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Caliber Suggestions?

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Unread 05-09-2014, 10:53 PM
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Re: Caliber Suggestions?

I have a 22-250 barrel and haven't looked back. There are other cartridges but I like it. And i have killed deer out to about 100 but that was just opportunity. I would take a 300 yard shot easy just not on a whitetail. It may be fine but I just choose not to. A 7-08 or 243 wouldn't be much different as far as recoil and they are inexpensive to shoot. If I had it to do over again I wouldn't change a thing other than another caliber or two. I have mounted a .50 muzzle loader barrel on the pistol frame and shot it. It wasn't too bad. Just awkward.

Oh and you may want a quality set of ear muffs or plugs.
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Unread 05-10-2014, 12:37 AM
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Re: Caliber Suggestions?

No kidding on the hearing protection.

I already have enough 44s I'm confident with out to 100 yards, really need something that can do a lot better.

I like the 22-250 a lot too. It's a great caliber and what I shot my first several deer with.
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Unread 05-10-2014, 01:07 AM
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Re: Caliber Suggestions?

6.5 Creedmoor with the 123 A-Max or the 130 grain AB.
A 243 Win (8T) with the 105 A-Max as well.
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Unread 05-10-2014, 07:58 AM
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If you want bang flop use a shoulder shot preferably in the top half of the shoulder. If you put the bullet behind the shoulder in the heart lungs area it really don't matter what caliber you use around 50% of the time they will run off some. Their dead they just don't know it for about 30 seconds and they can go a ways in that time. I have killed hundreds of deer with about everything from a stick to a 45-70 as a crop damage control hunter.

I did a little checking and you should be able to get a 120 Nosler ballistic tip or 123 A-max going 2500 fps of so and from my experience using 6.5 cal. rifles at loooooog range on deer they would be real effective on deer out of the 6.5 Creedmoor. The 120 BT is awesome from my 6.5X55 Sweed rifle on deer.

Another common caliber Encore barrel that you should be able to find easy is a 308 Win. Load it with a 125 Nosler ballistic tip and keep the MV under 3000 fps. With the weight of a scoped Encore and the lighter 125 gr bullet recoil would not be much. I shoot the 125 BT in all my 30 cal stuff for deer. As long as you keep impact velocity under 3000 fps is is a BANG FLOP deer killer. I shoot it in my 14" Contender 30-30AI at 2670 fps and it SMOKES deer. I have shot a dozen plus, lost count, deer with it from 30 to 120 yards away and it has exited with a quarter size hole on every shot and most have been through both shoulders and all have been into or exit a shoulder and I have only had two even move out of their tracks. Those were bucks all fired up in the rut chasing doe. They did not go over 30 yards.
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Unread 05-10-2014, 09:29 AM
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I have both the 6 BR and 6 Dasher in handguns, and would feel very comfortable hunting deer with them out to 200 yards. Recoil is minimal with both chamberings. I have taken deer with my 6 TCU with 85 gr speer btsp's. These where all under a 100 yards though, and none went far.
The 6.5 CM would be an excellent choice. As Ernie stated, the 123 gr A-Max, or 130 AB's would get the job done. -Recoil would be easy on the wrist too.

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Unread 07-07-2014, 03:38 PM
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Re: Caliber Suggestions?

Maybe 338 Federal ?
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Unread 07-07-2014, 07:21 PM
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Re: Caliber Suggestions?

For some reason, the 7mm BR Rem comes to mind.. the others would work.. but, just something always happens on the good side when you put a 7mm caliber into a handgun.
Just my .02
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