Re: Med to large game cals and rifles
I have a 220 Swift, 243 win, 30-06, 25-06, and a 7RM. I have taken deer with all of these rifles. My longest shot so far, on a game animal, was 516 yards with the 7RM. I have made 400 yard shots with the 30-06 and the 243 on both antelope and deer. I have not used the 25-06 much because it is my wifes gun, but she and I have killed deer out to 250 yards with it. My longest shot with the 220 is 200 yards, and I do not like to shoot deer much past that distance with that gun, though I did kill a coyote with it at 425 yards last year. My longest kill shot so far on any animal was 730 yards on a coyote with the 243.
I have found that all of these rifles are adequate deer killers as long as the load and distance to the target are kept in mind.
I reload for all of my rifles. None of them like factory ammunition very much.
Of all these rifles, the 7 RM is the newest, the one that I have shot the least, but also the one that I am most comfortable with. I would not be afraid to shoot a moose with it if the distance were 400 yards or less.