for deer hunting, what cartridge would give the most effecient use of a barrel roughly 14 inches long? the best impact power, the longest range, and the least muzzle blast? something like a 7mm08? 308? 35rem? i need something that is easily found on the shelf at the local store or walmart, is cheap, is chambered in a cheap used rifle like the savage 110 or other, and recoil wouldnt be an issue.
this is kind of a pet project im thinking about, and thought maybe some of you could shed some light on the right cartridge to use. it will have a short barrel because the next 14" will be for silencing the blast. it isnt for poaching or any other illegal use, just for fun shooting and maybe a little hearing savings over the long run. mostly just an interesting el cheapo project. something different. and not noticable. just a regular looking gun that is somehow quiet
its not particularly for long range use, but if it shoots well when im done, maybe 300 yard shots on paper or critters up to deer would be possible. the sonic crack wont be an issue, and if i want silent shots, i would use a reduced load with something like 2400 or 4756.
so, what cartridge should it be? ill post pics when i get it done.