Help me choose a cartridge.....
Just nabbed my sixth bolt action handgun. This now brings me up to three XP's and three Striker's. The current inventory is.......
.222 Remmy (14" Hart tube, XP),
.222 Rem Mag Imp (16" tube, XP),
22-250 (26" factory varmint weight tube cut to 16",Striker),
7mm-08 (16" Shilen tube, Striker),
7mm-270WSM (17" Lilja tube, XP)
The latest toy is a Striker with a factory skinny 7-08 barrel. Honestly I'm not really sure what I want to do with this gun. Definately a LR rig (I use T/C's for sub-200yd hunting) so weight is not an issue. But for my style of hunting and limited number of deer tags that I have each year, all the bases are pretty much covered for big game. What the 7-08 can not do, the big WSM XP can.
I don't do much varmint hunting, but I have all the bases covered there as well...the .222 Remmy is my go to accuracy gun (shoots in the .1's and .2's), then the .222 RMI and 22-250 are good to 400-500yds on a calm day.
There is a lot of room from .22 cal to 7mm but I'm not sure what there would be in that hole (6mm, .257, 6,5mm) that I would really like. Don't really want another WSM. I like the thoughts of a .260 Rem but the 7-08 will do about all that the .260 can.
I have entertained the idea of a 6mm-250 or 250-3000 (possibly the Improved version) for a deer/varmint combo gun. But I can not see this having a very long effective range in a handgun.