ruger american caliber?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Big Jakes, May 24, 2012.

  1. Big Jakes

    Big Jakes Active Member

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    I am getting the ruger american rifle for fathers day. I would like either the .243 or .270 which do you recommend. I intend on shooting paper coyotes and possibly deer. Id probly shoot it comfortably out to 350 yards or so. What do you think?
     
  2. lakesnake

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    I liked the #1I had. Sold it to fund another project. Check out the .280 Remington.
     

  3. Big Jakes

    Big Jakes Active Member

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    They are only available in 30-06 .243 .270 .308
     
  4. green 788

    green 788 Well-Known Member

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    The .243 can be finicky if you're loading for it... and factory loads don't tend to shoot that well. I love the .243 win, but it's tedious to load for. Coaxing great accuracy from the cartridge is possible, but it's not as easy as with other rifles.

    The .270 is better in this department... but still not as good as the 30-06. The 30-06 can digest pretty much any powder you have on your shelf (in one capacity or another), and 30 caliber bullets can be had from 110 grains all the way to 200's... (these will stabilize in the 1:10 twist).

    The 30-06 is still the most popular rifle cartridge in the world, 106 years after its inception. It is popular because it works, and works very well... it's rarely if ever a "compromise."

    I know the 30-06 sounds a bit "pedestrian" to many folks... just not as "ooh ahh" as other newer calibers... but I can't think of a better cartridge for a rifle with the "American" monicker. :)

    And by the way... it'll kill a paper coyote deader than a stomped on frog. :D

    Dan
     
  5. Big Jakes

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    well I have a browning 30-06 bar and a weatherby .300 win mag so I as of now I dont "need" one of those Im mainly looking between the .270 or the .243

    I use "need" loosely I always say you only need one more!
     
  6. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    I vote for the .270! If you handload and you're in the right altitude you might be able to stabilize the 165gr Matrix VLDs.

    Good luck!

    Ed