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Old 06-11-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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Fellas, I'm looking at buying my first bolt gun but I have no idea what to get. I'll be using it for hunting whitetail and boar as well as target. I reload and will be loading my own ammo so ammo availability/exotic calibers is no problem. What is a good caliber? I was thinking 308 am drawn to the flatter shooters as well, 270 in particular. But I'm also drawn to the shorter actions so the 270 has a - there. How is the 7mm-08? Is this considered a youth/ladies round or is it a good choice for a full grown man?

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Old 06-11-2013, 06:36 PM   #2
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Welcome, J32!

I am a fan of .308, but I understand that the caliber you can buy is better than one you cannot....

There will doubtless be many technical responses offered to your post, but I can go to Academy, Wal Mart, Cabelas, Bass Pro, and Dicks right now...TODAY...and buy my fill of .270, while my favorite bolt Ruger M77 in .308 has been relegated to the easy task of making the other rifles in the case look bad due to my inability to find local .308!

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Either 30.06 or 308 and you will have all the bases covered!!

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7mm-08 is a fine round for anyone. I have a BLR chambered in it and love it.

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Me I despise the long action bolt wobble at the end of the stroke,stick with short rounds like the 308 brass in any caliber,7mm and 308 brass works magic,"I Think"?

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Thanks for the opinions. The more I look, the more I'm warming up to the 308. I like to reload and there seems to be more options for that round. Any other thoughts are welcome.

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The 7mm-08 is the best whitetail round out their in my humble opinion.

Yes there are more bullet options in 30 cal. But who cares? The heavier bullets (180 gr and up) are not going to produce any better results on deer and definitely not on the range.

You have more options than needed in 7mm for deer or pigs.

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I have many different caliber rifles that I shoot/hunt with. I like all of my 30 cal rifles-308-30/06-300WM,all will take down almost any animal on the North American continent.
My 7mm-08 that I built is a great rifle,and will take down any size deer/hog with lower recoil than the .30's.You also have a very large selection of high B.C. bullets in 7mm

But,I'd have to say my favorite caliber is a 25/06,followed by the 6.5 Creedmoor and 260 Remington. If you want a flat shooting,tack driving caliber that will take anything up to a big bull elk look no further than these calibers. The 6.5mm calibers will shoot right with the 300WM at a 1k yards.

Since I built my 6.5 Creedmoor,I haven't even wanted to shoot any of my 30 calibers,and I'm thinking of changing the barrel/bolt head on the 300WM to a 6.5/06. I'm that impressed with the performance of the 6.5mm bullets.

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I have many different caliber rifles that I shoot/hunt with. I like all of my 30 cal rifles-308-30/06-300WM,all will take down almost any animal on the North American continent.
My 7mm-08 that I built is a great rifle,and will take down any size deer/hog with lower recoil than the .30's.You also have a very large selection of high B.C. bullets in 7mm

But,I'd have to say my favorite caliber is a 25/06,followed by the 6.5 Creedmoor and 260 Remington. If you want a flat shooting,tack driving caliber that will take anything up to a big bull elk look no further than these calibers. The 6.5mm calibers will shoot right with the 300WM at a 1k yards.

Since I built my 6.5 Creedmoor,I haven't even wanted to shoot any of my 30 calibers,and I'm thinking of changing the barrel/bolt head on the 300WM to a 6.5/06. I'm that impressed with the performance of the 6.5mm bullets.
Yes I sold my 25-06 because it was a vary long rang rifle that I really didn't need ,with my longest shots being 200 or 250 yard shots,not vary challenging for the 25-06,a cup of tea one may say for her,she is a Mountain Top Rifle,for shooting Mountain Goats from one Mountain top on to another Mountain top,700 to 1000 yards ain't nothing to her,such power with so little recoil,it just don't no better then the 25-06 Rem,I always wanted to tinker with a pure 6mm-06,but a Wife and Kids at that time changed my mind,$$$,you know?
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Thanks for the replies, your experience is more than appreciated. It's not on the bag for the 308 yet. I really don't need anything for huge game so the 6.5 and 7mm are definitely still in the running. I do like the thought if a flatter trajectory and lower recoil if its not necessary. I'll probably end up with more than one caliber to play with when it's all said and done.

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