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Unread 12-31-2012, 01:11 PM
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All around cal.

What would be a good all around cal. for deer and elk size animals.
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Unread 12-31-2012, 01:19 PM
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Re: All around cal.

This should be good, I'll get my biased opinion in before someone goes of the deep end!! I really like my 270 WSM loaded with 165 Matrix bullets and I really like a 338 RUM with a 300gr Berger.
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Unread 12-31-2012, 01:46 PM
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Re: All around cal.

Like stated above this is going to be interesting and I bet my best skunk hide that someone gets their feelers hurt.

As much as I would like to inject that a 204 with a berger 70 grainer is perfect

I rarely shoot deer, so my input is elk only. I will truthfully say that 30 caliber magnums work for me. For long range hunting I like big heavy bullets for ballistic coeficient, and penetrating reasons I personally feel a 308 will work to 500 yards under ideal conditions.

Everyone likes something different. I hate muzzle brakes, except on my 300RUM, which I feel is unshootable with accuracy without the brake.

I have killed elk with 7mm, 270, 264, 25,223, with the exception of the last two all will work, and bigger can be better.
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Unread 12-31-2012, 02:06 PM
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Re: All around cal.

7mm Magnum
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Unread 12-31-2012, 02:07 PM
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I find myself recommending the good old 7mm Rem Mag to guys who ask me that question. These are not dedicated long range shooters, just guys who hunt deer and would like to go out west and hunt elk a time or two. Recoil is very manageable and trajectory is quite flat while having the capablility to deliver quality bullets like the 160 and 175 gr Partition at decent velocity. Throw in the VLD bullets of 168 and 180 grains and you are talking a very capable long range cartridge for game up to elk size. Just my two cents worth.
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Unread 12-31-2012, 02:59 PM
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I would say 7mm Rem Mag & I don't have one. I have a .264 Win Mag &. 300 H & H . I tell people to buy what Wal-Mart sells for ammo if they don't reload...
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Unread 12-31-2012, 03:28 PM
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Re: All around cal.

You'll get as almost as many opinions as there are people on this forum. Basically I'd say the 7mm is a great choice for the reasons stated above. Now after having said that, there are lots of other good to great choices. Lots of guys want nothing smaller than a .30 caliber. Big animals and a bit of distance. They want to kill it and not miss or lose it. the big 30.s to 33's have the advantage in this dept.
I have a friend that has likely killed in excess of 50 elk and always used a .270 w/ 130 gr partitions. Not a long range load for sure, but he made it work on a lot of elk. Probably never killed one in excess of 350 yards and knows how to shoot his gun. That load wouldn't be any different than a 6.5 w/ a 130-140 grain bullet. Some of those will also reach out. Pick one and learn to shoot it well. A good bullet helps a lot too. Good luck. Bruce
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