Deer Hunting Rifles, Shot Guns, and Scopes - A Summary
A good deer hunting rifle for shorter range hunting (30-150 yd shots) is the 30-30. This short, light gun is easy to carry through the woods and is a favorite of many "big woods" hunters, including myself. Note that you should not use this rifle for any shot over 150 yards as it lacks the knock-down power and the bullet will lose trajectory as well. For a gun that will be occasionally used for those "across the field" 200+ yard shots, the 30-06 is by far the most recommended gun. There are other calibers and types that will work fine as well, as discussed in the articles below.
Shotguns may only be used in some areas. Also, some new hunters like to use their shotgun for both deer hunting and small game. The most recommended shot gun "slug gun" is the Remington 870 model. You can get a package that features a rifled barrel to give you great accuracy and also includes a smooth barrel for small game hunting. Note that beyond 100 yds, the shotgun slug will lose trajectory (which is why they are the only gun allowed in some open areas).
Choose a hunting rifle or shotgun scope that meets your needs. If your shots are typically 30-100 yds, then an inexpensive low-power scope may be sufficient. And for close range, lower power is desirable. For 200+ yd shooting, you will want a somewhat better quality scope that will not be easily bumped out of aim. There are many different recommendations for scopes in the articles below, but the lower priced scopes in the reputable brands like Leupold, Bushnell, and Nikon are often recommended.
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