This question has been debated a few times before. Usually, the best round for Michigan deer hunting boils down to the longest range you expect to shoot. That is, in a swamp where you may only see 50 yards, _____ works the best, but hunting over a large bean field where you can see half a mile______ is the better round. No matter if it's 40 yards or 400, the SHOOTER has to make the shot, not the rifle.
I own and shoot all of the above (except for the .358) and they all will do the job.It's always a big decision which rifle to use. If I could only have one allaround rifle I'd draw straws between 30/06, .270,
7X57, and 7mm/08.
I shoot a 7 mag. and it does the job...maybe a little much for Michigan but...oh well. I also shoot a .243 sweet rifle. Great MI gun would have to be the old trusty 30-30. Wish I knew how many a deer have been harvested with that caliber here in MI over the years.
50% for the 30/30 dream on. Maybe in the 1950's. Maybe for the 30.06 but not the 30/30. I have been around plenty of hunters and none of them use a 30/30 (Some have them but don't use them). But probably 75% of them use a 30.06. I personally use a 300 WSM. But i agree with WalleyeVision that the 30.06 is one of the easiest cartridges to find in a small sporting goods store
When considering a firarm for the title of best deer gun/caliber in Michigan, centerfire rifles must be excluded becasue they are not legal weapons in 1/3 of the state. That basically leaves us with eithor a 12-gauge shotgun or a muzzleloader. I just tested a Savage 10-ML muzzleloader and found it to be the best muzzleloader I've ever used. It shot sub, 1" groups at 100-yards with several bullet and charge combinations. The 10-ML might just be the ultimate all-around deer gun in Michgian.
I sighted in my 30-06 semi-auto and my 12 gauge bolt action at 100 yards (in the field) and was getting the same groups (2-3"). Then during the season I ran into a monster at 25 yards. I left him a scar with the rifle. If I had the slugger, he would have been down. I lost confidence in the little bitty bullet that rifles deliver. Nobody likes a marginal hit and if there happens to be one, i'd rather have it come from a big ol slug.
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