hunting rifles for wyoming


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Brother in Arms
October 16, 2008, 07:16 PM
Hey everyone I am thinking about visiting(moving) to Wyoming. Currently I only own two rifles with scopes...one is a Saiga .308 with a 8x Belorussian PSOP scope. The other is a CZ 527 6.5x55 SE with a Leupold 3-9. I also have a iron sighted Armscorp M14 and a Custom Montana action .308 with no scope. I have been considering buying a Remington 700 and putting the leupold on it or perhaps putting it on the montana rifle. My biggest question is .308 enough for the long ranges out there and for Elk. I think the 6.5x55 is perfect for deer hunting thought which might be all I get to do.

Thanks
Brother in Arms

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RancidSumo
October 16, 2008, 07:19 PM
I think you are covered for everything out here. I know that 7mm and 30-06 are the most popular hunting calibers in my area. You may however want a smaller rifle for antelope (most people use .243) Also, most people I know don't get very long shots on elk since they like the trees.

Shawnee
October 16, 2008, 08:36 PM
Your CZ by itself will do everything you need a rifle to do out there, and it will do it very well.

:cool:

one eye joe
October 16, 2008, 09:10 PM
Don't you mean CZ 550? Anyway, that and the .308 should handle your needs. Just mount a quality scope on the .308 and go hunting.

dakotasin
October 17, 2008, 02:19 AM
deer hunting won't be all you get to do here. you will find it surprisingly difficult to not go elk hunting.

you'll want to consider a good, accurate bolt gun in 338 win mag for a dedicated elk stomper. it is a pretty common gun here, and is what i used on my elk hunt earlier this month - as did every member of our group.

for goats, an accurate, flat shooting gun is about all that is needed. i am a fan of the 25-06, but anything 243 or larger is legal.

deer are deer... not too difficult to kill or find. i'm a huge fan of the various 7mm's for mulies.

where are you planning on coming to?

lefteyedom
October 17, 2008, 02:34 AM
I live here in Wyoming so for what it is worth here is my advice
Put a scope (3X9 is all you need) on your Custom Montana action .308 zero it in with some 165 grn bullets and you will be set. Bring theCZ 527 6.5x55 SE with a Leupold 3-9 as a back up.
The most successful Elk hunter I ever knew used a Savage 99 chambered for 300 savage top with an old Lyman 2 1/2 powered scope. Filled his elk tag every year with this rifle and scope for over 50 years.
NEW FLASH most elk are killed under 200 yards.

Coal Dragger
October 17, 2008, 02:29 PM
As everyone has posted you don't need anything more than your .308 (put some glass on it), or your 6.5X55.

I hunt western South Dakota (same topography as most of Wyoming) with my SSG in .308 and it does everything I need it to.

Tarvis
October 17, 2008, 04:19 PM
You're definitely going to need something in 22-250 in case you get attacked by prarie dogs.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
October 17, 2008, 05:59 PM
The other is a CZ 527 6.5x55 SE

That's be a 550 wouldn't it? Anyway, don't know much about Wyoming but I'd bet they'd all work.

Marcus L.
October 17, 2008, 06:04 PM
Been there, done that. Your .308 is perfectly fine for anything you would encounter in that part of the country, and pretty much anything in North America. Get a good scope for it for precise shots, and use the right loads depending on the game and you've got all your bases covered. There's .308 loads that will cover anything from taking big game at super long ranges, to bear protection when things get up close and personal, to taking medium game without damaging the meat too much.

Brother in Arms
October 30, 2008, 10:49 PM
So today I mounted non-QD sling swivels and a M1 web sling to my Montana Rifle. I also painted the synthetic stock O.D. green. I went to a local gun shop and found a old set of steel Redfield Model 70 mounts that fit it and added the Leupold 3-9X40 VX-I overall its a pretty decent package function over form for sure but it has sort of an old school sniper rifle feel too it. The gun also has a 24 inch 1 in 10 twist, number 4 contour Douglas barrel on it that its chambered in .308.

So that solves my Wyoming hunting rifle issues....now I can bring my M-14 and my bolt gun and not worry about having two calibers. I plan on trying it out with 170 grain soft points.

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