What caliber for the old Man ?

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by reloaderlen, Sep 8, 2018.


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  1. yobuck

    yobuck Well-Known Member

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    Im 83, and this would get my vote, might pay to ask what his is. If he isn't complaining don't do it for him.
    Also consider using a lighter bullet in the gun.
    Some of the ones recommended would have similar recoil to a 7 mag anyway.
     
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  2. mtnman5280

    mtnman5280 Well-Known Member

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    Looks like you've got plenty of good suggestions, but being a quarter-bore fan I'd lean toward the 25/06 or Roberts. But I'm playing around with a 25/285 I recently had built and am loving it!
     
  3. Sbrien777

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    Second the 6.5 CM!
     
  4. Fatbikefrank

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    Happy to hear he found something he's excited about! I'm not too old but I've got high mileage. Been looking at the Tikka t3x in 7mm08. I'm glad you started this thread. Recoil and light weight are attractive to me. I've gotten some different opinions and I'm not getting any younger! Nobody's convinced me that I shouldn't have a new 7mm08. I hunt here in Maine and most of it is under 200 yards. I'm sure it would be all I need. Some folks are hunting elk with them. Good luck with the upcoming season and thanks for the ideas!
     
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    Turnbolt53 Active Member

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  6. Turnbolt53

    Turnbolt53 Active Member

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    Since it has a brake, I am guessing he bought a Mountain Ascent in 280AI (not 280Rem).
     
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  7. the hunter

    the hunter Well-Known Member

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    .308 win.
     
  8. Don A Parsons

    Don A Parsons Well-Known Member

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    Nice light 308,,, my 76 year young pal has been Harvesting Elk and Moose with one since 1964 when he bought it new...

    Old semi auto Remington
     
  9. TX Badger

    TX Badger Well-Known Member

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    With the new high bc .257 bullets out there, I think this is the ultimate light recoil deer caliber. Anything from 25x47 - 257 Weatherby depending on the length of your shots. I'd go 25 cm or 25x284 because I reload and want to use lapua brass.
     
  10. Hoss50

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    Old round for an old man. 6.5x55 Swedish.

    Or 25-05, 257 Robert's, 243.

    I love my 6.5x55's. It did well for my hunting buddy and I last year on some mulies.
     
  11. kvw4x4

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    id say a 6.5 creedmoor or a 270
     
  12. SMK1000plus

    SMK1000plus Well-Known Member

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    7mm-08 Rem is a great round! Plenty capable of taking large bull elk easily to 300 yards with the right bullet. For elk, I like .284/7mm Hammer, 131gr Hammer Hunter or, for inside 200 yards, the 160gr Sledge Hammer. For deer, the 131gr Hammer Hunter is devastating! Both of these bullets work well in 1 in 9.5" twist barrels.

    As for the Tikka T3x, if you get one, you will fall in love with it! I have one in 30-06. I know that I love mine. Gonna buy more of them! :D