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Old 06-25-2019, 08:27 AM
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I shoot 30-06 because its common, easily available shells anywhere, easy to reload/buy supplies for , good power but not overpowered, small enough for antelope, Large enough for moose and elk.

The second one I purchased was 30-06 To match the first calibre I got from my dad when I was 16. I bought the second one being that I was 16 hours round-trip from home back in 2005.
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:22 AM
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Yuppers, find something that works for our needs and get at it.

The Firearm encyclopedia had 10.000 + cartridges to choose from,,, no shortage of picking 1 or more that suits the needs

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Old 06-25-2019, 08:25 PM
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My selection process is simple, has to be easy to shoot and has to shoot the mass amounts of ammo I have on hand. 308 and 223. Have had others in the past but not anymore


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Old 06-25-2019, 09:29 PM
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I read too much and I suffer from bad G.A.S.
Thats why I have bought, had built and sold too many rifles(yes this is a vice)
Currently my sweet hearts are a .280AI, 260Rem, and a 7x57
My 2506 and .284Win are rather dusty right now, but Im not selling this two beauties.
The .284 was an itch from way back, I was working retail sporting goods and a fellow came in with a Ruger Model 77 in .284Win, I sold him a scope and mounted it for him, and sold him some ammo, I was a bit curious as to this slightly obscure cartridge so I did some reading and researching, the fact you can get the velocities with 7mm bullets you can from a short action just turned my crank I guess, so I built one on a Rem 788 Left Hand and well Im on my second barrel if that says anything....
The 2506 was a wet dream about pounding coyotes on fence lines 440yds to 880 yds away, a left hand Sako AV in 3006 fell into my possession and well it was a boring old 3006 so I had an RKS gain twist 1 in 11.5 final twist tube fitted, those 85 gr Ballistic Tips sure did pile up the song dogs, a bit tough on pelts, but they died in a spectacular fashion none the less. Of course more reloading and experimenting found that 100 gr Partitions and later TSXs were pretty damned good on deer, moose and elk as well, hell I even took a stud antelope with one of those 85s too. But a peek with a borescope showed some fire cracking in the throat so that rifle is getting nursed along these days.( I really should get a spare RKS tube)
The rest is idle hands and too much reading, wanting, and lord knows some sort of affliction Freud would laugh at.
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:36 PM
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I used to stand in front of my locker, gripped by indecision. No more. My cartridge selection, aided by more variety, is now based upon the what the tag is and where Im likely to find it. Sniping for coyotes = 240 Weatherby, timber hunting for moose = 444 Marlin (thanks, Yvan), cut blocks for moose = 300 Weatherby. I guess I try to use what I feel is the right tool for the job.
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Old 06-26-2019, 06:40 AM
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Guns can be an addiction for sure. Have bought, shot, then sold or traded about 70 new off the shelf rifles, 95% bolt actions in the last 15-20 years. Have no idea whats going to come home with me when I walk into a gun shop. Often it only takes a nice piece of walnut and the debit card magically appears. I have slowed down a bit in the last few years, mostly because our local shop closed and I don't get to the city to peruse the shops often, still have the odd weak moment though.
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Old 06-27-2019, 09:20 AM
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I literally poured over ballistic tables be fore I bought my first rifle. Primarily an elk hunter back then, in the mountains, moderate distances. So the 300 WM was it. But I had a liking for historic too: 6.5 Swedish, 7x57, 45-70 and the unusual. So a few wildcats have come and gone. the collection is eclectic and now I hunt with a 280 and 45-70 lever. A few are just paper punchers. I have hunted with all of them - they have put down game. No right answer - I like them all.
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