I hope everyone has had a Happy Thanksgiving. I sure enjoyed the small amount of time I was able to spend with my family.
While spending time with my family I was able to talk to my dad a little on the subject, I was also able to talk with my brother a little aswell.
They both brought up some interesting points that I will share with you all.
1. Elk hunting. They said that with the cost of elk hunting being so much that I would more then likely NOT have a chance to go very many times in my life, so I should choose a caliber that COULD be capable of taking them but not base my decision soley on that.
2. Deer hunting. They both agreed that although there are capabilities for longer range shots (700-1000 yards) MOST of my shots will be under 500 Yards.
3. Reloading cost. They also both agreed that, with me wanting to be able to do LRH and LRS then i would need alot of trigger time to prepare, and with the trigger time there will be alot of reloading, which If I was to choose a smaller more common caliber then reloading would be cheaper then if I was to choose a caliber that is not as common. (supply and deman).
Dad didn't really suggest anything impaticular for a cartridge, However My brother was trying to tell me about a few that I may be interested in. and they are: .270 WSM, 7mm rem mag, .280 Ackley improved, and a 338-06.
After discussing them for awhile, i think we have ruled out the .270 WSM NOT because it is a poor caliber, honestly I really like the balistics of it, BUT what I dont like about it is the lack of bullet choices. I do not care for the lighter weight bullets and the 270wsm limits me to 160 grain MAX.
He said the 7mm would be a good versitile cartridge, I have done some reading on it out of the nosler reloaders guide (5th edition) and it states that it is a fine cartridge for long range hunting, HOWEVER it is not a great choice for hunting in the woods and brush. I assume it is because of the bullet diameter.
The 280 AI was mentioned by both my dad and brother, My brother had him build his rifle chambered for the 280 AI so ofcourse I think hes a little partial to it lol. But he said it is eccentially the same thing as the 7mm with a standard bolt face, and about 10% less powder which would decrease the cost of reloading. He also said the bullet choices for the 280 and 7mm would be a little better then the 270 wsm, largest bullet I found in the nosler book is 175 grain, That is a little better for my likeing but honestly its still a little lighter then i would really like.
he also mentioned that if I chambered in the 280 AI, I would have the choice to re barrell to a 338-06 with out having to change the bolt face, if I felt that I needed to for long range elk hunting.
Another that was mentioned was the 300 WSM
, I am personally concerned about this cartridge simply because of bad reviews I have received from other gun enthusiest in my area that have tried it. I wish I could remember for sure what they had said that was bad about it, but unfortiontly I can NOT. Can anyone enlighten me on what it might have been? It may have just been the felt recoil of there particular rifles.
Recoil was another thing they had mentioned, they said that If I choose a smaller caliber that COULD do the job with less recoil then I would improve in my shooting abilities much faster then if I went with the bigger magnum calibers.
What is everyones thoughts on this thus far?
What calibers are capable of the task at hand with the least amount of recoil?
Also am I being to picky with the bullet choices? I would like to be able to shoot 165's and up, though i would like to shoot coyotes I am NOT worried about the destruction it would do with the heavier bullets. (they just need thinned out).
1 other question does BERGER still NOT have a reloading manual out on the market yet? All I have to look at is the nosler book and I dont think that is apples to apples when I dont plan on shooting nosler.