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Old 02-13-2009, 09:25 AM
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Light Mountain Rifle Caliber

Just want to get you seasoned hunters opinions. General usage would be a walk around rifle in PA woods. .308 isn't an option because I own one, just looking for something different and a good deer slayer. Want to stick with short action.

223 Rem.
243 Win.
257 Roberts
6.5 X 47 Lapua
6.5 X 55 Sweed
260 Rem.
7mm-08 Rem.

Thanks in advance,
Tank
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:47 AM
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Re: Light Mountain Rifle Caliber

I've done most of my hunting in PA, MD, and VA under the conditions you will be hunting. Other than the .223, I don't think there would be a noticeable difference to you or the deer between your choices. I've shot a few deer with my.223 and don't recomend it, especially for a walking rifle. It will kill deer and has for me but my PA deer come to far and few between to pass up shots because of super critical shot placement.

I have a 243 and 7mm-08 and both have there good points. Since you have a .308, maybe a 6mm for lighter bullets for predator/groundhog hunting also?

Have fun choosing! You have some nice shops in your area to check out different guns.

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Old 02-13-2009, 12:44 PM
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Re: Light Mountain Rifle Caliber

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Just want to get you seasoned hunters opinions. General usage would be a walk around rifle in PA woods. .308 isn't an option because I own one, just looking for something different and a good deer slayer. Want to stick with short action.

223 Rem.
243 Win.
257 Roberts
6.5 X 47 Lapua
6.5 X 55 Sweed
260 Rem.
7mm-08 Rem.

Thanks in advance,
Tank
Tank .

It sounds like you need a 7-08 Rem or a 260 Rem.

I use the 7-08 Rem for everything smaller than Elk ( not that it would'nt kill Elk )

The best all round load I have found for deer is 49.5 grs of H414 behind a 120gr
Ballistic Tip @ 3050 ft/sec.

It is so accurate I use it to head shoot those turkeys that wont come to the call
or hang up at 200 plus yards.

Sierra makes a 100gr Varminter bullet that smokes varmints.

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Old 02-13-2009, 03:27 PM
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Re: Light Mountain Rifle Caliber

I killed my nicest buck this year with my 223 50 gr. hornady sp. I hunt Md. and Pa. also, and the last few years my model 7 260 just flattens them. I use the 100 gr. nosler bt. For fields if need be i have 2- 257 whbys used to use it in the woods but dont need it there. Also 250 savage ai 87 gr. hornady. All these guns i have killed deer in the woods you are talking about and are 1 shot kills. I never had a 243 but a lot of guys around here swear by them also. I had 30 calibers when i was young and dont even care for them now. I have a 18" Hart barrel chambered for 284 that shot well that will thread on a rem. action if your interested. I could get over 3000 fps with the sierra 120 and speer 115. Both bullets was excellant on deer. If you have a rem action this would be a inexpensive custom and very nice to carry around in woods.
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Old 02-13-2009, 03:46 PM
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Re: Light Mountain Rifle Caliber

I've hunted PA all my life and grew up on a Model 7 in 7mm-08. To me this has been a great all around cartridge. I've killed deer, turkey and woodchucks with it. Light weight for walking and a small go to gun for "road trips" on bad weather days. All the other cartridges you mentioned will work fine. PA is unique in that you can have an opportunity at a deer at almost any range if you so choose. The 7mm-08 with 120 grain Nosler BT running 48 grains of Varget and a Federal 210 primer got me just under 3200 fps in a 20" barrel. This bullet will carry almost 1500 ft/lbs of energy at 400 yards.
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Old 02-13-2009, 03:47 PM
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Re: Light Mountain Rifle Caliber

I really like the Kimber Montana in 260 Remington. It is 5.2 LBS and still under 6 lbs scoped with the right scope. It also has a 22" barrel unlike many other mountian rifles that have 20" barrels. The 264 caliber bullets are great for deer.
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Re: Light Mountain Rifle Caliber

Thanks for the imput guys, keep it coming. I'm leaning toward the 7mm-08 and the 260. I really didn't think about the .284win, but that is definatley a viable option.

Thanks guys,
Tank
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