Hunting ammo and rifle question

Discussion in 'The Hunting & Fishing Forum' started by Greg, Aug 1, 2004.

  1. IShootBack

    IShootBack Active Member

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    Well Greg, it depends on yer he-manlieness.

    Some would want a 300 mag, but others could not handle it well enough because of the recoil and associated flinching issues.

    Some would go with a versitle round that you can load for varmits and big game AKA 30-06 or .270.

    Some men would use a sharp stick (I'm talkin archery, not spears), and I also bow hunt.

    I would go with an '06 or 270 for all of the reasons stated by others. Plus for me, I could afford to shoot more and practice more because the ammo is much more affordable than other suitable calibers.

    Thanks for your question. It generated a good debate.

    ISB
  2. Salvage33

    Salvage33 New Member

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    I have to go along with the '06. And I stay away from belted magnums like they were the plague. Two reasons...recoil and cost of ammo. The '06 has been around for 100 years, commercially loaded ammo in a large variety of bullet weights/types is readily available, and it has proven the test of time.

    As for the rifle...Savage builds a good one. So does Winchester, Remington, Sako, CZ, Howa, etc. Find the one that feels good to you. Weight, LOP, action smoothness, etc. And don't scrimp on the optics. Get a good sling, and if you are going to shoot it a lot...a recoil pad is a MUST!

    John
  3. stash247

    stash247 New Member

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    I really like the .375H&H cartridge; .30-06 Ballistics, with a lot more bullet/energy.
    You likely have no idea how much work it takes, to find a load that 5 rifles all like; I did not, when I started. Be that as it may,when push comes to shove, nobody's gonna say "too much gun", only, nice Buck!
    Shoot the biggest you can RELIABLY handle, every day, every hunt.
    You'll never come up short, on power, and will likely learn a lot about anatomy, as well!
    The icing on the cake is the time when, being patient enough for the "stars to align", you kill 2, or even 3, game animals with one bullet!
    For those of you, who are recoil sensative, an apology, in advance. For the rest of us,who know that "this will hurt a bit, once", Use all you can handle, and leave the rest, at home!
  4. Indian Creek 1

    Indian Creek 1 Member

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    I would have to go along with CountryGunsmith on this one. After over 50 years of hunting I have come to love a caliber that is older than I am. The 35 Whelen can just about do it all from varmits to a lot of the large african game. altho ammo may not be as easy to find as the 30-06 , a handloader has a choice of bullet weights from 150 gr.to 300 gr. in jacketed bullets and an even broader choice in cast bullets. I pick the 35 whelen.
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