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View Poll Results: What Caliber
7 Rem Mag 109 15.22%
7 STW 63 8.80%
7 Ultra Mag 27 3.77%
308 Win 37 5.17%
30-06 Spring 45 6.28%
300 Win Mag 118 16.48%
300 Ultra 84 11.73%
338 Ultra 62 8.66%
338 Lapua 151 21.09%
338-378 20 2.79%
Voters: 716. You may not vote on this poll


The Perfect Long Rifle

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Unread 03-13-2012, 07:53 AM
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Re: The Perfect Long Rifle

I voted .308 winchester. It is perfect for my intended use of my rifle. I usually shoot at 5-600 yards (all I have access to), sometimes 800. It allows the use of a short action, and is a light recoiling round. It is the main cartridge I have been using since I got my first centerfire rifle.

There are much better choices when you get to more extended ranges, but for the ranges I shoot at, they are just a waste of powder, and a pain in the shoulder! haha.
Remington 700 SPS tactical with HS Precision stock in .308

Savage 10 PC in .308 with accustock, accutrigger, and bushnell elite 6500 2.5-16x50 mil-dot scope.
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Unread 06-01-2012, 07:18 PM
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Re: The Perfect Long Rifle

i picked the 7mm rem mag because it's always been there for me in thick and thin,cheaper to handload than the big 338's ,moderate recoil and good ballistic coefficient bullet selection.
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Unread 09-12-2012, 06:19 PM
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Re: The Perfect Long Rifle

338 Norma. Mostly because that's the rifle I own and it definatly can shoot.
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Unread 10-04-2012, 12:21 AM
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Re: The Perfect Long Rifle

7 mag
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Unread 10-04-2012, 08:53 PM
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Re: The Perfect Long Rifle

An Anzio 20mm........perfect for when you need to drop an elephant at 1,500yrds
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Unread 10-20-2012, 12:08 AM
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Re: The Perfect Long Rifle

Well it starts with the stock, it's gotta fit just right, then the trigger, It's gotta break with just the right amount of pressure #2 does it for me, it can't have any creep or over travel. then the action has to be as smooth as a babies but and the bolt has got to feel as if it just falls in place. then the Barrel it's gotta have enough mass to aid in stability and long enough to get the bullet moving, and provide a complete burn, being manufactured with top quality. Now for the glass, It's has got to have sufficient adjustment to take full advantage of the bullets range, while providing sufficient eye relief and a large exit pupil, a sharp clear image and a good magnification, with a reticle that can pull double duty as BDC in a pinch and provide reticle ranging capabilities just for backup. After that I really couldn't care what it's chambered in be it 7mag or up to 338 AM, cause it's gonna work either way. That rifle would be just about as close to perfect as can be.
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.

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Unread 10-11-2013, 10:44 AM
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Re: The Perfect Long Rifle

I am shooting a 7 RM right now, but that gun will get converted into a 7 STW in the future, so that was my vote.

I love the BC's of the big 7mm pills, and I believe that the STW is just the case to send them down range. I enjoy shooting paper and steel at distance, but hunting is my main purpose.

I'm sure the 338 cal bullets are great as well, I am just more comfortable with the 7mm, and in the end it comes down to what each of us is most comfortable with, so the STW got my vote.
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