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Old 10-30-2011, 06:07 PM
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I know you guys probably don't want to hear another conversation about this topic, but I have to ask. I've been looking over the forums for the last few weeks trying to decide what caliber to go with. So m any people have so many opinions and I'm having trouble deciding. I want a caliber that is fully capable of 1000 yard target shooting and maybe some hogs or coyotes that far and once I practice alot maybe whitetails. I plan on buying a stock gun and slowly customizing as money will allow. I also would like a caliber that isn't going to break the bank shooting alot. Any input will help, thanks in advance.
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:39 PM
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Re: I know, I know

I'm doing the same thing as you are right now and just bought a gently used rifle to start playing with.

After lots of research, a general trend became apparent to me that wasn't as obvious as I thought it would have been in the beginning. That trend is that .....the bigger you go in caliber, the more expensive it is to get into it, and the more expensive it is to continue shooting it.

Simple example....I bought a 7mm Rem Mag for $325 gently used. I can buy all the reloading components for 7mm for less than $175 and start loading. That number will get me a minimum of 100 practice/hunting rounds loaded decently well-----not as good as some of these master reloaders here, but pretty decent reloads.

So......without optics, which will equally apply to ANY rifle and caliber chosen....I can be on the range with my choice of rifle and caliber for around 500 bucks.

Do the same comparison on something like a 338 RUM and see what happens.

The rifle alone will cost you more than what I have in my rifle AND reloading components. Of course I already own a press, scale, priming tool, etc, etc...

But the point is.....the bigger you go, the more expensive it is to play this game.
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:54 PM
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7mmRM/WSM/SAUM, 300WSM/SAUM/ Win Mag, 284Win., 270WSM

My pic would be the 270WSM, 300Win, 7SAUM. If you want bullets you buy off any shelf in America and use it long range... then 300Win. If your reloading and want to order specialized bullets, 270WSM, or 7SAUM w/ 168 or 180's.


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Old 10-30-2011, 08:20 PM
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I'm with tank in this order.

270 WSM just cause I addicted to 277, then 7mm WSM, don't know if there's such as thing as 6.5 WSM then go harvest stuff...
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:30 PM
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I remember Kirby posting somthing about a 6.5wsm he built for his father the op could search fiftydrivers name and that round on google and see what he gets
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:30 PM
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Well for me I'm going to rebuild my .340wby!! It's the largest gun I have & cost more than avg to shoot compared to all my others. Getting 3000fps with 225gr AB .550bc is great for me out to 500-600yds now I'm doing like you a little at a time.
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:15 PM
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I know you guys probably don't want to hear another conversation about this topic, but I have to ask. I've been looking over the forums for the last few weeks trying to decide what caliber to go with. So m any people have so many opinions and I'm having trouble deciding. I want a caliber that is fully capable of 1000 yard target shooting and maybe some hogs or coyotes that far and once I practice alot maybe whitetails. I plan on buying a stock gun and slowly customizing as money will allow. I also would like a caliber that isn't going to break the bank shooting alot. Any input will help, thanks in advance.
.300 RUM. Without the long range hog shooting I'd say 7mm STW, or 7mm RUM, but if you want something capable of reliably giving you one shot kills on big hogs at that range you need to go at least with the .300 RUM.

We've killed a number of large boars that had a half dozen or more bullets stuck in their shields that had never penetrated from .223's, .243's, buck shot, bird shot, even flat based 30 cals suggesting they were from most likely a .30-30.

Even with the .300 RUM you'd probably want to go with the .200-230gr bullets for large hogs beyond 600yds.
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