- Jun 11, 2022
223 is a bit small … literally everything bigger than that is fine.
I agree. Good back pack, shooting sticks (I use Primos tall tripod b/c you can use them sitting, kneeling, or standing), and binos.Your RUM will be great. The biggest thing will be adjusting to western style hunting/hiking and shooting presentations/positions. If you haven't already, I'd seriously consider looking at what you want in a good backpack, quality binos for long glassing periods, and shooting sticks designed for a sitting position. I like the good old Primos Pole Cat Steady Sticks. Simple, light, compact, and effective. Best of luck on a big muley!
Just by judging what I saw in 3 days of scouting and 7 days of hunting it seems to me that the larger caliber and higher velocity rounds are the way to go. During scouting most higher quality deer where out a stretch between 400-600 yards and depending on glassing advantage very awkward angles for a Texas guy. Now that I have been and fully understand the needs and demands, I believe that the 300 RUM is the perfect gun for the challenge. Seems to me for these deer a round between 150-200gr is plenty as long as you have enough behind it to shot it flat and long if needed. I practiced for weeks preparing to shoot confidently out to 600 and killed my deer at 115 yards, beautiful part of the world and I will be back. Next task is Bull Elk.
👆what this guy said!! It’s solid gold advice. No matter how big a cartridge is, you need to be able to shoot it well.What can you shoot best?