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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: peter]
      #134235 - 02/05/09 11:08 PM

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any weatherby cartg. revolts me in the same way as young new rich russians driving a ferrai with the sound system so loud that they have to roll the windows down.

if you cant reach out far enough crawl closer or shoot more so you get to know your bullet drop better. the old guys could do it, why should we be any worse.







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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: NitroX]
      #134238 - 02/05/09 11:49 PM


I'd go with:

.257 Weatherby
.340 Weatherby
.416 Weatherby, Rigby, or Remington

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: NitroX]
      #134243 - 03/05/09 12:31 AM

.585 Nyati for sale at the gun show here, this weekend - on a P-14 action. The guy thinks it's worth $12,000.

It's a nice rifle - maybe $2,500.

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: NitroX]
      #135682 - 20/05/09 02:25 AM

6.5 x 65 RWS with 130 grain Berger VLD bullets

.300 WinMag with 185 grain Berger VLD bullets

.404 Jeffrey with Degol 350 grain PP / 400 grain Lion Load / 400 grain Heavy Game / 400 grain FMJ


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: xausa]
      #135688 - 20/05/09 02:44 AM

I choose my rifles:

-Remington 700 in 338 Win Mag.

-Ceska 550 Magnum in 375 H&H Magnum.

-Ceska 550 Safaria in 458 Lott (soon).

Oscar.

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: ovny]
      #135692 - 20/05/09 02:50 AM

.30-06
.375 H&H flanged
.500 NE

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: xausa]
      #135699 - 20/05/09 03:10 AM

Light: .30-06
Medium: .375 ruger
Heavy: .458 lott

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: xausa]
      #135955 - 22/05/09 11:46 PM

I finally made my choices after a lot of experimentation.
Light Rifle - .30-06 Too heavy for some game but workable in about any situation.
Medium Rifle - .375 Ruger - A GREAT elk round and up with similar trajectory to the .30-06
Heavy Rifle - .458 Win Mag I simply will never need a heavier rifle than this and recoil remains manageable.


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: Plains99]
      #136005 - 23/05/09 04:40 PM

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I finally made my choices after a lot of experimentation.
Light Rifle - .30-06 Too heavy for some game but workable in about any situation.
Medium Rifle - .375 Ruger - A GREAT elk round and up with similar trajectory to the .30-06
Heavy Rifle - .458 Win Mag I simply will never need a heavier rifle than this and recoil remains manageable.




For a goat or a sheep in the high mountain's at 400 yards, what do you use?


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: grandveneur]
      #136033 - 24/05/09 03:38 AM

It may not be ideal, but a .30-06 would work. There have been plenty of sheep shot with less potent cartridges than the '06. Otherwise....
Boots!


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: JabaliHunter]
      #136049 - 24/05/09 11:08 AM

My choices ...

* Light rifle: if hunting North America, my 30.06; if hunting Africa, my 300 H&H magnum.

* Medium rifle: my 375 H&H magnum, a BRNO 602.

* Heavy rifle: .404 Jeffery.

My light African rifle - a 300 H&H Ruger #1:


Edited by Nick_Adams (24/05/09 11:14 AM)


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: xausa]
      #136164 - 26/05/09 04:32 PM

275 rigby
318
577NE

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: bigmaxx]
      #136187 - 27/05/09 05:58 AM

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Light: .30-06
Medium: .375 ruger
Heavy: .458 lott




Right on the money - all the way!

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: crkennedy1]
      #136215 - 27/05/09 01:52 PM

22 L. R.
270 Winchester
375H&H


If I wanted to be more specialized I'd add a 222 Remington or a 223 Remington, and a 458 or 404 Jeff as well as a good 12 or 20 gage shotgun.


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: szihn]
      #136224 - 27/05/09 07:50 PM

06 at 700 yds still has plenty of velocity and energy to tip over any ram or billy with the 180 gr projectile.

My choice
240 wby
338 Win mag
500 NE


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: JAWZ]
      #136241 - 28/05/09 12:08 AM

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06 at 700 yds still has plenty of velocity and energy to tip over any ram or billy with the 180 gr projectile.






But lacks the veloctiy to expand the projectile properly - same with most mangleums. imho

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: Daryl_S]
      #136252 - 28/05/09 02:48 AM

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Quote:

06 at 700 yds still has plenty of velocity and energy to tip over any ram or billy with the 180 gr projectile.






But lacks the veloctiy to expand the projectile properly - same with most mangleums. imho




And no penetration! 500 yards is the limit for shooting game! Tactical shooting is a another department!


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: grandveneur]
      #136259 - 28/05/09 07:21 AM

You don't consider 1700 fps enough velocity or 1150 ftlb enough to expand a 180 gr bullet. Many would argue that there is plenty enough to do the job infact I know it is.

Not trying to start a fight I think you just underestimate what can very easily be done

Andrew


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: JAWZ]
      #136475 - 01/06/09 09:45 AM

I have everything from .223 to 458 Win, with lot's of overlap in between. If I was to go with the thinking on this thread, I might choose the .308, the .300 Win and the .458 Win.
But after a bit of thought, I am going to fall back on what gets shot the most by me. Discounting the 22 RF's and the handgun cartridges, I most often grab for one of several 30-30's as a light shooter. In the medium caliber arena, I often find myself shooting a MarkV Custom in 7mm Weatherby. And I too, dismissed Weatherby's until I bought and used a few of them.
Last but not least, for me in this day and age, I usually grab my Browning Safari (The old Belgian Safari) in 300 Win Mag to shoot anything bigger. I know the last two overlap in a big way, but I like them both too much to stop shooting either one.
Then there's the 458, for those things which can and will bite and stomp me into buff stuff. But there are no elephants on my menu and I'm getting too stiff in the joints for a buff . Should that change, I am covered.
And to address the concern of a 400 yard shot presenting itself, my first choice would be to use my feet. A choice most of us should consider. That said, even though I have practiced at 400 yards and the 7mm or 300 would be fine. I for one, still enjoy the HUNT in Hunting.
Thanks
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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: grandveneur]
      #136584 - 02/06/09 11:47 PM

For sheep at 400 yards? I wouldn't take the shot.

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: Plains99]
      #137182 - 12/06/09 12:06 PM

To keep this from getting too boring... or too technical, I'll give what I MIGHT use, depending...

Light rifle: CZ 550 .458WM shooting 300-grain TSX's at 2800+ fps!

Medium rifle: CZ 550 .458WM shooting 350-grain TSX's at 2700+ fps! (Mine actually shoots that bullet at 2750 fps with the standard deviation being 2. Yes, that's TWO!

Heavy rifle: CZ 550 .458WM shooting 500-grain Barnes Banded Solids at 2200 fps. Actually it'll shoot 500's at 2300 fps but I see no need for it unless a lost elephant goes wandering through our potato patch!

Now, just in case you think I made a mistake in writing .458WM and not .458 Lott... my rifle has .458 Winchester Magnum scrolled on the barrel and the cases are all stamped with the same. But the action, magazine and leade all allow it to be loaded like a Lott, if wanted. But my REAL load for NA game (bears and moose) is actually the one listed for "medium rifle".

Now, despite that guy up in the mountains of France passing judgment on every one else, my REAL choice for three rifles would be:

a .22RF
my .300 winney
and my CZ 550 in .458WM.

Best regards,

Bob

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magnum308 [Re: grandveneur]
      #158828 - 12/04/10 11:45 PM

3 Rifles:

Light - .270 Win
Medium - .300 Mag
Heavy - .375 Mag

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Re: magnum308 [Re: magnum308]
      #159800 - 01/05/10 10:51 PM

After many different calibers in my collection,I'm narrowing it down to three along the same ideas.

257 Roberts
300 H&H Magnum
416 Taylor


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: xausa]
      #159827 - 02/05/10 10:17 AM



25-06 from Mice to Red deer

.338 Win Mag for anything that pops up to the size of Buff, with 225 gr Barnes & 275 gr Swift A-Frames. I've shot Red deer & Buff with my .338 and I'm impressed with it.

450-400 just gotta have a double, but at the expense of the .404 Jeffery which I like very much.


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: 010166]
      #159833 - 02/05/10 12:23 PM

223 in an AR15
340Wby
416Rigby


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