Point-blank range caliber for deer?

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Looking for light recoiling, flat shooting caliber recommendations for a new whitetail hunting rig. Thinking 243, 6mm Creedmoor, 25-06. I don’t reload. Have a 8x56 S&B to mount. Will be running suppressed. I don’t do much hiking to the stand, few hundred yards at the most. Shots are 75-200 yards, occasionally out to 300.
I have a Tikka .204 compact threaded/suppressed, same scope, which is a laser to 300 for coyotes. Looking for something larger but similar for deer.
 

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243 or 6 Creed seem like a great choice for that use. I’ve taken a doe at 404 and 598 with a 6x47 and 105 Hybrids. 300 and in would be easy work.
 
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Anything giving you 3,000 fps (several of the calibers already mentioned here) will have a very flat trajectory out to 200 yards. +1" at 100 yards for zero at 200 yards. An 80 to 100 grain bullet at that speed will definitely do the job on deer. I've shot several deer wth 90gr Federal Fusions going about 2,950 fps and they have all been just as dead just as quickly as heavier calibers/bullets.

I am a big fan of flat trajectories in a relatively mild cartridge without going too small on the bullet.

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+1 on the 243 and Barnes 80 gr TTSX. The Barnes TSX and TTSX are as good if not better than moving up in caliber for putting down game. You'll appreciate the lower recoil of the 243 over anything larger/heavier.
 

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In your case, I’d pick up a 25-06 and drive on. If SA short Barrel considerations are a must then I’d consider the other two.
 

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In your case, I’d pick up a 25-06 and drive on. If SA short Barrel considerations are a must then I’d consider the other two.
I prefer the 308 Win, 20” barrel w suppressor. Long barrel life. Very little recoil and lots of factory hunting loads.
 
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Reallistically, if you will sit down with a ballistic chart there is a pile of cartridges that work good at 300 yds. Its past the 300 mark where magnums, bullets with higher BC, longer bbls really start to shine. I do not own a 6.5 CM but it would be great for what u are wanting. My 260’s do!
 

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Looking for light recoiling, flat shooting caliber recommendations for a new whitetail hunting rig. Thinking 243, 6mm Creedmoor, 25-06. I don’t reload. Have a 8x56 S&B to mount. Will be running suppressed. I don’t do much hiking to the stand, few hundred yards at the most. Shots are 75-200 yards, occasionally out to 300.
I have a Tikka .204 compact threaded/suppressed, same scope, which is a laser to 300 for coyotes. Looking for something larger but similar for deer.
Out to 300 any of your choices are poi capable
 

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stick with your 270. the 6mm’s lose too much energy at 300. point blank on my 270 is 311 yards. you aint gonna gain anything by going to the calibers you mention.....quite the opposite. you’ll lose.

if you are looking for something that out performs the 270 winchester, you’ll have to look at the various 7 mags and the 300 mags. everything else is a step down. UNLESS you are extending out past the 300 yard range...then the 7-08, 280, and the 6.5’s might offer you something. but 300 and under? you are going to be hard pressed to outdo the 270.
 

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243 and Barnes TSX or TTSX. Those are awesome hunting rounds. They hit HARD and kill well.

I shot a buck a few years back. 200+ yds running away. .308 using a 168gn Barnes TSX (way to big a bullet). Droppped him dead like a pallet of bricks landed on him and turned the left side of his body from his hind quarter to his front quarter to jelly. Only got 1.5 back straps, 1 hind quarter and 1 front quarter. The rest of the meat was toast. A 168 TSX was a bit to big for that little buck. A 243 and 80 TSX would have been just right.

Light recoiling, flat shooting and great factory ammo, within 300 yds on deer sounds like it’s got 6mm Creedmoor written all over it.
 
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If the point blank range of the 308 doesnt get it done for you, and you need something flatter shooting from 0 to 300 yards, then friend, you have some issues.
Lol. I actually thought you were joking, just never heard anyone call a .308 a laser before. I suppose out to 300 yds it’s very flat shooting, like just about every other caliber out there at 300 yds ....

Oh yeah, I absolutely have some issues, 🤣 none of which apply to understanding a 308 though....

And when someone asked my advise for a flat shooting, light recoiling rifle out to 300 yds for deer hunting, I’m sorry, but a .308 isn’t the 1st thing that comes to mind.... Top 5 maybe, but definetly not 1st.
 
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If you like ARs and can afford ammo loaded with Barnes Bullets, a 6.8 SPC firing a 95 grain (I think) TTSX at close to 3,000 fps is a proven killer.

It should do point blank to 200 yards pretty easy and effective to 300 yards or more.

Recoil will be a little more than an AR in 5.56x45 but not bad at all.

Magazines and bolts are common and are becoming more common because they are shared with .224 Valkyrie.

My first choice for a barrel would be AR15PERFORMANCE 16" in whatever profile you like and buy a Super Bolt from them too.
 

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Vital area on a deer is pretty large with a 200 yard zero you shouldn’t have any trouble with a 308 or whatever else you’d like to shoot
 

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Not so flat shooting, but I concur with the .308. I've only had one deer out of two dozen take several steps after shooting them with the .308. Not so much with the 25-06.
 

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Lol. I actually thought you were joking, just never heard anyone call a .308 a laser before. I suppose out to 300 yds it’s very flat shooting, like just about every other caliber out there at 300 yds ....

Yes, I absolutely have plenty of issues, none of which apply to understanding a 308 though....

And when someone asked my advise for a flat shooting, light recoiling rifle out to 300 yds for deer hunting, I’m sorry, but a .308 isn’t the 1st thing that comes to mind.... Top 10 maybe, but definetly not 1st.
it wasnt me that called it “a laser”. but as you said, like most rifle calibers based on the 308 case or the ‘06 case, they are all pretty dang flat to 300. that’s all i was saying.
 
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it wasnt me that called it “a laser”. but as you said, like most rifle calibers based on the 308 case or the ‘06 case, they are all pretty dang flat to 300. that’s all i was saying.
10-4 bro. I can agree with that. Got my who’s posting whats mixed up. Lol. My bad.
 
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Take up reloading and build a 6mm-06 for the 105 Berger VLD hunting bullets.
Lapua 30-06 brass Fed 215 primer and 56-57 grains of H1000 in a 26+ inch barrel.
Point blank range over 400 yards and extremely flat shooting.

But since you are not reloading 240 Weatherby.
 

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I don’t know what the factory hunting ammo looks like for the 6 creed, but speed kills. You’re on the right track with 243 and 25-06.

For a 300 yard gun, don’t overlook the 270. It’s the mullet of the deer cartridge world, but it packs a ton of heat like the 25, but the ammo is much more plentiful. Green box core lok 130s have killed a mountain of deer among my people.