Re: Best Caliber for Precision and versatility
Ian, I agree fully with your excellent post sans
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Interesting how little respect the .308 has with many shooters compared to what it will do out there.
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Do you mean hunters and not [bench rest] shooters? I agree if you mean hunters, but the br folks seem to <font color="red"> over venerate </font> the 308.
TCO (total cost of ownership), bang for the buck, I don't think you can touch the .308 for long range deer hunting (out to 800 yards). (ricka's defn of long range is 350 - 750 yards; 750 - 1111 -> ultra long rang; )
Yes my sexy 300 RUM sizzles the pills a lot hotter, but which gun will my grandsons be dropping deer with in 35 years (unless Kirby is hasn't retired and rebarrels my 300 RUM [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]?
We all know the cliché, "How can u tell when a salesman is lying"?
ans: His lips r moving [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
If you want a more powerful/sexy/accurate/proven good bang for the buck long gun, consider the 300 & 338 Win Mags.
Many claim the WSM versions of the above are inherently more accurate. (is this true?)
If you need something hotter and want to spend more money, do what I did, send Kirby a RUM and have him add a Lilja barrel/trigger job/ accurize.