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Old 11-23-2021, 04:30 PM   #1
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So let me start off by saying I really don't need a new gun. I feel what I currently own will take care of pretty much anything I want to do. With that being said I really want to build a high end gun. I am just not sure what caliber I want. I own a .223/.556, .243, .257WBY, 7mm I primarily hunt east tx with the occasional trip to south tx or west tx. What should I build? leaning toward a 30 caliber just not sure which one.

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Old 11-23-2021, 04:50 PM   #2
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Old 11-23-2021, 04:55 PM   #3
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It is hard to beat the 300wm for me.
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Old 11-23-2021, 04:56 PM   #4
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I agree, with what you have, a .30 cal would round out nicely.

.300 win mag
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Old 11-23-2021, 04:58 PM   #5
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If you buy commercial ammo, consider a caliber that you can buy at WalMart (assuming they have ammo again one day). If you want to make sure you could do an elk or Nilgai hunt some day, consider a lightweight, short barreled .30 caliber rifle. I know it's boring, but I think my next build will be a .308. Load it with 150s for deer and such and 200+ for elk, Nilgai. There are tons of accurate factory rounds. You would need a longer barrel but .300 WinMag would also be a great choice. I think you could buy ammo for either in Arica pretty easy too if you happen to go on a plans game hunt.
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Old 11-23-2021, 05:05 PM   #6
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I like the exotic stuff. 280AI or 28 Nosler
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Old 11-23-2021, 05:05 PM   #7
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Old 11-23-2021, 05:37 PM   #8
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For a short action short barrel, the 300 RCM Ruger Compact Magnum
For a long action longer barrel, the 300 PRC
Anything but a belted case.
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Old 11-23-2021, 06:01 PM   #9
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Sign me up for the 300wm with a good muzzle brake. I’m running a Area 419 Hellfire on my APR and it works great.
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Old 11-23-2021, 06:58 PM   #10
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Go big.

338WM minimum
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Old 11-23-2021, 07:06 PM   #11
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300 win mag
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Old 11-23-2021, 07:19 PM   #12
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338 ruger compact magnum. Should be able to take out a few pine trees after passing through a deer.or hog
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Old 11-23-2021, 07:19 PM   #13
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6.5 SAUM… only cause I’m selling mine…
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Old 11-23-2021, 07:47 PM   #14
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Another vote for .300WM here. Love mine.


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Old 11-23-2021, 07:47 PM   #15
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Old 11-23-2021, 07:50 PM   #16
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300 mag IMO the best 30 caliber ever made.
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Old 11-23-2021, 07:57 PM   #17
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I would go 30-06 or 308. Plenty of factory ammo available for both, large bullet selection available if you reload. Brass is cheap and easy to get, lasts a long time.

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Old 11-23-2021, 08:30 PM   #18
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Easy.. 308.
Go look on the shelf of your local academy and that will help decide
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Old 11-23-2021, 08:33 PM   #19
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6.5 Creedmoor!!! There that's done.
Can't believe it took so long.

But seriously it hard to be the faithful old 30-06...
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Old 11-23-2021, 08:42 PM   #20
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300 wm
30 prc
30 nosler

I shot 300win forever and loved it! Switched to .308win and it seems Anemic with factory loads IMO

.375 H&H if you travel, recoil is milder than a .338wm and is pure death on any size game

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Old 11-23-2021, 08:46 PM   #21
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I love the .270 Win, but my vote is for .308 Win.
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Old 11-23-2021, 09:04 PM   #22
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300 Win Mag is a thumper! I love mine and I got my boy one last year for Christmas. He likes flipping hogs with his!

The old trusty 30-06 is a good choice too. You can get factory ammo in a wide range of weights and styles. Well, back when you could get ammo!
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Old 11-24-2021, 01:55 AM   #23
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6.5-300 wby mag
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Old 11-24-2021, 08:44 AM   #24
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I like em short and stout so I would have to say 300 WSM. I load 168 Bergers and 180 Swift Scirocco and its kills pretty dead.

Or the good ole reliable 30.06
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Old 11-24-2021, 09:45 AM   #25
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300wm
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Old 11-24-2021, 09:50 AM   #26
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Man you guys are awesome a lot of good feed back. I should add I reload so I am not concerned with being able to find ammo at wall mart. A lot of votes for the 300 win mag, why the win mag over the RUM or the PRC or even the Weatherby? At this time the 308 nd 30.06 are not peaking my interest. Now I do like the odd ball stuff so the 30 nosler is tempting. With already owning a 7mm i dont see the point in the 280 AI or the 28 Nosler.
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Old 11-24-2021, 09:50 AM   #27
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I am so impressed with my 350 Legend build. 20% less recoil of a 243 and the knock down of a 30/30. Doesn't have long range however I can find ammo just about anywhere.
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Old 11-24-2021, 10:09 AM   #28
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Patiently waiting for the 2022 TBH/APR Special Planning Thread...
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Old 11-24-2021, 10:26 AM   #29
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A lot of great calibers mentioned but (even though what you have already hits all around it) why not go with the best and build you a custom 264 win mag
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Old 11-24-2021, 10:31 AM   #30
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I have 2 main rifles for hunting. A lightweight 7mm08 from APR and a Seekins Havak in 300 Win Mag. Pretty much covers all bases for North America.

My vote for you would be 300 Win
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Old 11-24-2021, 10:37 AM   #31
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So let me start off by saying I really don't need a new gun. I feel what I currently own will take care of pretty much anything I want to do. With that being said I really want to build a high end gun. I am just not sure what caliber I want. I own a .223/.556, .243, .257WBY, 7mm I primarily hunt east tx with the occasional trip to south tx or west tx. What should I build? leaning toward a 30 caliber just not sure which one.
you got a bunch of itty bitty bullet slingers,,, go big or don't go at all,,, something 40 caliber or larger,, like the 45-70!
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Old 11-24-2021, 11:14 AM   #32
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Since you reload, I'd go 338 Lapua.....cause you can. Almost every old redneck has a 300wm, but 338 Lapua, nope.
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Old 11-24-2021, 11:19 AM   #33
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30-06. You can’t be a hunter or gun owner and not own one. There’s a reason ammo is readily available everywhere over 100 years later.
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Old 11-24-2021, 12:25 PM   #34
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I'll throw some fun ones out there.

.257 Roberts, .284 Win, 30-06AI, or .300 H&H.

Edit to add:
A 35 Whelen could be fun too!
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Old 11-24-2021, 12:29 PM   #35
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I'll throw some fun ones out there.

.257 Roberts, .284 Win, 30-06AI, or .300 H&H.

Edit to add:
A 35 Whelen could be fun too!
Love me some 300 H&H.
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Old 11-24-2021, 12:44 PM   #36
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New caliber out, 6.8 winchester western.
Has the long range and accuracy of a 6.5 creedmore but with the punch of a 300 win mag
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Old 11-24-2021, 12:55 PM   #37
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I'll throw some fun ones out there.

.257 Roberts, .284 Win, 30-06AI, or .300 H&H.

Edit to add:
A 35 Whelen could be fun too!
No way on a .257 Roberts very low energy out past 250 yards unless you reload
http://gundata.org/ballistic-calculator/
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Old 11-24-2021, 03:32 PM   #38
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325 WSM. Just to be different.


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Old 11-24-2021, 04:02 PM   #39
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I'm building one on a long action 700 action that I have. I have been going over this for years, researching calibers and such. I always come back to .30-06. .280 AI and .270 Win where high on the list of considerations too.
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Old 11-24-2021, 05:25 PM   #40
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30-06 you will find ammo if you don't reload

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Old 11-24-2021, 05:57 PM   #41
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.270 and u can kill what u want on this planet.
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Old 11-24-2021, 07:01 PM   #42
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Above I said 338 rcm. Looking as you already have a 257 and 7mm I didnt see a need for a 270 or 300 wm for east texas as the 257 and 7mm will do everything those will do. I am normally a 257, 270 7mm kind of guy but this year I pulled out a 260 that my wife bought me a few years back and killed 2 deer with it and a hog. Pretty impressed with the mild recoil and all 3 were pass through shots, hog dropped in its tracks and both deer i hit right on the back edge of shoulder and ran 15-20 yards with blood trails a blind man could follow. I am shooting the 140 grain federal game king ammo. Since you said you reload you may look at a 260ai, just a thought.
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Old 11-24-2021, 07:29 PM   #43
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Since you reload, I'd go 338 Lapua.....cause you can. Almost every old redneck has a 300wm, but 338 Lapua, nope.
I’ve seen a book brown bear shot with a .338 Lapua and another buddy of mine shot a moose at 900 yards(one shot) with one. With the muzzle brake It didn’t kick at all. Think they said It was like $6/shot though lol. Bad @ss rifle.
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Old 11-24-2021, 07:38 PM   #44
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Old 11-24-2021, 07:59 PM   #45
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For a single choice on a 30 caliber, I favor a 300 win mag
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Old 11-24-2021, 10:15 PM   #46
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I feel like I am in the same boat.. no need for one. But want to build a custom gun. I have a 270 and earlier this year added a 300prc, but that gun is HEAVY and I doubt I back back it anywhere... so I am looking. I am thinking of 6.8 western. Shooting 175gr should be right in the middle.

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Old 11-24-2021, 10:29 PM   #47
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Another vote for the .338 Lapua

That will be my next project.
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Old 11-24-2021, 11:14 PM   #48
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So let me start off by saying I really don't need a new gun. I feel what I currently own will take care of pretty much anything I want to do. With that being said I really want to build a high end gun. I am just not sure what caliber I want. I own a .223/.556, .243, .257WBY, 7mm I primarily hunt east tx with the occasional trip to south tx or west tx. What should I build? leaning toward a 30 caliber just not sure which one.
300 WM gets my vote for all the same reasons I got one and for all the same reasons it’s so popular. It’s got enough power for everything in North America but not really “too much” for whitetail. Recoil is on the edge of being too much for a lot of shooting but a brake or suppressor does wonders…I can shoot mine all day with a brake. It’s accurate. If you lose your ammo you can find ammo anywhere. Wide range of bullets since you are a handloader and Lapua and Peterson now make brass. Load it heavy…load it light…load it medium…

Every time I consider getting a new rifle in a different caliber I end up circling back to 300 WM because it just makes too much sense.
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:42 PM   #49
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Another vote for the 300 wm.
I too wanted to develop a 30 cal a few years back. I went with the 300 and I haven’t looked back. It’s a cadillac to shoot, my “to go to “ .
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Old 11-26-2021, 07:53 AM   #50
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Do ya reload??? If not stay with something thats readily available...223 5.56 243 308 30-06 we just had a sampling of whats to come if that (idiot )has his way...I say something thats pleasant to shoot..and readily available..
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