hey, just stumbled upon this board and want to thank everyone for putting up such poignant and mature posts. no arguing or BS... its great.
i live and hunt in NJ, so long range to me is 300 yards. i know this is peanuts, but the best rifle range here is only 300 yards max, and the hunting plots i use are nestled between airports, suburbs, etc.
we cant even use centerfire here, so i use a ML and 12 guage for hunting.
i would like to purchase my first centerfire, and based upon my salary it will likely be the last for quite a while.
i have many ideas, but would ike your input.
the guns uses are listed in order of liklihood below:
1) sit in the gun cab and just look damn good
2) shoot paper informally but very seriously at the 300 yard range...
3) hunt deer in NY and PA at ranges from muzzle to about 30o yards.
4) hunt coyote / chucks in PA as far as i am able
5)be used to teach my friends how to shoot a centerfire rifle
6) hunt boar someday when i can afford the trip down south
7) hunt moose when i get back up to maine (lived there) and apply for the lottery
i have an '06 that dad gave me. i hate it but would never ever tell him, cause he cherishes it. for that reason alone it has a valued place in my gun cab. other than that, i shoot the 12/slug and .50 cal ML often, and have a cadre of great .22 rimfires. i now want a gun that fills the niche betweemn these.
soooo... to the point finally...
(you guessd it) what rifle/cartridge/scope combo!?!? i am leaning towards the following, but would LOVE your collective thoughts for my needs.
rem stainless/laminate mountain rifle
short action .260 rem
2-7 or 3-9 scope
First off.Welcome to LRH [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] ...My guess would be a 243 Win until you threw the MOOSE in there [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] .....Get yourself a Rem 700 VLS in 308 and you will have all u need.... [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]...Scope would be a 4.5-14 Leupold
[ 05-22-2003: Message edited by: Boyd Heaton ]
EAGLE VALLEY OFFROADERS CENTRAL,PA
I'll second the motion for the short 30. I would, however, top it with a Zeiss or a Weaver [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] No flies on the Leupold, just not my first choice. (as you explore this board you'll discover just how subjective optical selection is!)
Welcome to the board and look forward to hearing more from you.
I am a big fan of the 270 win. Have owned many and it is the first one to come out of the locker when i go out. 90g hollow point for the small stuff. 130-140g for deer size game. 150-160 for the big stuff. Recoil easyer to handle than some of the 30 cals. Very accurate out of the box. Used a 150g barnes x for moose with good results. Shot many deer with 130 and 140g bullets with no problems. 2-7, 3-9, 4-12, depends where you shoot. All will work up to 300 yards. If hunting in bush stick with the lower power.
If you want a 30 cal the 308 is a great choice. Accurate, won't knock you over, and will handle the bigger animals a little better than the 270. Good luck.