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Old 12-30-2002, 10:13 AM
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Trying to decide on another rifle and was looking at the pros and cons of these two popular cartridges. Would probably use on whitetails but want it to be able to pull double duty on yotes until I can get a 223. Any comparisons would be welcome. Some of the other choices I have had in mind was 6.5x55 and 7/08 but felt they were to obsolete to be practical because I don't reload. All inputs are appreciated.
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Old 12-30-2002, 10:51 AM
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i have yet to find an obselete cartidge. they simply must be used for there purpose. the 6.5x55 i hear is a good cartridge but ive never looked to see if anyone have ammo for it. the 7mm-08 seems to be every where i look and seems like a good choice, though a .308 would also be a good choice. the 25-06 will perform for you as well and ammo is around for that as well. the .243 would also fit the bill

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Old 12-30-2002, 04:58 PM
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First of all, let me reassure you that neither the 6.5x55 nor the 7mm-08 are anywhere near obsolete. They are two of the finest cartridges available for deer size game.

Now on to your question. I'd would say that for dual-purpose usage such as you imply, the .260 Rem would be my pick hands down. It is light-recoiling so you can get lots of practice, and it will take whitetails cleanly to as far out as you would want to shoot one. There is a good selection of 6.5mm bullets available if you do take up handloading, and it is capable of wonderful accuracy.

The .280 Rem is also great, but while it is an excellent whitetail cartridge, it may be a bit much for coyotes. You will also notice more recoil with this round.

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Old 12-30-2002, 05:29 PM
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the 260rem would be a better round for deer and yotes. smaller bullet and light to nothing recoil.good out to 250yds.( depending on what you hunt

as for the 280rem bigger bullets. more recoil and good as far as you can shoot.

also you will find more companies have guns in the 280rem selection compared to the 260rem.

i would of bought a 260rem in a heartbeat if browning still made them in their line.

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Old 12-31-2002, 08:31 AM
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I have both calibers and if you only want it for deer and varmints I would use the .260 also,less recoil...<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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