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Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Southern 2G & Northern 4D
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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