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Old 01-15-2020, 09:23 AM   #1
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Give me your suggestions GS......

I am in the market for a new caliber of rifle to buy and just don't know what to get. I have a 22, 223, 270, and 3006. This would mostly be for mostly hunting in the hill country. Give me any good suggestions or reviews yall have.

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Old 01-15-2020, 09:23 AM   #2
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7mm08 would fit nicely in there
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:24 AM   #3
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:25 AM   #4
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22-250 or .243
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:26 AM   #5
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Ruger Mod 77, 25-06. Great flat shooting rifle.
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:30 AM   #6
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Can't go wrong with the 6.5 creedmoor or 7mm-08. Nice happy medium rounds for Texas deer.
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:38 AM   #7
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Can't go wrong with the 6.5 creedmoor or 7mm-08. Nice happy medium rounds for Texas deer.
I own both of these and a Remington Sendero 25-06. Any of these three would fit in nicely.
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:39 AM   #8
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6.5 or 25-06
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^^^^^^^^^
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25-06 or 6.5CM
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:40 AM   #10
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25-06 or 6.5CM
have you shot or own both of these calibers? which one do you like better?
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:41 AM   #11
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Can't go wrong with the 6.5 creedmoor or 7mm-08. Nice happy medium rounds for Texas deer.
I don't know much about the 7mm-08. how does it compare to say like a 308?
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You need a short action. 243 or 7mm-08.

Or realize you have enough deer guns and get something bigger.

375 Ruger, 45-70, 338 Win mag; something interesting.
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7mm08 would fit nicely in there
7mm-08 would be a great addition especially if you are primarily hunting from box blinds. It's a short action round and it performs well with shorter barrels (18-20") so it handles really well in box blinds.
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I don't know much about the 7mm-08. how does it compare to say like a 308?
Similar performance to a 270, but in a short action (308 case).
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:44 AM   #15
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I don't know much about the 7mm-08. how does it compare to say like a 308?
It is simply a 308 necked down to a 7mm. Great hunting round. It just flat out works.
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I'd vote for the 7-08 as well. Great caliber and easy shooting. But, like someone else above mentioned, you've got enough deer rifles, get something cool. I love shooting my 375 H&H. Shoots like a 12 ga dove loads and in my experience does less damage than a 7mm or 300 win mag would to a deer.
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:49 AM   #17
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7mm-08 would be a great addition especially if you are primarily hunting from box blinds. It's a short action round and it performs well with shorter barrels (18-20") so it handles really well in box blinds.
good to know. Any suggestions on good manufactures? I am mostly a Remington guy but don't mind changing it up at all.
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:51 AM   #18
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As said above, I would go with 7mm08, 6.5 CM or 25-06.

All three will get the job done, have manageable recoil, and you will be able to easily find ammo. Although, it is my experience that it is easier to find a larger selection 6.5 CM ammo at most stores.

I have the 7mm08 and 6.5 CM and I hunt in the hill country. The deer I have shot with both have not noticed a difference in which caliber I was using. I want to get a 25-06 but just haven't pulled the trigger yet.

If I had to choose from all three choices, I would probably go with the 7mm08, closely followed by the 6.5 CM.
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I'd vote for the 7-08 as well. Great caliber and easy shooting. But, like someone else above mentioned, you've got enough deer rifles, get something cool. I love shooting my 375 H&H. Shoots like a 12 ga dove loads and in my experience does less damage than a 7mm or 300 win mag would to a deer.
I have wanted either a 300 win mag or 338 win mag for a couple years, but I would like to have a big game hunt in my near future before purchasing one of these big boys.
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:52 AM   #20
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25-06 all day and twice on Sunday.
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Seems to me that you pretty much have the bases covered. The only "holes" I see are maybe a .243 or a 30-30. I'm pretty nostalgic and just seem to gravitate to the Marlin 336 that I bought when I was 16.
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:55 AM   #22
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good to know. Any suggestions on good manufactures? I am mostly a Remington guy but don't mind changing it up at all.
Not sure what your budget is, but I think it is hard to beat Tikka for an affordable off the shelf rifle. My dad and I have a few of their rifles and they are all great shooters. Plenty of great options out there to fit any budget.
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Current list reads like the most generic cals for Texas so add a .308 to complete it
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:07 AM   #26
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do I live under a rock??? 264 win mag.....I am not familiar nor have I heard of this said caliber.
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do I live under a rock??? 264 win mag.....I am not familiar nor have I heard of this said caliber.


Must be a big rock.


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.260 Remington is a good short action choice too.


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25-06 would be my pick
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very big apparently. that's why i post on the GS
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I see several that I own that would all fit nicely...260 Rem, 280, 7x57, 25-06 would all be great additions. Bigger calibers would be 7mm Mag, 300 Mag.
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:16 AM   #32
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6.5X55 Swedish Mauser. A CZ 557 with a VX3i and shooting 130 or 140 grain pills will do the trick.

The 557 has a 24" barrel, but I think there is a CZ model that has a 20" barrel in that caliber as well.
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if you ever want to hunt elk etc... 300 Win Mag would be a great addition
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For deer, yotes, piggies and everything in between I’d go with a 6.8SPC.
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Lever gun in 45-70...
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I would say a .243 or 6.5 creed if you're only going to be using it in the hill country.
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have you shot or own both of these calibers? which one do you like better?
I own a 25-06 and love it. My son owns a 6.5CM. He loves it. The two rounds are in the same class however this 6.5CM has an updated bullet design with a higher BC. The 25-06 is an older design. The 6.5CM (aka Man-Bun!) is touted as a better long range option. Check the link below for a good comparison:

https://ronspomeroutdoors.com/blog/2...6-5-creedmoor/
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Give me your suggestions GS......

I am in the market for a new caliber of rifle to buy and just don't know what to get. I have a 22, 223, 270, and 3006. This would mostly be for mostly hunting in the hill country. Give me any good suggestions or reviews yall have.

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What are you hunting by the way?
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:48 PM   #39
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What are you hunting by the way?
whitetail, axis, and the occasional pig or coyote that crosses my path.
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I agree with this but would add the .257 weatherby mag. I have a hard time deciding which rifle to hunt with between my .257 wby and my .264 win mag
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7mm-08 vote here


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do I live under a rock??? 264 win mag.....I am not familiar nor have I heard of this said caliber.

great caliber!! It is like the big man's version of the 6.5 manbun


I have one in a model 70 featherweight....sweetest shootin most accurate rifle I own and it is a killer
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do I live under a rock??? 264 win mag.....I am not familiar nor have I heard of this said caliber.
It is a great round. Ex shoots one. Biggest problem is the shells aren't at everystore and they are expensive. One thing I look for in a hunting rifle is a round that I can get at small town grocery stores/feed stores/ gun shops. I have left my shells at the house and needed to pick some up at these places.
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25-06 is missing from your list or as alternate the 7mm-08. Either works.
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Old 01-15-2020, 03:13 PM   #45
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I agree with this but would add the .257 weatherby mag. I have a hard time deciding which rifle to hunt with between my .257 wby and my .264 win mag
Hard to beat the .25-06. Have heard a lot of good things on the .257 Wby, would love to have one, a really suped-up .25-06. You don't hear about the 6 mm much but is an excellent round.
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I am in the market for a new caliber of rifle to buy and just don't know what to get. I have a 22, 223, 270, and 3006. This would mostly be for mostly hunting in the hill country. Give me any good suggestions or reviews yall have.



thanks

You realistically have everything to cover your intended uses list.

One of my favorite rifles is the 257 Weatherby. It’s amazing how fast the kills are on everything I’ve shot out to 400+ yards.

If you’re wanting a more compact option 260 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor () 7-08 or even a good ole .308 would be good choices for a shorter barrel setup.

The Weatherby shines best with 26” and up barrels.


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Old 01-15-2020, 04:12 PM   #48
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Skip the 25-06 for now since you have a 270 and go for the 7mm-08 or 308. Everybody needs a 308. Ammo is cheap and readily available, and the wide variety of grains and bullet types for the 308 are pretty much unmatched. Killed a ton a critters with a 308, and have been itching to try the 7mm-08.
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Old 01-15-2020, 04:13 PM   #49
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I would go 7mm-08. Take a look at Tikka and Bergara.
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If you go for the 25-06 stay away from Howa/Weatherby. Trust me.....
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