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270 win 02-14-2010 02:51 PM

looking for a hard hitting low recoil rifle
Ive been looking and have finally decided that it would be best for me, to have a rifle that hits hard, and has medium to low recoil. I will be hunting everything from deer, to moose. I would like to be able to shoot out to 400 yards on deer and elk. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Txhillbilly 02-14-2010 04:06 PM

Well there are several great calibers that will take whitetail at 400yrds,but unless you are sure of shot placement,why shoot that far at game?
243WSSM,25WSSM,25/06,270,7mm/08,308 are all great whitetail calibers for up to that range.
If your planning on shooting elk at that distance,you will just have to deal with a little recoil,IMO. You could kill an elk with any of the calibers listed above,but I personally would limit them to around 300yrd shots. For farther shots you really need to step up to a 7mm Mag,30/06,300 WM,or any other caliber that carries a good amount of energy that far down range.

jpattersonnh 02-14-2010 08:59 PM

Hard hitting and low recoil usually don't go together for a 400 yard slayer. I use a 9.3x57 w/ 286gr for 150 yards and under. A 6.5x55 w/ 140gr will do exactly what you want. It will hit w/ the same authority as a 180gr .30-06 w/ half the recoil. I became interested in the 6.5x55 after having my neck fused in a few places. The chunk of titanium helps also. I was a serious recoil junkie before that. The 6.5 has surpassed my wildest expectations.

270 win 02-14-2010 11:28 PM

When i say low to medium recoil levels, i count the 30-06 as fairly low btw. Has anyone here shot the 300 wsm, I've heard from some that they kick like a mule, and others say they don't kick at all.

jpattersonnh 02-14-2010 11:49 PM


Originally Posted by 270 win (Post 230475)
When i say low to medium recoil levels, i count the 30-06 as fairly low btw. Has anyone here shot the 300 wsm, I've heard from some that they kick like a mule, and others say they don't kick at all.

Sorry, I guess I'm a *****! I'll still shoot your eye out at 400 yards! MV is not even close to accuracy and penetration. Another magnum junkie. 400 yards is not that far. Gee the 6.5 has a better BC and sectional density, but getting more w/ less is not a thought. If you want something to blow the socks off a .300WM build a 6.5x06. I wish someone would have shown me the same thing years ago. The 6.5-06 has it all over the .264 Rem Mag., no barrel burn!

Gatekeeper 02-15-2010 12:19 AM

If you reload I'd take a good look at the 280 remington or even better the 280 Ackley Improved.
30-06 parent case necked down to .284 (7mm). Huge selection of bullet styles and weights, some very well suited to long range hunting.

Its on my short list of rifles to build.

ninjatoth 02-15-2010 12:23 AM

270 Weatherby Magnum,they will take moose with it's 3500ft lbs of muzzle energy,they have harldy any recoil,and bullet weight varies from I think 100gr to 150gr which gives you alot of long range capabilities.

Txhillbilly 02-15-2010 12:34 AM

Well J.P. likes the 6.5x55 and it is a great caliber,but it doesn't carry the amount of energy downrange that the 30/06 or 300 WM at 400yrds and it's falling pretty fast out there on ballistic charts.

6.5x55 Swedish


.300 Win. Mag.

If you like the 30/06,it is one of the best all around calibers for anything roaming North America. I have shot one for years. I just prefer a 300 WM for elk,and like the 25/06 for whitetail,mule deer,and antelope.

I know guy's that shoot the 300WSM and they like it,but the only thing I see is better than the standard 300 WM is a shorter action,ballistic wise it's a toss up between the two.If you reload,the brass is alot cheaper for the 300 WM,and the 300WSM ammo can be a little harder to find when your off the beaten path.

hdwrench 02-19-2010 03:59 AM

i second the 280 rem . i have one and really like the round .

270 win 02-19-2010 05:09 AM

What about the 7mm remington mag

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