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rdwind 01-07-2013 11:03 PM

Deciding on caliber of rifle
 
Hello new member here. I have been considering buying a new rifle.

I am looking to get a one rifle does most. I was set on a bolt gun in 308, but with everyone buying and hording all the .223/5.56 and .308 ammo. I would like to stay away from those calibers for supply sake. No I don't reload currently.

The rifle I am considering will definitly spend more time on the range than hunting or varmit slaying. Not saying I wont be hunting with it, but I now live where white tail and mule deer are the largest animals that I might hunt with this rifle. I have a .223 for smaller varmits. I don't have any interest in hunting for any animals where I would be considered part of the food chain.

I was thinking about either .243 or .270 in either a Savage 11/111 or Remington 700. Just no longer sure of the caliber.

I don't see my self doing many 1000 yd target shots, but would probably be doing intermediate distances on a range.

The budget is a beer type of a budget, but not generic.

Thanks for any info. not sure if I gave the needed information.

Gatoragn 01-07-2013 11:16 PM

I would stick with a bolt gun, 308, 270, 30:06. Not seeing much problem with basic soft point ammo being available in my area.

25-5 01-07-2013 11:18 PM

You have a .223, so no point in .243. It does fine on the woodland whitetail, but time for a larger caliber. I have a Rem. 700 30-06 and love it. Ammo is varied and available. Better at distance than .243, and will drop anything in U.S.A. God glass is important no matter what you choose.

bigdaddy573 01-07-2013 11:26 PM

I have a savage 110 in 30-06 pretty much the same has the 111 and it's a great around gun and caliber you can shoot very thing from 110g bullet to 220g perfect for both hunting and target shoot and ammo ain't to pricey "depending on how much you shoot"

Axxe55 01-07-2013 11:30 PM

my gosh, there are many good calibers that you could choose from, 6.5x55, 25-06, 7mm-08, 270 Win., 7x57 Mauser, 30-06, 257 Roberts, 280 Rem., 7mm Rem. Mag. and some others as well. most of these are still currently chambered by most of the major rifle makers.

unioncreek 01-08-2013 12:10 AM

If your going to be spending more time on the range I would go with a 7mm-08. As much as I love my 308. And highly recommend it the 7mm-08 is ballistically superior. And that will be the next rifle I build. But, I would still recommend the 308, ammo for it will always be available.

Bob

Flat Tire 01-08-2013 12:50 AM

If I had one it would be my 308, it has more to offer as a bolt gun. If you want a gun that can fling them to 1000 yards it can. Plus there is always a ton of stuff because so many people shoot the 308

Axxe55 01-08-2013 12:53 AM

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Originally Posted by unioncreek (Post 1084472)
If your going to be spending more time on the range I would go with a 7mm-08. As much as I love my 308. And highly recommend it the 7mm-08 is ballistically superior. And that will be the next rifle I build. But, I would still recommend the 308, ammo for it will always be available.

Bob

UC, please check out the Marlin XS7 in 7mm-08. i have one and it's a very accuarate rifle without costing an arm and leg. very well made and has some great features. i also have to say my 7mm-08 is one of my favorites and one that gets shot much more than many of the others.

303tom 01-08-2013 12:54 AM

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Originally Posted by 25-5 (Post 1084412)
You have a .223, so no point in .243.

That is like saying, I have a .308 no use in getting a .30-06............

The rifle & cal. you get needs to depend on what you want it to do, good luck in your chose..........

c3shooter 01-08-2013 01:49 AM

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Beer budget? There are some very nice Yugo 8mm Mausers out there- and you can get CHEAP 8mm Mauser milsurp, good hunting ammo, or match quality loads. Recoil is there but is livable, can reach whatever you can see- and you can afford to shoot it.

The bayonet comes in handy for zombies. :rolleyes:

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