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Old 09-06-2012, 11:04 AM
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Re: Undecided on a new Cartrige

I've guided hunters all over the state of new Mexico and without hesitation I can state " bring the weapon you can shoot the best". There is no substitution for trigger time. I wish all hunters could shoot the .338 class of cartridges well...but they can't. By well, I mean putting five shots into a paper plate. If you can put five into the plate at 500 yds. Then by all means use that as you maximum range but if you can do that at only a 100 yds. Then keep that as your maximum. Caliber by no means takes the place of placement. I've had a young man that has killed several nice bulls with a .257 Roberts hardly anyone's first choice as an elk round but he could put five into an area the size of a coffee cup and hit his animals in the neck. On the other hand I've seen poorly hit animals with a .340 weatherby run off and become a hot lunch for the coyotes. To me it sounds like you need to take your .243 and hit them in the neck or buy a larger caliber and a thousand rounds of ammo...and get good with it. Good luck my friend.
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:44 PM
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Re: Undecided on a new Cartrige

Well Im leaning towards the 6.5mm's.................its a big jump from my .243 and I dont think I will have to hit them in the neck. For me after buying a good range finder ................400 yards is a long shot. so going from a 100gr bullet to a 140 gives me a little breathing room.
My second choice is the .280

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Old 09-06-2012, 04:13 PM
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Re: Undecided on a new Cartrige

black bears go down just fine with a good shot from a .243. people dont give small bullets enough credit for what they can actually do. Id be more comfortable shooting an elk with a .243 that i have hundreds of rounds of practice with over any 300 that was just handed to me. bullet selection plays a pretty big role in knockdown power so do go shooting a target bullet at a big elk, but with a custom rifle you should already know the basics. i say go out there with what you know and stalk in close and drop the hammer. good luck with whatever you choose.....btw im not talking you out of buying more guns that would just be crazy
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:16 PM
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Re: Undecided on a new Cartrige

I am with Jeff, 300 win is a good all around rifle, or the 300 wsm

Anything less than overkill is underachievement!

" Real elk guns start with the number 3 or bigger and blow two holes, one in and one out." - My Dad
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:07 PM
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Re: Undecided on a new Cartrige

In the end its all about bullet placement with a good bullet. Im not a big bore fan. Right now Im considering having a light 7mm-08 built up with a McMillan "Edge" stock and a # 21/2 Pac Nor barrel ................Im also looking hard at the Cooper Mdl 54 Excaliber....................I would think that a well placed 150gr Swift Scirocco would do wonders on most anything. Its your shooting ability and the confidence you have in your rifle. I hunt in some ruff steep places and a 10 lbs rifle................Im tired already.

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Old 09-19-2012, 09:27 PM
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Re: Undecided on a new Cartrige

Nothing wrong with the .280 rem, or especially the .280 AI, which gives the option of using both rounds if need be. Sadly factory ammo is a bit lacking in the .280, but handloading the AI will get you pretty much the 7mag with less powder burned.
I shoot 7mag just for the ease of brass and if need be (gasp!) factory rounds. I would recomend in to anyone that reloads and may ever consider long range hunting or targets for many factors. Not the least being that i shoot mine without the brake and could not be happier, i try to stay away from the ear splitting tendancys of a brake on a hunting rifle is at all possible.

Just my 2 cents.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:47 AM
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Re: Undecided on a new Cartrige

I would say if you like the 6.5s look at the 6.5-284 or 6.5-06.
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