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6mm06guy

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I'm looking at buying a new rifle in 28 nosler for deer elk and mule deer. I have looked at the nosler, browning, christianson, and the fierce.
My fear is the mag length. I'm wanting to run 168 and 180 gr berger bullets. I have considered running the 195's but most of these rifles I can buy are way under build cost.
Are the 195s worth the extra money to have a rifle built, or will the lighter bullets in say a Christianson ridgeline work just as well.
 

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The Ridgeline from my experience seems to be a decent rifle. And the 168 and 180 should work well. But you need to do it like I always seem too do. Get the Ridgeline and then getting to wondering what a actual custom would do? So on the hunt again. But nothing wrong with that, just adding another rifle to my collection. Win win.
 

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I'm looking at buying a new rifle in 28 nosler for deer elk and mule deer. I have looked at the nosler, browning, christianson, and the fierce.
My fear is the mag length. I'm wanting to run 168 and 180 gr berger bullets. I have considered running the 195's but most of these rifles I can buy are way under build cost.
Are the 195s worth the extra money to have a rifle built, or will the lighter bullets in say a Christianson ridgeline work just as well.
I ha
 

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If you go the 28 nosler route make sure it has the correct freebore and mag. Box length for the 195's if that's what you want or just go 7 mag. or better yet 30 Nosler.
 

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What range are you planning on hunting to? What is your style of hunting?

Steve
I do everything from stand hunting, to spot and stalk, it just depends on where I'm at. Alaska, Missouri, Colorado, Texas. Ect.
I'm confident to 800 yards shooting in the field and getting better. I prefer to be inside 600.
 

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I do everything from stand hunting, to spot and stalk, it just depends on where I'm at. Alaska, Missouri, Colorado, Texas. Ect.
I'm confident to 800 yards shooting in the field and getting better. I prefer to be inside 600.
At 800y you should spend some time on the ballistics calculator and compare trajectory of the lighter faster lower bc bullets to the heavier slower high bc bullets and see what fits your overall hunting/shooting style and ability. I think you will be surprised to see that the big heavies give up a lot to the faster bullets. In your rifle the big heavies will not give you any real advantage until past 1000y. You could have a laser to 800 or you can lob them in.

Steve
 
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6mm06guy

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At 800y you should spend some time on the ballistics calculator and compare trajectory of the lighter faster lower bc bullets to the heavier slower high bc bullets and see what fits your overall hunting/shooting style and ability. I think you will be surprised to see that the big heavies give up a lot to the faster bullets. In your rifle the big heavies will not give you any real advantage until past 1000y. You could have a laser to 800 or you can lib them in.

Steve
That probably answers my question, I have great custom 300 win mag lobbing the 215 bergers. So something fast and flat would be nice
 

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Do any of you guys have any suggestions on witch rifle?
I have it narrowed down to the browning and the ridgeline. I have held both, and I like both of them.
I have several brownings and they all shoot lights out... my fear is the mag length on the browning, I don't know the exact length.
 

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If you plan to shoot big heavy long 7MM bullets you need to watch the twist!
Faster than 8..Most rifles in 28N are 9's The 195 's will only be marginally stable from a 9 twist. I'm looking for a 7.5 twist right now.
 

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I have a ridgeline the mag is plenty long. the twist is a 9 and the 180's i tried shot about 1 moa.
my best load is a 162 eld-m sub .5 moa
 

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At 800y you should spend some time on the ballistics calculator and compare trajectory of the lighter faster lower bc bullets to the heavier slower high bc bullets and see what fits your overall hunting/shooting style and ability. I think you will be surprised to see that the big heavies give up a lot to the faster bullets. In your rifle the big heavies will not give you any real advantage until past 1000y. You could have a laser to 800 or you can lob them in.

Steve
I agree!
Highest BC is not always the best choice.
Sometimes people get caught up in the numbers and highest BC. Most of the time as Steve said, those high BC bullets don’t offer advantages until way past what most long range hunters shoot.
 

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When you are hunting you have to go with common sense. Steve at Hammer opened my eyes. I wanted to shoot where I could see. I need to shoot where I can recover. I think the way things are now hunters and target shooters are in a different state of mind. Every body wants to shoot far. Most can't at animals! The guns and ammo that we buy now is the best we ever saw. That does not make you a 1000yd hunter. I like the idea of lighter bullets with less drop and speed. Are there hunters on here that can shoot 1000yds, of course. But I bet they are target shooters first. The speed and less drop make it easier to hit the animal at point blank range. You have to excuse me as this was family dinner night and I have had enough wine.
 

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