Need help with a new hunting caliber ?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by ddossett1976, Aug 22, 2018.

  1. ddossett1976

    ddossett1976 Well-Known Member

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    Ok guys I currently shoot a Borden 300 wsm 175 grr Berger VLD and love it I only hunt so I am looking for another hunting caliber. The 300 wsm is about all the recoil I want so antherwords a 300 rum is out of the question for me, so I would like something equal to or less recoil than my 300 wsm so knowing this if you were going to get another caliber to hunt deer, mule deer and maybe just one elk with what caliber would you recommend to me ?
    Thanks,
    Danny
     
  2. Wlfdg

    Wlfdg Well-Known Member

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    Something in the 7mm family.
    I'm partial to the 7mm Rem Mag.
     
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  3. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    If you wanted to go lower than the 7mm Rem mag, could go 280AI or even down to a 6.5x284. If you were rebuilding your 300 WSM, you could go with the ne 6.5 PRC....
     
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  4. ddossett1976

    ddossett1976 Well-Known Member

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    You think something like the 28 Nosler ? Just wandering how much recoil is there ?
     
  5. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    7mm rem mag shooting 180-195 class bullets.
     
  6. Jjeffhunter

    Jjeffhunter Well-Known Member

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    Can't go wrong with a 300win or 7rem Mag recoil has allot to do with the type of rifle you want also
     
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  7. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    For your situation, I'd have to recommend going with a .280 Sherman, with a 26" Proof Research carbon fiber barrel (lightweight, but strong & accurate) with a 1:8 twist, and shooting the Berger 175 Elite Hunters. Low recoil, and 7mmRM velocities.

    Or, if you're wanting to stick with a non-wildcat cartridge, the exact same rifle above, but chambered in 7mm RemMag.

    The .28 Nosler is a great round, but it will probably be more recoil than you're wanting to fool with when you factor in the 180-195 grain bullets. I'm not a recoil-sensitive person, but just trying to give you the facts.
     
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  8. ddossett1976

    ddossett1976 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks MudRunner
     
  9. Smokepoles

    Smokepoles Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Dont discount the 6.5 family either. your wsm will handle the occasional elk on your list, the 6.5 creed, saum, prc etc are all good hunting rounds with less felt recoil and dare I say I think they’re just fun to shoot and more than enough for any deer on 4 hooves. I’ve never been a small cartridge guy but I built a creed not long ago that has become my hands down favorite rifle to shoot. A good brake will tame any rifle but for a low recoil unbraked light hunter the 6.5s might be something to consider too. Good luck.
     
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  10. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Whatever you do, don't buy a 6.5 PRC... Too new, and won't be around very long. It was over before it even really began.

    Not knocking on someone else's choice, just trying to help you out from later headaches with trying to find brass that doesn't suck.
     
  11. ddossett1976

    ddossett1976 Well-Known Member

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    Smokepoles or MR what about the 6.5-300 Weatherby ? Your thoughts ?
     
  12. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! LOL!!!!! This is the same think you were preaching for years on every thread about the 6.5 Creedmoor. Wait and see what it does. Who knows maybe even REMINGTON will decide to chamber it someday. God forbid. So funny.
     
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  13. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    If you like a 500-600 round accurate barrel life, go for it. But IMO, you won't gain anything over a .264 WinMag for a 6.5mm bore. There's something called "the point of diminishing returns", and basically it's at what point do the increases cause a negative effect. With cartridges like the .26 Nosler and 6.5x300 Wby that point is very low. It doesn't take long before the negatives start to outweigh the positives.

    But some folks will tell you "barrels are meant to be replaced" or "barrels are expendable items". This is true, but personally, I like to get more than 1,000 rounds of barrel life before I send it to the scrap pile. Money don't grow on trees...Maybe for some folks it does, but not in my neck of the woods.
     
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  14. HARPERC

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    Building or buying?