Re: Is a super magnum really needed????
Barrel life is not realy depending so much on the caliber size as much as it does with the "over bore capacity" and how the gun is cared for , you can gte longer barrel life from a 300 RUM thats cared for properly and not shot so hot it'll brand cattle than youwould with a 243 thats used on a big praire dog shoot , where the shooting is alot and the cleaning is not!!
What exactly are you wanting this round to do? Kill animals at 600yds or just punch paper or knock over steel? A hot 6mm will get you out to 1000yds on paper with good bullets and decient barrel life if it cared for , if game is in the mix the 6mm may be on the light side depending on what your shooting. I'm curen't being converted to the moderate power 6.5 cals having just recieved my new 260 , the balistics are better that alot of rounds , recoil is mild and barrel life should be good. I'm planning to shoot paper and maybe varmints to 1000yds with it and deer to 600yds.
The 260 , 6.5-284 , 6.5-06 would be good choices and give you barrel life in the 1500-2000 range if cared for.
Unless your going to try to dump and elk at 700-1000yds I personaly don't see the "need" for a super magnum , if you hunt deer in the thickets of Main where the longest shot might be 100yds and you "want" a super magnum then thats all the need that you realy need isin't it?
So what exactly is it that you going to be asking this round to do for you?
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