Probably overthinking things....

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by The Oregonian, May 29, 2013.

  1. The Oregonian

    The Oregonian Well-Known Member

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    I think i am over-thinking things. I want a good rifle for deer/antelope/etc, but also want to be equipped should i draw an elk tag - never been elk hunting before.

    I've got a 280 being built by Darrell Holland but could change that to a 280AI, or buy a 300 mag in addition, or just use the 280 for elk. Other option is to spend less on a factory Remington 300 mag and get it trued up and/or barrel and/or stock.

    Knowing that guns last a long time, I have thought about two guns. But at the same time, how often will I use the 300 mag - probably only on elk trips, i.e. once every few years.

    What sayeth the hive?
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Regardless of what you decide, I would still change the .280 to a .280 AI no matter what. Just my $0.02....
     
  3. cohunter14

    cohunter14 Well-Known Member

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    You could easily use the 280 for elk, just not at really long ranges. You could also go the opposite route and use a 300WM or 300RUM on deer, antelope, AND elk and just get that (or a 7MAG, 7STW, 7RUM, etc). Just another thought...
     
  4. porkchop401

    porkchop401 Well-Known Member

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    If I had to pick only one caliber to do it all short of vermin It would be some kind of 30 cal mag, I mean hell your not under gunned for any thing on the north american continent with a 300 mag of sorts and you can down load to comfortable levels for casual shooting and predator huntimg while pushing a 230 grain berger past the 1k mark . A good breake will make it feel like a 270 with the heaviest loads.

    I have a 260 for my whitetail and range gun but the 338 rum is the new elk hammer and with the break is very pleasent to shoot.
    I am looking for a 300 win mag for my next rifle in a light weight mtn configuration . what ever you choose practice often.
     
  5. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    If I was allowed only 1 rifle to hunt N. America, in any caliber of my choice, it would be a Rem 700 Sendero (26") 7Mag, topped with a NF 5.5-22x56 MOAR scope.
     
  6. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Your fine, you'll be way better of shooting the heck out of the 280 and kill everything with it than you will be all of the sudden throwing in a rifle you don't shoot as much. I've never ran into an elk that did not die when a 270,280,300 or 243 was used in it's effective range by someone who knew their rifle gun)
     
  7. porkchop401

    porkchop401 Well-Known Member

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    Your absolutely right! I just tend to think in terms of max range or getting as much as possible .
     
  8. yobuck

    yobuck Well-Known Member

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    if a guy had a 223, a 243, a 280, and a 338 that will send a 300 gr bullet at
    3000 fps or more he would pretty much have all the bases covered.
    the ai versions with a little longer barrel would no doubt be a plus.
     
  9. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

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    Talk to Darrell about it. I think you will find the 280 is going to do everything you want. I would second the AI version. He took one to Africa and had a little luck with it.
     
  10. The Oregonian

    The Oregonian Well-Known Member

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    I went the 280. Darrell said he would build me anything, obviously. But he was more of a fan of the 280 than the AI. If / when I draw an elk tag I will cross that bridge at that time.

    Fr now, my best bet is to get as good as I can get with the 280. Now I just have to wait 9-12 months.....Ughhh.