Re: Decisions, Decisions...Need suggestions
Tailgunner, yes and no. If you use a sporter rifle and 180gr bullets and shoot game inside 300yds, a 06 is all you will ever need.
If you want to reach out to 1000yds and further, launch bullets over 200gr at velocities like 3000fps, you need case capacity and long barrels.
Think of case capacity as potential horsepower. Take a 400hp engine and mate it to skinny all seasons, you just get a lot of useless smoke. Better off with a smaller motor. Use that same engine with some wide race slicks and hang on.
Super high velocities with light blunt bullets really does little for the LR hunter. What really raises the performance bar is getting those heavy VLD bullets going. That takes case capacity and long barrels.
Yes, the RUM is an excellent choice if you want an affordable LR cannon.