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Choosing a caliber for "short" long ranges

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Unread 12-27-2010, 12:33 PM
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Re: Choosing a caliber for "short" long ranges

Originally Posted by Bearwalk View Post
I agree with the advice above. The 30-06 will be more than enough cartridge for your plans.

Other considerations, if you think you may want to "grow into" this gun for other long range uses, are the .300 WM, or one of the 7mm cartridges. The 284 win or 7mm Rem Mag may be options for you.
DEERMSTER- YOU don't say where you are . 250 pound deer are huge for where i am. the 30-06 is a great long range round . it is not offered in the remington sendero. to take game a longer ranges you need a rfile capable of GOOD groups at those ranges with the ammo available to you. the rifle is more important than the caliber. a weatherby accumark, vanguard moa, sendero, rem 5-r, some of the savages, tikka varmint . you could go through a LOT OF FACTORY AMMO ( expensive) trying to find a load for a factory sporter that will perform .
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Unread 12-27-2010, 04:44 PM
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Re: Choosing a caliber for "short" long ranges

The fact that you do not reload hurts this quite a lot. If you can not reload, then I have to say 300 win mag and have done with it.

Now if you could reload, I would say 25-06 with a 115gr berger hunting vld. This would be good to go out to right about 600 yards. But then, You would probably Have to reload. A lot less recoil and drama than a 300 win mag

Lots of good answers posted,
Have a good one,
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Unread 12-28-2010, 05:46 PM
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Re: Choosing a caliber for "short" long ranges

I would recommend a Weatherby Vanguard, and go with the .257 Wby Mag, I personally think that would work well for what you are wanting to do.
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Unread 12-28-2010, 06:29 PM
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Re: Choosing a caliber for "short" long ranges

I am with others here on the 25-06. Flatter shooting than a 30-06 and easily capable of enough energy at 400 yds for whitetail or mule deer (assuming you hit the vitals of course). The nice thing about it, is that if you sight in at 275-300 yds, you are holding on hair out to 400 easily. No need to dial any knobs or anything that shooting beyond 500 usually requires. Hold a little low at 150-200, high shoulder at 350, top of the back at 400. The 257 Weatherby suggestion is good too, but ammo will probably be a bit more expensive if you are shootn factory.

I've used nothing but 25-06 for Wyoming muleys and whitetails for at least 15 years now. Ive not shot at any deer beyond 500 with it, but have taken antelope beyond 500. Absolutely wonderful on deer at 500 and closer.!! If they are beyond 350-400, just try and wait for a good broadside shot presentation.

Low recoil, affordable and enjoyable to shoot. If I could only have one rifle it would be my 25-06.

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