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Unread 07-01-2009, 06:36 PM
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Re: which new caliber for 13 yr old

I would recommend a good 270. You could light load it with 130 gr. bullets until he is a little more comfortable with recoil. A 150 gr. bullet at max load in a 270 will handle any elk way on out there.

I have an older Sako 75 Deluxe hunter in 270 that I will never part with. It is one of my top all around hunting rifles and I am 50 years old.
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Unread 07-01-2009, 10:29 PM
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Re: which new caliber for 13 yr old

Gonna be the odd man out here, I would go with a .308. If you are going to use soft loads in the heavy calibers (30-06, 280, 270, 300WSM), I would load the .308 Win. with a 175grain or 180grain bullet pushing it around 2650 fps. These loads would shoot more efficiently and give better ES in speed. Using Varget or RL15 will fit the bill. I use federal primers, but my cousin is getting good luck with CCI BR2's. It would stop anything with in 300yrds. You could actually drop deer at greater range if you want to, but I am sold on this caliber. The .270 would also get a nod, but I always felt recoil could be a little heavy. For me... it would definitely be the .308 Win. Its a proven caliber.

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Unread 07-02-2009, 09:44 PM
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Re: which new caliber for 13 yr old

Will since your getting plenty of opinions I might as well throw my 2 pennies in.

Have you considerd the 6.5X55 swede. It is the 30.06 of europe. Many of moose have fallen to this round and it is known for being very light on recoil. the 6.5 bullet flys very well and has great sectional density for good penetration. It can be bought in a Tika t3 which is a excellent hunting rifle and good value with 1MOA garuntee. Since you reload you can get lapua brass for it too!

Good luck choosing, and good job on raising another hunter!!
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Re: which new caliber for 13 yr old

Another vote for the 6.5x55. Both my boys started hunting with this classic cartridge with 140g when they were 10 years old.

Good luck and happy safe hunting!
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Re: which new caliber for 13 yr old

Howa offers a 6.5X55 in the Axiom also.
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Unread 07-03-2009, 08:40 AM
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Re: which new caliber for 13 yr old

30-06.

You can down load some for practiice at the range. And it will serve him for all game the rest of his life.

Unless you can afford specialized guns for every application.

My son has taken oryx, deer and many elk with his -06
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Unread 07-03-2009, 11:06 PM
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Re: which new caliber for 13 yr old

I vote for the 30 calibers. Go with the 308 or the 30-06. They have good bullet selection and since you reload, components are easy to obtain. You have a lot of options with these calibers. I would lean towards the 30-06. It was the caliber I started hunting with. To me it is gives you that little extra umph and you don't add that much in recoil over the 308. If you add a muzzle brake to the 30-06, recoil is more than manageable.
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