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Old 08-16-2013, 09:15 PM
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Question on caliber....

I think I know the answer, but let me ask for the collective wisdom here to speak up.

I have a custom rifle on order but have several months before specs have to be finalized. I have been going back and forth on caliber in my mind, but I til I have been debating the wrong two calibers.

I want a general purpose gun for deer, elk (hopefully one day), etc. I was going between 280AI and 280. But given that I don't reload and don't expect to take a shot over 400-500 yds, if that, I am thinking a 30-06 may be better.

Ammo is everywhere, bullet selection in ammo is huge, and the ability to shoot a 200gr bullet probably helps for the dream elk trip I hope to take. Sure, the 280 shoots flatter and has better BC, but if I don't reload there is a lot less to choose from.

What sayeth the hive?
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:29 PM
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Re: Question on caliber....

30-06. Not very sexy. Not very unique. Practical as hell for the reasons you mention and quite a track record for dropping all sorts of game in North America and everywhere else.

I guess what I'm saying is: go 280AI and start reloading

30-06 will get it done for sure.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:42 PM
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Re: Question on caliber....

I own rifles in everything from .17 to .45 caliber. And something about the 7mm calibers have always intrigued me. I am a huge 7mm nut. So, my vote would be .280 AI.

You could get the .280 AI, and spend about $700 on an RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme / Chargemaster 1500 starter kit, and be loading for the .280 AI, then slowly start loading for other calibers one at a time...

That's what I'd do if I were in your predicament. Especially since you KNOW it will be mainly a deer rifle, but possibly one day go elk hunting.

You could always have the recoil lug pinned, turn it into a switch-barrel and while it is at the Smith's have him cut you a .30-06 AI barrel and have both headspaced properly, so one day if you go elk hunting you can spend 30 mins swapping from a .280 AI to a .30-06 AI and they will both be headspaced properly if you torque them to the smith's specs.

That's what I'm doing for my current build. Just got my used Sendero .25-06 barrel in today, and gonna have it reamed to .25-06 AI, and also gonna get me a .280 AI barrel and have them both headspaced to the same action and have my lug pinned.

For elk you could always have a .338-06 AI barrel cut....I would imagine that would be a pretty nasty elk caliber for out to around 500-650 or so.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:42 PM
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Re: Question on caliber....

save the money from the custom and buy some reloading stuff. Then you can get whatever you want.
I would go bigger too.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:50 PM
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Re: Question on caliber....

[QUOTE=The Oregonian;839076]I think I know the answer, but let me ask for the collective wisdom here to speak up.

I have a custom rifle on order but have several months before specs have to be finalized. I have been going back and forth on caliber in my mind, but I til I have been debating the wrong two calibers.

I want a general purpose gun for deer, elk (hopefully one day), etc. I was going between 280AI and 280. But given that I don't reload and don't expect to take a shot over 400-500 yds, if that, I am thinking a 30-06 may be better.

Ammo is everywhere, bullet selection in ammo is huge, and the ability to shoot a 200gr bullet probably helps for the dream elk trip I hope to take. Sure, the 280 shoots flatter and has better BC, but if I don't reload there is a lot less to choose from.

What sayeth the hive?[/QUOTE

Based on the above criteria, go with an 06. You just simply cannot go wrong and it will do EVERYTHING you want it to do.

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Old 08-16-2013, 09:55 PM
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Re: Question on caliber....

Or why not go 300 mag??? Same selection of bulkets in 06 but have more velocity and could reach out if you wanted. Then, if you want to reload, you still could one day.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:08 PM
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Re: Question on caliber....

Reloading, with 2 young kids and a full slate of hobbies, will be tough. I could do it, but something else would have to go.

In a perfect world, I would get a 280AI and reload....but I don't live in one. So factory it is for now. I can always get it rebarreled down the road for not much expense....
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