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Old 11-26-2013, 07:40 PM
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Calibre Selection

I realise Iíve already asked a similar question on another thread but another forum member has me thinking about this. If I want to be able to shoot to 1000m comfortably what calibres do people recommend? I was thinking 338 Lapua but Iím open to any suggestions. The catch is that it has to still be able to hit hard enough to kill say an elk at that range cleanly. I hunt sambar and they are very stocky and tough animals where a fully grown stag can average up to 770lbs and have been known to get over 1000lbs and they can soak up the punishment.
So what calibres other than this do people recommend for this hunting at this range for these species?

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338 Lapua but Iím open to any suggestions.
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that's definitely my preferred option and what I'll likely do, but what about some of the more common calibres like 7mmRM, 338WM or even the humble old 300WM (though I already have one). I definitely wanna stay away from the barrel burning RUM's though.
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that's definitely my preferred option and what I'll likely do, but what about some of the more common calibres like 7mmRM, 338WM or even the humble old 300WM (though I already have one). I definitely wanna stay away from the barrel burning RUM's though.
With large animals at long range in my experience there is no equal to the 300gr 338. I have a 7RM and absolutely love it. Same with a 6.5 x 284, 7 RUM and 300 RUM. I have spotted with my 300 RUM this year on several animals harvested with an average range over 800 yards. Last year the same with the 338LM and 300gr Berger. I will be going back to a 338 next year. Take this for what you want, everyone has their “favorites” and experiences. A 30 will work and has worked well for many. Same for the 7.

What ever decision you make, enjoy!!!!

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Old 11-27-2013, 04:19 AM
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Re: Calibre Selection

I just heard back from my mate thats the gunsmith I'll use if I decide down the custom path and he recommends a 338 Norma Mag. what are peoples thoughts on this? He's a good mate and I know he'd only look out for me I just know nothing about em.

Also here is his break down of costs for a custom build, does it seem reasonable? To me it looks fine.

Remington 700 action $1050..............true it up $220..........sako extractor if you went norma mag (bigger then standard magnum bolt face an the edge is a standard magnum face) $120 for the sako extractor
barrel chambered an fitted $800
flute barrel $280
flute bolt $100
stock $750 (carbon fibre one)
muzzle brake fitted $300
Bedding action into stock $250

$3870 for the lot even with a big scope would be around the 4-4.3kg mark.
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:54 AM
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Re: Calibre Selection

That's a pretty expensive build, even in Auzzie dollars with US sourced parts.

A 6.5 or 7 in a WSM will get you all the roo you can find, anything on NZ you can find. Less meat damage and just as dead.

Unless you are going to Africa or part of your desire is a big big bang, then go 338.

338NM is not that popular in the US, much more Lapua or RUM based.
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:56 AM
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There are several posts on the 338 Norma. All are positive. This would make another great choice IMO.
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