Hunting Calibers

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by VazDaGoon, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. VazDaGoon

    VazDaGoon New Member

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    So I'm new to hunting and I have a very important question. I plan on buying two rifles, one for big game and one for small game. My question is what calibers would be suitable for both rifles. I'm leaning toward a .308 or 30.06 for big game like deer and elk but I'm not sure what caliber rifle I should use for turkey, coyotes, boars, etc... I apologize ahead of time for my ignorance. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We use shotguns for turkey. And that .308 will make a great all around hunting caliber.
     

  3. RUG3R44

    RUG3R44 New Member

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    I agree w/ MCcool.
     
  4. VazDaGoon

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    What other small game would be suitable with a shotgun. Is there a barrel difference or are shotguns ONLY limited to pellet and/or slug size.
     
  5. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You can change barrels and chokes or use different shot size or slugs. Shotguns are extremely versatile. But don't have long range ability.
     
  6. BornToHunt

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    Get you a nice .270 flat and faster shooting than the 308 and -06 and either a 243 or 22-250 for your small game. I use a 22 magnum for turkey and small varmints. Very powerful little round.
     
  7. VazDaGoon

    VazDaGoon New Member

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    Will the .270 effectively bring down almost all big game?
     
  8. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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    A 270 is a great big game rifle and a good shotgun either 12g or 20ga is great for small game hunting.
     
  9. BornToHunt

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    Absolutely. The 270 is a fantastic round from coyotes all the way to elk from 100 to 180 gr bullets.
     
  10. BornToHunt

    BornToHunt New Member

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    Very accurate also. Sleek bullet design
     
  11. VazDaGoon

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    That's really helpful. I appreciate all the feedback. How about in terms if ammo availability? I know 30.06 is pretty easy to find here in berks county PA considering the 2nd amendment atrocities we face. Will it be the same with .270 or will I have to go out of my way to purchase that ammo specifically?
     
  12. Rick1967

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    Only if you can find ammo for it! I would go with the 30-06. Ammo is everywhere. I reload. But I still stick with the 06.
     
  13. BornToHunt

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    Ammo for 270 is like ammo for 22. It's everywhere.
    The old saying, "270's are like a**holes, everybody has one." The ammo is at Walmart academy cabelas etc. everyone that sells ammo will carry the 270. I have previously owned the 30-06. Think it's an awesome round I just like the ballistics of the 270. Faster and more accurate at longer distances.
     
  14. VazDaGoon

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    Thanks man I'm defiantly going to take that into consideration.
     
  15. jpattersonnh

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    The only reason it is flater and faster is because it uses lighter bullets. .22WMR is not a bad choice for up to fox and Coyote at close range w/ ear shots. There is always ammo for it availible.
    After you pass a 150gr it is a dog, just slow!! Most .270 rifle can't stablize anything past 150. It may work for you needs, but it is not close to a good all around cartridge. JMHO

    There is no perfect cartridge!

    A .308 rifle is always a good starter. .270 can have stupid recoil for the return it gives. 150gr for whitetail, 165 or 180gr for elk. Both the .270 and .308 are 300 yard elk rifles at best. If you get a rifle w/ a fantastic plastic stock, You'll know it the 1st time you pull the trigger. If you are really serious about hunting large game, Your better off saving and getting a real quality rifle. Consider it insurance and a lifetime of trouble free hunting. Quality does not mean it will break the bank, but you need to know something about rifles to find a good deal. The caliber is important, but the platform it is leaving is more important.
     
  16. VazDaGoon

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    I was considering a Remington 700. I saw one in 30.06 for 550 bucks. If I get one in .270 the issues you've described surface?
     
  17. VazDaGoon

    VazDaGoon New Member

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    Will* the issues
     
  18. Steel_Talon

    Steel_Talon New Member

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    If I was limited to two rifle calibers to hunt everything the USA offers then it would be

    The
    .243
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    .300 Win Mag.

    factory ammo readily available, and hand loading for both is very easy to tailor the cartridge to the application.
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2013
  19. jpattersonnh

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    Again, if you buy a lower end rifle w/ a plastic stock the caliber whether .308, .270, .30-06 all could beat you up. I would stay away from lower end rifles. The stock makes the difference.

    Perfect example of why there are so many calibers. These suit his style, area he hunts. Talon, What manufacturer/model/stock would you choose??
     
  20. BornToHunt

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    I'm sayin there's a large variety fit for anyone's needs. Me I stick to 130gr traveling at 3200 fps that will take down any North American animal at ease. I don't see any point of exceeding 150gr. 270 ballistics outbeat 06 and 308. I have owned an 06 in the past. Not as accurate down range as the 270. Travels slower. Hits hard though