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Old 11-27-2009, 05:00 PM
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Elk, Bear rifle??

Hey there im new to the sight but am a big fan of the long ranger shooters... i do alot of small cal 500 shooting but i really am wanting to get serious to 1000 yds for elk and bear... im looking to see what cal rifle you guys think would be the best bet for me...
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:19 PM
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Re: Elk, Bear rifle??

If you can handle carrying it, I would go with a 338 Edge. That is of course if you handload. There are plenty good ones to choose from though. 7mmAM, 300Wsm, 300Rumm, 300Win, 338Lapua. I guess it all depends on what you want to spend on ammo and components to reload.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:49 PM
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If you can handle carrying it, I would go with a 338 Edge. That is of course if you handload. There are plenty good ones to choose from though. 7mmAM, 300Wsm, 300Rumm, 300Win, 338Lapua. I guess it all depends on what you want to spend on ammo and components to reload.

I have a rem model 700 7mm so im good to reload for that but whats the diff with the 7mmAM than what i have>??
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:53 PM
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Re: Elk, Bear rifle??

7AM is a 338 Lapua necked down and improved. Most are throated to shoot a 200gr Wildcat bullet. I don't know the running velocity, but it is a beast. I'm sure some 7AM shooters will join in with some better statistics.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:58 PM
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7AM is a 338 Lapua necked down and improved. Most are throated to shoot a 200gr Wildcat bullet. I don't know the running velocity, but it is a beast. I'm sure some 7AM shooters will join in with some better statistics.
very cool i knew it was something beefy... well i hope they do so i can here more about it ... thanks for the info
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:58 PM
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Re: Elk, Bear rifle??

By small caliber out to 500 I'm assuming 243 or 308 type stuff. But if you want to take game at a 1K. You need to answer some question for yourself first. The answer to alot of these questions depends on how deep your pockets are.

1) How much are you willing to spend up front and in the long term? To accomplish what you are after you need a rifle w/good scope, rangefinder, spotting scope, wind meter (or some way to read the wind). These are up front investments. The the other investment is in reloading gear and components. You will run through plenty of ammo practicing and working up ballistics tables, thus you need to be ready to buy plenty of powder, bullets, primers, etc....

2) How much weight are you willing to carry? Many of the guys that hunt at those distances carry around 15+lbs rifles. Generally speaking the rifles in the larger 338 and 375 calibers have 28+ inch barrels and are rather heavy.

3)How recoil sensitive are you? With a good brake the recoil of these big rounds can be tamed. These are rounds that carry heavy bullets and lots of powder. Thus they can thump.

4)There are lots of calibers that will do what you after. The most economical will be the commercially available 7mm and 300 magnums (WSM, Rem Mags, Ultra Mags, Weatherbys, etc...) Now if you really want to go for some of the bigger more expensive stuff you can but it gets pricey. But the 338s and 375 excel at dumping large amounts of energy into their targets at long range.

The point of all this is that we need more information in order to answer your question. Try to help us fill in the blanks so we can give you an educated response.
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:17 PM
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Re: Elk, Bear rifle??

Perfect... i will go down the list then if you dont mind...

?#1: i would go into it 2 grand, i have the scope already, im completely set up for reloading, spotting scope and ect... so the only thing i need is the dies and the range finder...

?#2: my small call i was talking about is a savage model 12 .223 that i added lead weight to and it hits around 17 pounds.... so im good with the weight...

?#3: im a 260 lb fella with minimal whining power so im good with a thump

?#4 all in all im looking for something that i know will kock dwn what ever i aim at, (moose,elk,bear,engine block, ect)...

Those are my answers to the best of my ability... thanks for the help guys
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