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    Hey yall so im new to hunting and i vent out last season in SC for my first hunt, but wasn't lucky enough to get my first deer, im looking for advice on what kind of rifle i would need to get as i am looking to purchase my own by December. I have shot a 2.70 and 30-06 and liked both. i would also like to know 1) if there as any good private/ public lands to hunt on, and 2) what are some basic things and practices i need to know. i have taken the hunters education course so i know all of that but i would just like to know some skills from experienced hunters

    thanks
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    WELCOME
    WELCOME Barlow13...Buddy my best advice to you being Fresh at hunting would be to click on the 'Forums' Bar and scroll through and read The Post that grab your attention...Trust me...WE have about covered everything on this site LOL...If you need anything else Just...Ask, Some GREAT People on this site and ALOT of Knowledge so like I said...Check out the forums and read what you find interesting and Good Luck!!!
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    Welcome!
    Hey Barlow! Welcome to the site! I was a brand new hunter myself last year and I learned mostly everything I know on this very site. I only hunt with a bow and killed my first deer about two months into my first year of hunting but I think the only reason I was able to kill a deer my first year let alone it being a 6 pointer was how hard I hunted and how hard I tried to learn every bit of information I could.

    If I can give you quick advice it would be don't take anyones advice and expect it to work exactly the same for you. I had to adapt almost every tactic I learned to work best for how I hunt and where I hunt. Other than that don't take the wind or Scent for granted. I always try to hunt with the wind and every evening I wash my clothes in Scent free wash and store it in a scent free bag. The last thing I do before walking in the woods is spray down everything with scent-a-way from head to toe including my bow. I try to practice scent control as much as I can even in the off season during scouting. You can probably go to my profile and look at some of the posts of mine where I was asking questions all last year and just read up.

    Hope you get one this year!! I know how frustrating it is. I hunted two months last year as a newbie and didn't even see a deer. Then everything lined up one morning and I was given the opportunity to land a 6 as my first deer. Now I am hooked! There is no feeling like it! Stick with it and it'll happen for you. Good luck!!!
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    Welcome!!!
    Welcome barlow13! I've been hunting for a while now but my good friend, SawMill Man introduced me to this website about a year ago, and I will just tell you from experience, the men and women on this website with help you out TREMENDOUSLY! So don't be afraid to ask questions or just bring out a good conversation!
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    Welcome
    Welcome to the site man! Like everyone was saying you get a lot of advise and information on this site. No two people think alike but, like it was said I also have learned most everything I know from tuning into this site and then research the web for verification. I'm still learning everyday! I have been on here since 2004!

    Deer have the advantage with 3 powerful tools....sight, hearing and scense of smell. Beat those and you're half way there in the game of outsmarting a deer.

    Gun wise: that's a personal choice .223 to 300 mag. I myself like the 270WSM but it will break your bank with the cost of ammunition. Go to Remmington.com and check out there program 'REMMINGTON SHOOT' or Winchester.com and check out their ballistics calculator. You can see the actual bullet path for different calibers. The 270WSM shoots as flat as a .243 and a 25.06 but with more sustained speed, range and knock down power!

    Sighting in a scope should be done from 20 yards to 35 yards to maximise the efficiency of the gun and grain load to get the flattest overall trajectory of the bullet path. I sight my 270WSM in at 28 yards dead on and at 150 yards the bullet is 2.9 inches high but dead on again at 300 yards.

    Good luck and stay tuned in!
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    thanks
    Thanks guys i really appreciate all yalls advice and i will defiantly be reading some other threads

    thanks again
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    Public Lands
    Hey Barlow,

    I manage the Game Lands in Caswell County and would love to talk to you or anyone else interested about hunting on GL. Just shoot me an e-mail with your contact information and I will give you a call. Also, any of you guys with questions about wildlife management in general, feel free to contact me. I am not a game warden, but if you have questions regarding game laws in NC I can answer or get answered most of those.
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    public lands
    Hey sorry it took so long to get back to you i've been camping the past 2 weekends and slammed with classes. I would love some information about any lands i really just want to get out there once gun season starts and even if i dont get any i would love to learn and just build up my experience.

    thanks,
    Mike
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    Deer Caliber
    It depends on if you want a gun for all big game animails or just deer. I have seen many 300lbs plus deer killed in Alberta and Saskatchewan with 270 and 06s. A 270 is a little light for Elk or Moose. A 30-06 is more versitle with larger bullet weights available. I prefer the 7 mags and 280. If you are a gun nut and have plenty of money, buy a particlular caliber for each animal. The fun part is the research, planning, buying and talking about it to your hunting and gun nut buddys. Then start handloading and you will open up new vistas in what every caliber you decide.
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    Wind
    One major key factor in hunting is the wind make sure that the wind is in your favor not the deer as in where they may be beding in the morning where the wind will catch ur scent and they will be alert so that plays into alot of other things but the wind can make you or break u when hunting big bucks and swamp walking.
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    Topgun
    I was just looking back at this post and you are right about large calliber knock down power but, the whole purpose the 270 WSM was developed was the request of the western hunters wanting a flat long shooting caliber that could easily take down an Elk.....the answer was the 270 WSM!
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    rifle hunting
    Personally I use my .308. I also have a .243 but I had shot a big buck with it my first year and never found it. So I upped the ante and purchased my .308. My husband hunts with a 30.06. I think it's going to be more a matter of preference. oh and also the .270's are great! I think that's going to be my next purchase! I also agree with the guys. Read the forums, talk with other hunters, watch hunting shows....you will learn alot! Good luck hunting!
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    Rifle of Choice
    I agree with Viper on shooting the short mag. I have a 300WSM and 7mm Mag. My dad shoots 25-06 and the 7mm Mag also. We load our own rounds and play with the loads to get them shooting flat a possible. My suggestion (this is only my suggestion) is to plan how far you want to shoot and then how comfortable you are at shooting that distance. Remember just because you can hit a paper target at 300 yards it may be a little different what that 10 point drop tine 160 class buck shows up at 300 yards and the end of your barrel is doing the ferris wheel thing. Know your limitations. Just ask yourself what are you hunting for, how far are you comfortable shooting and being able to make that kill shot at that distance. Good Hunting to all.
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    I Agree with Jeff Matt....LOL
    Bottom line heavy rounds knock chit on on the ground but, give up the flat trajectory. They make you hold over or under depending on your target range. .243 is super flat shooting next to the 25.06 which has better range. Both shoot lighter grains so you may have some tracking to do but, still very effective deer calibers. The standard 270 has the range of these two but with a heavier bullet so not as flat shooting. The sole reason I choose the 270WSM is it has the flat shooting of a 25.06 and even though a little slower out of the barrel with the heavier grain bullet 130 or 140 grain will pass up the 25.06 down range and deliver a bigger impact....comparable to the 308 or 30.06. Ballistics on this round are 3475fps OTB and zeroed at 28 yards has a flight profile of 2.5 inch max at 150 yards and dead on at 300. No hold over or under up to 300 yards based on a 6inch vital and wil still be in the vitals at 350 yards. This round is more efficient at 300 than it is at 75 yards! Call me lazy....I don't want to guess where to hit them I just want to hit them out to a reasonable site range of 300 yards!
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    Good Shot
    Wow thats a Great shot...265 yards..Poor Little Bunny....270 Winchester Model 70-Shooting 130 Grain Core-lokt...1st time for everything BUT...Haven't lost 1 yet...Might be because I can't remember shooting a Deer over 80 yards LOL
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    100 yards...
    I hunt with a Remington 700 in 7mm and shoot 150gr corelocks in it. But I can't wait to try my Browning Abolt in .270 with Hornady Super Performance 130gr. SST rounds I just got. I can't remember the last time I shot at a deer over 100 yards away so I zero everything in dead on at 100 yards.
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