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Caliber for Deer and Elk

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Unread 12-01-2010, 03:21 PM
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Caliber for Deer and Elk

Was open to opinions on selecting a caliber to be used mainly for mule deer and some elk. I already have 300RUM, but it is a tank to carry at over 15lbs, so I was looking for a lightweight pack rifle in factory chambering. Was thinking about a 270wsm as it would be in between my 300ultra and 25wssm, but as said above, I am open to your thoughts. Also, I am really torn between which rifle to go with. I have remmys, a winny, and savage and all of them are great shooters. Guess I'm just trying to say what should I go with for out of the box accuracy. I know I can always rebuild any of those three later on down the road, but how are the brownings or tikkas? Just want to get a good out of the box rifle that I don't have to worry about messing with too much to take an elk or deer with a little ways out. Forgot to mention shots would probably max out at 600-700 yards. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 04:19 PM
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Re: Caliber for Deer and Elk

For a hunting rifle at the max range you stated get a Tikka T-3 Light in 338 Winchester. Mine is a one hole rifle at 100 yards and easily takes big game to 800 yards. It is extremely accurate with low recoil and is a hammer at dropping big game. I am shooting the 185 Barnes TTSX at 3220 fps. Needs no brake and weighs 7 1/2 pounds scoped out. It has become my favorite carry rifle.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 08:53 PM
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Re: Caliber for Deer and Elk

You might think of a 06.....
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Unread 12-01-2010, 09:03 PM
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Re: Caliber for Deer and Elk

It's tough to beat a 7mm SAUM or WSM. Very accurate and very deadly.

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Unread 12-02-2010, 10:26 AM
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Re: Caliber for Deer and Elk

338 federal, 338-06, 338 win mag with a 225 accubond. I dont think very many people that have used a 338 for hunting would suggest anything less. you cant tell the differance when looking thru the scope and theres a lot less meat damaged with the larger caliber.
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Unread 12-03-2010, 09:24 AM
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Re: Caliber for Deer and Elk

if it were me i would go with this
Savage Arms > Firearms > Browse Models
in 300WSM or this
Savage Arms > Firearms > Browse Models
in 7mm. Lots of great high bc bullets in 7mm that work great on deer and elk. Cant beat Savages out of the box accuracy and i have herd great reviews about this gun.
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Unread 12-03-2010, 09:37 AM
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Re: Caliber for Deer and Elk

ehat nomad and jar head said. either a sako or remington
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