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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 08-12-2011, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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help me choose a new gun!!!

looking for a new rifle and having trouble choosing a caliber...cost of ammo is a consideration to me as well. I will be hunting deer and black bear with it…with the bears we have gotten the past few years I need knockdown power to kill these monsters...let me know what you think of these calibers...

-308
-30.06
-7mm
-7mm.08
-280

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post #2 of 52 (permalink) Old 08-12-2011, 05:36 PM
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Re: help choosing a caliber...

Most people really don't shoot enough rounds to make mammo cst a factor.



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Re: help choosing a caliber...

I don't care how much you shoot, why spend 45 bucks for 20 shots when you can get a different caliber that does the same thing or more for half the price

and obviously i shoot a good amount if it matters to me
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Re: help choosing a caliber...

It also depends on the type of ammo that you shoot. I shoot a 30-06 and pay about $14 a box for the cheap stuff that kills deer just as dead as the "premium" stuff thats $45 a box. Of the calibers listed I would go with either 30-06 or .308 because they are more common and will have a bigger variety of ammo out there to choose from.

The problem is that I don't know what I don't know.
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Re: help choosing a caliber...

All of those calibers will do the job but the 308 or 30-06 are tough to beat in performance and price, especially when the big box stores have the ammo on sale.

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Re: help choosing a caliber...

First off, any of the 5 calibers will do the job on any animal that roams PA woods with a well placed shot, none will do the job with a badly placed shot.
Pick a caliber that you can handle the recoil and noise with no problem. Don't pick a 06 or 280 if you're recoil shy, it will affect your shooting, to a high degree.
With ammo price and availability being a factor, the 30-06 and 308 can be found practically anywhere including wally world.
Having shot all 5 calibers, my pick, and what I use, is the 308. Recoil is not that bad in a light rifle with a good recoil pad, but the 7mm and 7mm.08 will be lighter. I can handle a 280 or 30-06, but I need to shoot a couple of box of shells out of them, over a few weeks time frame, to get use to the recoil and noise. With the other three, a time or two at the range does the trick.
One last point, once the rifle is sighted in, do all your practice shooting from hunting positions, with a lot from the standing position. There are no bench rests in the big game woods.

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Re: help choosing a caliber...

that's what I figured guys. Only reason the 280, 7mm and 7mm-08 are on my list is because I found some brand new ones at a heck of a price.

I figured if the ammo was still pretty cheap for those 3 calipers I would jump in the deals....also wanted some opinions on those 3 calipers because I am unfamiliar withthem
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Coureurs De Bois, recoil is no problem at all I've shot a 375 and I've never heard of someone shooting a lot to get used to noise? What do you mean

PS this isn't my first gun, I'm just in the market for another to add to my arsenal
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Re: help choosing a caliber...

Well from what you said I would list in order, .308 7mm-08 and then 30-06. The 06 and 308 are just about identical and ammo for both is readily available. The 7mm-08 will do just about anything the other two will do. However, if you do not reload finding a good variation in loads for the 7mm-08 might be a little more dicey. I prefer the .308 for a couple of self imposed reasons not that it is any better than the 06. I am just not a fan of the 06 since I can get all of its performance in a shorter more accuarate case. If you reload you can do allot with a 7mm-08 as far as backing down recoil with lighter loads but that is if you reload.

The singe=le biggest factors I would say is finding a rifle that fits you and in a caliber you like. Oh and the 7mm-08 and the 280 are basically the 308 and 06 in that the 280 uses the 06 case and the 7mm-08 uses the 308 case

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Re: help choosing a caliber...

Bucky thanks very much for the info. I dont need a big range in loading options. In fact, if each of those calibers is offered in 170-180 grains I would use the same round for deer and bear.
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