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Unread 05-05-2011, 08:01 PM
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one rifle

if you could only have 1 rifle. which caliber would you pick? this is a question that i have been tossing around. rifle would be used for antelope,deer,elk,bear, and moose.
looking for a flat shooter, barrel length max 26 inches. with long range capability, when i talk long range i am talking 8-900yds max. rifle will be used world wide and i do reload, i am open to any suggestions with bullet weights, or type of bullets
so what do u think
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Unread 05-05-2011, 08:16 PM
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Re: one rifle

300 win mag.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 08:38 PM
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Re: one rifle

7mm wby. shooting heavy, high bc bullets.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 08:40 PM
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Re: one rifle

The first two answered correctly.

More correct answers to follow, I'm sure.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 08:49 PM
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Re: one rifle

i have a 6.5wby, a 7wsm already.
but it feels like i need one more rifle, the best all around rifle or maybe i am just addicted to guns...
please send some more options for me to consider
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Unread 05-05-2011, 08:54 PM
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Re: one rifle

I asked myself that ? 20+ AGO. picked up a 340 WM. It did everything I wanted, didnt make it on any far off hunts. But first season I ONE shot drt, 6x6,bear,deer,coyote, I shot gophers with it.Now my 16 yr. old son is giving it a go. I replaced it w/338NM 7-2 OZ.BARE. pUT 3@ 6/1/4 @1003. Hope it treats me 1/2 as good as the WM. One of the only animals I did not put down on purpose, was a moose I got no shot on with bow , facing at 30 yrds. I PASSED 18 bulls and I caught this bull at 90 yrds with my trusted 340, I was 1/4 mile from my bow. So I let him have it offhand, he was next to a pond and I did not want him in there or thick timber, he walked toward trees a few steps and I heard him couph. Then he turned towards the pond and laid down, not much later his massive 51'' head followed, after 28 yrs. putting in I had my Montana moose.Was able to get cell coverage and by dark had the whole family there, son was eight. My son wrote me a poem on the way home that night,''From the marshis green to the feelds of yellow the moos hunter below to the brown ferd felow. I get to apply again this year

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Unread 05-05-2011, 08:56 PM
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Re: one rifle

I've got everything from the 204 ruger to the 338 laua improved and they all have their place.
For a low recoiling ballistic marvel I like the 6-284
For long range energy I like the 338 lapua improved
I'm presently building a 7-300win ackley just for fun-I figure it will give good ballistics with the 162 amax,moderate recoil,and good energy to 1000yds.

But for an all around round I have to go with the 300win mag.
It has good accuracy, energy and ballistics as well as availability of ammo.
It's not fancy but it's a great all around choice.
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