Best Deer Cartridges: Our Top Picks for 2019

Always a hot topic! What are the BEST deer cartridges out there?

Josh Kinser, Marketing Director at Big & J and Swagger Bipods sits down with Brian McCombie, Outdoor Writer and Field Editor for American Hunter Magazine, to debate their top picks for best deer rounds. If you stick around for the end, you’ll also get their pick for WORST deer round.

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Best Deer Cartridges – Josh’s Picks:

3. .308 – Various grain choices, & readily available. A lot of stopping power.
2. .25-06 – Kick is minimal. “Killability”. Flat shooting round.
1. 6.5 Creedmoor – Readily available, many loads to choose from. Confident round, “killability”.

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Best Deer Cartridges – Brian’s Picks:

3. .243 Winchester – Powerful, minimal recoil, accurate and plenty of ammo options. Has used on various game from Whitetail to hogs with majority one-shot kills.
2. .308 – Very versatile round for many species. Decent recoil.
1. 6.5 Creedmoor – Lives up to the hype! Flat shooter. Very versatile, dependable at long range.

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What’s the LEAST favored deer round? Watch to the end to find out!

What do you think are the best deer cartridges? Comment below!

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  1. If everyone could afford to have a nice new accurate hunting rifle for EVERY species they hunt then yeah you guys may be right. Unfortunately the real working person could be able to only afford one rifle for serious hunting. Myself, I use a Ruger m77 in 7mm magnum because I wanted a rifle that was easy to find ammo for, was flat shooting for long range AND would tackle close range. I can hunt hogs, whitetail, elk and moose all with ONE rifle. I think that’s a good conversation to have is what are good rounds for overall hunting. Just my 2 cents from real America where we cant all go buy 5 rifles in different calibers unless we buy cheap ones that cant shoot MOA consistently

  2. I agree with the 308 but I disagree with the 6.5 creedmore, I shoot a 150 gr 7 mm mag and in my opinion I have better accuracy with that than any other rifle I have shot.

  3. As a hunter in the eastern half of America, the need for long range is low. For woods hunting, Marlin lever action in 35 Remington, absolute hammer on deer to 200 yards with Hornady Leverevolution ammo, and black bear with Remington Corelok, handy rifle, light recoil. Second, bolt action in 7-08 w/20 inch barrel; handy, light recoil, ability to take anything up to and including elk. If I lived out west, or in big bear territory, there is not much that cannot be taken with a 30-06. 70 now, veteran, some experience.