You did not provide the type of animal you planned to hunt. Elk, as example, needs 2000#of energy to make 2 holes. All the calibers called out are great, but the most powerful .30 caliber is Weatherby .30-378, hands down. The energy at distance outstanding. IT DOES REQUIRE A LONGER BARREL THAN THE SHORT BARREL REQUESTED. A muzzle brake is also recommended or a sore shoulder will result.Hello:
I’m looking for opinions on what caliber you would recommend for ranges out to 650 yards or so, using 180 grain bullets, or similar. It would be strictly for hunting, in a bolt action, and be delivered via a 20-22” barrel...without a muzzle break. The lighter the better , and no, recoil is not an issue. i’m looking for a heavy hitter in the .30 caliber class.
The .338 was the first thing that came to mind though I am hopeful for feedback. I love short barreled big bore rifles, and with a thumbhole stock I feel at one wit my gun,
Thanks in advance for any feedback.