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The "Perfect" Deer Rifle

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Unread 06-04-2008, 11:31 PM
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this is a 25 cal bullet with 300 short mag case its fast in deadly a friend build one out of a savage hell-of-a-gun
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Unread 06-05-2008, 06:46 PM
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I've heard of the 25/300wsm. Where did he get the reamers? Or where did he have it built?
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Unread 06-06-2008, 05:29 PM
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I have killed deer in MO with both the 264 WM and 6.5 WSM, they are identical ballistically. I think the 6.5 mm diameter is ideal for whitetails. The long high BC and high SD bullets buck the wind well and penetrate very well. Recoil is not bad at all with either cartridge with a 130-140 gr bullet. Of course, the 280AI is a cool round as well. Then there is the 6.5-06AI, the 25-06AI......
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Unread 06-07-2008, 09:55 PM
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The .280A.I. is a great cartridge too. I like the .280Rem because ballistically you give up very little and commercial ammunition, while not always easily found, is available. This is an advantage of the A.I. calibers if for some reason your ammo is lost.
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Unread 06-08-2008, 01:00 AM
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Mo' about that best deer rifle ...

Just to put in my "few" cents worth ... if you are thinking short action ... let me suggest a 260 AI .... or if long/std. action .... I will suggest the 280 AI also .... both will do you well with the nice selection of 6.5 and 7 mm. bullets ...
Consider Barnes TSX's .... and as was already mentioned ... if you lose your handloads you can always utilize regular factory loads in the AI's..... LRB
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Unread 06-08-2008, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by zjfty9 View Post
What about the .280 A.I.
If you want more performance than the .280 you may want to go with a 7WSM, not that the 280 AI isn't an excellent cartridge. Then again now you're looking at Elk cartridges in my opinion. For deer I would go with something shooting a 6.5mm bullet. Heck, I mostly use a .243. JMHO.

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Unread 07-11-2008, 08:55 PM
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Through the years, I've found the Remington 7MM mag. to be a fine western deer cartridge. The ammo is found many places in different bullet weights. If deer is on the menu, it's hard to beat this very popular cartridge.

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