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Which caliber? Custom timber rifle for elk/deer

Old 01-09-2003, 10:04 AM
Typical Buck
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Default RE: Which caliber? Custom timber rifle for elk/deer

I think I could handle the recoil of an 8mm wildcat based on a short magnum case, but I would rather spend the money on the custom rifle rather than the custom dies.

I can get a Jewell trigger and three-position safety bought and installed for less than the cost of custom reamer and dies.

Another consideration is that I want to be able to use 220gr bullets in this rifle every once in a while, and no one could guarantee me that the long bullet would work well in the short case.

Lastly, my Mauser action is full-length anyway, so I would get no benefits from a short-action cartridge.

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Old 01-09-2003, 08:24 PM
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Default RE: Which caliber? Custom timber rifle for elk/deer

Obviously I am also biased in favor of the 8mm/06. The dies for this wildcat are not that expensive. The brass is obtainable just by shooting your own 30/06 (if you have one) and new unfired or once fired 30/06 is a good deal as I'm sure you know. If you begin with a military mauser in 8X57 with a good bore, you can just have it reamed to the new chamber. And by the way, there are some decent recipies for 220 grain balls in the 8mm/06 load that will travel at around 2200 to 2400 fps, but the 170 grain and 200 grainers are probably better choices.
There are cheaper ways to go...............but its your money so get what you want.

Edited by - 8mm/06 on 01/09/2003 20:26:08
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