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Old 10-06-2003, 03:06 PM
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i' m going to be shooting open fields and some woods but the fields will be some pretty long distances i' m wanting a gun with some knockdown and is pretty flat shooting right now i have a 30-06 shooting a 180gr bullet which has great knock down form 200 and in and i have a sako 243 which i never use for anything because i' m affraid it don' t have enough knockdown for deer sized animal what is you guys oppinion on the gun that fitts me.
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Old 10-06-2003, 03:49 PM
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Hi DH. You are silently crying out for a 7mmSTW.
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Old 10-06-2003, 03:56 PM
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Or a 7mm Rem.magnum!
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Old 10-06-2003, 04:07 PM
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I would look at a 7mm mag, maybe an STW. A .270 shoot flatter than an 06, but it sounds like you are in the market for something bigger than that. If mone isn' t an object, look at the weatherby 30-378, or a .308 warbird. Only if you reload though.
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Old 10-06-2003, 05:30 PM
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21 I must be drunk because I am about to advise you NOT to get a new gun unless thats just realy what you are wanting to do. For TN whitetail (and anyother whitetail this side of a 400# Kansas giant) the 06 is MORE than capable of taking them to 400yds if you are. The 180 is really just a hamper on deer and doesnt allow the cartridge to " stretch its legs" , save the 180s for elk and try something lighter. If you tried something like the 150 BTSP Hornady Light Mag (I assuming you have at least a 22" barrel and its a bolt gun), you would be EASILY prepared for any TN deer inside of 350 yds easily and farther if you are prepared and have enough scope. A 7mag is PERFECT, but for someone that already has a " standard deer gun" (25-06-30/06) there just isnt enough difference IMO. I personally think you need to go up to at least a 300 RUM to notice any appreciable difference over what you' ve got now. And dont write off the 243 either. With the right loads and a keen triggerfinger, I' ve seen 243s DUMP deer at 300+ yds when hit in the neck. For broadside shots, I would keep the 243 under 250. In the hands of a competent triggerman, both loaded fast and light, the 06 and 7mag are no different inside of 400yds. 150 Ballistic Tip Federal Premiums are a great 06 load as well.

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LOL just remember you got that advice from a man who shoots a Warbird at TN whitetails. But I had over 10 years and probably 75+ dead deer stories with an old 30-06 (and many years and probably over 20 deer with a 7mag likewise). If your gonna switch make it a BIG switch!
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Old 10-06-2003, 09:22 PM
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I' m with RedAlison on this one....learn to appreciate that .30-06
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Old 10-06-2003, 10:08 PM
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300 Wby. Mag. Good luck.
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Old 10-06-2003, 11:22 PM
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I killed a big mule deer with my 06 at 425 yards. It went about ten yards and dropped. If buying something, a 270 0r 280 will give you the performance your looking for without the shattered ear drums and recoil of the Magnums.
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Old 10-07-2003, 03:32 AM
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u need to get urself a 35whelen
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