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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-22-2016, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Need help with Cartridge choice

Thanks in advance, folks.

I want to buy another rifle and I am looking to you for discussion on caliber. Years ago, I bought a Savage 16 weather warrior in 300WSM for my "deer and bigger" gun. Then two years ago, I bought a Savage Model 10 Predator in .260 Rem for my "deer and smaller" gun. I like them both, but they are heavy!

I am heading to Colorado next year for elk, and after lugging the 300WSM around in Sproul State Forest on Saturday, I want to buy a lighter weight rifle for my trip.

I have settled on a Tikka T3 Lite as the gun for two reasons. 1.) Reputation of accuracy, 2.) I have always wanted one. So unless I hit the lottery and bring home a Kimber Mountain Ascent, the Tikka is my choice.

The problem I have is what cartridge.

I love the .308 caliber, I already have 2 30-06's - one a 1903 Springfield sporterized and the other a 760 Gamemaster and my .300WSM

My dad and brother love the 7mm Rem Mag, and I like it too.

I wouldn't mind smaller with lighter recoil so the .308 Win is in my head.

I do not want a 270.

my question is this. If you were going to buy a Tikka to try and have a sub 8lb rifle. what caliber would get and why?

the options are, in the order I am most inclined:
7mm Rem Mag
.300 WSM
.308 Win

Let's here you thoughts!

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-22-2016, 09:45 AM
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My vote is for the 7mm
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-22-2016, 09:48 AM
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7mm mag
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-22-2016, 09:50 AM
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I've owned about 8 different 308's over the years along with many other calibers.I always come back to the .308 and it will always be my primary Pa rifle.I bought my son a Montanna in .308 the day after he was born.I had him using a .243 his two first years hunting and when he turned 9,I worked up a reduced load for the Montanna.This year as an 11 year old,I have him shooting 130gr barnes ttsx with a hot load of varget.Recoil is still mild for a kid but that load kills deer with authority.I had to have another Montanna so I bought another one for myself a couple months ago.I'm shooting my old standby load with 165 gr accubonds.To me and for the style of hunting we do,nothing beats a nice light .308 bolt action.

I also had a Tikka T3 in both a .308 and 7mm-08.They're nice and light and shoot great.A .308 just works.Ammo and components are always easy to find and it's usually easy to work up a good load.Nothing wrong with a Tikka but if you really like light guns like I do,it's hard to beat a Kimber.I have 4 montanna's and probably won't ever buy anything else.They are a little more money but it's not a huge difference when you factor it over how long you'll have it.
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Keep in mind those T3's being light makes them easier to carry, but they do give your shoulder a belt.

I wouldn't want one in anything hotter than a 7mm Rem Mag, and even at that, I'd probably think hard about replacing the factory "pad" (they aren't much of a pad) with a Decelerator or Limbsaver.

The 7mm will do nicely for elk, for sure. Of what you listed, that's probably what I'd pick, but I'd replace the recoil pad.
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Do what l did. I couldn't afford a new Kimber either so l bought a used one!?
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-22-2016, 12:00 PM
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I have a Kimber Montanna is 300 wsm and I don't find it obnoxious to shoot and you don't get much lighter than that.My buddy has T3 IN 300 WSM.I shot that gun and didn't think it was bad at all.A 7mm mag wouldn't be bad and the T3's come with a decent recoil pad.
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-22-2016, 02:12 PM
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Keep it simple....stick with the 308.
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-22-2016, 04:24 PM
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If I ever need a western bolt action it will be a Sako 85 Hunter.

Of the calibers you listed, I would go with the 7mm. I think it would perform best at longer ranges.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-22-2016, 05:26 PM
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You can't beat a standard old fashion 7 rm or 300 am, either will serve you well for the long haul...
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