Originally Posted by ninjatoth
deer are scattered here in Michigan,and when you see one you have just a few moments to take the shot.There are some fields for long range,but for the most part it is thick flat woods here,and a 175lb 8 point is top dog here,I think that is about as big as they come here.I shot my doe with my .444 and she dropped with all legs out like bambi on ice,and I even made a poor shot.Alot of hunters here,like most of them use really long range guns here when there really isn't a need for them here,the .444 was my grandpas,so I think he thought it out well and got what was practical,not what others had.I was taught to mainly get a good blind going and sit still,and when you see a deer,get the gun up and you have only a few seconds to take a shot.I seen on those shows the deer just a staring at the shooter for like a minute,and they still end up missing the deer alot.
Down in south La the 30-30 is a favorite. Heavy brush gun, it works good and the shots are generally under 100 yrds. Your 444 is also a great power busting load at closer ranges. The long range rifles like the 270 use a different shaped bullet. Under 40 cal the bullets are made different so that they can expand and mushroom. Once you get to 40 cal or above the sheer size of the hole will suffice to take down game.
In Texas I have much more time to take my shots. Then again we are shooting them when they are going to eat. If your hunting deer when they are on the move from bedding to feeding locations or when they are chasing does, you will not have as much time. I also too was very shocked when i first went to TX. Much different for a southern La boy. Thing is in Tx if you don't take your time and score the animal or judge it aganist something else you will end up shooting a very small deer. It is not uncommon to see 20 deer at one hunt so you have to be selective. Sounds like your hunting is similar to that of mine in Louisiana.