Deciding on caliber of rifle

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by rdwind, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. rdwind

    rdwind New Member

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    Hello new member here. I have been considering buying a new rifle.

    I am looking to get a one rifle does most. I was set on a bolt gun in 308, but with everyone buying and hording all the .223/5.56 and .308 ammo. I would like to stay away from those calibers for supply sake. No I don't reload currently.

    The rifle I am considering will definitly spend more time on the range than hunting or varmit slaying. Not saying I wont be hunting with it, but I now live where white tail and mule deer are the largest animals that I might hunt with this rifle. I have a .223 for smaller varmits. I don't have any interest in hunting for any animals where I would be considered part of the food chain.

    I was thinking about either .243 or .270 in either a Savage 11/111 or Remington 700. Just no longer sure of the caliber.

    I don't see my self doing many 1000 yd target shots, but would probably be doing intermediate distances on a range.

    The budget is a beer type of a budget, but not generic.

    Thanks for any info. not sure if I gave the needed information.
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    I would stick with a bolt gun, 308, 270, 30:06. Not seeing much problem with basic soft point ammo being available in my area.
     

  3. 25-5

    25-5 New Member

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    You have a .223, so no point in .243. It does fine on the woodland whitetail, but time for a larger caliber. I have a Rem. 700 30-06 and love it. Ammo is varied and available. Better at distance than .243, and will drop anything in U.S.A. God glass is important no matter what you choose.
     
  4. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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    I have a savage 110 in 30-06 pretty much the same has the 111 and it's a great around gun and caliber you can shoot very thing from 110g bullet to 220g perfect for both hunting and target shoot and ammo ain't to pricey "depending on how much you shoot"
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    my gosh, there are many good calibers that you could choose from, 6.5x55, 25-06, 7mm-08, 270 Win., 7x57 Mauser, 30-06, 257 Roberts, 280 Rem., 7mm Rem. Mag. and some others as well. most of these are still currently chambered by most of the major rifle makers.
     
  6. unioncreek

    unioncreek New Member

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    If your going to be spending more time on the range I would go with a 7mm-08. As much as I love my 308. And highly recommend it the 7mm-08 is ballistically superior. And that will be the next rifle I build. But, I would still recommend the 308, ammo for it will always be available.

    Bob
     
  7. Flat Tire

    Flat Tire New Member

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    If I had one it would be my 308, it has more to offer as a bolt gun. If you want a gun that can fling them to 1000 yards it can. Plus there is always a ton of stuff because so many people shoot the 308
     
  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    UC, please check out the Marlin XS7 in 7mm-08. i have one and it's a very accuarate rifle without costing an arm and leg. very well made and has some great features. i also have to say my 7mm-08 is one of my favorites and one that gets shot much more than many of the others.
     
  9. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    That is like saying, I have a .308 no use in getting a .30-06............

    The rifle & cal. you get needs to depend on what you want it to do, good luck in your chose..........
     
  10. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Beer budget? There are some very nice Yugo 8mm Mausers out there- and you can get CHEAP 8mm Mauser milsurp, good hunting ammo, or match quality loads. Recoil is there but is livable, can reach whatever you can see- and you can afford to shoot it.

    The bayonet comes in handy for zombies. :rolleyes:

    8mm Mauser.jpg
     
  11. 25-5

    25-5 New Member

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    My point exactly. If you only can have two, make them different. I am lucky to have .308, 30-06, and .303, amongst others. The more the merrier. The OP seemed to desire a larger caliber and at present .308 is hard to come by and 30-06 is easy to get.
     
  12. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The 270 is probably the most popular non military round and it is an excellent hunting cartridge. A little less recoil than the 30-06, accurate and flat shooting. You would probably find some 270 if you went to an out of the way country store. You would also find 30-06 and 30-30.
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i agree that in this scenario the 30-06 is a very viable option. it's factory loaded ammo selection is second to none and it is the daddy of the 308! i am fortunate to have both the 30-06 and the 308, and if i had to make a choice between them, it would be difficult, but i would probably lean towards the 30-06, if push came to shove.

    i have a 30-06 and a 270 both in older Remington M700's. the 270, (circa 1969 vintage) and the 30-06, (circa 1971 vintage) and both weigh closely the same and i can affirm that in my rifles, the recoil of the 270 is a bit sharper. both have the same type aftermarket walnut stocks, identical recoil pads that i installed. i am not saying this is the case with all 30-06 and 270 rifles, just what i have observed with mine.
     
  14. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Hey AXX55. The .308 just called and man was he PO'd. He said my dad was the very honorable Mr. .300 Savage. He said Mr. .300 Savage his dad was turned down due to some size problems.
    I told him you were not really into geneolgy. :D
     
  15. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    The '06 has an extensive range of ammunition available. As far as ammunition being available, it's everywhere. Any '06 shortage is going to be mostly surplus ball, not hunting ammo.

    Disclaimer: I have to admit that I'm partial to the caliber.
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the 300 Savage was the inspiration for the 308, but the 30-06 was the parent cartridge. :D
     
  17. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    AXX55 I called Mr. .308 back he is in a nursing home. He said to tell you his Great Grand Father was the late Mr. 30-03 Spfld. :D
     
  18. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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    Man mr 06 most have been a busy bee for all the kids he has lol
     
  19. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the 30-06 is the younger brother of the 30-03!:D so, 30-03 is actually Mr. 308's uncle!:D
     
  20. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    30-06 has been the parent case of many, many different cartridges. small list and by no means complete!

    243 Win., 6mm Rem., 25-06, 260 Rem., 6.5mm-06, 280 Rem., 308 Win., 8mm-06, 338-06, 35 Whelen and probably many more that i'm not aware of.