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Old 11-26-2021, 10:35 AM   #51
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if you meat hunt, i'd go with 25/06 or 270 ... 308 of course ..

if you want to stroke ego 300wm .. even though considering how bad they kick and how expensive they are to shoot , i wouldn't .

sold my sendero long ago ... seemed like a good idea at the time ... ended up a safe queen ...

you already got the best of the bunch ... the 243 !
never pulled the trigger on anything that was dead before it knew it .. grim reaper on Tx game.

buddy of mine got a 25/06 to shoot pigs at 290 yard feeder under light ... pretty devastating what it still does at that distance ..

good luck with whatever you decide...
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Old 11-26-2021, 03:34 PM   #52
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if you meat hunt, i'd go with 25/06 or 270 ... 308 of course ..

if you want to stroke ego 300wm .. even though considering how bad they kick and how expensive they are to shoot , i wouldn't .

sold my sendero long ago ... seemed like a good idea at the time ... ended up a safe queen ...

you already got the best of the bunch ... the 243 !
never pulled the trigger on anything that was dead before it knew it .. grim reaper on Tx game.

buddy of mine got a 25/06 to shoot pigs at 290 yard feeder under light ... pretty devastating what it still does at that distance ..

good luck with whatever you decide...
Say what you want about a .30 caliber magnum rifle, I shot them exclusively for 30 years, and then switched to a .308win
Which is rather anemic @ 350 yards, lots of calibers that produce
1500 foot pounds of energy and drop less then 30inches @ 300-400 yards the 30 cal magnums
Excel in that category, .243 doesn’t excel past 300 yards @ 1100fpe then literally falls on its face.

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Old 11-26-2021, 04:03 PM   #53
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have shot a lot of rifle calibers and I think I still like the .30-06 best.
165 grn. Nosler or Sierra, one of the best rounds ever in flat-shooting.
Good luck on your choice.
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Old 11-26-2021, 06:18 PM   #54
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Maybe don’t focus on the caliber as much as what style of rifle you would like to have.
Then go from there with what caliber would make sense.

When I did mine I wanted a do all, I had a .280 but I couldn’t call it a do all rifle because it’s sentimental and a “pretty” rifle so I stick to stand hunting with it. So for an all weather do all I decided the 280ai made sense because I would be reloading for it eventually and components are mostly interchangeable.

My vote is a 30 caliber or a big thumper based off a 30-06 case.

30-06 (30-06ai)
300 win
338-06
35 Whelen

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Old 11-26-2021, 06:35 PM   #55
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.308 or 300 wsm, the 280AI would be the the second runner up
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Old 11-26-2021, 06:55 PM   #56
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Maybe donít focus on the caliber as much as what style of rifle you would like to have.
Then go from there with what caliber would make sense.

When I did mine I wanted a do all, I had a .280 but I couldnít call it a do all rifle because itís sentimental and a ďprettyĒ rifle so I stick to stand hunting with it. So for an all weather do all I decided the 280ai made sense because I would be reloading for it eventually and components are mostly interchangeable.

My vote is a 30 caliber or a big thumper based off a 30-06 case.

30-06 (30-06ai)
300 win
338-06
35 Whelen
Three years ago I went with the 338-06. No regrets. Power wise it runs neck and neck with the 300WSM but is more future proof. If you reload it's easy to make brass. One pass of 30-06 brass through the 338-06 sizing die and done. No fireforming required! My favorite load for deer and pigs is the 200gr Speer Hotcore and H4350 powder. It delivers a whallup! You can load it with bullets from 160-250grains. It edged out the Whelen for me because it has more bullet choices. Really versatile cartridge.
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Old 11-26-2021, 08:16 PM   #57
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Three years ago I went with the 338-06. No regrets. Power wise it runs neck and neck with the 300WSM but is more future proof. If you reload it's easy to make brass. One pass of 30-06 brass through the 338-06 sizing die and done. No fireforming required! My favorite load for deer and pigs is the 200gr Speer Hotcore and H4350 powder. It delivers a whallup! You can load it with bullets from 160-250grains. It edged out the Whelen for me because it has more bullet choices. Really versatile cartridge.
Itís a round thatís definitely caught my eye. Would love to do a build with iron sights and use it as a closer range heavy hitter.

But admittedly Iím finding myself wanting another 30/06 first and foremost.
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Old 11-26-2021, 08:29 PM   #58
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Three years ago I went with the 338-06. No regrets. Power wise it runs neck and neck with the 300WSM but is more future proof. If you reload it's easy to make brass. One pass of 30-06 brass through the 338-06 sizing die and done. No fireforming required! My favorite load for deer and pigs is the 200gr Speer Hotcore and H4350 powder. It delivers a whallup! You can load it with bullets from 160-250grains. It edged out the Whelen for me because it has more bullet choices. Really versatile cartridge.
Not to hijack the thread. I had not heard of this round. Thanks, I will have to read up on it.
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Old 11-27-2021, 03:57 AM   #59
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My first custom barreled rifle was a 300 WM. I wanted a rifle for whitetail and everything in North America that I'd be able to hunt. It has gotten out of hand since then and I've had 10 more built. 260 rem, a few 308, 6.5-06, 223, 243 Ackley, 6.5 TCU, 6.5x55 Ackley, 280 Ackley, hell I lose track. I'm gathering parts for a 338 Edge build now.
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Old 11-30-2021, 04:46 PM   #60
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.270 and u can kill what u want on this planet.
Not at super long distances.
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Old 11-30-2021, 06:58 PM   #61
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Another vote for .300 Win Mag, been my go-to for 45 years. Or move up to a .375 H&H and be prepared to hunt anywhere in the world.
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Old 12-01-2021, 02:25 PM   #62
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Which 7mm do you have?

Regardless, a .30 cal would round you out nicely.

.30-06 if you want conventional, .300 PRC if you want modern.
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Old 12-01-2021, 02:28 PM   #63
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Keep it simple. 308
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Old 12-01-2021, 02:29 PM   #64
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I love the .270 Win, but my vote is for .308 Win.
X2, ive knocked a lot of stuff down with my .270 but would go with .308 considering what he has already.
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Old 12-01-2021, 02:52 PM   #65
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Thank you everyone for your responses at this time i am between a 30 nosler and 300prc. i have plenty of time to pick as i am in no rush.
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Old 12-01-2021, 05:41 PM   #66
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Maybe donít focus on the caliber as much as what style of rifle you would like to have.
Then go from there with what caliber would make sense.

When I did mine I wanted a do all, I had a .280 but I couldnít call it a do all rifle because itís sentimental and a ďprettyĒ rifle so I stick to stand hunting with it. So for an all weather do all I decided the 280ai made sense because I would be reloading for it eventually and components are mostly interchangeable.

My vote is a 30 caliber or a big thumper based off a 30-06 case.

30-06 (30-06ai)
300 win
338-06
35 Whelen
Outside of the .308, id go with a 35 Whelen. necked up 30-06 with better ballistics at range.
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Old 12-01-2021, 08:12 PM   #67
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30 PRC.


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Old 12-01-2021, 09:03 PM   #68
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The problem with the 30 Nosler is the same problem as the 300WM has. They are not set up to run the long, heavy bullets and most factory rifles wonít have a fast enough twist to run the heavy bullets.

And although Iím not one to whine about ammo prices or availability but the Nosler ammo is expensive and hard to find. Even brass runs $2+ per case.

Finally, the Long Range Only forum did a test against the Nosler and the Win Mag and the Win Mag performed at the same or slight higher level than the 30 Nosler.

I wonít own anything that Hornady makes and over hyped so Iíll personally never own a PRC.

In 30 caliber the old tried and true 308 and 300 Win Mag have killed a lot of stuff.

A lot of the concerns of the 30 Nosler and 300 Win Mag go out the window if you are planning to build a custom.


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