Mild recoiling rifle for hunting medium sized game

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  1. JungleBoogey

    JungleBoogey Well-Known Member

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    I'd go with the .308 or .270 win... I'm probably a little biased since along with a 30-06, they are all I need for the Whitetail, Chamois, Mouflon and Wildboar running around here.
    Both are medium recoil, ammo is readily available and you can reach out and touch distant game accurately...
     
  2. Rflshootr

    Rflshootr Well-Known Member

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    +1
     
  3. sturner

    sturner Well-Known Member

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    308
     
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  4. sw282

    sw282 Well-Known Member

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    lf you were to take a poll of Elk Guides they will tell you most of their successful hunters carry a 30-06... Been killing critters both large and small for well over a CENTURY.. lts a rather mild ctg on the shoulder, but BIG MEDICINE on the other end. '06 ammo is almost UNIVERSA... l NEVER notice recoil when shooting Big Game...
    One more point... Buy a GOOD scope FIRST. Then the rifle.
     
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  5. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    What sox said, 6.5 Creedmoor. Mild recoil, flat shooting, large number of manufacturers of both the ammo and rifles chambered for it. Not a barrel burner cartridge, not expensive and widely found in stores.

    Eric B.
     
  6. Lompoc

    Lompoc Active Member

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    That is one sweet looking rifle would you mind sharing the details of it
     
  7. MagnumManiac

    MagnumManiac Well-Known Member

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    Late to the party, hope I haven't missed it.

    I really like my Sendero based 6.5x47 Lapua for medium game, zero recoil, can spot hits out as far as you can hit stuff.
    Rifle is 14+lbs, so carrying it around is a pain, but superbly accurate.

    Cheers.
     
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  8. swe123

    swe123 Well-Known Member

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    308!
     
  9. CVCOBRA1

    CVCOBRA1 Well-Known Member

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    He doesn't plan on reloading and none of your recommendations are over the counter guns with the twist you call for. Why even post your ideas?
     
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  10. Weatherby Fan

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    If you want to shoot lots out to a 1000 yards with lighter recoil using reasonably priced factory ammo the 6.5 Creedmoor is close to fitting the bill but after having both cartridges it’s really hard not to like the 6.5 PRC, it’s just a better version of the Creedmoor !
     
  11. willtim

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    Why not a .243 Win shooting 100 grain Partitions? Somebody talk me out of building one.
     
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  12. window licker

    window licker Well-Known Member

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    I like the .260AI, but the .260 is still close. I use a 142 smk at 2900+ with good results. I shot this antelope with the above combination at 842, last saturday. 20191012_160710.jpg
     
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  13. BEEMAN

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    I also have a 14 lb 6.5x47. It’s a great gun built by RBros. Very accurate with very little recoil. My last build has even less recoil. It’s a 6 Dasher shooting 103 ELD-X or 105 bergers. For deer and antelope size game out to 500 yds, I think it’s going to be great. Compact with a 22” barrel but still gets decent speed. Running 32 gr of Varget right now at about 2850 fps. I may push for another 100 fps after hunting season and see if there’s another node.
     
  14. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    Do you open the tips on the 142? I have some and the 150s. The tips on most of them are completely closed