Western Big Game caliber choice - The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 138 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
Part of the Community
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Right here
Posts: 230
Back To Top
Western Big Game caliber choice

Im looking into heading west to Colorado or Idaho this year for elk, deer, and bear hopefully. What would be a good long range gun for out there and can take all 3 animals? I wasnt sure between a 7mm mag, 300 of some sort, or a 338 lapua? Any other recomendations or advice would be greatly appreciated! I also found a 325 fairly cheap if that would be good gun?
Deerfanatic31 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 138 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 03:46 PM
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Eastern,Pa
Posts: 3,770
Back To Top
Re: Western Big Game caliber choice

Depends on what your main objective is. If its Elk and Bear, a 300 mag or a 338 of some flavor is a good choice. If the deer tag is for after the elk hunt, the big gun will kill the deer just fine. If its primarily a deer hunt, and the elk and bear are secondary targets, any form of 7 mag is perfect.

"Be nice, until its time to not be nice" (Patrick Swayze...Roadhouse)
Joe the Logger is offline  
post #3 of 138 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 04:16 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Butler ,Pa .
Posts: 1,321
Back To Top
Re: Western Big Game caliber choice

300 win mag ,stick with a common caliber ,ammo is cheap and easy to find ,lots of bullet selction to pick from if you decide to handload any
Dave2pa is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 138 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 04:21 PM
Frequent Contributor
 
camo1013's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: slp rck pa
Posts: 665
Back To Top
Re: Western Big Game caliber choice

300 win mag,great choice for the task
camo1013 is offline  
post #5 of 138 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 04:27 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: pa
Posts: 1,851
Back To Top
Re: Western Big Game caliber choice

300 weatherby mag. 165 grain nosler accubonds will fit the bill for all 3 animals.
338/378wm is offline  
post #6 of 138 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 04:50 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Lancaster PA
Posts: 139
Back To Top
Re: Western Big Game caliber choice

The 7mm Rem. mag is very hard to beat for all around western hunting. I use the .300 mostly but there's nothing you're going to do with a .300 that you can't do with a 7 Rem mag. For best results use 160 Partitions exclusively in the big 7.
300winmagfan is offline  
post #7 of 138 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 04:54 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Bloomsburg
Posts: 1,862
Back To Top
Re: Western Big Game caliber choice

Whats your definition of long range? The .338 Lapua is in a different playing field then the vanilla 7mm and 300's.

What do you use for PA Big game?
Do you reload or buy factory?

If your looking to purchase a new gun specificaly for this trip(and other western trips) then I'd choose a 7mm Mag or a 300 Win Mag. If you already use something in the .270, 30-06, etc... family (in PA) and are not looking for a reason to get a new rifle, save your money for some partions and practice.

If your definition of long range consists of 500-600+...then find yourself a reputable gunsmith and build a boom stick.

If I was in your shoes, I'd be using my 7mm Mag w/160gr Partitons or my .35 Whelen with 225gr. Partitons.

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, fast is deadly
REdgar7mm is offline  
post #8 of 138 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 06:43 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Lycoming Co.
Posts: 1,203
Back To Top
Re: Western Big Game caliber choice



30-06 with 180gr Nosler Partions will do just fine for on all the above named species. I've been hunting CO & WY using both 165 gr & 180 gr on Elk/Mule Deer/Antelope on three trips with excellent results. If you want a new rifle for out West....buy whatever tickles your fancy but 270's & 06's and similiar calibers work just fine.

htephil is offline  
post #9 of 138 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 06:51 PM
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Chambersburg,Pa
Posts: 3,112
Back To Top
Re: Western Big Game caliber choice

Two brothers in Alaska used their 7mm Remington magnums on the smaller interior grizzlies and could not believe the excellent results..
burk313 is offline  
post #10 of 138 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 07:05 PM
PHA
Frequent Contributor
 
PHA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: SE Colorado via Elk County, PA
Posts: 594
Back To Top
Re: Western Big Game caliber choice

I'd go with the Remington 7 Mag with Barnes 150 TTSX bullets. Second choice would be 300 Win Mag with Barnes 165 or 168 TTSX. The 7 has less recoil, is plenty of gun and will perform well with a stout bullet like the Barnes. The Barnes are typically very accurate, penetrate extremely well and retain 90-100% of their weight.
PHA is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome