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Old 02-15-2020, 01:24 PM   #1
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I have a 6.5 CM and Iím looking to add something with little more knock down without going too big with high recoil. It will he used for deer and Texas exotics mostly, but Iíd like it to be capable of taking down most anything out west within reasonable distance.
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Old 02-15-2020, 01:32 PM   #2
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Take a look at the 280 ai. I really like mine.

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Old 02-15-2020, 01:38 PM   #3
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Old 02-15-2020, 01:42 PM   #4
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.264 Winchester mag or a .300 H&H - .300 win
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Old 02-15-2020, 01:46 PM   #5
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Take a look at the 280 ai. I really like mine.
Can these be found in a good box manufacturer?
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Old 02-15-2020, 01:50 PM   #6
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Honestly, a 7mm-08 with 140gr accubonds will handle elk out to 300-400 yards with no problem. Minimal recoil, and inherently accurate.

If I wanted to go bigger, Iíd just make the jump to either a 28 Nosler or a 30 caliber.


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Old 02-15-2020, 01:53 PM   #7
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Can these be found in a good box manufacturer?


I have been looking for the same thing and have found that savage makes them.


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Old 02-15-2020, 01:53 PM   #8
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Old 02-15-2020, 01:53 PM   #9
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Old 02-15-2020, 01:54 PM   #10
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.270 Weatherby....love mine. 140 Accubond is deadly on WT, Axis, etc...
Flat shooting, recoil very manageable, and very hard hitting. All WT shot and axis bucks shot have been instant drops with heart/lung shots

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Old 02-15-2020, 01:58 PM   #11
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I have been looking for the same thing and have found that savage makes them.


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Just seen those. Ive never owned a Savage. I hear the new guns are actually pretty decent. I like the looks of the 110 High Country
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:09 PM   #12
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Just seen those. Ive never owned a Savage. I hear the new guns are actually pretty decent. I like the looks of the 110 High Country
I had a savage 116 in .300 win it was heavy but a absolute tack driver easy 1/2 MOA @ 100 meters
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:14 PM   #13
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Looking at the .350 legend. Not a big distance round, but I dont shoot over 200 yards.
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:15 PM   #14
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I'd go totally against the grain and get you an oddball caliber in this day and age of the backyard sniper. Something really off the wall and rare like....say... a .270, 30-06 or 300 winmag
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:19 PM   #15
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:19 PM   #16
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Standard 270 or 270 WSM.
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:21 PM   #17
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Take a look at the 280 ai. I really like mine.


My go to, ďwhen it countsĒ gun


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Old 02-15-2020, 02:34 PM   #18
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I'd go totally against the grain and get you an oddball caliber in this day and age of the backyard sniper. Something really off the wall and rare like....say... a .270, 30-06 or 300 winmag
Or make heads explode......308
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:37 PM   #19
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Honestly, a 7mm-08 with 140gr accubonds will handle elk out to 300-400 yards with no problem. Minimal recoil, and inherently accurate.




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This is my suggestion.
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:46 PM   #20
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I'd go totally against the grain and get you an oddball caliber in this day and age of the backyard sniper. Something really off the wall and rare like....say... a .270, 30-06 or 300 winmag
Iím a huge fan of the old 30-06. Lots of different bullet weights and easy to find.
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Old 02-15-2020, 04:29 PM   #21
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270 is my choice or a 7mag.
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Old 02-15-2020, 04:31 PM   #22
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I have a 6.5 CM and Iím looking to add something with little more knock down without going too big with high recoil. It will he used for deer and Texas exotics mostly, but Iíd like it to be capable of taking down most anything out west within reasonable distance.
30-06,,, there is less and there is more,,, but nothing better
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Old 02-15-2020, 04:32 PM   #23
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280 AI, 28 or 30 nosler, 300 PRC, or a plain ol 300 win mag would be my list!
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Old 02-15-2020, 04:35 PM   #24
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I have a 300PRC and it has plenty of knockdown, crazy accurate and I can’t tell the difference between the 6.5PRC and the 300. Very mild
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Old 02-15-2020, 04:45 PM   #25
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Really no need to go over 7mm Rem. Mag. Out west. For that matter, keep in mind that a number of guys (including outfitters) now are perfectly fine with 6.5 CM for elk.
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Old 02-15-2020, 04:47 PM   #26
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270 or 280 or 7mm. Can't go wrong with any of these calibers. There are some reasonably prices down rifles that shoot really good out there.
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:07 PM   #27
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I have a 300PRC and it has plenty of knockdown, crazy accurate and I canít tell the difference between the 6.5PRC and the 300. Very mild
Which rifle are you shooting the 300 PRC with?
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:23 PM   #28
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I have a 300PRC and it has plenty of knockdown, crazy accurate and I canít tell the difference between the 6.5PRC and the 300. Very mild


Does your 6.5 weigh 7 pounds and the .300 weigh 12?


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Old 02-15-2020, 05:48 PM   #29
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Sell the Creedmoor and get a 25-06 and a 300 win mag. Those two calibers can handle just about anything on the spectrum from coyotes to the biggest bears and moose.
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:52 PM   #30
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If you don’t have a 257 weatherby that’s what I would get
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:53 PM   #31
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300 or 7mm
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:32 PM   #32
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Just seen those. Ive never owned a Savage. I hear the new guns are actually pretty decent. I like the looks of the 110 High Country
Savage is like a fat girl at closing time. They perform everytime, but they don't look good while doing it. Im pretty **** picky about my rifles, and i cant find a complaint about the way Savages shoot.
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:47 PM   #33
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Savage is like a fat girl at closing time. They perform everytime, but they don't look good while doing it. Im pretty **** picky about my rifles, and i cant find a complaint about the way Savages shoot.
I keep seeing the ugly comments lol. I havenít seen this gun in person, but it looks pretty sweet online in my opinion.
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Old 02-15-2020, 07:17 PM   #34
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I keep seeing the ugly comments lol. I haven’t seen this gun in person, but it looks pretty sweet online in my opinion.
Savage action - it is an ugly action compared to others. Shoots small groups


Defiance action - Precision benchrest engineered , smooth action and shoots very tiny groups

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Old 02-15-2020, 08:10 PM   #36
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I have a 300PRC and it has plenty of knockdown, crazy accurate and I canít tell the difference between the 6.5PRC and the 300. Very mild
You sure you chambered a 300 prc? Lol. They have some pretty good punch


Great caliber. My vote is 300 win mag.
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Old 02-15-2020, 08:18 PM   #37
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Honestly, a 7mm-08 with 140gr accubonds will handle elk out to 300-400 yards with no problem. Minimal recoil, and inherently accurate.

If I wanted to go bigger, Iíd just make the jump to either a 28 Nosler or a 30 caliber.


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This gets my vote. Love mine
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Old 02-15-2020, 08:36 PM   #38
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:05 PM   #39
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You sure you chambered a 300 prc? Lol. They have some pretty good punch


Great caliber. My vote is 300 win mag.
Which is packing most kick. 28 nosler, 300 WM, of 300 PRC?
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:28 PM   #40
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Which is packing most kick. 28 nosler, 300 WM, of 300 PRC?
The 300 PRC pack about 35 feet of punch because of its design to shoot 220+grains of bullet
300wm 26 feet with 180@2950fps

Here is a recoil chart for similar caliber rifles
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Sendero Special in 7mm Rem Mag. Little recoil, Kills stuff dead.
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:37 PM   #42
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280 AI. That’s it, case closed.
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:47 PM   #43
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280 AI. Thatís it, case closed.
What is the advantage of a AI over a .280rem both throw a 150gr about 2900-3000 FPS
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What is the advantage of a AI over a .280rem both throw a 150gr about 2900-3000 FPS


The advantage of the AI over the original 280 is 100-150 fps with the same bullet. The 280 AI version is seeing a bit of a comeback and several manufacturers are chambering rifles in the AI now. I'm not aware of any manufacturers turning out standard 280s these days. Ammo, brass, and load data are easy to find at any online retailer or big box outdoor store.

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Old 02-15-2020, 09:59 PM   #45
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Read dale moser’s comments in another thread. It was spot on
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:19 PM   #46
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.300 Weatherby mag Mark V accumark. IMO, the most accurate rifle out of the box you can buy. Extremely effective out to 500+ yards, my favorite load is the 180 grain nosler accubond
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Old 02-15-2020, 11:15 PM   #47
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Read dale moserís comments in another thread. It was spot on
Mosers comment was spot on with "somewhat" similar calibers in a short action. If you can push **** near 100 extra grains of projectile at similar velocities then that doesnt have a single thing to do with what hes saying
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Old 02-15-2020, 11:31 PM   #48
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Find a rifle you like, that you think is capable, buy it, shoot it, enjoy it.
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Old 02-16-2020, 01:02 AM   #50
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.270 or .270 WSM.
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