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Old 02-17-2012, 08:27 PM
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Newbbie looking for Caliber selection

I would like to start big game hunting starting with deer and maybe elk someday, I am having a hard time deciding on a caliber. I want something that wont be to bad on recoil and that I can use for longrange(maybe 800 yds) target shooting that wont burn barrels out fast.
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:00 PM
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Re: Newbbie looking for Caliber selection

Welcome to LRH and enjoy!

How about a .308 Win with 165/168 gr pills or heavier ?
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:23 PM
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Re: Newbbie looking for Caliber selection

Welcome! Never hunted big game?

The 308 would indeed be an excellent choice for your criteria. Barrel life can't be beat, versatility is unmatched. Recoil is mild. If you'll be shooting factory ammo, there isn't a better caliber for match quality ammo.

If you'll be handloading, the 7-08 would offer less drop and drift, and less recoil. Barrel life would be a bit shorter.

The 260, 6.5 Creedmore, and 6.5x47 Lapua are all superb. Even less drop and drift, and less recoil. Barrel life would be less again.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:07 PM
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Re: Newbbie looking for Caliber selection

Buy yourself a 300 and put a break on it. Then when you go after elk you will have no worries. My 300 wsm with a break has less recoil than my 308. Just my two cents.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:11 PM
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Re: Newbbie looking for Caliber selection

270 win. Mild Recoil (Use a Pad), now making bullets to really turn this caliber into a long range killing machine. I believe a 175 gn is coming out soon.
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:26 PM
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Re: Newbbie looking for Caliber selection

gunnut- the answers to most of the questions on here are leup 6.5-20 and remington sendero. 7mm rem or 300 wm.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:21 PM
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Re: Newbbie looking for Caliber selection

7mm Rem. Mag. With a 26in. Barrel
160gr. Bullet (I use accubonds)
Don,t go cheap on glass- start at least with a 4.5x14x50mm with medium to high end scope. (I use leupolds for starters) use good scope mounts also
Add a muzzle brake if recoil is too much. I do not recommend because you MUST use hearing protection.
Probably will need to accurize the gun before it will shoot consistently past 300-500yds.
Take care of that barrel, keep it clean.
That's just one idea, very many out there. My 2 cents.
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