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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-19-2010, 04:50 AM Thread Starter
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Opinion on new deer rifle

I am currently in the market for a new, mid range deer rifle. I currently have a .300 Savage Model 99 and a .300 RUM Winchester Model 70. I like the Savage but it is not a long range, flat shooting cartridge and it is kinda heavy to lug around. I really like the RUM but it is a beast to haul around as well.

Some of the calibers I am looking into are 25-06, .260, 7mm-08, .257 Weatherby. I left the .270 off there because I like to stay off the beaten path a bit. It seems like you can't swing a dead cat here in Penn's Woods without hitting a .243, 30-30, .270 or of course, the 30-06. I am open to the .308 as my grandfather has one in a Model 99 Savage and it shoots very well.

I am basically looking for a mid range gun for deer that is flat shooting and still packs enough punch at distances over 300 yards. I know that there are alot of variables such as bullet weight and construction, barrel length, yada, yada, yada. I am just looking for some suggestions on what some of you think about these calibers. Ammo price, accuracy, ballistics, etc.

Thanks for any info!
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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-19-2010, 05:28 AM
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Re: Opinion on new deer rifle

Sounds like the 260 would be perfect fit with your 300 RUM. It has a short action and light weight rifles with great ballistic coefficients.
the 270 is always a good choice, the ammo is chheap if you don't reload, but the rifles tend to be heavier.
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Re: Opinion on new deer rifle

I really like my 7mm-08. Just got it this year and the doe I shot this year with it dropped in its tracks and with not a lot of meat damage. The recoil is very mild and the Remington Model Seven it's chambered in shoots great. Plus with the 20" barrel its a joy to carry and the laminated stock don't look half bad. I've read a lot of good things about this caliber and know many that swear by it. Mine is sighted in to be just high at 100 yards and it's not much low at 200.
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Re: Opinion on new deer rifle

I have a Remington Model 7 in 7 08. I have three 7 08's, I like 'em a lot.

I just bought a Browning A Bolt Micro Medallion, .257 Roberts. Haven't shot it yet, but it is nice, light and easy to handle.

Also, my son has a Remington Model 700 Mountain Rifle, that is really nice too.

All three guns are a little lighter and smaller than most, and real easy to handle.

Let us know what you choose.
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Re: Opinion on new deer rifle

A 260 Remington on a short action with a 20" bbl would be fun. If you got the coin maybe a Seven Mannlicher from the custom shop if they still make it. Only downside is the price of factory ammo, but if you handload it's not a problem after the initial purchase of cases.

Also, don't forget about the old 7x57 Mauser. In a Ruger 77 with 160 gr. bullets it'll fill your bill very nicely. Of course a 257 Roberts would too! Matter of fact if you don't have a Roberts that's what I go with. Have fun.


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post #6 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-19-2010, 09:53 AM
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260 gets my nod, I have 2 of them and i really like them. one mountian rifle (very light) and one with aheavy countor which I call my sendero.

It may be a poor choice of words but I am smart enough to understand what you meant.
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I suspect you're interested in something for those long fields around Corry? IMO, if cost is not a turn-off, of the cartridges you list, the .257 Weatherby fills the bill...followed by the .25/06....

The Weatherby will be more expensive than the .25/06 to feed, even if you handload, BUT will do all you want...it is accurate and easy to shoot well, especially in hunting situations....
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A 308 is a beaten path and from the posts on here a 25-06 and 7mm-08 are not far behind.The 260 and 257 Weatherby seem to be off the beaten path.To stay off the beaten path economically and for availability of ammo you need to reload.To be off the beaten path you need a custom gun chambered in an improved version or a wildcat.You need to reload to do either.If you shoot standard calibers and reload you will save a boat load of money if you actually use your guns.My son and I shoot almost every weekend though.Most folks don't.At our club we only waited one time for the range.The club has 300 members.

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If you want a long range deer gun the .257 wby would be hard to beat. I think finally making a vanguard in this caliber was a great move. I own a vanguard .257 and a pre mark V mauser action .257. It is an awesome caliber. I have 3 weatherby rifles in all and they shoot fantastic.
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One more vote for the 7mm-08,check out this link...


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