Originally Posted by soundwaves
why do you guys use rifles like 300RUM 338LM and so on. for normal deer at shortish ranges like 300-400-500 yards? you dont need to use that much gun powder. l always try and put a hole in the animal-but it looks like you dudes are trying to drill a hole in the mountanin aswell as the animal. and go to the pub and talk about it '' l shot a deer today from 350 yards and my bullet whent 2 meters in to the side of the mountain after exiting the deer. and the other guy sais- ohh whell thats nothing l shot a deer from 200 yards the bullet first whent through 5 pine trees then killing the animal and l found the bullet 10 feet inside the mountain. you wanna advice. use 30-06 308 7mm-08 and so on and for extender ranges for deer go with a 7mm rem mag or a 300 wm. you dont need bigger rounds. remember you shoot beter with less recoıl.
and the 270 ofcourse. if you gonna kill big big game than ok 300rum is allright.
I have a very limited budget when it comes to guns. I'm also in a unique situation where when deer or hog hunting I'm as likely to shoot an animal at 50yds as I am at a 1,000yds.
I also shoot in a lot of wind so high BC bullets are very important in my selecting calibers.
If all I was shooting were deer and smaller sized game I wouldn't feel the need to own anything bigger or more powerful than my .260.
In reality though hogs are both considered to be a nuisance and trophy animal and to guarantee a kill on the big boars you need to penetrate up to 3" of cartilage before you even get to the rib cage or shoulder bones and it takes a great deal of penetrating power to do that at even medium much less long range.
I'm also planning to make a few hunts over the next five years for Elk, and possibly Moose and bears.
With all of the above as a consideration that requires me to have at least one long range monster killer and for that I decided on the .300 Rum.
I have the Rum as my dedicated long range rig and it is both heavy enough and accurate enough to fill that role for me whether I'm shooting at a bobcat at or an Elk at 1,000yds, and have the confidence that I will get a one shot kill.
Now I also own one light weight 7mm STW and one LW 300wm and at least one of them will go along with me along with the 300 Rum when I make those "once in a lifetime" hunts for Elk, Moose, Bear, and if I'm very lucky one day a Sheep and Caribou as well.
Now if I want to just have fun shooting deer and varmints at up to 900yds, from a good set position I'll get out the AR-260 and have a very good time.