Originally Posted by j32407
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?
any of the cartridges you listed are great and i own all of them. each has some good qualities and have been around for long enough to be popular with many hunters and shooters.
reloading your own ammo gives you lots of options not available to those who just shoot factory ammo. also, it allows you shoot lesser common calibers at a reasonable price, vs. the higher cost of factory ammo.
the 7mm-08 is a good youth or for those not use to hard recoiling cartridges, but it's not just for them. i have owned many harder recoiling magnum cartridges and i bought my first 7mm-08 a few years ago because of my new fondness for 7mm calibers. honestly, my 7mm-08 is one of my most shot rifles! i can definately give a huge recommendation for this cartridge to be considered.
some i would suggest would be, the 30-06, the 308, the 25-06, the 270, the 7mm-08, the 280 Rem., the 6.5x55mm, and the 243.