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Old 06-14-2014, 03:55 AM   #151
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This is a first, He admits he can't shoot worth a damb.
BTW, in 1990 SKS's were $125.00 , not $50.00. I took a few with my 1953 with cheap ammo. No second shot required.
BT Barnum said there is a sucker born every minute. I bought cases of SKS type 56 rifles so cheap I could sell them for $50 and make a decent profit.

So your experience with a couple deer is much more vast than a club of 35 men who killed well over 150 deer a season in drives. Hitting a running deer 8 of 10 shots is fair shooting where I come from. SKS rifles were never identified by the year they were made. They are identified by the type of SKS...Which is equal to the model of our guns.

It is clear you only motive is to bash someone when actually you are clueless.

By the way damb is spelled damn.
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:40 AM   #152
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Well .....Damb! :-D
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:27 PM   #153
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Actually the exact opposite is true. For EVERY intended use/target there is a 'best' round (caliber/bullet) combination. But there are many rounds which are less than best which can still do an good job on the intended target.
I hate to repeat myself, but I think from the recent posts it is in order here.
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Old 11-18-2014, 01:10 PM   #154
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The best caliber is the one you can shoot accurately,and deliver humane kills to the animal you are hunting.There Are just too many variables. VASA 1628


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Old 11-19-2014, 03:35 AM   #155
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Given the criteria of medium North American game, light recoil, reasonable meat damage, affordable, and available my top choices are simple.
308, while I usually prefer the extra speed of my 30-06 the 308 does kick considerably less and is a suitable cartridge for any medium game, just a great cartridge. 150gr SSTs, Speer BTSPs, or SGKs make quick work of any whitetail deer.
7mm-08 If there is anything that can beat the versatile 308 it is it's necked down cousin the 7mm-08, noticeably lighter recoil, better downrange ballistics and all the efficiency you love about it's parent case. While it is easy to compare to the 308 I actually compare it more with the 270 Win, I am pushing 140gr bullets to 2950fps burning about 10 less gr of powder then the 270 at the same speed reducing recoil and muzzle blast considerably, and doing it all in a light short action.
6.5x55, 260 and 6.5 Creedmore. I lump these all together since ballisticly there is no real difference between them. If getting some range is your game the downrange ballistics of the 6.5mms is legendary. While the 308 CAN launch .600+ BC bullets it can only manage around 2400fps while my 6.5x55 can top 2,800fps with them making very high BC bullets practical for hunting. While the 6.5mm is the smallest caliber on my A list they are still VERY effective on game, in fact none of my magnums and 30 calibers have ever done the kind of damage to the vitals that my little 6.5 has. Recoil is very light and meat damage is less then the 243 I used to use.
30-06, OK so it is not a light kicking rifle, but if you can learn to handle a little recoil (they are not THAT bad, much less then magnum slugs) this is probably the most versatile cartridge in existence from yote control to African plains game and everything in between. Unlike the 308 the 06 is comfortable with 200 and 220gr bullets should you end up hunting larger game in the future.
For rifles I like bolt actions and single shots, sure leavers and semis are faster but all I need is one good shot and it is game over, I have never missed. My favorite rifles are usually Savages, Brownings, and my fantastic Tikka T3. Ruger and Winchester make great Mauser style actions which I prefer but I have never been able to get them to shoot quite as tight, though their accuracy is more then acceptable for medium game hunting, so pick what feels the best to you.
Favorite optics are from Leupold and Nikon, sure there are higher dollar optics out there but in my book Leupold still has the best glass and Nikon is without question the best value.
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Old 08-18-2015, 05:43 PM   #156
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I have only owned rifles in .270 and really didn't have to worry about choices. I'm changing it up and going with .308 win. and all of a sudden I have more choices in ammo than I can shake a boom-stick at. Is there a website that explains about the many choices of ammo. I've heard you can use .308 .300 7.62 X 51 and 7.62 X 39. It's all really confusing.
I've had some experience with firearms. Not as much as some but more than some. I've had extensive use with the Model 700, M16, M60 and .22 Cal. Even had some fun with a 20mm but ammo choice was never an issue.
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:41 PM   #157
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I really love the question what is best rifle caliber.
Personally if some one doesn't have an idea when they are ready to hunt they should read more and postpone the hunt.

It is like asking me who you should marry the blond blue eyed big boobed bimbo or the little dainty brown eyed beauty that can cook like a pro chief, wants you out of the house as much as possible and loves guns.

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Old 08-20-2015, 02:29 PM   #158
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Actually, the best caliber is the one your gun is chambered for.
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