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Old 05-22-2011, 07:28 PM
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Sheep cartridge?

Planning for a Dall sheep hunt in the near future. Been reading where the 30 cal magnums seep to be pretty popular. Was wondering if a 6.5 STW would do the trick? Not sure how tuff these things are? I'm sure it's good enough but want some opinions.
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:38 PM
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Re: Sheep cartridge?

Guy on here shot one with a .308 loaded with 208 A-max at 2500fps.

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Old 05-22-2011, 07:42 PM
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Re: Sheep cartridge?

That would be as good a sheep cartridge as I can think of. I have one and the ballistics are amazing. Run a .612 bc at 3400 fps and some of the top bc 130 grain bullets at 3550 fps. They are not very hard to kill and they sure can't get away from you because you can see them for miles in the country they live in. The big ram I got last year we first glassed him from nearly five miles away then made our stalk.
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:48 PM
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Re: Sheep cartridge?

I hunted Dall sheep a few years back in the Brooks range, Alaska. The guides all said about what LTLR said..... they are not hard to kill and the country is really open for the most part.

I shot mine with a 338RUM......... maybe a bit of overkill for sheep, but I always say you can't kill'em too dead!!
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Old 05-22-2011, 11:41 PM
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Re: Sheep cartridge?

The best answer would of course be "the lightest rifle you can shoot accurately". Sheep are not particularly tough to kill. But because of where they live and how tough the stalk is just to get to them, you want to anchor them with your first shot.

I would say your 6.5 STW would be great medicine for sheep. If I ever get drawn for my desert sheep tag, I would have a tough choice between my 6.5-06 AI shooting a 130 gr. bullet and my .243 shooting the 105 gr. Berger. Although the 243 round is not as stout as the 6.5-06 AI, my 243 rifle is 2 lbs. lighter - and that does figure into the equation when your 16 hour day also includes elevations swing a several thousand feet a couple of times each day.
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Old 05-22-2011, 11:54 PM
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Re: Sheep cartridge?

Some hunters like to carry a larger caliber in case they have to shoot a grizzly bear in camp or on the trail. I tend to be one of those types.

But Dall sheep are not a tough animal at all - as far as their tenacity for life. The 6.5 STW will take them down like lightening, with any decent hit and an expanding bullet. I've used a 280 RCBS, 7mm Rem Mag, 300 Win Mag, and .338 Win Mag. From 12 yards out to 850 yards. Couldn't say I could tell any difference in their effect on the Dall rams I've taken over the past 31 years.
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Old 05-23-2011, 05:54 AM
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Re: Sheep cartridge?

Thanks guys, I love the ballistics of that round and have been waiting to get one built. Just trying to decide on a barrel contour. Didn't think about a bigger one for grizzly or black bear. I agree with you RDM416 there is no replacement for displacement.
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