Im after a deer rifle that has a large amount of hitting power but at the same time a flat trajectory, Ive got my eyes on a tikka lite stainless in .338WM or a Browning stalker in .325WSM, what do you reccomend I purchase?
Any other options?
Skip AI, By deer you must mean moose & elk whom are members of the deer family. You are over gunned for regular deer. Drop back to the 300WSM (still on the heavy hitter end)which will give you more versatility. Just a thought. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
Ive used .270 and .30-06 and just dont like the feel of them, would prefer .30 and up, I will probably use the rifle for some long range shooting say 300m+ in the future, I also like a bit of wind bucking ability.
I currently own a .338 and have shot a .325WSM and believe me when I share with you that you will definitely know when the gun has gone off. The recoil, while very manageable, is something to consider for plain shooting enjoyment. Another caliber to consider besides the 300 wsm is the ol' reliable .300 win mag. The win mag has many options in factory ammo and if you are a handloader, you have far more options for bullet selection when compared to the .338 and particularly the .325.
Unfortunately there are too many variables that prevent a true apples to apples comparison (Stock drop, materials, powder charge and bullet weight). However, if every things was similar or the same, the .325 may a bit less recoil than the .338.
I had the opportunity to shoot a 6lb Kimber Montana chambered in the .325. OUCH.