Good caliber choices

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  1. califoriahunter

    califoriahunter Well-Known Member

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    Ok so I'm looking at a rifle for my girlfriend but was wondering what calibers people would suggest the rifle will be used for both elk and deer! So any suggestions will be great!
     
  2. FEENIX

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    Are you asking for caliber (.264, .277, .284, .308, etc) or chambering (6.5x284, .270 Win, 7MM Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag , etc ) and at what range? Shooter experience? Recoil sensitivity? Etc ...
     

  3. califoriahunter

    califoriahunter Well-Known Member

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    Sorry chamber she shoots my 308 and has no prob as fas as experience she has only shot off a bench but after following me all around the woods for the past 5 years she wants to try shooting. I was thinking about a 308 but was wondering what other more experienced shooters have to say.
     
  4. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    .308 Win is an excellent choice esp. when she already shoot it well. Use premium bullet (Berger VLDs, Nosler Accubond/partition, Barnes TSX/TTSX, etc ... even better if you reload), stay within the shooter's ability and set-up limitations (my unwritten rule is 1000 FT-LBS for deer and 1500 FT-LBS for elk size game at point of impact). However, shot placement is the key (1st shot as well as follow-up shots as required).

    There is nothing better than hunting with your love one. I've been trying to get my wife to go out hunting with me for the last 32 years but to no avail.

    Good luck and happy safe shooting/hunting.
     
  5. 406precision

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    I love the 308 but if it were me I would go 260 ballistically better and plenty for elk and deer.
     
  6. ntg

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    I'd go 7mm-08 for her if it were me.
     
  7. califoriahunter

    califoriahunter Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone love the help!
     
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    6.5 Creedmoor wouldnt be a bad choice...... I have one and and my dad does and everyone that shoots either of our rifles loves them.
     
  10. 406precision

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    The creedmore is a heck of a round...the main reason I would pick the 260 over the creedmore is that you can find factory 260 ammo all over and creedmore stuff is a little harder to come by.
     
  11. FEENIX

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    Since we're on the subject of factory availability, neither one of the above can beat the .308 Win. :Dlightbulbgun)

    To the OP, keep it simple and keep it real and you'll enjoy each other's company. :)
     
  12. 406precision

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    Feenix is right you can find 308 stuff all over the place....and I really believe that the 308 is as good a long range trainer as you can get..if you can learn to read the wind effectively enough to shoot a 308 at a grand well then you can read the wind my friend..however in a ballistic fight the 260 is gonna win out...better bc better in the wind.

    I own both and shoot both alot..it's pretty much a toss up but if I could only own one it would be the 260....either way you have a shooter
     
  13. FEENIX

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    I too am a big fan of the .264/6.5 (I started my boys hunting at age 10 with a 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser) and high BCs as well as big bullets but let's remember this is not for us, it's the OP's GF ... fairly new to shooting and a would be first time hunter. :cool:
     
  14. Creedmoor shooter

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    That may be but hornady does make a heck of a good box of ammo. Better than what you can find for the 260. And if your store doesnt have any its not a big deal to order some because everyone has it. I think that you will see the 260 go out the door and see the Creed take its place. The Creed is already taking the 260's glory..... may be wrong but its just a hunch.