What Is The Best Hunting Cartridge To 500 yds.

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Double BC, Nov 6, 2019.


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  1. John Polk

    John Polk Well-Known Member

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    Nosler is bringing out a 175 gr. Accubond LR which should cover the heavy bullet requirements. That makes the .270 very viable against anything but dangerous game.
     
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  2. Thescandinavian

    Thescandinavian Well-Known Member

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    I would say 30-06 and maybe in AI configuration. Good selection of bullets, easy available brass and ago, better wounding than the smaller calibers without producing unmanageable recoil.
    I don't have one and mainly because it's too mainstream.
     
  3. stljc2

    stljc2 Well-Known Member

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    My 308 was also easy to work up
     

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  4. zb338

    zb338 Well-Known Member

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    I don't think cartridges like the Creed have the power to be viable out
    at 500 yards. I would rather be using .300 short magnum and up.

    Zeke
     
  5. Bro Dave

    Bro Dave Well-Known Member

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    Your my hero. Knowing your limits and readily sticking to them is the key to success regardless of rifle. 500 is a long way under most hunting conditions which are generally less than perfect. All suggestions have been good but I personally like the 30-06 and 7mm/08 approach because of the versatility. If I could only own one rifle it would be an 06.
     
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  6. Gone Ballistic

    Gone Ballistic Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    If you are looking for something that is flat shooting and ammo is readily available in many variants of bullet weight then, the Remington 7mm Magnum is hard to beat. If recoil bothers you, either add a muzzle break or suppressor and you will be good to go, after you put a good scope on it. Others will argue but, I own and have hunted with rifles of almost every caliber and for me, on large game, it's hard to beat for the reasons I gave you. Availability, shooting, quick killing are what makes a great all-around hunting rifle and this one does the job well.
     
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  7. Gone Ballistic

    Gone Ballistic Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Wrong! I just took an elk at 878 yards with my 6.5 Creedmoor with a 140 grain Nosler 3 days ago. One shot kill and he folded up in a heap!
     
  8. John Klingenberg

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    How did the taxidermist mount the mouse? Was is it in full rut ,a posed mount? You should share pics.
     
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  9. rbTanzan

    rbTanzan Well-Known Member

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    I'm torn between a 270Win in a lightweight rifle like a Tikka for easy carry (especially if limited to deer), (yes, the 7mmRM would work, too)
    or a 300 PRC for medium-heavy bullets, keeping velocity up to 3000fps+,
    or if including elk, then maybe a 338WM or 338PRC when available, or 33Nosler.

    The 338's only need a 10" twist to use the 213gnHH at 3000fps and +. The Barnes 250LRX has a .602 BC, but the 338WM would only push it at 2700fps. The 213HH at 2950fps in a 338WM would have same wind drifts out to 500 yards, literally, but would drop considerably less (-16" vs -21" at 400yards using +2" 100yd sight-in.)
    The 270 and 300 would also work in 10" twist, but an 8" twist in 270 would allow the 156gnHH.
     
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  10. John Polk

    John Polk Well-Known Member

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    You are a superb shot and very lucky. One gust of wind would have blown your bullet right into its guts and you'd have a disaster on your hands.
     
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  11. Sanford338

    Sanford338 Active Member

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    I fully concur! 257 Wby hard to beat, fun to shoot, recoil is minimum. Love shooting my MK5 RC... deadly accurate!
     
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  12. Wyomingmike

    Wyomingmike Active Member

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    Whatever you shoot the best, pretty simple since there are many calibers to do this with
     
  13. Lee Goodwin

    Lee Goodwin Well-Known Member

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    300 WM
    180 grain bullet MV 2900 fps
    @500 yards
    2000 fps
    1600+ energy
    That would be a good hunt load I think.

    Then get 300 WM in a Nosler mountain carbine, proof carbon wrap barrel. 6 lb?
    3x9 or 4x12 scope will do. Fun!
     
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  14. Dog Rocket

    Dog Rocket Well-Known Member

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    In that post I was referring to bore size in the first sentence.

    I know the short action cartridges will probably get it done, but for 500 I would prefer a bit more horsepower. To my thinking the '06 case holds the perfect amount of powder for hunting to 500 yards.
     
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