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Old 06-02-2014, 04:02 AM
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deer and shooting range caliber?

I'm looking to buy a rifle. it will be used to hunt deer and the odd varmint.

I also want it to be a fun shooter at the range. I reload. component availability and price is a factor.

i want it to have enough killing power up to 500 yards.

Thank you in advance!

for elk and the like I will get another rig this caliber is strictly for deer as the biggest game being hunted.

I was set on a 7mm08. but looking around in sporting good stores brass and factory ammo is sparse. I was then considering the 270win but hesitant because of the recoil.
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:58 AM
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Re: deer and shooting range caliber?

Of say the .243 or .260 are what you should be looking for.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:35 AM
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Re: deer and shooting range caliber?

25-06 or a .243 are what I'd be looking at for deer and an occasional varmint hunt thrown in, especially if you reload.
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Old 06-03-2014, 05:02 PM
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Re: deer and shooting range caliber?

I think you should still consider the 7mm-08. Although it's nice to have components and ammo in stock in the stores, because you reload I don't think that's even a factor. Another great cartridge would be something like the 6.5-284 Norma.
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Re: deer and shooting range caliber?

6.5 Creedmoor is another option. Brass was readily available during the last dry spell. Lots of great bullets for hunting AND target shooting. Very accurate cartridge and is used quite a bit in competitions. It's a 500 yard gun easily with high BC for bucking the wind.
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Old 06-03-2014, 10:44 PM
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Re: deer and shooting range caliber?

Like Topgun I would recommend a 25-06. Availability of components and factory ammo a plus. The ballistics are impressive, I know a family in New Mexico that hunt elk with them. A variety of bullet weights makes it a great varminter also. Good luck
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:51 AM
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Re: deer and shooting range caliber?

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I think you should still consider the 7mm-08. Although it's nice to have components and ammo in stock in the stores, because you reload I don't think that's even a factor. Another great cartridge would be something like the 6.5-284 Norma.
I agree. Also stock 284 or 280, or 280ai would be on my list.

I have the 7-08 and 270 win and there's really not that much less recoil in the 7-08, but it is less. If I shoot 160s in my 7-08 it feels about like the 130s in my 270.

That said, my primary load in the 7-08 is a 139btsp clocking 2820, and I can shoot it, and have shot it a lot in a day and not really feel myself getting "recoil tired". The 270 is loaded with a stout load behind a 140 grain pill and it probably would wear on me sooner if I shot it as much.

For what you're seeking I'd say the 7-08 would fit the bill very well, and as to killing at 500 yards, the above mentioned load took a nice mule deer last fall at 430. It was DRT...to my surprise. I told myself I wasn't going to shoot at one over 450, and preferred under 400. Rangefinder said 430 and the wind/conditions were ideal so I took it. It certainly increased my confidence in the killing power of the lowly 7-08.
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