First bolt gun

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by j32407, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. j32407

    j32407 New Member

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    Fellas, I'm looking at buying my first bolt gun but I have no idea what to get. I'll be using it for hunting whitetail and boar as well as target. I reload and will be loading my own ammo so ammo availability/exotic calibers is no problem. What is a good caliber? I was thinking 308 am drawn to the flatter shooters as well, 270 in particular. But I'm also drawn to the shorter actions so the 270 has a - there. How is the 7mm-08? Is this considered a youth/ladies round or is it a good choice for a full grown man?
     
  2. TruggieTex

    TruggieTex New Member

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    Welcome, J32!

    I am a fan of .308, but I understand that the caliber you can buy is better than one you cannot....

    There will doubtless be many technical responses offered to your post, but I can go to Academy, Wal Mart, Cabelas, Bass Pro, and Dicks right now...TODAY...and buy my fill of .270, while my favorite bolt Ruger M77 in .308 has been relegated to the easy task of making the other rifles in the case look bad due to my inability to find local .308!
     

  3. Dearhunter

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    Either 30.06 or 308 and you will have all the bases covered!!
     
  4. rockratt

    rockratt Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    7mm-08 is a fine round for anyone. I have a BLR chambered in it and love it.
     
  5. HankStone

    HankStone New Member

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    Me I despise the long action bolt wobble at the end of the stroke,stick with short rounds like the 308 brass in any caliber,7mm and 308 brass works magic,"I Think"?

    OK Boys Hit Me With Your Best Disagreement Shot!
     
  6. j32407

    j32407 New Member

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    Thanks for the opinions. The more I look, the more I'm warming up to the 308. I like to reload and there seems to be more options for that round. Any other thoughts are welcome.
     
  7. simpkinst

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    The 7mm-08 is the best whitetail round out their in my humble opinion.

    Yes there are more bullet options in 30 cal. But who cares? The heavier bullets (180 gr and up) are not going to produce any better results on deer and definitely not on the range.

    You have more options than needed in 7mm for deer or pigs.
     
  8. Txhillbilly

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    I have many different caliber rifles that I shoot/hunt with. I like all of my 30 cal rifles-308-30/06-300WM,all will take down almost any animal on the North American continent.
    My 7mm-08 that I built is a great rifle,and will take down any size deer/hog with lower recoil than the .30's.You also have a very large selection of high B.C. bullets in 7mm

    But,I'd have to say my favorite caliber is a 25/06,followed by the 6.5 Creedmoor and 260 Remington. If you want a flat shooting,tack driving caliber that will take anything up to a big bull elk look no further than these calibers. The 6.5mm calibers will shoot right with the 300WM at a 1k yards.

    Since I built my 6.5 Creedmoor,I haven't even wanted to shoot any of my 30 calibers,and I'm thinking of changing the barrel/bolt head on the 300WM to a 6.5/06. I'm that impressed with the performance of the 6.5mm bullets.
     
  9. HankStone

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    Yes I sold my 25-06 because it was a vary long rang rifle that I really didn't need ,with my longest shots being 200 or 250 yard shots,not vary challenging for the 25-06,a cup of tea one may say for her,she is a Mountain Top Rifle,for shooting Mountain Goats from one Mountain top on to another Mountain top,700 to 1000 yards ain't nothing to her,such power with so little recoil,it just don't no better then the 25-06 Rem,I always wanted to tinker with a pure 6mm-06,but a Wife and Kids at that time changed my mind,$$$,you know?
     
  10. j32407

    j32407 New Member

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    Thanks for the replies, your experience is more than appreciated. It's not on the bag for the 308 yet. I really don't need anything for huge game so the 6.5 and 7mm are definitely still in the running. I do like the thought if a flatter trajectory and lower recoil if its not necessary. I'll probably end up with more than one caliber to play with when it's all said and done.
     
  11. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    First rifle 308!

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  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    any of the cartridges you listed are great and i own all of them. each has some good qualities and have been around for long enough to be popular with many hunters and shooters.

    reloading your own ammo gives you lots of options not available to those who just shoot factory ammo. also, it allows you shoot lesser common calibers at a reasonable price, vs. the higher cost of factory ammo.

    the 7mm-08 is a good youth or for those not use to hard recoiling cartridges, but it's not just for them. i have owned many harder recoiling magnum cartridges and i bought my first 7mm-08 a few years ago because of my new fondness for 7mm calibers. honestly, my 7mm-08 is one of my most shot rifles! i can definately give a huge recommendation for this cartridge to be considered.

    some i would suggest would be, the 30-06, the 308, the 25-06, the 270, the 7mm-08, the 280 Rem., the 6.5x55mm, and the 243.
     
  13. simpkinst

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    Please clarify... You state the 7mm-08 is fine deer/pig cartridge then state the 260 is good for bill elk.

    Are you saying the 260 is a better elk cartridge than the 7???
     
  14. Txhillbilly

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    I said the 25/06 or the 6.5 Creedmoor/260 Remington are good for animals up to a Bull elk. This would be at ranges of 400 yards or less in the best of conditions.
    The 7mm-08 would probably do just as well,but I just didn't mention it in that way.I use mine for deer/hog hunting,and it does a fine job at those task.

    With correct shot placement,and the right type of bullet a smaller caliber can take game just as well as a larger caliber,but you have to know the limitations of yourself as well as the caliber of weapon you're shooting.
     
  15. simpkinst

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    Thanks for the clarification. Wasn't sure what your were getting at with your first post, and miss interpreted what you wrote.

    I do not have any experience with the creedmore or 25-06, but favor the 7mm-08 over the 260.

    Of course that's just me, not knocking it. I just happen to be a big fan of the 7mm.
     
  16. Apex-Predator

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    Nothing wrong with going 7mm over 6.5mm, they both have their strong suits, I personally lean toward the 6.5mm but I own and enjoy both my 6.5x55 and 7mm-08, the 6.5 currently has the advantage at longer ranges but that may change once the 150gr Accubond LR comes out for the 7mm with it's .611 BC which would run neck and neck with my 140gr VLD Hunting with .614 BC in the Swede. I might still be a few fps faster with the 6.5x55 but hardly enough to notice the difference.