Originally Posted by midwesthunter
Trying to figure out what cartridge I should build or be looking for next. Here is a list of what ones I currently have, all factory unless other wise noted. I know I have a caliber to kill almost anything but wondering if there's that magic one I'm missing.
.17 Rem mag
6.5 x 284 semi custum never shot, built on jap Ariska action, pencil for a barrel
Custom 7mm Rem mag getting set up for long range
308's one set up for long range shooting
8mm rem mag's
I would take a different approach because there are dozens of other cartridges and calibers
that would/could equal or better what you have and there would be no reason to change.
First make a list of what you intend to do with your rifles. Plink, hunt varmints, hunt deer size game,
hunt Elk size game, hunt dangerous game, shoot targets mid range, shoot targets Long range, and
hunt at long range.
Once you do this, start at the top of your list and work your way down. You have some cartridges
that will fill these category's just fine.
You also have some cartridges that are redundant and can be filled by one of your other cartridges.
You are definitely lacking in the dangerous game area (To me Dangerous game is anything that would take pleasure in ruining your whole day) because it takes something that will not only kill
them but stop them in there tracks before they have time to administer large doses of revenge
for you shooting them.
For accuracy, almost any cartridge will punch holes in paper as long as it is accurate and will reach the target with enough velocity to remain stable and accurate.
For Hunting, The cartridge must be accurate and deliver enough energy at the distance used and enough velocity to maintain bullet performance.
Also once you have your list of needs apply your favorite rifle for that need and you will probably
end up with several that you will not need. these can be replaced with other rifles that will fill your needs.
Just some advice.
J E CUSTOM