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Old 12-17-2006, 06:59 AM
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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.

Your thoughts??
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Old 12-17-2006, 08:17 AM
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Re: Help me choose a cartridge.....

I like Xp 100 but they are so much money, Lets say that everytime I see one advertized they think they have Gold.
I also like a Striker , I want one in 300 wsm.
I know that you answered my post on XP 100 Calibers to Build. I think I am Leaning to What Ernie Calls Puff ,
a clone if you will. What wrong with a 6.5 -284 . I have always been a large caliber person.Thats why I was leaning for the 7 mm Dakota.
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Old 12-17-2006, 09:21 AM
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Re: Help me choose a cartridge.....

Mr. B.

Have you considered going heavy?

I have a Contender that is customized in a slightly modified 358 Winchester Cartridge. It was mainly designed for 600 yd silhouettes. I mainly use it for a backup when hunting elk with others. I've only had to use it once, but it did the trick. It has some recoil that took some getting used to, but it is fun to shoot at long range or short.

Probably just adds to your confusion.
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Old 12-17-2006, 02:31 PM
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Re: Help me choose a cartridge.....

Have you thought of a 338wsm?
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Old 12-17-2006, 05:14 PM
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Re: Help me choose a cartridge.....

A 6mm, .257, 6.5mm, based of the 284 Win would fill a niche, but since you really don't know what you will use this for I don't even know if it is a good suggestion.
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Old 12-18-2006, 06:30 AM
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Re: Help me choose a cartridge.....

Ern...that's about right. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] I'm not into feeding big bore thumpers in a bolt action handgun. I'll leave those to the T/C's. I only bought this gun since the price was right and really have no set agenda or goal to reach other than it is boring in the factory configuration! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

The .284 as a parent case will likely happen. And I like the idea of the 105gr A-Max. Anyone know how this does on deer?
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Old 12-18-2006, 08:46 AM
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Re: Help me choose a cartridge.....

It should work fine with the 6-284.
Probably better than the berger at those MV's.

So far I have had good luck with the 115 DTAC (made by Sierra) in my 6-284
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