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Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by killerspoons, May 14, 2012.
whats the best caliber available in a factory rifle?
270, 284, 280, 308, 30 06, take your pick
308 win, 257 Wthrby, 270, to just name a few.
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.
Might through the 338 Federal in the mix also.
30.06 all the way
Limit the range a bit more and I would lean towards the whelen.
Dont know which would be best but 280ai would be my pick.
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!
I don't think any manf. are making the 338-06.
Why non-magnum? They don't really cost any more?
30-06 is hard to beat as the all around gun.
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.
Im gonna place another vote for 280AI. This is my favorite cartridge in my stable.