Caliber advice

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  1. 73driver

    73driver Well-Known Member

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    Interesting you dis on the 06, snub your nose at 270 then opt for the little baby brother 308 that underperforms relative to anything 06.
     
  2. Model12boy

    Model12boy Active Member

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    If I was gonna load for it or build a rifle 7mm wsm with 168’s is a nasty round
     
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  3. DUSTY NOGGIN

    DUSTY NOGGIN Well-Known Member

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    33 caliber , 338wm has my vote
     
  4. CUTTER1

    CUTTER1 Well-Known Member

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    I've already given my 2 cents worth. My dad likely turned over in his grave! Except for shotguns,22RF & center Fire Varmit rifles, he would say "accurate well built 7x57 and 375H&H is all a Hunter will ever need"
    I think he was so right 50 years ago when he hunted all over the world.
    Theses 2 calibers were available almost anywhere one could find ammo, today things have changed some.....I look at almost every opportunity to see what ammo is available and today 375H&H is commonly found as is 30-06, 300WM, 7RM, and 308 in most of the places I've traveled.
    This forum has had so many good recommendations that it has really made me think.
     
  5. michael carlucci

    michael carlucci Member

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    the old 06 has no flies on it if you handload .with modern powders you can get 2800 fps with 180s.2900plus with165s using less powder than the mags brass is cheaper ammo cheaper thats me i suppose.but if you run out you can buy ammo anywhere.
     
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  6. vancewalker007

    vancewalker007 Well-Known Member

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    With the wide availability of ammo and unfired cases, effecientcy of the case 24 in barrel, a short action-lighter rifle, a wide choice of great bullets I'd vote for the 300 WSM. I've had 2 of them and they were great. Killed a ton of stuff with them. Build it with a longer magazine so you can fit 190 VLDs and 200 grain bullets in the mag and reach the lands and you'll reach 600 yards easy with lots of energy. With the standard mags I was working with I could only load 2 rounds in the rifle, 1 in the pipe 1 in the mag when using 190 VLDs. I mention the 190 VLDs because they seem to be magic in a 300 WSM. In 3 300 WSMs they have shot really great.
     
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  8. Camalius Pomaville

    Camalius Pomaville Member

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    My .338 Win. Mag. has not failed me from antelope, deer and elk. I use 200 gr. Nosler E-Tip on deer and 225's on elk and bear.
     
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  9. Pacecount

    Pacecount Well-Known Member

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    Ok, for large game out to 600 yds.

    * I like 308 but not for large game past 500 yards.

    * I feel the same way about 6.5 CM.

    I don’t think you could loose with a 7mm rem mag and a 24” barrel with brake.

    Tikka/Sako make a fine rifle, you might wish to add a brake. A buddy bought a TIKKA STAINLESS in 7mm and it is shooting Hornady ELDX 162 gr at 3/4 MOA.

    Good hunting!
     
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  10. Overkill338

    Overkill338 Well-Known Member

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    Nothing about performance. It would be like if you had to eat green peas, 3 meals a day for 30 years straight. You wouldn't want to see a ---- pea any more would you?
     
  11. Overkill338

    Overkill338 Well-Known Member

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    You talk like the .338 Win Mag is a 20mm Russian cannon. Mine in a Hogue stock kicked less than most "turdy 'ot sucks" I've ever fired. Stock design really does mean a lot. Most of the people saying 33, were talking about the Win Mag. Mine sure slung 225 Accubonds and 250 Partitions really nice. With a 24" barrel in a stainless Ruger MkII I averaged 2840 with a 250 Partition. Granted it worked great in Winter, flattened the primers out a little, but in the summer it stuck the bolt.
     
  12. rbTanzan

    rbTanzan Active Member

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    The 338's provide great BC's and they help to anchor the animal for an easier find. The 338WM will work fine but for custom you could do any of the equivalents to 340 ballistics in a standard length case (2.5-2.6").

    Hammer bullets or the new Barnes LRX 250 gn with .602 BC or the slightly flatter TTSX 225gn with .514 BC. I'm partial to copper bullets for up close integrity. Platform? Your call. For light I'd use a Tikka in 338WM. For a heavier, yet handy, wildcat I'd rechamber or put a tight-twist barrel on a Ruger Hawkeye. Or you can go a few K more for a real custom.
     
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  13. Rhino Hunter

    Rhino Hunter Well-Known Member

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    I recently picked up a rifle for almost exactly what the OP is asking about. It's a Sako 85 Finnlight in 7MMRM with a 24-3/8" stainless fluted barrel. I also purchased a Limbsaver recoil pad for it. I'm avoiding muzzle brakes now because my last three rifle purchases all have brakes. Almost all shooting was with hearing protection except for the occasional shot while hunting. My ears now ring constantly and loud 24/7. It's no fun and irreversible. :(

    Everybody...PLEASE wear hearing protection at ALL times.
     
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  14. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    300 WSM, even a 7 rem mag. Both have over the counter ammo, 300 WSM is a good reloading caliber, shorter action too.