For my brother what caliber

SamuelBerryhill308

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Hello all I'm asking this to better help my brother he is looking to buy his first rifle which will be for huntin white tail and maybe bear if hes able.hes not sure what caliber or rifle to go with and what I've recommended to him hes not sure on yet.hes looking at couple different rifles but he is on a tight budget of 500 just for rife but me and my dad will help with little more cash if he finds something he really wants.the caliber he is most interested in is different 6.5 cal,,270 win and maybe 308.he has shot and hunted with either my dads 308 or 30-06,270 or 50 cal muzzleloader.he wants to have his own rifle he is 17 right now and I'm not sure how he is on recoil any help would be greatly appreciated thanks
 

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7 mm-08 all the way pick a gun which ever suits your fancy . But thats a winner caliber for sure. That’s my opinion
We have discus that also but wasnt sure about it as only 7mm caliber we've ever been able to use was my dad old 7mm rem Express that got stole years back and I dont know any one with a 7mm-08 to try
 

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I think the 308 has the widest variety of ammo and grows with the shooter better than most. A very drama free cartridge. its my number one recommendation for a first rifle. even has factory reduced recoil loads. Ammo is cheap as well.
That's all I have at the moment I'm in process of getting my gun safe filled back up lol 308 is a great round least I thank it is and i reload for mine and about to start reloading for my dad 308 as well.i got started on 308 due to a couple of good friends of mine were snipers and I use to go shooting with them alot and my 270 just couldn't keep up but I was shooting factory cheap ammo at the time but long story short I fell in love with the 308 lol
 

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There's a lot of guys hating on the ol 270, never could figure out why. It puts a pretty good spanking on the 308, easy recoil, ammo everywhere. The 7mm-8 is what the 308 should have been, great little round. Nothing wrong with the 308, but its really easy to be from a ballistic standpoint, in fact it's hard not to beat it.
 

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6.5 Creed will kill anything in the lower 48. Light recoil. Tons of ammo. Very accurate with factory ammo. If you think it's too small ask Southern precision rifles how many elk they dropped in their tracks on their last hunt. It has a huge following for a reason. It just plain gets it done. All the haters are guys that have never owned or shot one. Pick up a used Tikka t3 and he will have a heck of a good starter rifle.
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Or instead of what I posted earlier the 7mm08 go a 260 rem. That way you can stay with those “ magical “ 6.5 mm bullets . Lol. But for real my two oldest sons thats what they started out with . The oldest one has a savage axis in 7 mm08 and has killed a truckload of critters from whitetail , black bear , turkeys, and even a head shot squirrel. The younger brother has a Savage I believe 16 in 260 rem and has killed everything that walks in Wv with it as well. Wouldn’t be afraid to shoot game up to elk size with either in the right circumstances
 

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We have discus that also but wasnt sure about it as only 7mm caliber we've ever been able to use was my dad old 7mm rem Express that got stole years back and I dont know any one with a 7mm-08 to try
I agree with @wv270wsm the 7mm-08 is a great option.

Less recoil than the 308 and great bullet selection.

Been using for 30+ years, it's a great all around cartridge, from varmints to Elk.
 

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If he's touchy about recoil on any of these, take him out for some porterhouse steaks and get him to man'up. 😆

Less recoil than the 308 and better ballistics.
My 7mm-08 recoils more than my 7 mag did.
 

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