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Old 10-21-2010, 01:29 PM
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Re: Suggestions on LEFTY Antelope & Mule Deer Rig

I have a Weatherby .257 WbyMag that I have used on all sorts of deer sized game. Really reaches out there and with my Nikon Monarch 4-15x50 with BDC reticle and the Spot On Ballistic Match Technology Program it'll do everything you want it to without beating you up to bad. Now if you like to take a pounding I have a Browning Left hand Stainless Stalker in 7 mm Mag for sale and a Ruger 77 in 30.06 also left handed for sale.
I'm sure we'd all love to see pics of whatever rig you come up with as well as the results.
Remember no substitute for range time.
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:36 PM
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Re: Suggestions on LEFTY Antelope & Mule Deer Rig

I hear ya on the 'take a beating'. My Browning A-bolt stainless stalker lefty in .30-06 downright nails my shoulder during range sessions. Starting to give the 7mm Mag second thoughts for that reason alone.

Maybe I need a .270!
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:42 PM
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Re: Suggestions on LEFTY Antelope & Mule Deer Rig

There have been some great suggestions already, but Ill throw in a vote for the WSM's in most any left hand configuration. + its Fun to have "magnum" performance out of a short action. If your gonna go with an "overbore" cartrige, my own personal preferance would be anything based on the 404jefery's parent case, simply due to NO rediculous belt. The 404 parent case IS what the -06 parent case used to be. Nothin wrong with the good ol -06, but if your gonna jump to the next level in performance, why not have something easy to work with in the future in the off chance you choose to hand load someday.
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any of the WSM's 270-thru the 325 would serve well as L/R deer whackers, plus the 300RUM, 300DAKOTA, etc. All have kick ***** performance, and are all based on the 404 as the parent case.
All but the Dakota are available over the counter in multiple bullet designs and weight's too. The 300dakota just duplicates the 300wby without the belt, but not available O.T.C., but the 300Rum edges them both out, and is available O.T.C. so I would deffinately consider it as a viable L/R option on most any size game. Most of the above mantioned are kinda considered "Hotrods" by some folks, but would suit you well, and are available O.T.C cartriges.
Just something to think about. Good luck on your upcomming hunt, hope you enjoy it out this way.
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:43 PM
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Re: Suggestions on LEFTY Antelope & Mule Deer Rig

Maybe it's as we get older we finally start getting smarter, who knows?
Why take the beating if you don't have too?
I have scaled down all my big cals in favor of .308's and .243's and .223's.
Granted if the potential for a monster deer is there I can't leave my Hill Country left handed 300 win. mag at home. I would much rather shoot the .243's and AR's, way more fun. I recently tried to talk a buddy into getting a .257 wbymag for Utah deer/Antelope but he wanted the .243. Well he got a spectacular Muley one shot 300+ yards using a Nikon BDC reticle scope. Now if only his wife will let him put the mount in the house he'll have a good story to tell.
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:24 PM
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Re: Suggestions on LEFTY Antelope & Mule Deer Rig

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I've thought about the .270 and I know it's a great cartridge, but not sure it is much different than my .30-06 overall.

I'll get out there and probably end up with 100yd shots but who knows. What worries me is Dad tells me they typically stalk all day taking free-hand shots. Free-hand shots no good when the buck fever is high!

I used my Tikka 270 win. at roughly 200 yards for my antelope, and i dropped him in his tracks leaning up against a tree for stability. My uncle also made some shooting sticks by taking two dowel rods and tying them together about an inch or 2 from the top and when you go to use them you make an X out of them and they worked pretty well especially for his Sharps 45-70 gov.

check out either buying or making some shooting sticks that what we used if we had nothing to stabilize our shot on.

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Old 10-21-2010, 02:53 PM
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Re: Suggestions on LEFTY Antelope & Mule Deer Rig

Like I said, you don't need a magnum out here to shoot deer and antelope. So it is not mandatory if you don't care for the recoil. My son shoots a 257 wby and it is an amazing flat shooter at 3760 fps with a 100 grain barnes ttsx. He has dropped everything one shot and down out to 512 yards with it. Recoil is not bad with the 257 wby and remington makes a 700 in it. The wby vanguard is $399 in 257 wby and is a good rifle. I have one of those and it shoots very well. My son just got his antelope last week with the 257 wby and deer hunting with it this weekend. It is the lightest kicking, flattest shooting rifle I know for cheap over the counter. Just lots of choices.
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:56 PM
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Re: Suggestions on LEFTY Antelope & Mule Deer Rig

Yes sir... I bought some Stoney Point compact sticks for seated shooting this deer season. They work great in my blind.
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