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Old 08-29-2013, 08:56 PM   #61
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OK. I thought the .300 Winchester Magnum was too long for the M24 action, but as I said I am not conversant in military weapons. Getting back to the .30/06 I feel it is one of many "ideal" rounds. Around here though I find that the .30/30 is more suitable due to the short ranges and steep terrain. That having been said my son prefers taking deer here with the Garand. I don't have anything in .308, but it was my understanding the one of the main reasons for going to .308 was to get a lighter weapon by shortening the action by over 10mm. I thought the result was a limiting factor in what larger cartridges could be adapted to the platform. I think the .308 Winchester would be more than adequate for most of my large mammal hunting needs.
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Bear in mind Vikingdad, that BEARS are mammals, some quite large. Kill them early and often.
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I was just surprised to hear of an M40 chambered in 300 winmag. I thought all of them, even the A5, were short action.
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My bad I switched m40 with m24 it's been 10 years lol
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OK. I thought the .300 Winchester Magnum was too long for the M24 action, but as I said I am not conversant in military weapons. Getting back to the .30/06 I feel it is one of many "ideal" rounds. Around here though I find that the .30/30 is more suitable due to the short ranges and steep terrain. That having been said my son prefers taking deer here with the Garand. I don't have anything in .308, but it was my understanding the one of the main reasons for going to .308 was to get a lighter weapon by shortening the action by over 10mm. I thought the result was a limiting factor in what larger cartridges could be adapted to the platform. I think the .308 Winchester would be more than adequate for most of my large mammal hunting needs.
The M24 is in .308 but it's a long action. The army wanted to go with a long action in case they decide to go to the .300mag later on. I've got a Remington M700 Mil Spec which has the same barrel as the M24 but has a short action instead of the long action, but I really wish it was a long action. The loads that shoot the best in it have the bullet sitting to far out to fit in the magazine. That wouldn't be an issue with a long action, and I haven't had any issues like that with 30-06's.
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Geeze. How do you guys keep all of this stuff straight anyhow?

My main hunting rifle is a 1903 Springfield. It does a fine job.
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1903 Springfield I'm jealous I love historical firearms too bad my wallet isn't fatter or I would hoard rifles from all over lol
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1903 Springfield I'm jealous I love historical firearms too bad my wallet isn't fatter or I would hoard rifles from all over lol
It is nice, I'll say that. I am having a serious problem in sighting it in with lead-free ammo though. Point of impact is 8 inches high at 200 yards (compared to the same weight lead bullet) and the rear sight is slammed down on the receiver. I hate to do much to modify it but it looks like I will have to.
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It is nice, I'll say that. I am having a serious problem in sighting it in with lead-free ammo though. Point of impact is 8 inches high at 200 yards (compared to the same weight lead bullet) and the rear sight is slammed down on the receiver. I hate to do much to modify it but it looks like I will have to.
Wasn't the front sight blade pinned in on a '03? Could you go to a taller front---it would be a reversible modification. An even better reversible modification
might be to get the heck out of California.
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