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SUGGESTIONS FOR BIG GAME RIFLE

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by peddler, Nov 19, 2011.

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  1. peddler

    peddler Member

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    What caliber would you recommend for Elk, Moose, Larger North America game? Would like to buy one gun, one caliber. What rifle would you recommend? short or long action, What about stock, composit, camo, wood? barrell length. Iam looking for the best rifle I can find ( at a realistic price ) that can easily be carried and be a accurate hunting rifle in all conditions.

    Thanks

    Jon
     
  2. Tron

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    Savage 14 or any of their bolt actions (all variants of the 110 really) in 300 Win Mag.
     
  3. Kemper

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    Yep that's the one. Have Kerry Allor put a muzzle brake on it shoot anything fron 55gr to 220gr. And it won't hurt you. Mag-NA-Brake is the best IMHO.

    barry
     
  4. dward

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    I agree with the 300 Win mag as you can get shells anywhere. I have a 338 win mag, 300 weatherby, 300 win mag........but my next gun will be a 325 wsm in kimber. After lugging my 9-10 lb guns around the mountains for the last 20 years carrying my kids 6lb kimber was a treat for these old bones.
     
  5. jmac_cope

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    I like short action rifles. The Win 300 short mag is a terrific cartridge in a short action rifle.
     
  6. halfmile

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    A lot depends on how much you will shoot the rifle. The short mags are a brass headache, the 300 Win is a good alternative. If you are only going to sight in the gun, and then strictly hunt with it the Short ones are fine.

    Incidentally, I have a 340 WBY and can't stand to shoot it, after a hefty investment in dies and new shells so I would have brass.

    Range play these days is confined to 30 cal or less, and no magnum stuff.
    Getting pounded is not fun any more. Using a lead sled is hard on recoil lugs, so I don't.

    If you are after Mr. Grizz or brown bear get a larger bullet, like 338 size or the 378 based weatherbys. Thump is a good thing then. (JMO)

    HM
     
  7. twcpdc

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    Your hunting conditions need to be considered. If you hunt brushy type areas where small limbs might touch the bullet go with a larger bullet. I like the 358 Norma mag. 250 gr round nose it will shoot through leaves and twigs. Great caliber will kill anything in north America. Tom
     
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    Kill anything on the face of the Earth.............including the shooter :)

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  9. Don Rackley

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    I would go the Remington 700 composite in the 300 Win Mag. You can also get a composite stock if you prefer.

    You can get ammo anywhere and the Rem 700 is solid.

    Ditto on muzzle brake, maybe add a gracoil too
     
  10. Auctioneer

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    338 win Mag, 7mm Mag, 300 H+H, 300 Win Mag, You can also call some of the outfitters and ask them what you should bring. They will know more then anyone what is good and what is bad.
     
  11. shooterIII

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    Just a caution on muzzle breaks, there are some guides that will not guide you if you have a muzzle break because of the extreme noise that can cause ear damage.
     
  12. Old Cowboy

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    .375 Ruger
     
  13. AveragEd

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    I wouldn't overlook one of the .300 short magnums. I have a Remington 700XCR (Extreme Conditions Rifle) in .300 Rem Short Action Ultra Mag and it is almost pleasant to shoot off a bench. It puts three Berger 155-grain VLDs into about .600" at 100 yards with a muzzle velocity of around 3,200fps. My son is on a bear hunt today with that rifle.

    The Winchester .300 Short Mag is slightly better ballistically and ammo is more readily available if you don't handload, as I believe Remington is discontinuing the .300 SAUM - it is currently only available in the Model 7 CDL. Ballistically, there isn't a lot of difference between the two Winchester 300s - the short mag is a fatter shell, so its powder capacity isn't that much less.

    The big magnums don't generate the velocity that makes them worthwhile in barrels under 26" and they are long-action cartridges, so you're looking at a long, heavy rifle. The short magnums are short-action shells and work great out of a 24" barrel, so the rifle is lighter and a lot handier. Now, if you'll only be hunting in the wide-open spaces, the Remington .300 Ultra Mag and the .300 Weatherby Magnum are better as they are good for about an additional 200fps with the same bullet weights over the rest of the .300 magnums.

    Ed
     
  14. kenf

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    If you're talking Elk, Moose and larger North American game like Bears I would suggest the emperor, the 375 H&H. Where you are going, you will most likely find ammo for it. It will shoot flat and hit hard given the right bullet selection, like a 260 grain Nosler Accubond. I believe Remington is chambering these again in their XCR line, or I would look for an older Model 700 in a stainless synthetic. That way you are less prone to weather if in Alaska after bear. Another alternative would be to find the same in a Model 70 Stainless Classic for positive extraction.

    Putting a brake on it would not be bad either, although I have a Model 70 Safari that is perfectly fine to shoot unbraked. Something a little lighter may be harder to control. Bear in mind though, the 375 is more of a push, and less of a snap than you will experience with the smaller caliber, big case capacity magnums.

    Good luck.
     
  15. g7777777

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    BARs are another choice- much softer felt recoil and much quicker follow up shots

    There are some 338s out there in a BAR and they feel about like a 270 when shooting them

    Really the 3006 is a good caliber and easy to find ammo at a store

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  16. Husky44

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    .338 Win best all around caliber for big North American game..
     
  17. claybrdr

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    I'm a fan of the 375 H&H since it is incredibly versatile, as well as accurate. I could load it down for white tails if I wanted, or up for the most dangerous game. Factory ammo available virtually everywhere.
     
  18. gun fitter

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    A 22.lr will do the job but is not legal in most states for big game.

    Find a Remington 700 in either .308 or 30-06 almost every one is extremely accurate.

    Spend as much as you can afford to on the scope it's probably more important than which rifle you choose.
    Joe
     
  19. timberfaller

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    338 win mag, 375 H&H are a great pair!

    BUT it doesn't matter what you shoot, if your not any good at bullet placement.

    Good luck.
     
  20. warpspeed

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    I'd suggest a Mark V Weatherby, composite stock in 300 Weatherby Mag.

    My father used one to hunt exactly what you described - Moose, Elk, Bear, Caribou, etc. I think he also took a Buffalo with it but I'd have to ask.

    7mm Rem Mag works for Sheep, Goats, etc and then for everything smaller, switch to a 243Win.

    I've always used a 270Win chambered Sako but never hunted anything bigger than sheep.
     
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