What cartridge for NOT long range (300 yards and in ) whitetails?

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  1. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Well-Known Member

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    If you did not have a deer rifle (maybe a very rare hunting of a black bear) and wanted to buy one for 300 yard shots and in, which cartridge rifle would you be buying?
     
  2. MAGA

    MAGA Well-Known Member

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    308
     
  3. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    Lots of choices for sure, but my favorite would be something in 6.5 or 308.
     
  4. jpfrog

    jpfrog Well-Known Member

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    .270 Winchester or .30-06 is what I'd be looking at...in fact, about 13 years ago, it is the exact scenario I was looking for an answer to and I ended up with a .270 Winchester.
     
  5. bkillion28

    bkillion28 Well-Known Member

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    7mm rem mag if going long action or 260 remington if going short, 6.5 cm would work to
     
  6. Deputy819

    Deputy819 Well-Known Member

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    7mm-08?
     
  7. Jerry M

    Jerry M Well-Known Member

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    As stated above .30-06 or .270 Winchester. Black bears can get very large, the record kills are 600-700 pounds. That's a lot of animal to shoot at 27 minutes after sun down at 30 yards with a 6.5....
    I've killed zebra and Blue Wildebeest with .30-06, 180 gr Nosler Partitions. My Black Bear (no record here) I shot with 130 gr Winchester power Point out of a .270 Winchester. I shot two Caribou with a .308 Winchester using 165 gr Speer SPBT, but for their size they died very easy. All one shot kills, except the second Caribou which needed a finishing shot.

    Shot deer with .30-06, .270 Win and .308 Win. All very effective.

    Good Luck

    Jerry
     
  8. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    My choice would be a 338 Federal. Hand loaded ammo using Hammer 186 gr Sledge Hammer bullets should work well.
     
  9. djm670

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    My choice would be 6.5 Creedmor, .260 Remington, 6 mm Remington or 6 mm Creedmoor. A 7mm-08 would work equally well.

    I doubt that bear killed with the 130 grain .270 would have died any slower if he had been shot in the same place with a 140 grain 6.5 Creedmoor or .260 remington.

    Less recoil ... more fun shooting...
     
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  10. Hand Skills

    Hand Skills Well-Known Member

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    .358 win

    Honourable mention, 338Fed, but long bullets don't pair well with a short case. Heard it's amazing with 160-180gr monos, but have no personal experience.

    A 225gr .358 bullet doesn't crowd the powder column, and lands with authority disproportionate to the .308 case size.
     
  11. adam32

    adam32 Well-Known Member

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    22-243 with a fast twist barrel and a 80+gr all copper bullet...
     
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  12. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    7mm-08, .308 Win, or .260 AI gets my vote.

    If .308 or .260 Rem, then a Rem 700 5R Milspec GenII gets my vote. I wish they offered them in 7mm-08.

    https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/42432/Remington+Firearms+85201+700+5-R+Gen+2+Bolt+308+Winchester/7.62+NATO+24+4+1+Sy

    https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog...ucts_id/719010011/REM+700+SS+5R+260+24TB+MZ+4

    https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog...cts_id/10673/Browning+XBLT+HELLS+CANYON+7MM08
     
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  13. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    6.5 CM, 308, 270, 30-06........Any one would do the job well.
     
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  14. KyCarl

    KyCarl Well-Known Member

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    I would think a .308 or 30-06 even a 7MM RM would all get it done nicely.
    Thinking of a possible bear caused me to up the power a tad?