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Old 11-25-2010, 10:53 PM
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Re: And then there was 1.........

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Mmm,mmm,mmm,that 338 Norma sounds sweet for sure. But, that is a mighty big hammer for the PA slashings. All the chamberings mentioned here are tempting. Aw heck. This is what makes this sport so appealing. The endless options available to us for that special build. I LOVE it.

I know what you mean. I just spent an hour on the phone with my brother trying to help him buy the perfect starter rifle for his son. We nailed in down to a Vortex Crossfire 3.5-10x44, and 7mm-08 caliber with a 154 Hornady SST. Now he has to pick a rifle. That is proving to be tricky due to his son being LH. If you want the hammer of Thor, but not feel it, maybe look up the 338 Federal. It shows promise to a point. It is essentially a 308 casing necked out to 338. You could stuff a 180 to 215 grain bullet and have a pretty hefty brush cutter and short range rifle (3 to 400 max). Though that 7mm-08 w/ the 154 SST sounds like a pretty decent set up. 20" barrel gun for sure.

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Old 11-26-2010, 02:44 PM
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Re: And then there was 1.........

That sounds like a dandy starter rifle. My daughter is currently hunting with a 700 mountain stainless/synthetic in 243. 95gr Noslers over 41gr of 4350. This will be her first year as a licensed hunter. Pretty excited. That 7/08 should do the trick for sure. I had a 700 mountain way back when in 7/08. It was early in the rounds commercial existence. That particular rifle didn't like anything over 130gr bullets. I had it in my mind to use no less that the 150,so I traded it. Otherwise cool cartridge.
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:16 PM
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Re: And then there was 1.........

Any well placed bullet will kill the same as any other, but when hunting for elk, the 338 and 375 diameter bullets will get the animals attention better (even a slow 338 federal), meaning you can tell that its been hit. When hunting for a cow elk you wont usually find them alone. After hunting all day you finally find a herd and after you take your shot and the herd starts to run, if you shoot again you might end up with more than one elk down. With the 338 and larger bullets you can tell which elk you hit the first time. That is why I went up from useing my 3006. In the real world impact velocity isnt as important as bullet diameter. If you hunt for meat a very surprising thing happens, the bigger cal bullets dont bloodshot the meat very much if at all.
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:54 PM
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I'm inclined to believe that. Some folks make fun of the notion,but if you can shoot one accurately,the 375 H&H is a wonderful chambering. A friend of mine bought a M70 375 H&H a couple years ago on a whim. You know,it isn't that bad. Oh it kicks a bit,but my 300 RUM with the 200gr pills "Feels" worse. I have always been convinced the Remington BDL, though a beautiful stock, is far from ideal when it comes to recoil. My M70 300 Winchester mag "feels" better than my wife's BDL 270. At least on this old body anyway.

I wouldn't count out any of the 338 rounds,wildcat or factory, for an all around rig. I have even given thought to the 325 WSM. Not too practical, but a stout little package. I know folks like to stay with the over the counter chamberings, should you forget or loose your ammo. If I'm going to spend 30 or so hours in the truck seat getting to my Elk hunting destination, I'm going to be relatively sure that the ammo is in the truck. The airlines are another matter. I have flown once with a rifle. They lost it for one day. It arrived about 2:00 in the afternoon of the first days hunt. I borrowed a Kimber from my hunting companion and off we went to the brush. Actually,it was the only time I have had a chance to use a Kimber, lol.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:24 PM
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Getting her narrowed down. I've come to these 2 finalists.....the 280 A.I. and the 284 Winchester. I like the 280 A.I. a lot. Whats not to like? On the other hand,for a slightly lower velocity,I can gain a bunch of room in the magazine for long bullets. Intruding less on the 284s powder capacity. A good friend and old BR shooting buddy of mine says he can work my build into his schedule. Now,I need to settle on a brand,twist,and contour for the barrel. I'm thinking a 9" twist. I would be mainly using bullets from 120 to 160gr. As for length,I can't see going any longer than 22" on this particular rifle. I hat to loose any RPMs, but I do like a handy hunting rifle. As for the stock I'm leaning toward the H.S. Pro Series.
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