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Old 12-07-2005, 12:24 PM
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Honestly a 30-06, 280 or .270 would make a much better first rifle than would a 300.
My first rifle was a .270 and hated that thing with a passion! if i had to do over again it would be a .308 or .300. I like the 30 calibers.
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Old 12-08-2005, 11:51 AM
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Why didn't you like the .270?
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Old 12-08-2005, 12:38 PM
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Its most likely just personel preference because there is certainly nothing wrong with the 270 as a long range hunting rifle.
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Old 12-08-2005, 01:04 PM
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I have shot deer with a .243, .270, 30.06, 308 Norma Mag, .338 Win mag loaded down and 44 mag pistol they all have there vurtues. If we are talking 300 plus yards on a consistant basis then a magnum is the way to go if you have an 3006 then i recommend a .338 becuase .300 doesn't give you much of an edge over the 06'. I don't care for the 7MM'sbut some folks swear by them my opion is if i were to buy a magnum for all it would be a .338 or .375 H & H. The .338 has better bullet selection and better ballistics than the .375 but if grizzlies are on your plate I want more thump. if we are talking deer, elk moose,caribou the .338 is plenty.

For standard standard calibers .308, .270, .280 and 06 with the 3006 obviouslly being the most versital. I like the .270 on deer it's vicsious when placed correctly on the shoulder alomost too much meat loss. The .243 is a little light by my experience you often have to chase them some when hit. The .280 is a good balance or 7mm-08 is a great choice with moderate recoil.
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Old 12-12-2005, 07:39 PM
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Wow has there been a lot of posts on this subject. i firmly beleive the caliber most people like is the one they grow up with and feel comnfortable shooting. i started with a 30-30, moved on to a 30-06, switched to a .243, then to a 6.5x55, on to a .308, jumped up to a .338 WM, went even further for the hell of it to a .416 taylor, came back to my senses with a .280 ackley improved and recently have been hunting with a 45-70. Used them all for deer and had the same result, venison on the table. Why did i play around with so many rounds? Because the experts kept suggesting different rounds. To be honest I am still very confortable with the 30-06 simply because i used it for 10 years and it was the first one I bought with my own money. I reloaded hundreds of rounds until i found what i liked and it works great on deer, elk and black bears. Even shot s few chucks with it using those old accelerator rounds. One thin about the 06 is you can always find ammo or borrow some from someone at camp in a pinch (provided you sight in with it). You can load them hot or low recoil and there are a tremendous amount of different loads available commercially. Whatever you get, practice a lot and feel confortable with the gun. there is nothing worse then deer hunters shooting their guns only during deer season. You will never become proficient like that. In case your wondering why I now shoot a 45-70, I have the Marlin 1895 guide gun and it is a pleasure to shoot and lightening quick in the cedar bogs I hunt. It is not a gun I would suggest for new hunters but it is a fun round to hunt with. When I am out in open areas like fields or western mountains I still grab the 30-06 (Remington mountain rifle) or the 280 Ackley improved.

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Old 12-22-2008, 07:54 PM
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Get a 270 WSM. They have a lot of knock down power, they're long range and flat shooting, it would be perfect for what you said you needed. And if you want a 300 I would go with a ultramag or wea. mag.

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Old 12-22-2008, 08:27 PM
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Based on the original poster's young age and smaller stature I would recommend either a .270 or 7mm08. If you are going to only hunt deer with it then the .25-06 would also be a great choice and easier to shoot well than the .270.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:54 PM
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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?
Congrats on the R1, it looks like a sweet rifle. Why not find a happy medium and get a 7mm Rem Mag?
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:25 AM
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Get a 270 WSM. They have a lot of knock down power, they're long range and flat shooting, it would be perfect for what you said you needed. And if you want a 300 I would go with a ultramag or wea. mag.

Lately I have got to see what the 270 wsm does to animals. Total devestation, I cant believe the amount of trauma. 2 weeks ago I saw a 90 lb pig hit in the spine, It scalped it , blew a 6 inch hole and blew the guts out the bottom, still dont know how that happened.
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:42 PM
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y opinion i think the 06 is the way to go.. i am 16 and shot my firsat deer last year with my 06 ad i only weigh 125 lbs.. i am no tworried about the kick and my gun is a bolt action which usually kicks more.. the kisk is fine.. just adds to the fun and wit an 06 chances are that the deer wont run when its shot.. my first deer (a big doe) shot with my bolt action 06 ( i only had 1 shell in the gun) dropped on the spot when i shot it.. it didnt take one step.. if you dont wanna track a deer after you shoot it use an 06.. it isnt really over kill if you soot it in the right spot.. its a great gun i recomend an 06 for a first gun
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