Originally Posted by Taternater
I appreciate all the advice from all of you, espicaly britz, and I have decide to go with the Tikka t3. If the camo stainless (because i just mainly like the camo) is the same as the varmnit then I may get it if the only differnce is just a hevier barrel. But the majority of the time I would be taking deer from 100 to 200 yards, but also there would be others from 500. Im not too sure that i would be hunting anything else bigger than a deer so should I go with the 308, 30-06, 9.3x62, or 300/338 win mag (for the extra umph)?
The Camo Stainless is basically the same a the Lite Stainless. Here is the Tikka Web Site if you haven't already seen it.
What are you looking for in a cartridge? Any of those cartridges will do a good job of killing deer. As mentioned earlier, the magnums will burn your barrel out faster but how often are you going to shoot it? If you shoot about a 100 rounds a year out of it, a magnum should easily last 10-15 years with the proper care and cleaning. And then get a rebarrel. If you do want a magnum, I would suggest a WSM because the Tikka Lites have a 22" bbl and the WSM's will give a more efficeint powder burn in a short bbl.
These would my choices in order based on what you have said.
270 WSM, will push a 130 gr bullet 3200 FPS plus and 150 gr bullet 3000 fps plus. Very flat shooting and an inheritly accurate round. It will do the job on any lower 48 game including black bear, elk and moose.
270 Win, will push a 130 gr bullet about 3000 fps and a 150 gr about 2800. Fairly flat shooting, less recoil, possibly longer barrel life and will also kill any lower 48 game but on the low end for bear, elk and moose.
300 WSM, will push a 165 gr bullet about 3100 fps and 180 gr bullet about 2900 fps, it will have about the same trajectory as the 270 WSM with heavier and more effective bullets giving you more killing power down range, a good 700 yd plus round. The 308 and '06 are good rounds but IMHO if I'm going to shoot a 30 cal bullet, I'll get a little more out of it with a mag. Flatter shooting and more punch, especially down range. The 300 WSM is also arguably as good or better than the 308 in accuracy.
338 WM??? It's a good round but WAY more than you need for deer. If you just want a big gun, go for it, but it kicks like a mule.
Also, if your going to be making shots over 300 yds, I would HIGHLY recommend getting a lazer range finder. a 50 yd misscalculation will likely result in a missed shot.
Last...bullets. For higher velocity shots I would recommend well constructed bullets that stay intact, penetrate, break bones and make good wound channels. E-Tips, TSX's and Accubonds come to mind.