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Old 06-22-2003, 05:28 PM
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Reality check, please..

.. If around 800 yards was about all ya had to worry over and whitetails were probably the biggest live target to consider.. With groundhoggin' being the primary target species..
.. What cartridge and configuration and why.? No wildcats.. Something with commonly available components and dies.. Just fishin'.. d:^) JiNC
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Old 06-22-2003, 06:04 PM
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Re: Reality check, please..

243Win Imp. 28in barrel. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 06-22-2003, 06:40 PM
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AMEN Charles!
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Old 06-22-2003, 07:45 PM
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..OK.. Just for argument's sake.. Why.?? My personal experience with 6mm's and deer was not very positive.. Shots were boiler room but I still ended up tracking deer farther than I care for.. This particular case was with 95gr Nosler BT's if I recall correctly.. Thanks for your input... d:^) JiNC
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Old 06-22-2003, 09:06 PM
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Re: Reality check, please..

If I was building a long range hunting rifle for nothing larger than Whitetail. It would a 300 WSM or similar 30 mag. Still hitting plenty hard at 800 yards with any of the MatchKing's of 175 on up. If it were grounghog only it would be one of the many 6.5's.
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Old 06-23-2003, 04:15 AM
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I'd say one reason is the cost of reloading it would be cheap, does the job well... some maybe better but, still well, it's the perfect in between caliber for dual purpose. I got my daughter the 243 win for moose... go figure. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] She won't be taking one at 800 yards though, more like 100-200 yds is all. Works perfect for everything else smaller that doesn't hibernate all winter either... and that's arguable too.

I'd take a 6.5 WSM too, either one... It'sa wildcat but, Redding has dies and reamers are available for rent too, although ammo isn't on the shelf for it... yet. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] The 243 will be cheaper to load for though.

If I *needed* a rifle to do both, I'd get the one that fit the primary purpose best, the secondary, next best... FWIW
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Old 06-23-2003, 10:38 AM
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I will be different and stay in the parameters of a "factory" cartridge per your guidance. I would look at 270 WSM or the 25-06 in custom 28" barrels. Could also make an arguement for the 7 WSM also.

Dan Lilja has used a 270 Wthby out past 1100 on deer and he has written that it was his favorite rifle for "dynamite" shoots with 130 BTips. The 270 WSM would only be a little behind the weatherby. The 110s would smoke ground hogs into a vapor. There is no doubt what a 130, 140 or 150 would do to deer either. Tend to agree, the 6mm is marginal except for perfect shots. Good shot, no problem at all, he moves 6 inches your into the tracking situation. I hunt big whitetails and they will soak up less than perfect 6mm and keep on going.

You have JLK that has a great 108 25cal with a BC of .500 and shoots in 10 twist. Either for deer or hogs.

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