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Help with Cartridge Selection

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Unread 01-01-2008, 04:55 AM
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Your 6.5 idea will be a good one for deer and antelope. I've killed a bunch of antelope over the years using calibers from 22 to 300WM. The 6.5 will work great in just about any case. They don't take a lot of killing. The longer the range the bigger the case... ;>)
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Unread 01-02-2008, 11:43 AM
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I am pretty sure that Benning school for boys allows civilian weapons in military courses so not sure a flatter cartridge is going to give you an advantage. You are going to end up with the issue 308.

However, caliber wise I would suggest a 7 or 30 cal for reasons stated. I would suggest you look at the 300 WSM for this reason. It is seeming to have 2x or more barrel life of any other magnums. We have guns with 4000 rounds and still competitive in BR. That record is phenominal compared to other mags.

Savage 12VSS in 300 WSM is around $550, 26" heavy barrel. Go with that to start, Ferrel 20 MOA base, rings ($150 total) and good scope at $500 or less.

Join the Quantico Shooting club right below you and start shooting their modified Fclass matches and come to the VA 1k BR matches at Quantico this spring.

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Unread 01-02-2008, 05:37 PM
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Hey thanks for the advice. I used to own a 300WSM in a FNH SPR. I got rid of it because I didn't hardley shoot it. This was a couple years ago. I didn't know of any good ranges except for Shooters Paradise and the NRA Range. Shooters is no longer and the NRA Range makes you feel like cattle. Either way they both stunk for rifles. Any way I think I have decided to go with the 308 Baer with the .336 neck.
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Unread 01-02-2008, 05:46 PM
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Oh by the way you couldn't pay me enough to go back to Benning. Thanks to Sand "Hell" and Main Post I refuse to own anything chambered in the 5.56 or a .308.
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