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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 09-28-2011, 01:58 PM
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Re: The Perfect Long Rifle

My pick was 7MM REM MAG because of the amount of good box ammo and amount of good reloading comp. In the south. the 338 and ultras are not always easy to find.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 04:16 PM
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Re: The Perfect Long Rifle

7 mag has new life with the newer High B.C. bullets, it stretches the effective range of the 7 Mag into Ultra Mag Range. I bought a powder scale at the gun show and a Cheezy Lee-Loader = $19.95 = Very slow reloading, but very good results with the High B.C. bullets (Berger and Hornady) = .58 inch groups at 100 yards. I bought better dies and a press - its faster but not any better groups.
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Unread 10-03-2011, 06:57 AM
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Re: The Perfect Long Rifle

This is a great thread and has really helped me narrow down my decision for my next caliber. I'm leaning towards a .338 Ultra Mag. Thanks everyone.
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Unread 10-03-2011, 03:56 PM
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Re: The Perfect Long Rifle

The trusty 7RM or the 300wby they both have a special place
~ Steve
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Unread 10-18-2011, 09:55 PM
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Re: The Perfect Long Rifle

Your suggestions are spot on. I took the same path in building my arsenal.
Bolt guns that I've built with Remington 700 baseline rifles: 223, 243AI, 7-08, 308, 300WM. Each has been accuracy tuned, either new barrels or cut back re-chambered and recessed 11 degree muzzle crowns, tuned and adjusted triggers, the 7-08 and 300WM have jewel triggers, and pillar/glasbed stocks.
Great shooting and a major cost savings.

As far as the poll the 300WM.

I'm in the process of building a 338 Edge and just received all the parts to build my new 6.5 Grendel AR15.

Thanks to everyone for the great input.

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Unread 11-21-2011, 08:32 PM
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Re: The Perfect Long Rifle

I voted .300 WM will kill past 1k, and can still be used close up and actually have some meat to eat.

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And catch from breast to breast the noble fire!
On valour's side the odds of combat lie,
The brave live glorious, or lamented die;" - Iliad, Book V
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Unread 11-21-2011, 09:22 PM
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Re: The Perfect Long Rifle

Little Forky I shot 11-2-11 at 200yds, Mt Laguna, San Diego, Ca.
7-08 Rem, 140gr TSX, 43grs W748, 2813FPS.

Spotted him in a burn area on the fringe of some scrub oak and pine trees. All I could see was his backside. Moved 30 feet to a better vantage point and could see his antlers. He was broadside. I placed the crosshair 2/3rds up and behind his shoulder. Clean kill.

In recent years we've had quite a few fires and it has benefited the deer herds here quite well. Lots of fat. He weighed 150 field dressed.

My 7-08 has served me well in shilouette matches. I've also competed in a few long range varmint shilouette matches out to 800yds.

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