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Old 10-29-2005, 07:20 PM   #1
 
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Default Good long-range deer calibers.

What are some long-range flat shooting calibers with a good amount of knockdown power?. I know .270, 30-06 and the likes, what are some others? I'm gonna buy a deer rifle sometime so I can stop mooching of my grandpa. I want a gun that I can use for everything from deer on up. So far I've heard most of the 300's, 30-06 and .243. I'm not a big fan of the .243, my friends hunt with them and it always seems like it takes multiple shots or lots of tracking to get them. I want something with more power than that, recoil isn't a big factor.
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Old 10-29-2005, 07:35 PM   #2
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I'm not a big fan of the .243, my friends hunt with them and it always seems like it takes multiple shots or lots of tracking to get them. I want something with more power than that,
It's not the cartridge that is causing the animal to be shot multiple times or needing to track the deer. Remember that more power is not a cure for bad shooting.

Long range deer calibers would include..... .243 Winchester; 6mm Remington; 25-06; 257 Roberts; 257 Wea mag; .270 Winchester, WSM, & Wea. mag; 280 Remington; all the 7mm magnums; all of the 300's,
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25-06.............270 WSM....243 WSSM...........257WSSM
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Old 10-29-2005, 07:52 PM   #4
 
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When I get a rifle my dad and grandpa are gonna pitch in and make it kind of a birthday present or something that I pay for most of. I was thinking about a Benelli R1 Comfortech in .300 WM but my grandpa has real strong feelings that I should get a 30-06. Theres nothing wrong with the -06 but the .300 has been recommended to me much more as a all-around cartridge. I've heard that "The 30-06 is good for everything but perfect for nothing." I don't wanna get a .300 and make my grandpa mad or seomthing and have him pull out his money.What are your thoughts?
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Old 10-29-2005, 08:01 PM   #5
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If you can't do it with a 30-06 then a 300 aint gonna do you any better.

I certainly would not reccomend a Benelli R1 for a first rifle. There is a lot of maintenace that goes with a gas operated semi auto rifle and semi autos are mush more prone to malfunction than a good bolt action.

A good bolt action rifle will serve you far better than a semi auto for a first rifle. They are simple to operate, ultra reliable, easy to maintain, and generally more accurate.

Honestly a 30-06, 280 or .270 would make a much better first rifle than would a 300.
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I like the Winchester Featherweight, and A-Bolts, sound better?
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Bigbulls has some good advice here. Get a remington 700, savage 111, winchester model 70, or a stevens in a 30-06. The 06 is a fine cartrige for elk, moose, deer and anything else your skilled enough to hit.
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If you can't do it with a 30-06 then a 300 aint gonna do you any better.

I certainly would not reccomend a Benelli R1 for a first rifle. There is a lot of maintenace that goes with a gas operated semi auto rifle and semi autos are mush more prone to malfunction than a good bolt action.

A good bolt action rifle will serve you far better than a semi auto for a first rifle. They are simple to operate, ultra reliable, easy to maintain, and generally more accurate.

Honestly a 30-06, 280 or .270 would make a much better first rifle than would a 300.
ditto i would definately recommend the 06. especially as a first centerfire. i also agree with the bolt gun idea. you will learn to shoot better with it if you know you'll only get one shot. not a whole clip.
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Old 10-29-2005, 08:19 PM   #9
 
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What about the WSMs? The WSSMs havent really caught on I heard they don't cycle reliably but 270 WSM seems to be very popular. I like it's ballistics too.
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Old 10-29-2005, 08:45 PM   #10
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If larger game is a possibility,I would go with the 7mmremmag myself.Flatter shooting than a 30-06 but with similar recoil.If it is strictly a deer rifle the 25-06 shoots flatter than the 30-06 and offers very mild recoil.
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