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    New caliber suggestions

    I need some help. I have a .30-06 now but I am looking to get something different. The majority of my hunting is whitetail. I have been looking a few different calibers but I keep going back and forth between them all. The main calibers I was looking at were .25-06, 7mm08, .270, .308. I have thought about 6.5x55 or .260. I keep getting turned around by reading articles. I see “ if you get a .270 then you might as well get .270wsm” I need some help with your real life experience. I want something with less recoil then the 06. I don’t mind shooting mine but I would like something lighter I can enjoy more in the bench and I. The field.

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    Not sure what ranges you might be shooting at but I think in today's market the 6.5 Creedmore might fill the bill. It seems to be the Mac-Daddy ballistic wise and will have much less recoil than the others mentioned. Certainly the 308, 7mm-08 will also work well. If recoil is an issue I would stay away from the 270 or the 270 WSM.

    Just my opinion. Good luck.
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    I shoot the 260 Remington because I reload,and I also shoot 7mm08,243,and 308.
    They’re all based on the 308 brass so I have a huge supply. All of them work well on whitetail deer.
    Recoil on the 243,and 260 is next to nothing.

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    If you don't reload and this rifle is for hunting only, than I would stay in a popular caliber that you may find in most every gun shot. .243, 6.5 Creedmore, 260 Remington should do it for you. If you do reload or you want to shoot targets, that is a totally different story.

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    I do reload. The gun will be for hunting but i would also like to use it year round for practice. I hunt whitetail but would like to hunt pronghorn and mule deer and maybe elk. My .30-06 would be my elk gun or I could get something bigger later.

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    Hard to beat the Creedmore as a cross over cartridge. Will work fine for whitetail and is a pretty good target cartridge out to 600 or so yards. And there is more factory ammo available for it every day.

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    Despite the fact that I do not like small sizes, if I have to advise you I would opted for 7-08. If you do not have the 30-06, I would opt for the .308, but it does not make sense to have two equal calibers, both are 30, so I opt for the 7-08.
    Last edited by jlf338wm; 02-09-2019 at 12:23 PM.

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    Have you thought about 6.5-06 if you dont mind forming the brass . 260 rem and 7-08 is a good choice if not shoot long range /

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    If you are going for a completely new gun and you want factory ammo available, I would stay with a short action. So, .243, 6.5 Creedmore, 7-08, .260 all would work. My 6.5x47 Lapua has a limited number of factory rounds available, all Lapua and expensive, but it shoots lights out a 1,000 yards and with the right twist barrel , it will throw 130-140 grain bullets fine for that type of hunting.

    No the question is: Are you talking about buying a ready made complete rifle or custom barreling a 700 or other action? If you are talking about a new rifle, that look closer at the available twist rate before purchasing or you may limit yourself to the wrong range of projectiles that will provide what you are looking for. Many Remington Factory rifles have too slow a twist for my liking and too much free bore to allow for a wide range of SAAMI spec'ed factory ammo.

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    subscribed, this seems like a very interesting thread


 
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