so happen to be in the market for a new deer rifle. We’re now at the end of the second year of rifles being allowed for deer in my state, so by now, it’s safe to say they aren’t going anywhere. Seeing as I’m new to this type of hunting, I’ve started from the bottom to try and figure out what sort of rifle I want.

Recently, I asked the followers on my Facebook page what they thought the best rifle caliber for deer was. More than 100 responses later, I think we have a clear-cut winner.

The Players

Really, the most popular deer calibers come down to the .243, the .270, the 30-30, or the .308. Yes, there are many other rounds that make the grade, but these four repeated over and over again for a variety of reasons. If you are in the market like me, start your search right here.

According to my followers, the .243 shines when you want to take a deer from any range up to 300 yards while doing minimal damage to the meat.

The .270 takes the lead when it comes to shooting longer range with more knockdown power.

The 30-30 is a great all around deer round, but lacks when it comes to longer-range, open-field settings.

Then the .308 does the most damage to the meat (pending shot placement), but you also get the most bang for your buck.

The Winner

However, one round kept getting more comments than the other three, and that was the .270. It seems to be the clear-cut favorite as the top deer round available. The price point and abundance for high-quality bullets are great. This round can also be used on a variety of game animals around North America.

This caliber is available in many different rifles from just about every major manufacturer. Effective from 500 yards or more, this just might be the best rifle caliber out there for deer.

What do you think? What’s your preference?


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Here’s What We Found to Be the Best Rifle Caliber for Deer