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Which Caliber/Rifle to Choose?

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Unread 04-08-2010, 04:12 AM
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Re: Which Caliber/Rifle to Choose?

Hi Luke, I like your idea about the mild recoil. I see many shooters with 'big' guns and they just can't handle the recoil the thus the rifle never shoots to it's full potential. I like the Tikka in 7 - 08 and 270wsm they both shoot very well from that rifle. Have a look at the Savage in 6.5 x 284 I don't think it's avaliable stainless although it has a muzzle brake, composite stock and they are very accurate. If it was me I would go the 6.5 with a US Optics scope plus lots of range time. Good luck mate and happy hunting.
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Unread 04-10-2010, 04:46 PM
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Re: Which Caliber/Rifle to Choose?

tikka is a good choice. best choice is a 700 with a krieger barrel and a leup scope. you pick the caliber
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Unread 04-10-2010, 05:18 PM
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Re: Which Caliber/Rifle to Choose?

I'm with UncleB and J E Custom. Nothing against the other calibers mentioned but for me I'd want 30 caliber. If recoil is an issue I'd suggest 300wm, if recoil isn't a big issue then a 300rum.
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Unread 04-10-2010, 05:48 PM
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Re: Which Caliber/Rifle to Choose?

I too am a fan of the 300wsm,lots of bullets to play with and with a good recoil pad it does not beat you up. My neighbors 15 yr.old son, of less than average build and NO centerfire rifle experience, shot my Sav.mod 11 with WW factory 180s off my benchrest and his after shot statement was " cool".
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Unread 04-10-2010, 06:01 PM
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Re: Which Caliber/Rifle to Choose?

I have a Tikka T-3 light in 300 wsm and 338 win mag. Either of those would be good in Alaska. I shoot the 150 grain E-tip bullet with a .469BC at 3400 fps out of the 300 wsm and that is good for about anything. I don't consider it a long range rifle so I don't use the heavy bullets but for out to 650 or so yards it does a very good job. The tikka light in 338 win mag will take out anything in alaska with a 225 accubond at near 3000 fps.
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Unread 04-10-2010, 06:27 PM
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Re: Which Caliber/Rifle to Choose?

Like you, I live in and do most of my hunting in AK. I have two goto rifles. One 308 and one 338 Edge. 95% of the game I have taken has been with the 308 including most of the moose, all but one of the 6 dall rams and one mt. goat and 3 blacktails. I have taken over 20 big game critters in this state and only 6 have been with a caliber other than the 308 ranging between 25 yards and 763 yards, 150 pounds to 1800 pounds.

I am not saying you need a 308. I am saying you dont need a super caliber. Choose what you are comfortable with and what will offer you decent barrel life and economical reloading so that you can actually get out there and practice be it a 708 or a 300wsm.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Unread 04-10-2010, 10:26 PM
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Re: Which Caliber/Rifle to Choose?

I think any of the cartridges you listed would do the job you are trying to acomplish. Micheal's comment that you need to practice a lot is the most absolutely true comment that has been made. We do our load development and drop chart on a known distance range using a six foot tall target to measure the actual drop at longer ranges. We practice after making calls on a varmint setups by ranging a distinctive rock at anywhere from 4 to 800 yards, making a wind calcuation, making the hold and then the shot. This practice is invaluable to being able to make a key shot when it counts. It is far superior to burning ammo on a known distance range.
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