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Old 04-04-2013, 07:13 PM   #31
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My father's pet rifle when I was young, was a rebarrelled Swedish Mauser in 6.5X55. He used it for every and anything that he hunted. The 77 grain hollowpoints were his varmint loads, they shot very flat and seemed to be very frangible, his deer loads were 120 grain Sierras and were very effective on Ga. deer and hogs. I had one when I was a kid, recoil was mild and it did not shoot as well as the old man's but was definitely minute of deer in the north Ga. woods a very good round in my opinion.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:07 PM   #32
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I hunted with Mauser 300 win mag for 20+ years. That thing kicked like a mule. After doing some research, I decided to go with the 6.5x55. I could find nothing but praise for this round but I wish I could find a US maker for it. I went with the Sako model 85 and love it! Know I just need a deer to step up in front of me!

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Old 04-09-2013, 02:21 AM   #33
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I don't want to highjack the thread, but....

Speaking of the 6.5 Swede, I was wondering if it is a bit too much gun for prairie dogs? I love the caliber, and I was thinking the 90 grain pill at 100-200 yd. range, but was worried about the lack of frangibility.
Too much gun for blowing up small furrys? There is no such thing if you can take the recoil and the 6.5x55 is well known as a light kicker, but it is certainly more then you need if that is what you are asking. I highly doubt that would be any issue with expansion especially in a modern action, seen guys drive 87gr bullets to 3400-3500fps, varmint bullets are often designed to expand down to 1400-1600 so you should get good explosive expansion WELL beyond the 200yd mark. The 6.5x55 is probably the most versatile cartridge in existence hence it still has a loyal following after 122 years. 85-100gr for small furry things, 120-130gr for all pronghorn-deer class game, and tough constructed 140gr-160gr for elk and moose.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:51 PM   #34
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Check out the B&C stats, it may suprise you.
http://www.boone-crockett.org/news/featured_story.asp?area=news&ID=125

I've tracked more Whitetail for folks that used a .243 then any other caliber. It is not the hammer of Thor, but more of a surgical penetration. People don't get it. The biggest issue w/ a .44 mag carbine is many people think because they can see the target in their scope, they will harvest a whitetail. Problem is reality just does not work the same. My .44-40 is a great deer rifle inside 100 yards, as is the .44 mag. Most hunters here still use the .308, .30-06 or .270.
I like different calibers myself. I don't believe in being under gunned. I like 6.5x55, 8x57, 9.3x57, 7.5x55. There are few places here in NH that you would get the chance at a 300..400 yard shot. But, if I'm hunting those areas I will bring an appropriate caliber/rifle/scope, That has been a 7mm Remington mag before. That rifle has taken more whitetail then any other I own. The Weight of that rifle is also a factor as I don't still hunt. Like yazul, I'm a huge Mauser fan.
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I personally favor the .270Win. recoil is fairly mild which is why I picked up a .270. With the rotator cuffs in both shoulders torn I can't do a .308 anymore. The .270 will take anything down here in North America. I have taken whitetail, mule deer, elk, moose and black bear down with a .270.
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For elk I use 300 win mag. For dear its usually the .308 or .44 magnum from a lever action. It really depends the range though. If I new I would be shooting deer at 400-500 yards ill opt for my 300 win. But now that im starting to reload I have start to appreciate the 300 win mag so much more. I load a variety of different power levels. Full power loads for elk and up. I can make 300 mag loads that are 308 or 30-06 level for smaller game.
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does a pump shotgun (shooting 2/3 rifled slug) have more or less recoil than a 30-06
More recoil. Much more.

OP, 30.06 will do a fine job. But in all fairness, I'm a fan of 30.06.
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In your opinion what caliber is the best for deer and elk? Consider price, how available ammo is, power, range, trajectory. I use a 30-06 Springfield. It puts a little hurt to the shoulder but I really like it.
I've read thru 3 pages of everyone recommending their own particular caliber, to putting on a recoil reducing stock! I guess that I'm turning into a cranky old man and these posts aren't helping. Believe "Biohazard" was the only one who mentioned the solution- reload to the power level that you require. When I toted a pump 30-06 in the north woods, reloads were from subsonic casts for furbearers, thru 30-30 equiv. to full power loads. It was with these multi-level loadings that I observed a surprising trend... it makes no damn difference on an elk or moose properly hit!
I'm also a firm believer in that old ad "Beware the man that owns one rifle." (search Alberta outdoorsmen) elk hunting.
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[QUOTE=BULLET9992;1202809]I use 300 win mag (hornady 180gr superformance sst) for hog & 30-30 (hornady 160gr ftx) for deer. But in at a max of 200 yards.

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does a pump shotgun (shooting 2/3 rifled slug) have more or less recoil than a 30-06
A 12 gauge with slug has more recoil than a 30-06.

I believe the slug is somewhere between the 300 Win mag and 338 Win mag....

12 gauge slugs are not real fun to shoot.....if you can handle that, there is not much you can't handle.
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