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Old 12-03-2006, 09:04 AM
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Help choosing caliber

Looks like I might have the funds together soon to get a rifle built and I'm looking for caliber suggestions and their pros/ cons. I like the 340 weatherby and the 338 Lapua because I can buy brass and not get into fire forming or necking down another caliber. I'm in west TN and long range on my properties is only around 600 yards. Still want one for 1000+ if that ever changes.H
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:32 AM
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Re: Help choosing caliber

338-378 or its improved version. 300gr. match king and walla. I heard rumors of a 300gr. berger vld
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:40 AM
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Re: Help choosing caliber

A lot goes into building a custom. $ and what it will be used for. If you think 600 will be the limit for a while there are many good calibers. 1st to come to mind would be the 300WSM. It wont beat you up in recoil, powder, and barrel life. And it will get you out well past 600. If you think this will be your only build and need more, a 338 Lapua or a 300 Rum. would be my choice, but thats a lot of gun for 600yarsd and more $ just to go shooting.
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Old 12-03-2006, 06:53 PM
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Re: Help choosing caliber

Prescibing a long range rifle is much like making a diagnosis of a disease. First you have to know the symptoms.

Do you think you will be using this rifle to shoot some of those big Kentucky elk at 1000yds? Or is this just for Kentucky whitetail deer.

Are you going to just tote this rifle up into the hayloft of the barn and shoot out to the far end of the north 40 or are you going to have to pack this rifle on your back for four or five miles.

Do you want a brake?

Are you willing to develop loads for bullets that are not in any loading manual? i.e. are you willing to shoot match bullets at game animals?

Do you like excessive killing power, or is there no such thing as an animal being too dead? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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My mistake, I have been thinking about doing some hunting in Kentucky and you are in Tennessee.
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Old 12-03-2006, 07:31 PM
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Re: Help choosing caliber

If you are in TN, stay with the WSM and do not look back. Much easier to build a good WSM that is more suited to eastern hunting than 338s.

I just took a 700 SPS in WSM and restocked it. tried to get the factory barrel to shoot good, but as it was not stress relieved it started throwing at shot 3. Just put a #4 Lilja on it at 26". Gun, scope, sling weighs 9.2 lbs.

If I lived out west and constantly shot 1000 plus and with the wind, elk etc, I would go with a 338, but not east of the Mississipi for my first custom gun.

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Old 12-03-2006, 07:55 PM
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Re: Help choosing caliber

The only way I would go with the 338-378 or its improved version is if you are going to be moving out west and doing long range elk. if not then i would probably look at the 300wsm, win mag, ultra mag, 7 ultra mag, 280 improved, the list is saddly almost endless. But for an overall good rifle up to 600yrds on deer I would look at a 300rum or the 300wsm or regular winchester magnum.
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:03 PM
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Re: Help choosing caliber

for an easy choice for long range the 300 Ultra Mag is awsome but if you want to reach out further on a Magnum action the 338 Edge (338-300 Ultra) is the way to go in my opinion you get 300 or 375 ultra mag cases neck them to 338 and shoot them it is that easy and it will give you better performance to the 300 but better barrel life aswell. If you step up to the 378 WBY case you realy need a specialty action if you want a realy flat shooter in a smaler calibre the 270 or 7mm Allen Mags are also great but require fire forming the beauty of the Edge is it is as easy to load as a new case for the standard chambering and their is a wealth of knowlidge in these calibres here and other forums. With any of these rounds use a good tacticle fish gill type muzzle break and start streaching the distances you shoot.

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