Im a regular reader and know you guys (and gals) will be able to help me out. Im looking for another rifle for target out to 750 yards, and for possible white tail out to 350 yards. Right now im considering either a 30-06 or a 300 or 338 RUM(I would add a brake of some sort on this one). I guess my big question is would I be out of my mind to get anything other than the 30-06? What other options can you reccomend?
...I think you'll find the .308 is much more popular than the 30-06, not to take anything away from the 06... just preferable for your criteria...also a multitude of other cartridges will do what you're asking, becomes a matter of personal choice...hope this helps... Larry
The question that has to be asked is do you reload ? if not I would recomend the 308 as their are a ton of factory "match" ammo out their. And if you do reload it is still a great choice , the 30-06 is capible of just as fine of accuracy as the 308 but their are few factory loads for it accuracy wise.
For the shorter ranges that your gonna be hunting the 308 will do that easly as it will the 750yd target shooting.
My main question though is where are you planning to shoot 750yds at , let me in on the secret.
I have been shoting a 257 WBY but in the wind i found that the boys with bigger toys (30 and 338's) were having a lot more fun. This is something you may want to remember if you go to the 25-06. The bigger bullets handle the wind better at long range. The 7mm and 30 cal definately have an advantage in the wind.
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With bullets, size doesn't matter. It's the BC. To be sure, it's easier to get a higher BC as the caliber goes up but a 6mm bullet with a BC of 5 has the same wind deflection as a 338 bullet with a BC of 5. You can't fool mother nature.
Well if reloading is a sure thing and you have opened your scope of calibers then I change my vote to the 243 Ackley improved , shooting the 105gr A-max you'll have a deer rifle that will work to well out past 400yds and a target gun that could contend ballisticaly at 1000yds.
Their is Lapua brass for it , you can still shoot factory ammo if you get in a situation and the recoil is mild.
Some other great choices would be the 6.5-284
and the 7mm WSM , both have great brass available and are proven long range calibers and the recoil is tolerable
Again I ask , where do you plan to shoot at long range in you area , the best I can do around here is up in Lumberton (down for you)
and that is only if the club doesen't have anybody riding around which is hardley ever