Best hunting rifle/caliber

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  1. MJB

    MJB I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I'm in the 270 camp as well

    But I'm looking at the 6.5-300 wby for the 500yd with copper loads.
     
  2. eric harner

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    270 has taken more Elk in north america than any other caliber remember shot placement is critical. I'm talking 300-400 yds of course...
     
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    I'd throw in the 6.5 Swede, but if you don't reload, the factory ammo out there is often toned down so that it doesn't blow up older milsurp rifles. Otherwise, it shoots flat and retains velocity (and energy) very well over distance.
     
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    One major thing to look into if you don't plan on reloading is if your a ca hunter is availability and price of copper ammo. With that being said I would suggest a .308 or 30-06. I owned a 7mm Weatherby mag that was passed on to me and I love it but ammo is to expensive to shoot.
     
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    .270 best for my needs.
     
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    now thats funny...but rings true.....
     
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    Eric where did you get that data? I find that interesting...not shot placement which is a given but the caliber info...

    I am willing to bet that the 30/06 has taken way more elk that the 270......
     
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    I was in Missoula Montana on business I visited the Boone & Crockett Museum while I was there. There was an article I read that stated the 270 had taken more Elk in the USA than any other round. I was not surprised as that is what I have taken all my Elk with other than 50cal black powder.
     
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    IMO the Boone and Crockett is like the IGFA......small club concentrating on records and guided hunts....I'm still willing to make the bet....
     
  11. eric harner

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    How could we confirm ? Hell I'm repeating something I read. It would be interesting to find solid evidence.. We could both be wrong LOL
     
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    I agree we could both be wrong... I base my opinion on also on a article I read and the fact that the 30/06 has been in use for big game hunting in North America for over a 100 years ...just like more tuna have been caught with Penn Senators than Okuma Makarias just because they have been in use for so long ...I will try to find the article which was listing the most popular elk guns where it stated that the 30/06 had probably killed more elk that all the others put together.....
     
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    The one YOU can shoot well is the one you want. Nobody should make that call for you. With the great selection of bullets that are out now, there are a number of rounds that will work well. Most will want to talk about the sexy new calibers but the venerable 30.06, .270 and similar will all do the job in the range you specify. Magnum calibers are great for longer distances but not necessary at the range you are describing. Plus, they do come at a price and that is recoil. Now if I were into long range I myself would probably load the 28 Nosler. The ballistics on that round are pretty impressive. My Grandfather used a Winchester M70 in.270 for everything and he was the best hunter I have ever known.

    My .02
     
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    I recommend Kimber Mountain Ascent .308. It is pretty accurate at various distances.
     
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    Google that and Chuck Hawks, he breaks it all down.
     
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    243 on up just pick one none are better than the other for the average Joe shooting within 300 yards.
     
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    270 is imho a great round. As far as rifles go, I would look for a used Sako and spend as much money as possible on a quality scope. I spent 3 times as much on my glass as I did my rifle and am very happy.
     
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    It's what ever your comfortable shooting... for me I love shooting my 180grain barnesttsx handloads in 300winmag... my other hunting rifle I use is a 6.8spc ar with 130 grain Barnes ttsx
     
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    Last time I did some research I was between a 7mm and 300 WSM (don’t ask me why a 300 Win Mag isn’t better). I was looking for the longest shot and lowest drop. 308s are consistent, I just thought if I made an error I wouldn’t be as far off. Of course then you have to buy the right bullet. I use to watch best of the west on tv and you can see videos still ...google “how to shoot beyond belief”. I wanted to shoot bear so I’m still undecided. Just hunt with a crossbow and CA sucks unless you hunt near a golf course.
     
  20. hdz805

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    I went with a 26” .300 Remington ultra mag and a .300 WSM
     
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