View Full Version : Should I Deer Hunt With This?

11-18-2013, 11:49 AM
I can get a Ruger American in .270 win for $275 out the door right now. The only reason I'm hesitant is the finish I'd be getting it in is the Navy Digital Camo. In some pictures I've seen it looks really really blue and in others it looks more grey.

I was just wondering if anyone has seen this finish in person or if anyone has opinions on wether a gun with a finish like this would be suitable for deer hunting.

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11-18-2013, 11:51 AM
Color doesnt matter. Thats a good deer rifle.

11-18-2013, 11:53 AM
Paint is cheap

Get it!

11-18-2013, 11:54 AM
It will be fine.

11-18-2013, 11:56 AM
More than adequate for hunting. Just paint the stock.

11-18-2013, 12:02 PM
Do you think painting the stock will be necessary for deer hunting? I really don't mind the look of it, I just wouldn't want it to negatively affect me when I'm out there.

Never hunted deer before so I'm not too sure about this.

11-18-2013, 12:06 PM
Put a camo sock on it if you are concerned. I use them while upland hunting.

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11-18-2013, 12:06 PM
Not essential to paint it.

11-18-2013, 12:08 PM
Deer are color blind. It's the movement that rattles them.

11-18-2013, 12:10 PM
Well, if you drop it in the bushes and can't find it ...

11-18-2013, 12:14 PM
I've seen one in person, there is a store near me trying to move it out of inventory, I was thinking of buying "just because"

It is more blue than grey.

It won't matter to the deer, you're likely going to be wearing a bright orange hat or vest while you're shooting it. While deer aren't exactly color blind, they don't have great color vision. Buy it, scope it, put meat in your freezer.

11-18-2013, 12:14 PM
I just bought a .270 Rem 700 with a shiny wood stock to use as a deer rifle.

11-18-2013, 12:55 PM
Buy it, shoot it, take deer with it.

11-18-2013, 12:59 PM
Its fine leave it the way it is

11-18-2013, 1:07 PM
You can only shoot Blue Digital Camo Deer species with that rifle. Get a tan or brown rifle if you want to hunt regular deer.

Jk you are gtg

11-18-2013, 2:09 PM
I shot a deer today, I was wearing blue jeans, a black sweatshirt, a blaze orange cap, and carrying a Marlin .30-30 that is blued with walnut.
I don't think the camo pattern on your rifle is much to worry about.

11-18-2013, 3:50 PM
Thanks for all the info guys. I'm thinking about putting a Nikon prostaff 3-9x40 on it too. Any opinions on that or suggestions on rings?

11-18-2013, 4:20 PM
I have a prostaff 3-9x40 BDC on a rifle. It's a nice scope, all of my friends like it, I like it, it does the job. Decent light transmission and very clear, though I've never owned a truly high end scope to compare it with.

Having had a BDC scope now, I'm not a fan of that reticle. Unless the scope was calibrated to your rifle and your load, the BDC is arbitrary, you'll find that if you are zeroed at 100 yards, the first dot will be at 213 yards, the next dot will be 354 yards, the dot after that will be 572 yards etc. I'd rather have a mil-dot scope which allows me to figure approximate ranges to animals without a range finder, or allows me to pretty precisely measure an animal (height, rack, whatever) if I do have a range finder with me. Not to mention, you can use the nikon software to figure out the each dot on the scope corresponds too in hold over, effectively making it a BDC as well.

So, if it were me, it'd be mil-dot or duplex, or German #4.

11-18-2013, 4:22 PM
Last I heard the color of your rifle doesn't kill the deer a good shot does. Hell buy a pink one. Deer are color blind anyway.

11-18-2013, 4:30 PM
Why not? I'd shoot it!

Those are good guns. Great for their price point. Don't expect a 800 yard kill with it but as far as the finish I dig it. I always thought aside from the snow camo the USN NWU digi cam was the coolest camo made.

Try and find one local. that way you can see it. But it looks like a gloss finish so the light will probably make it come off lighter from the shine. If its based directly off the NWU camo it will and should be dark.

11-18-2013, 5:16 PM
Great gun and an unbelievable price. The .270 is a good cartridge for deer, hogs and, with the proper loads you can reach down into smaller game or up into slightly larger game, like Elk. My wife's all around hunting gun is a compensated .270 - she loves it.

11-18-2013, 7:46 PM
Put a Leupold 3X9X40 or 3.5X10X40 on it with low mounts and you are set for life.
I suggest a Claw sling. I have a dozen other ones and it is the only one which will stay on my shoulder when hunting.
Do not worry about the color.
My daughter hunts with a pink Claw sling and took 2 deer this year as well as a number of spot and stalk African animals.

11-18-2013, 8:27 PM
get it and order a boyds stock

11-19-2013, 1:18 AM
It will be fine if you carefully follow these instructions: Load it, shoot it, clean it, repeat.

11-19-2013, 1:58 AM
If you don't want it, I'll take it… care to let me know where to pick it up? :)

11-19-2013, 4:10 AM
Boyds stock! Why put a bright ribbon on a jackass. He is going for price spend money on good optics not a stock it will be a better payoff.

11-19-2013, 4:34 AM
Boyds stock! Why put a bright ribbon on a jackass. He is going for price spend money on good optics not a stock it will be a better payoff.

While boyds are great stocks i have to agree about the optics. You can always bed the stock you have now. It makes more sense to scope it and use the money on that for now.

Ima look up and see if i can grab that same deal here locally. I might end up with a .270 tonight.

11-19-2013, 9:57 AM
$275 OTD? That's a really good price... I would have jumped on that already.

I paid a lot more for mine...

11-19-2013, 11:33 AM
$275 OTD? That's a really good price... I would have jumped on that already.

I paid a lot more for mine...

Ya I got it off a one day auction ktp.com hosted on gunbroker. Impact guns had these on sale a couple weeks ago for $200!! They sold out quick though. I kind of think this is one of those and they're making a quick buck on me but I don't mind. Just called in and paid for it today.

Now I just need to find some rings and a scope and I'm good to go

11-19-2013, 11:38 AM
Definitely deer hunter. I have a Winchester model 70 in.270, we have taken many a deer with, no problem!

11-19-2013, 11:41 AM
You should be fine with the rifle. Make sure your scope is zeroed at 100 yards.

11-19-2013, 12:10 PM
I handled that rifle in the LGS and really liked, the .270 Win. is a great cal..