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Old 07-29-2012, 10:53 PM
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Suggestions for stablemate for 270 win

Looking for a soft shooting rifle for deer, shooting out to 300 yards at most.

This will be my son's first rifle in several yrs so soft shooter is very important, and ideally will be something that brings different strengths to the table than the 270 I already have. *I also don't reload so I want something that will be too tough to find ammo. *I would also like to have a bolt action so some of the lever action calibers are out.

I know bullet placement is as / more important than caliber, but at the same time I want something with margin of error built in.

I am researching various options now but thought I would throw it out there for some experts to chime in with suggestions. *I am primarily looking at these options...

243 - seems to be a little small for some larger deer
25-06 - seems like a good choice but very similar to 270. *But maybe that is fine
7mm-08 - another good choice but tougher to find ammo and less ammo selection
260 - same as above

Thoughts from the experts?

Thanks in advance
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:16 PM
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Re: Suggestions for stablemate for 270 win

I don't think a 243 is too small for deer.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:27 PM
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Re: Suggestions for stablemate for 270 win

I would recomend the 260 Rem or the 7/08.

The 260 rem (A 6.5) is very good for deer and has very little recoil using the 120 grain bullets.

The 7/08 is one of my favorite calibers for deer and the 120 grain Ballistic tip is awesome.
the 140s in the 7/08 have a little more recoil than the 120s.

If you can find a youth Model 7 it will come in these two calibers and will have a slightly shorter
stock for the young people and it can be changed out at a later date to a standard length of pull.

These will work in a short action and will perform well beyond the ability of a new shooter. (600+
yards).

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Old 07-30-2012, 06:43 PM
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Re: Suggestions for stablemate for 270 win

I'd use the 243 if does are the main quarry, but for either bucks or does I'd stay with at least 25 caliber. I'd think the 260 rem or 6.5 swede. would be good choices. The 7/08, 308, or 270 wouldn't be bad either. Since you already have a 270, you could set one up light bullet and one heavy bullet. The 110 barnes would be a lower recoiling bullet and fed loads it factory. Midway has that load for 25$ a box right now and it rates out well.
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Looking for a soft shooting rifle for deer, shooting out to 300 yards at most.

This will be my son's first rifle in several yrs so soft shooter is very important, and ideally will be something that brings different strengths to the table than the 270 I already have. *I also don't reload so I want something that will be too tough to find ammo. *I would also like to have a bolt action so some of the lever action calibers are out.

I know bullet placement is as / more important than caliber, but at the same time I want something with margin of error built in.

I am researching various options now but thought I would throw it out there for some experts to chime in with suggestions. *I am primarily looking at these options...

243 - seems to be a little small for some larger deer
25-06 - seems like a good choice but very similar to 270. *But maybe that is fine
7mm-08 - another good choice but tougher to find ammo and less ammo selection
260 - same as above

Thoughts from the experts?

Thanks in advance
.243 Win
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:01 PM
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Re: Suggestions for stablemate for 270 win

My vote is for the 7mm-08. That was my first deer rifle when I was 8 and it has knocked down a lot of animals. The biggest thing I remember about it was that it passed through everything I shot at. I think it a great caliber especially for someone young.
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:36 AM
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Re: Suggestions for stablemate for 270 win

My research and options have led me towards a 7mm-08. Seems like a good combination with a 270 and is a light shooter as well. I can always add a muzzle brake and limbsaver to make it shoot a little lighter and possibly getmitmdown near a 243 from a recoil perspective. The 25-06 is tempting but it has similar advantages and disadvantages to a 270.

Now I just need to find out which eye is my son's dominant eye. I am a righty but shoot lefty because of I am left eye dominant.

I am leaning towards a Ruger M77 but also considering an x-bolt as I have a soft spot for Brownings. But I like the added weight on the Ruger to make it softer shooting.

Any other thoughts from anyone?
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