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Old 12-06-2011, 01:42 AM
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Jacked-Up Shoulder Shooter

Need input from the Brain Trust that resides here! I have opportunities to hunt everything up to Elk-sized game - typically 150 to 400 meters. But - I have a problem!

Due to injuries - and 2 subsequent shoulder operations - I can't take the pounding of a magnum caliber the way I used to - even my 30-06 is a butt-whipping on the range. I DO love shooting my 6.5x55 - loaded to factory specs - so something of that load or maybe a little more is what I'm looking for...

Looking for the ideal caliber that will allow me to hunt the distances I enjoy, shoot more than 5 rounds at the range without whining, and reload my own. Am I looking at a flat hot round in the 6.5 range? Help this busted-up guy out!

I know there's no "ideal caliber" and the question could be argued for years - but I need someplace to start.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:54 AM
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Re: Jacked-Up Shoulder Shooter

25-06 with muzzle brake. I have killed everything up to and including Elk with the 25-06. My Dad even has a a B&C bull Moose taken with the 25-06. My family has killed four 5 point or bigger bull elk using the 25-06. Yes even at 400 meters, I wouldn't even hesitate. My next choice would be a .270 WSM with a brake.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:01 AM
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Re: Jacked-Up Shoulder Shooter

What's wrong with 6.5x55 you have then? It seems like that would work great and you could always look into muzzlebreaks they will lessen the recoil andake things quite a bit more enjoyable
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:17 AM
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What's wrong with 6.5x55 you have then? It seems like that would work great and you could always look into muzzlebreaks they will lessen the recoil andake things quite a bit more enjoyable
Thanks for the reply! The 6.5 I shoot is with one of my Swedish Mausers. I may very well stay with that caliber, but will buy or build a "modern" rifle that can stand higher pressures. I assumed that folks would have suggestions to improve on the 6.5x55 numbers.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:28 AM
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Re: Jacked-Up Shoulder Shooter

With the ranges you listed I'm thinking lots of mild recoiling calibers would work very well. The 6.5x55 Swedish you have (tikka chambers this round in a good factory rifle) the 260 rem. 6.5x47 lapua, 7-08, 308 all good rounds at least that's my view others may see it differently.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:35 AM
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Re: Jacked-Up Shoulder Shooter

you could learn to shoot off your non dominate injured shoulder.
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:09 AM
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Your 6.5x55 has that in the bag in a modern rifle. Add a brake and you'll be all set. The 260rem is a pretty close match as well. Same components just different brass. The 260 might be easier to find in a stock rifle. A savage long range hunter in 260 might just be the ticket. Already has a brake, great trigger and is more than ready to give you some good shooting at those ranges.
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