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all around hunting caliber

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Rodman, Sep 22, 2003.

  1. Rodman

    Rodman

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    Guys, i am looking for a good all around hunting caliber. i have had a .308, 30.06, .270, and a few 30.30s. i have always just used them for target and sold them all. i am now looking to hunt and basically just whitetail but i still would like a caliber big enough if i decide to take a larger animal. i live in florida and the deer here are quite small compared to back hom in New England. i am planning on going on a hunting trip in November up there to Maine and need to set my self up with something thats just a good all around caliber. i am just looking for some recomendations on what you guys who are experienced hunters prefer(this is my first hunting season). thank you
     
  2. tjpet

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    Get another .270 or 30/06. Either will serve your purpose well.
     

  3. A.F. Lineman

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    My vote is for the 30-06. Can get rounds for it most anywhere. Will take down most any game in the lower 48.
     
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    I'll chime in on the 30-06 as well. Lighter 150gr. ammunition is suitable for any deer sized game, and you can transition to the heavier 180gr. offerings for larger game.

    You can't go wrong with it.
     
  5. turq

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    I don't know what $ range you're talking but find this link a weatherby for the SPM(super predator master)

    http://www.weatherby.com/rifles/lw_spm.shtml

    I like the Kreiger fluted Bbl. 308 or 7mm-08
    Do you plan to Hunt Elk? If not I'd go with the 7mm-08. Shot placement ya' know, it's all ya' need.
     
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    .270 if you're a good shot.



    .06 if you're not. ;) ;f
     
  7. python1340

    python1340 Licensed to Ill

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    .30-06 . Forget all those newfangled calibers.
     
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    .30-06 or .308.
     
  9. Rodman

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    thanks guys for all the opinions, i appreciate them. i think i am leaning towards the 30.06 but still am throwing around th idea of the .308................
     
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    duncan Lifetime Member Millennium Member

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    Concur.
     
  11. bustedknee

    bustedknee The Snowflakes have invaded GT

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    Read through the reloading manuals and you will see that the 7mm magnum is the most versatile cartridge for North America.
    You must balance recoil with power, knockdown with range, availibility of ammo, range of bullet weights, etc., etc., etc.
    Thus the 7mm mag.
    If I could only own one center-fire rifle it would certaintly be in 7mm mag and I would not hesitate to use it on everything from groundhogs to Brown Bears.

    However, living in Alaska, I now use the 338 mag for everything. It is just a little more insurance.

    When I hunt "down south" I carry a 308. (Plenty of power, little recoil, and very handy in the Remington model 7). I'm glad I'n not "stuck" with only one rifle.
     
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    Another vote for the 30-06
     
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    I guess I'm the odd man out... .30-30 Win.
     
  14. NYGunman

    NYGunman o.oO0Oo.oO0Oo.o

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    I reccomend the Winchester .300 Magnum. It's good for squirrel to moose.

    Jim

    PS - If you hunt squirrel with it aim for the head. You just might have a tail left.
     
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    One more vote for the 30.06 An all around great round to hunt big game with.

    As mentioned above the 7 mag is great too, but not near as versital with out of the box ammo.
     
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    anyone have any experiences with a Remington 742 or 7400? a local guy has a model 742 with bushnell scop in 30.06 for 400.00 and wally world has brand new model 7400s for 399.00. i have to look up the remingtion website to find out the differences.
     
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    .30-06 should do quite nicely.
     
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    Sixgun_Symphony NRA4EVR

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    I would go with the .30-30 Winchester rifle.
     
  19. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Lifetime Member Millennium Member

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    I'm no hunter, but if you can't kill it with a .30-06 bolt action, you probably shouldn't have been hunting it to begin with (the .30-06 has a wide variety of loads) excluding African and Alaskan game of course, where the animals are a BIT bigger........
     
  20. A.F. Lineman

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    Rodman,
    $400 seems a little high for a used 742. They are not bad guns. I had one but traded it. I have seen used 7400s going for around $250 here a few times. The bolt action 700 is a very good rifle also.