Re: Rookie looking for great help
I am with other on the 308 option. Yes a 308 will kill elk and bears. Shot placment is key but an easy key to obtain with the 308. When you learn more about accuracy and shooting then move to a bigger gun based on a more educated guess and NOT by looking at ballistic tables. Bullets in mid air dont read ballistics tables. Ballistic tables are generated by way of manufacturers published BC's and published velocity which they get in a VERY controlled enviornment. What they dont tell you is how fast one caliber might burn out the barrel or how bad it hurts when it goes BANG! or how accurate a given round is. Start with the 308 and learn for yourself by experiance and that of others what is going to be your ultimate cartridge. Who knows a couple years from now you may still want a 7RUM or you might want a hot 6.5 or even a 300.
PS a 12 twist works very well in 308 win. Handles anything from 125's to 190's. 155's, 168's and 175,178,180's all work the best in the 12x. 26" 12x and the 178 AMAX under 45 grains of VARGET is very tough to beat for dear and matches. 180 ACCUBOND and you have an elk/moose/bear slayer. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (where the shot goes, how big the group is, 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.