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Best caliber for deer out to 800 yards

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Unread 02-17-2013, 08:47 PM
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Re: Best caliber for deer out to 800 yards

If you want a shorter action, the .300 WSM is also a good choice.
***as is the 270WSM***

If you were to remove the limits on caliber of choice I would have included the .264 Win mag. **(.264) That is a 6.5** American vs Canadian math. Kinda like 7mm/.284 or 7.62/.308 or 6.8/.277 or 5.56/.223 etc.


The two I use most frequent for that exact purpose are the 270WSM shoving 140Accubonds at 3100(factory Win-70 fwt) & my custom Win-70, 300WSM shoving 180Accubonds at 3100+

I've had outstanding performance with both.

Yes, I realized after I posted that part of my post made no sense. I wasn't thinking. I apologize and definitely know the .264 Win mag is a 6.5 MM, in fact it was the first 6.5 to be popular in the US.
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Unread 02-17-2013, 09:26 PM
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Re: Best caliber for deer out to 800 yards

[QUOTE=carpetman2;765409]Bummer....I was going to tell you to try the 270 WSM with 150gr. SST's or 140 gr. Accubonds or Bergers. But since you settled on an inferrier caliber I'll keep my mouth shut. [/

I take it you don't believe in internal ballistics in a rifle or you wouldn't call a 300 win an inferrier caliber. I did my research on the calibers I asked about.
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Unread 02-27-2013, 12:12 AM
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Re: Best caliber for deer out to 800 yards

i love my .308 have gone to 1000 yds and plan on 1200 over spring break
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Unread 02-27-2013, 12:13 PM
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Re: Best caliber for deer out to 800 yards

Hawks, 1st of all, I was just poking a little fun. Gotta laugh some times. 2nd, if you follow the post I was referencing the choice of a 6.5 creedmoor as a long range deer cartridge, not the 300 WM of which I have and love. But for clerification, if you take the 6.5 with a 129 gr.sp going 3100 fps it will have aprx. 1200 lbs @ 500 yards. A 270 WSM using a 140 gr AB going 3100 fsp will give you close to 1500 lbs @ 500 yards...thus my "bummer" statement. Obviously we all have our favorites and most are really good choices, specially if you can shoot straight and hit what your aiming at. Have a good day.
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Unread 02-27-2013, 04:53 PM
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Re: Best caliber for deer out to 800 yards

Originally Posted by rick523 View Post
Get a Rem. sendero in either 7mm rem mag or 300 win mag put some good glass on it and start practicing. Should be all you need.
AGREE!! HAWKES- the caliber is not as important as having rifle/scope/ ammo that is capable. remington sendero( or win laredo) and a leup 6.5-20 are the answer to most questions on lrh.
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Unread 03-07-2013, 01:21 PM
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Re: Best caliber for deer out to 800 yards

I've deer hunted with a 6.5x55 (139gr) for the past 6 yrs and have had great results.. I will say that i do also agree with the 7mm.. Whatever you decide just practice and remember shot placement is the real key.
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Unread 03-09-2013, 12:56 AM
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Re: Best caliber for deer out to 800 yards

I am building a 6.5 saum or 6.5 in a necked down 7mm short action ultra mag case using the 140 Berger hybrids. Should be good and have sufficient energy to kill just about anything in North America from ranges of 100 -1200 yards. Shot placement is everything.
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