Most versatile chambering for handloaders?

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  1. memtb

    memtb Well-Known Member

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    Not as much on jacks as I used to. Fireformed the majority of my first 100 pieces of brass shooting jacks and “prairie poodles”. Quite a few prairie dogs and a coyote were taken with cast bullets, and rumor has it....maybe a few “brookies”!

    Except for the rare cast bullet shoot, and the changes in Barnes bullets, one rifle, one load, one zero....”working since 1993” ! ;) memtb
     
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  2. Pmacc60

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    memth I know a lot of one gun hunters and on the east coast there are many. You would be surprised that you are far more extravagant then these guys are. One in particular is carrying the same Winchester 94 3030 with open sites as he did when I ran across him in 1974. It’s the only rifle he owns and feels no need for another. He kills a buck every year so who to say he needs anything else. I also use one rifle to do most of the hunting in Md and Pa. It’s a Rem 760 carbine with a 2x7 leupold on it and it shoots 165 gr noslers at 3/4 inch groups. I have many and always buying more but this one suits the hunting I do and has served me well since I bought it in 1980.
    Many on this sight have many rifles and that’s the reason I stated my answer as such. I am also well aware of the old saying “ beware of the man with one gun” Best wishes
     
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  3. memtb

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    Thanks Pmacc60, Since I was a kid....I was a gun nut. At about 14, I quickly learned....if I wanted to shoot, I had to become a handloader! Thus, the downward spiral was started! :) memtb
     
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  4. Martin@Hin

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    350 Rem in a Mauser action
     
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  5. Martin@Hin

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    375 H&H
     
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  6. Don A Parsons

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    54 caliber Black Powder with 490gr slug.

    Oh Yha
     
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  7. Martin@Hin

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    Your right.
    Black Powder Cartridge Rifle(BPCR) shooters from around the country have come to Raton to test their skills during a week-long event with targets set from 200 to 1000 yards.
     
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  8. Satterlee Scott

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    Fun question. Cast throws it into a tail spin for me though. Out to 400 you say? 45-70 then
     
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  9. redleg1013

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    I wish I knew I couldn't shoot cast lead loads through my 06 before I developed subsonic rounds for plinking and put several hundred down the pipe.
     
  10. Orange Dust

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    I never said there was anything wrong with the old '06. It will do everything well, except it is not ideal for dangerous game, one of the requirements. While you can kill great bears with one, I would not want to be holding one if a Brownie charged me, or if I had to go into the bushes after one. I'm just not that brave. There are places up there that are so thick it would impress a Cajun from the LA swamp. Also, larger diameter, heavier, cast bullets perform better on medium game at reduced velocities. I would tend to agree with you if confined to the lower 48, but since the OP already has a .308, I would lean more toward a 300WM or a 338, unless he wanted to trade the .308.
     
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    Would be fun to play with, wish I still had my 350 700. Biggest problem is finding brass, but I like how you think. 358-375 Ruger would be cool. I still think the best answer to the OP's question is a 375 mag. Flavor doesn't matter much.
     
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  12. Martin@Hin

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    At first the 350 came to mind.
    Chambered in a medium action allows the bullet to be seated where it should be.
    285 hard cast lead,pistol bullets lead or jacked will do just fine.
    Brass,just run 7RM or 300 win brass through the die cut to length and trim.
    400 y ? know your trajectory and dial accordingly. (This also applies to the 45 70)
    And yes I then remembered my 3 375's and I have to agree that would be a good choice as well ,especially if you're surrounded by Grizzlies as I am lol and the new Barnes 270LRX flattens the trajectory somewhat.
    Martin
     
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  13. Alibiiv

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    .350 RemMag is a great cartridge, however ammunition and brass are at a premium if you can find it; Nosler Premium 225gr Partition bullets $64.00, Nosler unprimed brass $54 for 25. Take a look at the .358 Winchester, ballistics are close and a whole lot less expensive, and......cast bullets will work just great for plinking.
     
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  14. Martin@Hin

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    Yes I agree it's just I had a Browning Safary with a shot out barrel and a bunch of stuff for a 350 at a garage sale.
    Turned into a fine Elk thumper, just wish Barnes would make a 250 with a higher BC than Hornady
    Lol
    Martin
     
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