Offseason cartridge decision

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  1. laker

    laker Well-Known Member

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    Well it’s the off season and I can’t seem to make my mind up. I’ve got a great shooting 6.5-06 that I’ll be using for deer and antelope and windy day coyotes, a 223 for my fur rifle. Only thing I’m missing now is a dedicated elk rifle. So since I can’t seem to decide what I want to go with I figured I’d see if you guys can give me any ideas on what to build or buy. I’ll be using it to shoot steel out to 900 yards all summer just like the 6.5-06 and when I’m elk hunting my ranges are from in your lap to as far as the eye can see. What do you guys think
     
  2. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    A big 300 or 338.
     
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    WeiserBucks Well-Known Member

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    300 Norma
     
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  4. jraulsten

    jraulsten Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    +1 on the 300 Norma!
     
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    Axl Well-Known Member

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    300 Winchester... there is always next off season to build another!
     
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  6. laker

    laker Well-Known Member

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    Should probably change it to it will be targets at 900 but elk would be 500-600 at most
     
  7. stwcattle

    stwcattle Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for 300NM
     
  8. ruby76

    ruby76 Well-Known Member

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    338 Sherman short mag, to be different, will extend your range quite a bit further just in case.
     
  9. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    .28 Nosler or 7mm STW pushing Berger 195's.
     
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  10. Ksduckhntr

    Ksduckhntr Well-Known Member

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    300 wsm is what I am building to do just what you are describing
     
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  11. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    For a build do you have an existing donor action?

    Coming down to the wire for a build this season.
     
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    28 Nosler gets my vote. Have it throated for the 195's and et voila! I would be sure to get a Wyatts box so you get a longer COAL.
     
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    Dpmj Well-Known Member

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    If it shoots a .308 bullet and has magnum in its name how could you go wrong. Just my thought
     
  14. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Any of the 300's from the wsm on up. I shoot a lot and I do mean a lot of 300wm and 300 Rum and like them both.

    With your application though let me throwin a ringer, take a hard look at the .375 Ruger.

    I have two of them now and to be honest I'd rather shoot my Custom Model 70 in .375 Ruger than just about any of the rest with perhaps the exception of my 7mm STW's.

    I've killed boars over 500lbs with it running away and watched a 250gr bullet hit them just below the anus splitting the pelvis an put a half inch exit hole through the chest.

    There isn't an animal on earth that can run more than a few feet after taking a round like that.

    Surprisingly the recoil is entirely manageable even with 300gr bullets.