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looking for a big bore

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Brad5192, Mar 3, 2009.

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  1. Brad5192

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    I want to buy a big bore rifle. What is a good gun and caliber.

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  2. Robert

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    I have a Marlin 1895G in 45-70 that is a real fun little lever rifle. Accurate and a breeze to shoot, if you can handle a 12ga you can handle 45-70 in a commercial loading. I really want the 1895 Cowboy but alas my wants outstrip my money.
     
  3. rcmodel

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    Marlin 1895 45-70.

    That will give you all the recoil most folks are willing to put up with, or can shoot accurately.

    The 45-70 has killed about everything that walks, crawls, or swims at one time or another.

    rc
     
  4. Brad5192

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    looking to reach 300 yds at the longest but most to 100 yds
     
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    I enjoy a good kick
     
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    I have read that the 375h&h has a good range of weights that allow the trajectory for the lighter loads to be relatively flat to 250 yards, yet still shoot heavy loads.

    I would recommend a bolt shooting this caliber.
     
  7. Robert

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    You can reach 300 yards with 45-70 in the right rifle with hand loads. And you load it up to spec and it will give you a good kick. Try looking at some of the Sharps style rifles. The longer barrel will help you reach out to 300 better than the shorter. Though I bet I could hit 300 with my Marlin with hand loads and some practice.

    If you are looking at it for hunting you might also look at 35 Whelen. It is a 30-06 necked up to .358 dia. Not as much umph as the 375 H&H but cheaper to feed.
     
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    The price of ammo is not a problem but a $100 is high enough
     
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    the 35 whelen or a 45-70 are both fine dangerous game rounds
    is that why you want a big bore?
    if you want one just for the heck of it thats kool too!i've got a 338win mag don't know why i have it but i do lol
     
  10. TIMC

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    I love my 1895 in 45/70. Great rifle that can be had at a decent price!
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    Let me introduce you to my brother-in-law!
     
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    Ruger No 1S in .458 Win Mag or .416 Rigby.
     
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    You gotta tell us what you are using it for. For general across the board, a 375 h&h is a good compromise. 308-ish trajectory out past 4oo yards, but still enough for cape buffalo or elephant up close. Ammo not cheap but not crazy, and fairly available. Now if you are specifically hunting kodiak browns or plan on doing alot of Africa hunting, then you might want to get more specific and go 416 or 458, or hell 600 nitro. There is always a trade off though, as those big thumpers tend to be great up close, but don't fair as well for double duty as a 300 yard elk or moose gun. And as others have said, the 45-70 is quite competent in its own right. But just like a wrench, fitting the appropriate tool to its task is the bottom line.
     
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    .600 nitro? You must be one of those short sellers I hear so much about. But your right,the OP needs to be more specific on what he wants.
     
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    Absolutely. If you want something a bit smaller, but with basically the same power, the .338 Win Mag would be a good choice.
     
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    .338 Win. Mag.
     
  18. Brad5192

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    What about the 338UM or 375UM from Remington are they good for brown bear or moose in Alaska and an elk. I want a bolt action.
     
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    The 338 doesn't quite qualify as a big bore, but I'm still a fan of them. The 375 fits. Either would handle those species. Beyond that there's 416 Remington or Rigby (I own and prefer the Rigby). Ruger offers a 405 WCF in the #1. :D Then there's the aformentioned 45/70, 458 Win Mag, 458 Lott, etc. etc.

    For what you mentioned though, I'd probably look at at 338 or even a 300 (and my preference would be an Ultra Mag).
     
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    fine rounds, but availability of ammo could be an issue.
     
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    .45-70 floats my boat.
     
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    +1 for the 45-70 in a Marlin 1895. If you want to reach out further, get the 1895 with the 20" barrel and not the Guide Gun. You can get factory loads, the Hornady Lever Evolutions for long distances, and Buffalo Bore and Garretts for Cape Buffalo and engine blocks (Garrett makes a 500 gr tungsten solid!). Or rhinos, whatever. The ammo choices are fantastic. Now I want one too.
     
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    On the 338 um, a buddy of mine did a moose hunt on the Yukon river last year. They were river hunting in boats,and there were 8 of them,and he got his early,so shot some great video.He got a great shot of someone Else's kill with a 338 um. One shot -bull looks a little wobbly for 2 or3 secs. then simply pitches over on his chin. What was most impressive was the range-425 yards.
     
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    "What was most impressive was the range-425 yards."

    Whatever happened to "stalking?"
     
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