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Unread 06-14-2004, 08:36 PM
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Re: caliber for new rifle

I will 2nd Chris and Ric,

You need not waste all that expensive powder, burn out barrels and tenderize your shoulder to harvest mature deer. The 308 has my vote [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] If your dead set on the 300 WM or the 7mm RM, then like I mentioned B4, go with your gut. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Unread 06-14-2004, 09:50 PM
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Re: caliber for new rifle

7mag works well drives a freightrain to 5-600yds.In the process of builing a 300rum to smokem at 1-1200. One thing about a 7mag if you look after hunting season you can buy shells cheap,I bought a case of shells for $6 box [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
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Unread 06-15-2004, 12:00 PM
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Re: caliber for new rifle

thanks everybody for your input, but now i'm trying to decide on what make of rifle to buy. i want something light enough to carry around for the better part of a day, but also something accurate out to about 600-700 yards. i sort of had my eye on either a winchester featherweight or a browning. just wondering what everybody else thinks. thanks again
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Unread 06-21-2004, 03:18 PM
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Re: caliber for new rifle

if you would like to get used to 7mm bullets try 7mm08 you would be surprised what you can do with it low recoil and you can A.I.it and be real close to the 7 wssm alot more fun to shoot without the noisy brake
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Unread 06-21-2004, 06:49 PM
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Re: caliber for new rifle

i dunno what sorta budget you have but i would concider the weatherby Mark V Ultra Lightweight. its a bit pricey but very light (5 3/4 pounds without a scope)and has a 24" barrel in standard calibers and a 26" barrel in mag calibers, personally i wouldn't go with the mag cals though, try a .308, very capable of LR accuracy and will throw a fairly heavy projectile.

[ 06-21-2004: Message edited by: Imortal Wombat ]
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Unread 06-21-2004, 07:19 PM
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WI Whitetail, If you want a lightweight rifle then definitely go with the .308 or the 30-06.

I shoot a 7 STW and I love it (not a lightweight rifle) but I dont like mags in lightweight. It adds unneeded recoil.

Actually, I don't like lightweight rifles at all....but thats just me!

FWIW, I don't like browning.

[ 06-21-2004: Message edited by: John M. ]
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Unread 06-21-2004, 09:03 PM
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My vote goes with Ric and Chris on the 308 , with so many great factory ammo offerings its hard to beat. Even at 1000yds if your handloading and choose the correct bullets I woulden't have a second thought about shoot a deer at a grand with my 308.
My longest kill shot on a deer was with a 308 , a 140lb doe shot with a 178gr Hornady A-max launched at just over 2600fps. The range was measudred with a Lieca and a bushnell lazer ad was either 618yds or 627yds either way I dialed in for 625yds and let it bump , ol girl only wnt about 40 yds before dieing
Plenty of power , not head racking , very accurate with plenty of great factory ammo out their
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