Best 500 yard deer/elk non magnum caliber?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by killerspoons, May 14, 2012.

  1. killerspoons

    killerspoons Well-Known Member

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    whats the best caliber available in a factory rifle?
     
  2. BlackSS

    BlackSS Well-Known Member

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    270 win?
     

  3. kennygss

    kennygss Well-Known Member

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    270, 284, 280, 308, 30 06, take your pick
     
  4. The Surgeon

    The Surgeon Well-Known Member

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    308 win, 257 Wthrby, 270, to just name a few.
     
  5. Scot E

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    Not sure what your definition of magnum means, just no magnum in the name?

    I would go about it this way. Prepare for an acceptable elk cartridge understanding that it will be more than you need for deer. For me, going with a gun with a bit less horsepower means that a larger diameter bullet should be used to make up some of the difference. This will give bigger holes and should carry more weight, helping in a number of categories.

    500 yards isn't very far so many standard rounds will be in the running. The 30'06 may be pretty tough to beat here especially if you can get some of the heavier rounds out of a 24-26 inch barrel shooting well.

    Scot E.
     
  6. 264WM

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    Might through the 338 Federal in the mix also.
     
  7. 06mauser

    06mauser Active Member

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    30.06 all the way
     
  8. Aldon

    Aldon Well-Known Member

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    30-06

    Limit the range a bit more and I would lean towards the whelen.
     
  9. yawn

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    Dont know which would be best but 280ai would be my pick.
     
  10. B23

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    338-06 Though factory ammo is limited, it's still available.

    Never had one but at that range I would think the 338-06 would be a pretty good hammer!
     
  11. Scot E

    Scot E Well-Known Member

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    I don't think any manf. are making the 338-06.

    Scot E.
     
  12. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    Why non-magnum? They don't really cost any more?

    30-06 is hard to beat as the all around gun.
     
  13. kennygss

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    I was going to say one of those Weatherby Ultralight hunters in 338 06 AI would be perfect. There are usualky several NIB on gunbroker. Thats a great cartridge.
     
  14. bamadawg2009

    bamadawg2009 Well-Known Member

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    Im gonna place another vote for 280AI. This is my favorite cartridge in my stable.