Originally Posted by lonyaeger
Okay, I have .22LR and 5.56/.223 covered. I'm thinking my next (and probably my last) rifle should be of a bigger caliber.
I want a rifle chambered for shots of 400-600 yards or more and one that has enough stopping power for either whitetail or mule deer; I'm in Texas now, but will be moving to Arizona within the next few years.
It's been years since my Colt 30/06 went down with the boat. I want to hunt again, but I'm out of touch with the new ballistics and calibers.
Any recommendations would be appreciated....and this rifle could be "pre-owned" if any of you are looking to off anything good.
I'll make you a great deal on my .308 Winchester... LOL
Seriously, are you looking for ultra high tech?
You want common ammo that can be had just about anywhere?
You want 1,000 yard performance?
Or is a hard hitting round at 500 or 600 yards enough gun for you?
What about weight? If this is a hunting gun, you don't want an artillery piece.
If this is a serious distance gun, you don't want a pencil thin barrel and lightweight stock.
There are a ton of options out there, but you have to kind of tailor the weapon to what you are going to be doing with it.
Whitetail and Muleys don't need a magnum caliber to put them down. You could do it with a .243 or a .257 Roberts, both of which are a nice shooting round.
Everything is dependent on what you want to do with it in extreme cases and work backwards from there, with the thought in mind of compromising here or there.
The other option is to pick one purpose, and buy or build a Zero Compromises rifle with that in mind.