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Unread 09-26-2005, 12:35 PM
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Re: Hunting caliber for girlfriend

Since elk are a possibilty I vote for the .308 also.
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Unread 09-26-2005, 08:45 PM
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Re: Hunting caliber for girlfriend

Cool to see another North Dakotan on the forum.
Anyway,I thought I would pitch in with a little advice.
My feeling is that the .260 or the .260AI would be the way to go.
I probably wouldn't recommend the AI unless you used the Rem.788 action because the AI can be hard to get to feed smoothly,but in the 308 clips in the 788 they feed very well.
Also Timmney is making a trigger for the 788's now which are adjustable 1.5 - 4lbs.
The 788 also has one of the fastest lock times, the only set back to the 788 is a weak bolt handle,which I have a remedy for.
As far as the 308,I would recommend the .260 or the .260 AI over the .308 for ND hunting.
The 6.5 handles the wind a lot better than the .308, and I would not hesitate to shoot an elk out to 2-300yds. with the 260 AI.
I built myself a .260 AI and it is an awesome cartridge,in fact I shot three,20 shot F class matches with it last Sunday at the Moffit range near Bismarck, at 1,000 yds and placed 1st in all three. Shooting a 199-15,200-13& a 199-13.
Anyway I am a part time gunsmith and my passion is long rang accuracy.I am currently working on a customers .788 which I am chambering into a .260 AI for F class shooting.

If you have any questions or need a gunsmith I'd be happy to help. You can drop me a personal e-mail and I will get you my Ph#
To get my e-mail address just click on my user name and it will give you my info.
Good luck on your project,
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Unread 09-26-2005, 11:30 PM
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Re: Hunting caliber for girlfriend

I think that Kirby's 7/08 recommendation is perfect. Less recoil and better down range than a 308. If you do go wood, use a laminated stock for its added stability. Put on a good LimbSaver recoil pad and load for the type of game. The SA Rem 700 would also be my choice, but add a Gentry Model 70 safety for its better function. I personally have built several in the 7 lb weight class that my kids handled when they were younger with no problems. Stock fit is critical for your lady. Most stocks (even youth models) are not correct for a small lady. Good luck. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Unread 09-27-2005, 10:05 AM
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Re: Hunting caliber for girlfriend

I'd also second Kirby's reccomendation of the 7mm-08. If she wants wood I'd highly reccomend Seregheti Stockworks, they use real wood and laminate it. You can't tell its a laminate though. Check out their website. Goodluck and let us know what she chooses.
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Unread 09-27-2005, 01:46 PM
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Re: Hunting caliber for girlfriend

I will agree with Kirby as well on a 7mm-08 and if feel you need a little more horse power a 280 Rem would be a good one also. But that would be a long action rifle.
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Unread 09-27-2005, 08:08 PM
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Re: Hunting caliber for girlfriend

Thanks for all of your help. how does a 280 rem compare to a 270 or -06?

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Unread 09-27-2005, 08:38 PM
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Re: Hunting caliber for girlfriend

What about a model7 Youth they are built for smaller shooters in mind and the calibr's are also matched. I would look at the 260 and 7mm08 if she could shoot the 7mm08 without a recoil problem go with it but if not the 260 would be ample. With the 260 load it with 160gr Norma bullets and you will duplicats the 6.5x55 that is a standard Moose calibre in europe. I know it does not have a fancy wood stock but the synthetic stocks tend to absorb recoil better and are more durable. you could also have a wood stock made down the track if required. The 260 has a hardwood stock and the 7mm08 a synthetic. I think the 7mm08 could be the best option because if you are handloading you can use slow powders and light bullets to reduce the recoil and just have some heavy loads for the large animals in the field im geusing shee will not even feel the recoil in the middle of a hunt. Also the 3 position safety if you must have one there are aftermarket designs you can fit to a remington but i dont see the need. If recoil is a problem dont even consider a 280, 284, 270 or 3006 as all will create more recoil the 7mm08 is what i would think max i would not even consider a 308 as in a light rifle they realy go off i had a 308 brno and it had mort recoil than my Model 7SS in 7mm SAUM.

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