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All around cal.

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Unread 01-02-2013, 07:38 PM
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Re: All around cal.

Any of the short/middle magnums in 270, 7mm, or .30cal will serve you well as a double duty rifle. The 7 Rem Mag being the middle ground of the lot. If there were no deer in the picture the big .30s and .338s rock as elk specific rounds. I've shot whitetails with the 300 Ultra,338 Win,300 Win,7 Rem & 270Weatherby. All worked wonderfully,although the big .30s and 338 seemed a little silly. Not necessary for 180lb deer. The 7 RM with a quality 150 or 160gr bullet and the best glass you can swing in the 3X-9X or 4X-16X catagory,may be the finest combo rig yet.
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    Unread 01-02-2013, 07:45 PM
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    A 300 win mag with a good brake is hard to beat. We killed 19 big game animal with mine this season. Shooters from 13 years old with their first bull to seasoned hunters 73 yrs young. My wife shoots mine and dumped her elk at 585 yards. This was with the Berger 215 Bullet. Animals included antelope as far as 1285 yards, deer, cow and bull elk. All were one shot kills and not one complaint of recoil. Freezers are full. When ever elk are concerned a 30 and up will always be my first choice.

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    Unread 01-02-2013, 10:29 PM
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    +1 on the 300 win mag.
    It does it all pretty well. Mine has killed everything from ground squirrels to elk. Good bullet selection and decent long range performance. Might be a little over gunned for squirrels.
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    Unread 01-03-2013, 08:08 PM
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    ...the one you can shoot best. i used to think a .308 was a baby gun and didnt want to shoot anything bigger than a coyote farther than 300 yards. i recently got a very good one for a good price, and the more i shoot it, the more confidence i have in the little 30 cal. i would be very confident in taking a 500 yard shot at elk with it. 800 at a whitetail. the lack of recoil and cheap shooting makes it fun to shoot a bunch and i think that counts for alot.

    i still like the 7mag tho
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    Unread 01-03-2013, 10:24 PM
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    Ive shot a lot of cals from .223 thru 30.06 and .264 and 300 win mag for hunting diff places over 50 years and I never found a calibre I liked as well as the .270 win. It does everything, and with todays Superformance and Powermax ammo it does everything well. And with aplomb. I still have a 243, 300 win mag, and a 338 win mag, but my 270 gets the all around nod. Good luck finding yours.

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    Unread 01-03-2013, 11:32 PM
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    The .270 gets my vote, especially if it's for both elk AND deer. The larger calibers are great for elk, but you really don't need a cannon for deer.

    Besides, the best caliber is the one you can practice with ALOT and get proficient with and the .270 is a lot easier on the shoulder AND the wallet.

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    Unread 01-04-2013, 12:07 AM
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    Back in the day, Jun 1964 I was in your shoes. Took home a previously hunted 1953 Mod 70 FW in .270 Win. Being poor people from SC, this was my kill everything in North America including AK gun. Fast foreward 45 years to Oct. 2008, and I had taken Deer-Moose-3 Blacks and a cow ELK but the BULL of a life time got up walked off after a single shot center Right shoulder at 50 yds. 140gr Black Talon dropped him in his tracks-DRT-NOT. Ordered the Tikka T3 SS Lite in 338WM as soon AS I got back to SC. You can't be over GUNNED, but you can be under GUNNED. And, you won't know it till it is toooooooo late.

    PS: When I get real old (like Roy) and decreped I will borrow my 3 yr old G.D. (still in the box) 700 youth in .243 WIN, for ELK and all game.
    Good luck with your choice.....
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