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Unread 07-16-2011, 11:13 AM
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Good all around caliber?

Hey guys,

I wanted to ask you guys what you consider to be a good all around caliber? I did not realize how many different calibers there were until joining this forum. Wow...

This is going to be my first rifle so I'm not really sure what to go with? Would you guys suggest starting out with an inexpensive rifle at first and then upgrade or just skip the upgrade and get a good rifle to start out with?

Are there any good factory rifles worth looking at or is custom built the way to go? I plan on doing range shooting as well as getting into hunting.

I have a question on stocks as well; can you use tactical stocks for hunting or are they inconvenient?

I know this may not have enough detail, but I would still greatly appreciate your input.

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Unread 07-16-2011, 11:21 AM
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Re: Good all around caliber?

really one needs to know what your needs are. If you are looking at deer and smaller game at ranges under 400 yards, then a .308 will work well. Even a .260 Remington or a .243 Winchester. But if your thinking 600 yards then the game changes. A 6mm Remington would be my minimum caliber, and something like a 6.5 bore would be better. But for an all around hunting rifle that could be used on everything from elk down to the neighbors dog you would be hard pressed to beat the .270WSM or a .280 Remington. Even a good quality 30-06 is hard to beat when the chips are down.
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Unread 07-16-2011, 11:34 AM
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Re: Good all around caliber?

We sort of need to know more. What kind of hunting do you plan on getting into. Big game, small game, medium sized game. Do you plan or only have shot opportunities out too say 400 yards and closer or could a possible 500+ shot occur.

How far do you want to target shoot. What's your budget?

If everything will be kept within 400 yards then the standard 270 win or 30-06 is a hard caliber to beat. If you looking for more power then even the 270. WSM is great!! Now if you looking at small game then something like a 223. Win or 243. Win would work. If it's strictly big game hunting then I'd suggest minimum of a 270. Win and look towards at 300. Win mag or WSM. If your looking for extended range hunting then a 7mm rem mag or WSM is minimum and preferably a 300. Win mag or ultra mag or even stepping up to the big 338. Preferably

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Unread 07-16-2011, 01:57 PM
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Re: Good all around caliber?

Caliber or cartridge? Like the other guys said need to know a purpose. You can get an over the counter rifle good to 600-800 yards for most big game. If all your hunting is inside 600 yards and most inside 400 yards then an over the counter rifle can work great and like the others said many will do the job. I have Tikka T'3 lights in 300 wsm, 300 win mag, 338 winchester and 338 SIN. All of them are accurate to 800 yards and can be loaded to kill about anything inside of 600 yards. I have never seen a Tikka that didn't shoot well and they are $500-$600 and weigh 6 3/8 pounds. That is hard to beat. If I had to pick one factory rifle to hunt everything in north america with it would be a tikka t3 in 338 Winchester. Recoil is minimal without a brake and wallop on game is maximal.
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Unread 07-16-2011, 02:54 PM
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Re: Good all around caliber?

The worst rifle I ever owned was my first one. It really makes it hard to learn if you aren't getting the appropriate feedback from your targets. Lot's of discussion about what's best, but the better it shoots, the more fun you'll have, the longer you stay with it. Same with scopes.
Like every on else has said more details would be helpful, but this is your first rifle, and you're new to hunting. A good .308 is hard to beat in the beginning. Ammunition is available over the counter in variety, quality, and quantity at comparably good prices. Shoot the barrel out of one of these and you'll have a good idea of what you want to do by then.
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Unread 07-16-2011, 03:32 PM
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Re: Good all around caliber?

7mm Rem mag
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Unread 07-16-2011, 05:58 PM
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Re: Good all around caliber?

I think one of these in a 270 would be a good first rifle.

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