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Mike_Bailey
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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: FATBOY404]
      #159975 - 05/05/10 07:18 AM

Grenadier, AMEN, a .500 or similar is for use at 30 PACES or less, if it's further away use a scoped double or bolt, as I think Elmer Keith said, "It's only dangeros if it can touch you"..just my opinion, rgds, Mike (p.s. having limited experience on dangerous game my opinion is worth sweet FA)

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: xausa]
      #159992 - 05/05/10 01:03 PM

My choice would be:

Light 22Hornet- does not destroy very small game.

Medium. 358 Norma Magnum- this will reach out in the Alps. When in New Zealand I use a 270win for Tahr and Chamois.

Heavy. 416 Rigby. Muzzle to 400mts depending on projectile.

Non are military calibres or wildcats.


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: Rule303]
      #160006 - 05/05/10 05:53 PM

Ok, heres mine.

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: NitroX]
      #160015 - 05/05/10 10:39 PM

Based on what I own -

Light - .308 - it's not perfect, but plenty of good ammunition available for it, reasonably priced, and it doesn't beat you up. .270 or 7mm Rem mag if I couldn't own military chamberings
Med - .338 WM. Like above, it might not be perfect, but it does the job against anything in my part of the world.
Heavy - .458 Lott


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: smicha6551]
      #160135 - 08/05/10 07:49 PM

I would use a 7x57 and a .404 Jeffrey. And I would only use those two I think.
As a back up I would use a .318 WR.

(As for opinions of NZ hunters on game in the mountains - frankly the 7x57 or 7mm08 will do whatever you want it to do - and I have shot out to 400 metres and more with various calibers. Also, just to make a couple of points - One - you dont often need to shoot "long range' at all. Second - 400 metres ain't THAT far anyway...most everything will perform out to there. I have a friedn who loves the .243, long range shooting - and is a specialist Himmalayan tahr hunter.
So mountain use doesnt rule anything out nor require a specialist cartridge. Full stop.)

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: CarlsenHighway]
      #160821 - 21/05/10 08:31 PM

three cals....

Light - .223 rem

medium - .270WSM

Heavy - 375 H+H

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: FATBOY404]
      #160827 - 22/05/10 12:49 AM

Quote:

The reason I picked these three is they are so versitile.If you choose 2 bullet weights for each you have 6 rifles if you go with QD mounts and a couple of scopes.


7x57 120g & 175g covers 270-3006
9.3x62 250g TSX & 320g Woodleigh covers 3006-375h&h
404j 350g Woodleigh and 450g Woodleigh (I would just use the Woodleigh 400g Hydro for anything in the world)!!.Covers 375h&h-458.

JUST MY OPINION !!!.
Cheers Neale.




Neale, I really like your choice, but you would be faced with a Problem if hunting New Caledonia as although the 7x57 would be a great Rusa round, it is a military calibre which is not allowed there.
A couple ways out; Take the 9.3 with light rounds, possibly register the 7x57 as a 275 or just get a 7x64 which makes better use of a M98s Mag anyway.


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: xausa]
      #162934 - 28/06/10 11:12 PM

Light: 22 mag
Medium: 375 H&H
Heavy: 416 Rigby
Hey, just my opinion.


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: Classic416]
      #162936 - 28/06/10 11:27 PM

And if I had my choice on action;
H&K semi auto
Bolt action
Double rifle.


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: xausa]
      #162960 - 29/06/10 02:46 AM

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

Fot a very light centerfire rifle for varmints and such I like the .223 as well.

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: xausa]
      #163080 - 30/06/10 06:47 PM

Hi only new to the forum

Here is what's in my safe

Very Light 222 - Varmits both native and naturalised
Very Light 204 Ruger - long range varmiting (foxes/wild dogs)
Light 25-06 - Plains Rifle(long range) Varmits & Small deer (Fallow)
Medium 30-30 - Deer & Pigs in the scrub (easy gun to shoot all day and cheep to re-load)
Medium +++ - 35 Whelen Red/Sambar/Scrub Bulls/Camels and water buffalo
Heavy - Not sure, never been to Africa. The Whelen is adequate for anything in Australia

Edited by Mcleish (01/07/10 09:23 AM)


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: xausa]
      #194256 - 20/11/11 10:13 PM

Light: 270 Winchester

Medium: 375 H&H Magnum (or 338 WM, 358 Norma Magnum, 9,3x64)

Heavy: 458 Lott, 450 Rigby, 500 Jeffery.

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: ovny]
      #194810 - 25/11/11 06:05 AM

6.5x57
338 Win Mag
450/400

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: AdamTayler]
      #195044 - 28/11/11 02:57 AM

LIGHT - 7 x 57
MEDIUM - .375 H&H
HEAVY - .500 Jeffery


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: mckinney]
      #195051 - 28/11/11 05:17 AM

New set - maybe

Small & fun stuff to 450yards - .17HMR, .17Ackley Hornet, .22 Hornet. Tac .20 for out to 700yards on yotes.

Medium ie: deer/goats/sheep & long range game on same - .260 Rem or 6.5x55 or 7x57

Large game - ungulates and omnivours - moose, elk, bears, black and grizzly - 9.3x57, 9.3x62, .375/06IMP.

That's it for any game I am likely to shoot.

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: Daryl_S]
      #195111 - 28/11/11 01:19 PM

Light: 300H&H
Medium: 375H&H
Heavy: 500NE

This is the battery I took on my last Safari in Zim this past June. It included Leopard (300H&H), Buffalo (375H&H), and Elephant (500NE). That covers it for me. I've shot Steinbuck with the 375 and Elk with the 300. Plenty of overlap there. The 500 comes out for the heavy stuff in the heavy stuff. If the heavy stuff is in the open, the 375H&H gets it done.


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: HogPilot]
      #195120 - 28/11/11 03:19 PM

One Planet, One Rifle!

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: Oldsarge]
      #195228 - 29/11/11 08:45 AM

Light - 25-06
Medium - 338WM
Heavy - 416 RM

Cheers,
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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: MarkR]
      #195359 - 30/11/11 03:18 PM

Light -223
Medium - 30-06
Heavy - 458 Win

There are plenty of others every bit a good and, as many will argue, maybe better, but these have worked well for me

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: grandveneur]
      #317947 - 10/07/18 05:54 PM


Following my experience I would pick these:

light: 7x57
medium: 35 Whelen
heavy: 400 H&H

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: HogPilot]
      #317950 - 11/07/18 12:07 AM

Quote:

Light: 300H&H
Medium: 375H&H
Heavy: 500NE

This is the battery I took on my last Safari in Zim this past June. It included Leopard (300H&H), Buffalo (375H&H), and Elephant (500NE). That covers it for me. I've shot Steinbuck with the 375 and Elk with the 300. Plenty of overlap there. The 500 comes out for the heavy stuff in the heavy stuff. If the heavy stuff is in the open, the 375H&H gets it done.




On my three hunts in Kenya and Tanzania, I used the .458 Winchester Magnum and my .505 SRE (ballistically the same as a .500 NE) on rhino, elephant and buffalo, my .375 H&H on lion, leopard, greater and lesser kudu and eland, and my .300 H&H on sable, wildebeest, kongoni, beisa and fringe eared oryx, defassa and common waterbuck, bushbuck, impala, Burchell's and Grevy's zebra, warthog, Cape hunting dog, spotted hyena, Grant's gazelle, Peter's gazelle, Thompson's gazelle and gerenuk. I used a .222 Remington on klipspringer and dik-dik.

Results speak for themselves.


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: xausa]
      #317960 - 11/07/18 04:16 AM

9,3x64 for all

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: lancaster]
      #317967 - 11/07/18 11:11 PM

I doubt I'll ever leave the USA again, so my 3 would be a 22 LR, a 270 Winchester and a 375H&H.

If I were "blessed" and allowed to pick only 2 others, and the idea was to include all of the world in my hunting I'd add a 223 and my 404 Jeffery.

Edited by szihn (11/07/18 11:11 PM)


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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: szihn]
      #317969 - 11/07/18 11:31 PM

Fun thread. If itís just dreaming Iíll go:

Light: .240 apex or .244 H&H

Medium: 9.5x56

Heavy: .450 nitro


I have 2 of those.. just not a light!

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Re: Caliber's choice for hunting [Re: szihn]
      #317970 - 12/07/18 02:11 AM

Quote:

I doubt I'll ever leave the USA again, so my 3 would be a 22 LR, a 270 Winchester and a 375H&H.

If I were "blessed" and allowed to pick only 2 others, and the idea was to include all of the world in my hunting I'd add a 223 and my 404 Jeffery.




AND there you have it..as you suggest, it would really depend on where you are at or going hunting..

If I was hunting only in the lower 48 here in the US, 22 rimfire would have to be one..along with a .223 as the ammo is everywhere..and I like AR's..dealing with 2 or 4 legged, and then a .300 Win..again, ammo is everywhere and will take anything walking here

IF on a game farm in S Africa..a good 300 or .338Win could be find and all you would need for most...unless hunting buff or bigger, then a .416 is my choice.

However, IF, in the wilds of areas like Zim, my light rifle would be a .375H&H...you may be hunting small stuff, but the big stuff doesn't know that or really care...You can used hard bullets that do little to no damage to the hides on the little guys.. Swift A-Frames or Barnes X to name a couple..

I personally don't care for the.375H&H for buffalo or anything bigger..think the .416 is a much better round for those based on my experience..they work, just don't work as well..

For heavy would use still use one of my .416's or my .470 double..that combo has worked on 6 hunts in Africa with around 80 animals harvested, with no problems or issues-..

Ripp

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