Best hunting rifle/caliber

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  1. hdz805

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    Looking for the “best” hunting rifle/round
    Want it to do all from pigs to elk, I love my 45-70 but wouldn’t want to go further than 150 yards with it
    Let’s hear all the options :)
    300winmag?
    7mm?
    ???
     
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    I am a big fan of 6.5 creedmoor! If you are a damn good shot it should be able to take down what you are looking to go after.
     
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    7 mag or 28 nosler if your a reloader!
     
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    I was thinking of a 7MM
    But which model or brand would you consider
     
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    300 Win Mag baby baby!
     
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    30:06
    You’re welcome.
     
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    Of course, it depends on what you want to kill. On a Montana elk hunt (expected range, 200 - 300 yards), I brought a 270 and 300 win mag. At my guide's strong recommendation, I opted for the 270. The first shot, at about 250 yards, stopped it, but didn't drop it. While butchering the animal, I found that the bullet had entered from the front, crossed diagonally, and after passing through 4 feet of elk (but no bone), the bullet was stopped just under the elk's hide, on its far rear side. I suspect the second shot was not necessary, but it did drop. That shot was through and through. Nosler partions, 165 grain as I recall. In the opinion of my guide (who was employed by my friend as "game manager" on his 44,000 ACRE ranch, ironically with almost no hunting pressure -- I was the only one invited to hunt that year, and no one hunted in the two years before; In three days of hunting, I probably saw more trophy bulls that the typical public land hunter sees in a lifetime), a 300 win mag was overkill for that game. We knew that grizzlys are common in that area, and that butchering the animal envolved some risk. As I butchered the animal, my guide stood watch with a 270, even though my 300 was available. His thinking is that the second shot is easier to get off quickly and accurately with a 270 than a 300 (all bolts).
     
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    .30-06. mine has never had a pig(42 and counting), deer(15+), elk(3), moose(2), bear(1) escape if hit.
     
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    30-06. Manageable recoil, readily available ammo, versatile bullet choices, and in every rifle option ever made.

    As for make/model, knowing your budget would help, but assuming a standard $500-1200 budget for the rifle alone, here are some ideas. I’m a Winchester M70 guy primarily. You can’t go wrong there. Remington 700’s are the other standard, but their cost cutting measures have dramatically reduced quality in recent years. I’ve read that several retailers won’t even carry them anymore. I just bought a 700 SA action for a custom gun build and it was really rough. I don’t really care because it’s going to be completely worked over, but held next to a M70, there’s no comparison. The 700 is a POS!

    Other quality production rifles to look at would be a Ruger Hawkeye, CZ, Tikka, Kimber, Browning. Stay away from the sub $500 plastic entry level guns and avoid kit scopes. Save your money for a good scope. Spend at least another $300+ there. Do it right the first time and you’ll have a rifle you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
     
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    .338 Winchester magnum but pretty good recoil. 30-06 then .308.
     
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    TC Encore Pro Hunter

    .270, 30-06, 35 Whelen or 300wm

    All great calibers and will kill anything from Mexico to Alaska :cheers:
     
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    I chose the .270W for flat shooting and a wide range of projectiles and energy. In Alaska, I would step up to a 300Winmag for brownies and moose.
     
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    Get a 30-06. As time goes on ammo is going to get harder and harder to get and more expensive every year. The 30-06 will always be around and at a lower cost than most other rounds. If you do any reloading you will find that the cases, dies and bullets are more available than almost any other caliber. People have been using it to hunt for over 100 years with very good results.
     
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    If you love your 45/70, you’re not recoil sensitive, so I’d go with a magnum of some sort if you plan on hunting elk. Not saying a well placed shot from a lighter cartridge won’t do the job, but what if an elk is standing broadside just outside of .270 or 30/06 range. Do you do the right thing and let it walk, or fling a 150 grain pill and hope it has enough energy to make it to a vital? Now say you have a 300 mag or something similar, that added energy makes that shot more humane and justifiable. A .270 with the right bullet at reasonable range is plenty. Just know the effective range and don’t shoot past it. A well placed shot with a .270 is better than a poor shot with a .338 RUM.
     
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    7mm Remington Magnum!
     
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    There is no animal in North America that can not be humanely put down with a 270..... They shoot flat and don't kick like a 30-06....
     
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    375h&h one workd one gun or some crap like that. 5.56 is pretty good too. Might want to uograde to a 5.57 or even the 5.58.

    No such thing as what's the best cartridge. If you are going to do all kinds of hunting your gun will not be the most expensive thing. Get a few guns and use them

    Oh and dear God 6.5cm for elk...lol
     
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    If i could only have one...30/06.....period.
     
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    Hunted rabbits,coyotes,javalina,deer elk and pigs, never lost one. 270 Win. is the ticket.
     

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