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Old 01-06-2012, 06:10 PM
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best western US hunting round

I was talking with my dad the other day about calibers and he has always (and still) say the 30-06 is the best all around hunting round for the western united states (mule deer, antelope, elk, big horn sheep etc). and I used to think the same but now my mind has been changing.
Im starting to lean more towards longer range, faster calibers like the 7mm
Im trying to pin down buying a new bolt action and keep going all across the board on deciding what caliber.
Im looking alot more into 7mm, 260 rem, 6.5x284, 300 winmag

I know all of those will be fine, I just cant get myself to decide.

The 7mm and 300win are probably going to be the best all arounders for where we live, but I really do like the bullets in the 6.5 caliber as well, so I just cant decide
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I was talking with my dad the other day about calibers and he has always (and still) say the 30-06 is the best all around hunting round for the western united states (mule deer, antelope, elk, big horn sheep etc). and I used to think the same but now my mind has been changing.
Im starting to lean more towards longer range, faster calibers like the 7mm
Im trying to pin down buying a new bolt action and keep going all across the board on deciding what caliber.
Im looking alot more into 7mm, 260 rem, 6.5x284, 300 winmag

I know all of those will be fine, I just cant get myself to decide.

The 7mm and 300win are probably going to be the best all arounders for where we live, but I really do like the bullets in the 6.5 caliber as well, so I just cant decide

Id you dont elk hunt...you can go with a .260 or a .270 and do fine. Put elk in the mix...and Id have to go with the 7mm Rem Mag ( not that sawed off stuff...the REAL 7mm Mag!)

If you only have ONE rifle to hunt everything there is....30-06 !
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:43 PM
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I am a hard core 30-06 fan. You can bust elk out to 700 yards easy to shoot and doesn't need a brake. You can buy ammo anywhere on the planet if need be. With the right set up very very accurate. My second for a all around would be the 300 WM. Almost the same availability of ammo as the 06 just a little harder to shoot without a brake. Either would be an excellent choice as the one rifle for everything.
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I was talking with my dad the other day about calibers and he has always (and still) say the 30-06 is the best all around hunting round for the western united states (mule deer, antelope, elk, big horn sheep etc). and I used to think the same but now my mind has been changing.
Im starting to lean more towards longer range, faster calibers like the 7mm
Im trying to pin down buying a new bolt action and keep going all across the board on deciding what caliber.
Im looking alot more into 7mm, 260 rem, 6.5x284, 300 winmag

I know all of those will be fine, I just cant get myself to decide.

The 7mm and 300win are probably going to be the best all arounders for where we live, but I really do like the bullets in the 6.5 caliber as well, so I just cant decide
I'd go with the .300WM, remember this is LRH. Good luck!
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:12 PM
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Of the cartriges mentioned, the 300Win is the hands down winner. By far the biggest bullet sellection is a 30 cal. So gopher to godzilla you can pick an optimum bullet for any task at hand. Imo there's no such thing as overkill when you put Elk in the mix, (especially at L/R). Its nice to see Berger comming out with an optimum 30 cal bullet, so now we can compare apples to apples with the old 7 vs 30 debate, & the big 30 wins again. Nice to not have a lopp-sided comparison. The only place a big 30 comes up short in comparison to a 7 is recoil, & muzle brakes make that a non issue.
My personal minimum caliber cutoff for Elk is a 270. Since all my rifles have to pull double duty, that religates anything smaller to a "varmint gun, or a deer/varmint gun crossover, so I personally don't consider those smaller cartriges "optimal" for allround Western hunting, when L/R Elk are on the menue.
Given the choice tho, with L/R Elk thrown in, I'm goin with a big 30.
If Brown bears are on the menue, id still rather have a 388, but wouldn't feel undergunned with a 300 loaded with the propper bullets. Can't say that for the other rounds you mentioned personally.
Now, I'm not saying any of those other cartriges "cant kill Elk", because we all know they can, have, & will continue to kill Elk. I'm also not trying to take anything away from proven performers like the good ol' -06. I'm simply giving you my opinion in the "best all round western big game cartrige" and since Elk are in the "west", & this is an L/R site, I'm naturally adding that into my opinion & given the cartriges you listed, that is my opinion. 300 wm gets my vote.
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The 300 win mag! Do everything cal
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I was talking with my dad the other day about calibers and he has always (and still) say the 30-06 is the best all around hunting round for the western united states (mule deer, antelope, elk, big horn sheep etc).
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