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Old 01-01-2013, 11:20 AM   #41
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Since buyin the 300WSM I use it most often because of my calibres i can shoot the animal at up to 350m with little drop/hold over.

That said im not sure its my Favourite calibre either....

Think about the 30-06 7rm 7wsm aswell as the 30wsm....

i shoulda proberly done with a Seven as im shootin only 150s out of my WSM comfortably.

my other rifles a 35whelen

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Any of the .300 Magnums do not belong in this comparison.
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I have used all three calibers for deer hunting and must say that if I had to buy 1 caliber it would be the 300 WIN MAG. This year was the first year that I hunted with a .300 and I bought it primarily for out west. I used 180gr Nosler Partitions in front of 67 grains of powder and it dropped my mulie in its tracks at 100 yards. I decided to use this gun for deer in West Virginia but didn't have time to experiment with a lighter bullet so I shot the same Nosler. I put a nice shot on a buck but it ran 200 yards before it died. Upon further inspection, the bullet never had a chance to expand. Next year I plan to load up a 130gr-135gr ballistic tip or all metal bullet for deer. Other than that I love this gun for an all around big game rifle. I put a nice 4-16x40mm scope on it and other than being about a pound heavier than my .270 it is perfect!! I love the 16x scope!!

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OK.
Since buyin the 300WSM I use it most often because of my calibres i can shoot the animal at up to 350m with little drop/hold over.

That said im not sure its my Favourite calibre either....

Think about the 30-06 7rm 7wsm aswell as the 30wsm....

i shoulda proberly done with a Seven as im shootin only 150s out of my WSM comfortably.

my other rifles a 35whelen
The 35 Whelen is an absolute beast ! Love everything about it except recoil w 250 gr. fodder. More of an elk & moose rifle but I like the way you think !

From Sierra's website - .284 - 175 gr MatchKing - BC of .608, SD -.310 @ 2,100 fps and up.

OK, before Nitestalker sacks me, the 338 is better - .338 - 300 gr. MatchKing - BC of .768 w SD of .375 at 2,300 fps n up.
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I vote for the .300 WSM also. Next choice 7mm WSM. I don't believe any 06 is a 400yd plus gun. Just my opinion.

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I vote for the .300 WSM also. Next choice 7mm WSM. I don't believe any 06 is a 400yd plus gun. Just my opinion.
then you would wrong in your beliefs about the 30-06. it's been proven to work on game and men for over 100 years. that's not an opinion, but fact.

the right rifle, the proper bullet and the person behind the trigger, the 30-06 has taken game on may continents at well over 400 yards.

in WWI and WWII and countless other battles, the 30-06 has taken out men in excess of 800 yards.

you would be suprised at the versatility and capabilty of the 30-06. there is a very good reason that it has held it's place of honor among cartridges for over 100 years. and why just about everyone that makes a rifle still chambers them in 30-06. part of the reason i have owned at least one rifle in 30-06 for over 35 years. simple fact is, it still gets the job done.
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then you would wrong in your beliefs about the 30-06. it's been proven to work on game and men for over 100 years. that's not an opinion, but fact.

the right rifle, the proper bullet and the person behind the trigger, the 30-06 has taken game on may continents at well over 400 yards.

in WWI and WWII and countless other battles, the 30-06 has taken out men in excess of 800 yards.

you would be suprised at the versatility and capabilty of the 30-06. there is a very good reason that it has held it's place of honor among cartridges for over 100 years. and why just about everyone that makes a rifle still chambers them in 30-06. part of the reason i have owned at least one rifle in 30-06 for over 35 years. simple fact is, it still gets the job done.
In expert hands yes, but realistically look at the ballistics after 400. Men are much easier to kill than wild game. My favorite rifle is a .270 but for game exceeding 400 I would prefer a magnum round. With that said I have killed deer at over 300yds with it. No doubt it will do in a pinch but for regular use at long range there are better calibers for the job. Nothing wrong with an '06 look at all the wildcats and factory cartridges that have used it as a base to get different performance criteria.
What I should have said is I don't believe the '06 is a 400yd gun on a regular basis except on light skinned game. I put my .270 in that category also.
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A true "HUNTER", in my opinion would not attempt a shot over 400 yds. I don't care how far the property reaches, He would minimize the distance with hunting skills. Being able to take the shot just because you have a large parcel of land only means it would be a safe shot if you missed. Any one of your rifle options would be more than adaquate for deer. The versatility of the 30/06 has been proven time and time again over the last century plus. You also need to keep in mind; the kill zone shrinks as the range increases. Hunter and shooter are not in any way synonomous. You can be a great hunter even with limited shooting skills and you can be a great shooter with no hunting skills but shooting a deer at 500 or 600 yds. makes you a good shooter with no hunting skills or ethics. JMHO

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In expert hands yes, but realistically look at the ballistics after 400. Men are much easier to kill than wild game. My favorite rifle is a .270 but for game exceeding 400 I would prefer a magnum round. With that said I have killed deer at over 300yds with it. No doubt it will do in a pinch but for regular use at long range there are better calibers for the job. Nothing wrong with an '06 look at all the wildcats and factory cartridges that have used it as a base to get different performance criteria.
What I should have said is I don't believe the '06 is a 400yd gun on a regular basis except on light skinned game. I put my .270 in that category also.
if a person can't shoot accurately, makes poor bullet selection and doesn't make the proper shot placement, then the caliber used is of little importance. really wouldn't matter what they were using. still comes down to what i preach, practice, practice and more practice.

are there cartridges that are better at longer ranges than a 30-06? yes there are. but there are many people who hunt that think going to a larger magnum rifle will allow them to overcome their inability to shoot at a longer distance. i wonder how many game animals were wounded because a hunter exceeded his skill level with a rifle? probably quite a few.
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