Originally Posted by liltank
For deer, the WSM in 7mm or .30cal is going to get you to 1000. For elk or black bear, then you really should go with the 300WM, but guys on here are getting superb performance out of the 7WSM using 180 Berger's. Does this help or add any clarity?
I will look at handloading a little further down the road for sure.
Black bear is never going to happen. I have only seen one in the wild in my entire life. Elk will happen someday, but I just learned that the family land that I am hunting that has elk on it, is not a legal elk hunting county here in oklahoma. This leave's muely's, whitetails and paper targets for what I will be shooting.
From all the posts so far in this thread I should be looking at these caliber's:
300 win mag - Yes comes in savage 11/111 LRH
300 wsm - Yes comes in savage 11/111 LRH
7mm wsm - No does not come in savage 11/111 LRH
6.5x284 - Yes comes in savage 11/111 LRH
For what I am wanting to do:
1. Kill Paper targets out to a thousand yards (as i get more experienced be able to shoot 6in groups)
2. Kill Mule and Whitetail deer
3. Later in the year start learning handloading
Help me decide on which "one" of those four are my best choice.
Just thinking out loud: I like the Savage rifle and since I cant find a better rifle in my price range for the 7mm wsm that pretty much eliminates it from the group unless someone can link me to one just as good as the savage?