Newbbie looking for Caliber selection

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by thegunnut26, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. thegunnut26

    thegunnut26 New Member

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    I would like to start big game hunting starting with deer and maybe elk someday, I am having a hard time deciding on a caliber. I want something that wont be to bad on recoil and that I can use for longrange(maybe 800 yds) target shooting that wont burn barrels out fast.
     
  2. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to LRH and enjoy!

    How about a .308 Win with 165/168 gr pills or heavier ?
     

  3. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    Welcome! Never hunted big game?

    The 308 would indeed be an excellent choice for your criteria. Barrel life can't be beat, versatility is unmatched. Recoil is mild. If you'll be shooting factory ammo, there isn't a better caliber for match quality ammo.

    If you'll be handloading, the 7-08 would offer less drop and drift, and less recoil. Barrel life would be a bit shorter.

    The 260, 6.5 Creedmore, and 6.5x47 Lapua are all superb. Even less drop and drift, and less recoil. Barrel life would be less again.
     
  4. MHO

    MHO Well-Known Member

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    Buy yourself a 300 and put a break on it. Then when you go after elk you will have no worries. My 300 wsm with a break has less recoil than my 308. Just my two cents.
     
  5. kc0pph

    kc0pph Well-Known Member

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    270 win. Mild Recoil (Use a Pad), now making bullets to really turn this caliber into a long range killing machine. I believe a 175 gn is coming out soon.
     
  6. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    gunnut- the answers to most of the questions on here are leup 6.5-20 and remington sendero. 7mm rem or 300 wm.
     
  7. Fred Ea

    Fred Ea Well-Known Member

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    7mm Rem. Mag. With a 26in. Barrel
    160gr. Bullet (I use accubonds)
    Don,t go cheap on glass- start at least with a 4.5x14x50mm with medium to high end scope. (I use leupolds for starters) use good scope mounts also
    Add a muzzle brake if recoil is too much. I do not recommend because you MUST use hearing protection.
    Probably will need to accurize the gun before it will shoot consistently past 300-500yds.
    Take care of that barrel, keep it clean.
    That's just one idea, very many out there. My 2 cents.
    FE:D
     
  8. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

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    If it were me .............handloading?............ no=308win yes=260 rem......If you go magnum=30 cal or 338 cal have more stopping power and better barrel life than the 7mm mags. There are entirely to many good options available.
     
  9. nateisw

    nateisw Well-Known Member

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    30-06 sounds like it might be a good choice for you, although different people have their own ideas about what "mild recoil" means. I Personally like my 7mm rem mag, but if you're not handloading and want to shoot a lot of rounds, .308 has the cheapest rounds around here where I live. .270 is another good option. There are a lot of calibers that will do what you want them to do, but these are the more common ones.