what caliber for long range (700) yards on deer size game

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by zach5187, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. zach5187

    zach5187 Member

    Nov 22, 2010
    Well I am dead set on getting another tikka t3 currently own a .243 Must say I am very pleased. So the model of gun is not what is in question. I just wonder what is the best caliber for out to 700 yards? I want something that has good ballistics with factory loads! Thanks in advance Zach.
  2. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2008
    Shooting paper or elk. It makes a difference on caliber.

  3. 5oclocksomewhere

    5oclocksomewhere New Member

    Oct 29, 2010
    300 win
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    A 7mm rem mag or a 7mm stw will do nicely and ammo is readily available.

    Both are good for 1000 yards but work best in the 6 to 800 yard range.

    The next step up would be a 300 RUM if you wanted to go bigger but ammo is a little

    The 7 mm RUM Is a power house but ammo has been hard to find.

    Also if you like short actions , the WSMs are a good choice,

    In other words there are lots of good choices for your need.

  5. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    7mm rem or a 300 win
  6. TheHardWay

    TheHardWay Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2010
    another vote for the 7mm stw...
  7. barthmonster

    barthmonster Well-Known Member

    Nov 30, 2010
    7mm Rem Ultra Mag if you handload. I love my rifle and will never part with it (with muzzle-brake). Accuracy seems to come easy to these huge cartridges, not sure why...
  8. Buano

    Buano Well-Known Member

    Nov 28, 2009

    Shooting out to 700 yards on deer sized game with Tikka t3 when you already have a .243...

    GO with a WSM, .300, 7MM or .270. My top choice would be the .270 WSM. It will shoot flat, hit hard (at those ranges), not destroy a lot of meat, and ammunition is readily available for a fair price. If you want to ad elk capability go with the .300 WSM.

    If you were shopping used rifles I would give you a list of cartridges that would do OK, but as you are shopping for a new Tikka t3, go with the optimal load for what you are doing.

    Don't go with a RUM or STW loading for those ranges on deer. They're a lot more cartridge than you need, with more recoil, more cost, and a lot more damage to the venison. Both 7MM Rem mag & .300 Win mag would work well, but the WSM cartridges are beltless and inherently accurate.
  9. Long Time Long Ranger

    Long Time Long Ranger Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2002
    To 700 yards on deer Tikka chambers many excellent choices. I have t-3's in 300 wsm, 300 win mag and 338 win mag. I chose these for all around rifles that include elk hunting. You are not limited to cartridges this size just for deer. One of the lighter recoil standard cartridges in 6.5 would be nice. Typically the less recoil the more accurately a guy can shoot a light rifle without a brake. For just deer you can play the accuracy odds and not go up to the magnums. The 130 grain swift scirroco at .579 BC in 6.5 makes a great shooter in the non magnum 6.5's. It is the best hunting bullet I have used in 6.5mm.

    I just looked at there offerings. Not much in 264 caliber but the 6.5x55 would do well with the 130 scirroco having little recoil and a good deer round. Considering out to 700 yards the 270 wsm or 300 wsm shooting 185 bergers at 3100 fps would be my choices. That is a load I shoot in my 300 wsm and I am very confident with it. Then if you want to hunt something bigger you have that capability. The 7mm rem mag and 300 win mag are good also you just don't need that much gun for what you are doing.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2010
  10. 45-70cannon

    45-70cannon Member

    Dec 3, 2010
    7MM Remington Magnum, my choice, my rifle, good choice!
  11. BIG MO

    BIG MO Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2009
    270WSM or 300WSM, I don't think Tikka chambers the 7WSM or that would be a top choice also.
  12. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    I would go with the 270 WSM for the ranges your talking, then look at HSM ammo, you can get the 130 or 150 Berger loaded in the LRH loads at a reasonable price.