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RE: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #75 on: September 29, 2010, 12:58:17 PM »
50 cal BMG..Knocks em down flat.Plus they are then in packable pieces. :yike:

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RE: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #76 on: September 29, 2010, 01:06:35 PM »
I vote .270,7mm-08,.308,as ALL THREE HAVE DONE IT FOR ME IN THE PAST!

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RE: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #77 on: September 29, 2010, 01:09:08 PM »
50 cal BMG..Knocks em down flat.Plus they are then in packable pieces. :yike:
Did you ever read the article years ago in one of the hunting mags about a husband and wife that hunted elk with a 50 bmg?
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RE: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #78 on: September 29, 2010, 01:18:00 PM »
50 cal BMG..Knocks em down flat.Plus they are then in packable pieces. :yike:

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RE: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #79 on: September 29, 2010, 02:43:46 PM »
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RE: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
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RE: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #81 on: September 29, 2010, 03:10:41 PM »
Almost all the guys  I hunt with use a 30-06 for both deer and elk, I hunt deer with a 270. Just bought a 300 win mag for elk. the 270 is my favorite. but love to shoot the 300. and would have not problem using either for any thing I hunt.

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RE: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #82 on: September 29, 2010, 03:25:02 PM »
I was told by an old Viet Nam & Korean War sniper that you best bet was a 30-06 or a .300 Win Mag if you plan on taking bigger animals like moose or elk at longer distances.  His favorite rifle of them all was the 30-06.
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RE: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #83 on: September 29, 2010, 04:12:13 PM »
I didn't read all 6 pages of replies... but why on earth would a guy want just one rifle?  7/8 of the enjoyment of hunting comes in the other 11 months you aren't in the field.  Building new rifles, shooting at the range, reloading, studying ballistic charts, discussing which rifle/caliber/scope/widget is better on here or at the water cooler... one rifle...?  C'mon.  That's like having milk toast for breakfast every day of every month.  

Deer?  What kind of deer?  Blacktails in the brush country?  I'd be carrying a 45/70 lever gun.  Mulies in the rim rock country?  I'll be toting my 300Win Mag.  Speed Goats..?  270 or 7 mag is hard to beat.  257 Whby Mag may be the best of all for flat shooting at smaller game.  Bears...?  Blackies in the brush?  I'd have the 45/70 again, with Garrett +P Hammerheads.  Brown bears?  375 H&H or larger.  Elk?  338 Win Mag.  No sense in arguing or chest thumping about who does what with what caliber.  There's simply too many great options to limit yourself to one gun.  

Ok... so you have twisted my arm to the point where I have to say ONE caliber.   30.06.  Milk toast again...?
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RE: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #84 on: September 29, 2010, 05:14:53 PM »
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Re: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #85 on: October 02, 2010, 08:03:15 PM »
30-06 for the all around winner. But I guess it boils down to what you are the most comfortable with and trust.
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Re: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #86 on: October 02, 2010, 09:22:32 PM »
30-06 is all arounds winner??  How?  When I has to decide I narrowed it down to one caliber to buy my first rifle, I chose the .308WIN.  It is almost identical to the 30-06, except the .308 uses a smaller case so the powder burns more consistantly from round to round.  At least that is what I have heard from some bench shooters.  Now that I reload if I had to choose only one caliber I would go with the .300 WinMag.  I like having the extra punch and it doesn't really cost anything to shoot by reloading.

As far as .338 Lapua and .50 BMG go, they are fun to shoot.  Rifles chambered in those cost too much and getting stuff to reload them cost too much and I am not carrying something that weighs that much through the woods.  I heard somewhere that carrying a Barrett in combat is usually done by two people.
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Re: RE: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #87 on: October 03, 2010, 12:38:28 AM »
50 cal BMG..Knocks em down flat.Plus they are then in packable pieces. :yike:
Did you ever read the article years ago in one of the hunting mags about a husband and wife that hunted elk with a 50 bmg?

i remember that one.
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Re: RE: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #88 on: October 03, 2010, 09:18:39 AM »
50 cal BMG..Knocks em down flat.Plus they are then in packable pieces. :yike:
Did you ever read the article years ago in one of the hunting mags about a husband and wife that hunted elk with a 50 bmg?

i remember that one.
That sounds like a good read, is it online somewhere or does someone still have a copy of that?
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Re: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #89 on: October 06, 2010, 10:22:15 AM »
i think it was in the NRA hunting mag
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Re: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #90 on: October 13, 2010, 02:54:44 PM »
i think it was in the NRA hunting mag

Must be from before I was a member or they started the online one, because I can't find it.
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Re: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #91 on: October 13, 2010, 04:36:16 PM »
A little late to the party, but for $500, you can get a good Remington Starter kit.

http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/centerfire/model-770/model-770.aspx

I chose the Remington 770 .300 Win Mag. It's a great rifle, that I feel comfortable taking any animal (except maybe a Sasquatch) in North America. It can be a tad to heavy for deer (size matters), but a well placed shot and that deer isn't getting up! same with Elk. I have been trying to get on a Bear with this, but have no hesitations pulling the trigger.

Besides, when the Zombie ninja Apocalypse happens, I can really reach out with the .300    :chuckle:
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Re: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #92 on: October 13, 2010, 04:48:18 PM »
50 cal BMG..Knocks em down flat.Plus they are then in packable pieces. :yike:

you would be suprised 8)
Okay, a .50 BMG is legal to hunt with, but what if it is belt fed?  I can't find anything that says it isn't.  It meets all the other requirements for big game, but a friend said he heard that belt fed isn't legal.  I can't find anything in the rule book saying it isn't.

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Re: RE: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #93 on: October 13, 2010, 04:53:23 PM »
I was told by an old Viet Nam & Korean War sniper that you best bet was a 30-06 or a .300 Win Mag if you plan on taking bigger animals like moose or elk at longer distances.  His favorite rifle of them all was the 30-06.
Hahaha no doubt this guy used an M1903  8)

My vote goes to the 30-06 and .270. Cheap ammo, powerful/fast rounds, commonly available, easy to handload, decades of deer slaughtering history... works for me!! Picked up a T/C Venture in .270 last week, dying to add to put it to use in... 3 days!!
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Re: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #94 on: October 25, 2010, 07:58:11 AM »
All around big game rifle, 7mag or 300 winmag, get the job done and easy to find cartridges for.
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Re: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #95 on: October 25, 2010, 07:59:57 AM »
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Re: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #96 on: October 25, 2010, 08:04:56 AM »
depends on the terrain. Open area, 7x64.

little bit closer brushy i'd hit up the 8x57...... and i do
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Re: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #97 on: October 25, 2010, 09:35:00 PM »
if I were buying a new rifle for general big game hunting I would buy a remington model 7 in 300 wsm.
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Re: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #98 on: October 25, 2010, 09:43:50 PM »
I didn't read all of the previous responses but .25-06 gets my vote.

As far as the belt fed .50 cal. It would be legal if it was semi-auto. Not fully auto.  :mgun:

I guess that kind of defeats the purpose of a belt fed .50 cal though.
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Re: Best Caliber rifle for Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope
« Reply #99 on: October 25, 2010, 09:48:01 PM »
depends on the terrain. Open area, 7x64.

little bit closer brushy i'd hit up the 8x57...... and i do

WHere can I get one of those in the states. When I was in Austria I shot a 7x64? Haven't seen one here... :dunno:
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