What caliber for the old Man ?

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  1. reloaderlen

    reloaderlen Well-Known Member

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    Well We have a older gentleman on our lease who once could stack the whitetail up every year and do some fine shooting at the 4 to 500 yard range . He is now in his late 70’s and can’t quite shoot the 7mag he packs very well any more. So the guy’s and I have decided to purchase him something more recoil friendly and gift it to him just before season opens. We still want a caliber able to make a clean kill at 3 to 400 yards .
    The calibers we have come up with is
    6mm ,243,25-06 . What is your thoughts gentleman?
     
  2. Country Bumpkin

    Country Bumpkin Well-Known Member

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    Seems like any of those would accomplish that goal. I like the 25.06 of those you have listed. Also like the 6.5’s. Does your friend hand load or shoot factory?
     
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  3. reloaderlen

    reloaderlen Well-Known Member

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    He use to hand load but he stopped about 6 years ago and passed down his equipment to me . So yes you could say he does in a round about way lol
     
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  4. RockyMtnMT

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    I am packing a Ruger American in 6 creed this year for high mountain backpack hunting muleys. I am running our 88g Hammer Hunter at 3330fps. I am effective beyond 500y with this and recoil is very light. I am pretty happy with my light weight set up.

    Steve
     
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  5. Country Bumpkin

    Country Bumpkin Well-Known Member

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    I think he’s on to something. I have a Ruger American in 6.5 cm, shooting factory Hornady ELD-X in less than an inch, easily a 500 yd rifle that’s nice to carry.
     
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  6. Pulpwood

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    I would highly recommend a Winchester model 70 sporter in a 25-06 , I recently bought one and put a leupold vx-6 3x18x50 sf
     
  7. Pulpwood

    Pulpwood Well-Known Member

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    I think I paid 822.00 for it new
     
  8. cohunt

    cohunt Well-Known Member

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    270 win is a pretty classic caliber that's very capable --just ask jack
     
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  9. Pulpwood

    Pulpwood Well-Known Member

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    Cohunt you are right the 270 is a assume round that is why I have a couple of them but the 25-06 is a sweet whitetail round Most everyone that shoots them just praises them for white tails
     
  10. reloaderlen

    reloaderlen Well-Known Member

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    Yes the 270 is a Fabulous round
    But it’s not about what is the best but what is good yet recoil friendly for a man pushing 80 and moves real slow . Not the Bob Hope playing golf at 80 type but pushing back the recliner type and walks with a cane. My 270’s slightly hurt .
     
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  11. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

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    .270 Win or .257 Weatherby. For even less recoil consider the 7/08. That might appeal to a guy who's 7mm in the core, and at least in my mind is probably the most for the least.
     
  12. cohunt

    cohunt Well-Known Member

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    Good recoil pad helps a ton, and if necessary even a brake (though some people despise them)
     
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  13. Pulpwood

    Pulpwood Well-Known Member

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    Correction (awesome) my phone has a mind of its own
     
  14. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    6.5 CM. Available ammo and real easy on the shoulder. Another choice would be the 243.