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