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what caliber for long range (700) yards on deer size game

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Old 12-04-2010, 01:40 PM
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Re: what caliber for long range (700) yards on deer size game

Originally Posted by zach5187 View Post
Well I am dead set on getting another tikka t3 currently own a .243 Must say I am very pleased. So the model of gun is not what is in question. I just wonder what is the best caliber for out to 700 yards? I want something that has good ballistics with factory loads! Thanks in advance Zach.

Shooting out to 700 yards on deer sized game with Tikka t3 when you already have a .243...

GO with a WSM, .300, 7MM or .270. My top choice would be the .270 WSM. It will shoot flat, hit hard (at those ranges), not destroy a lot of meat, and ammunition is readily available for a fair price. If you want to ad elk capability go with the .300 WSM.

If you were shopping used rifles I would give you a list of cartridges that would do OK, but as you are shopping for a new Tikka t3, go with the optimal load for what you are doing.

Don't go with a RUM or STW loading for those ranges on deer. They're a lot more cartridge than you need, with more recoil, more cost, and a lot more damage to the venison. Both 7MM Rem mag & .300 Win mag would work well, but the WSM cartridges are beltless and inherently accurate.
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Old 12-04-2010, 02:39 PM
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Re: what caliber for long range (700) yards on deer size game

To 700 yards on deer Tikka chambers many excellent choices. I have t-3's in 300 wsm, 300 win mag and 338 win mag. I chose these for all around rifles that include elk hunting. You are not limited to cartridges this size just for deer. One of the lighter recoil standard cartridges in 6.5 would be nice. Typically the less recoil the more accurately a guy can shoot a light rifle without a brake. For just deer you can play the accuracy odds and not go up to the magnums. The 130 grain swift scirroco at .579 BC in 6.5 makes a great shooter in the non magnum 6.5's. It is the best hunting bullet I have used in 6.5mm.

I just looked at there offerings. Not much in 264 caliber but the 6.5x55 would do well with the 130 scirroco having little recoil and a good deer round. Considering out to 700 yards the 270 wsm or 300 wsm shooting 185 bergers at 3100 fps would be my choices. That is a load I shoot in my 300 wsm and I am very confident with it. Then if you want to hunt something bigger you have that capability. The 7mm rem mag and 300 win mag are good also you just don't need that much gun for what you are doing.
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Old 12-04-2010, 03:40 PM
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Re: what caliber for long range (700) yards on deer size game

7MM Remington Magnum, my choice, my rifle, good choice!
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:39 PM
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Re: what caliber for long range (700) yards on deer size game

270WSM or 300WSM, I don't think Tikka chambers the 7WSM or that would be a top choice also.
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:55 PM
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I would go with the 270 WSM for the ranges your talking, then look at HSM ammo, you can get the 130 or 150 Berger loaded in the LRH loads at a reasonable price.
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