Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Olympus, Jan 23, 2022.
Yep, them right there.
Otherwise 7-08, will allow you to better cover the light thin skinned, upto large thin skinned game.
Lots of good recommendations. I didn't see 300 blackout on the list but it seems pretty ideal for what you're describing-mostly inside 200 yard shots, it's unique and practically designed for reloaders, it's mild in recoil, it is well supported by the industry, it's versatile, in a 16" barrel, it can deliver more energy at 100 yards than a 200 gr JHP fired from a 4" .44 magnum at the barrel.
270 Win, 30-06 for old school long action bolt gun options
30/30 or 35 REM levers could be fun, or maybe single shot 35 Whelen…. Like a CVA Scout or something.
Nothing wrong with wanting to try something different!
Admittedly, it's not much different than a .243, but it will handle bullets that are significantly heavier, and most importantly, it's not another
Because of your range, there is no reason to chase 3000+ FPS calibers.
This might help: https://www.chuckhawks.com/recoil_table.htm
If you're wanting a bolt action the 7-08 is my favorite mid caliber choice.
You can build an AR pretty cheaply, or Savage is building bolt guns in both, Ruger is building stick shifts in 6.5G, maybe 6ARC in the near future. There's always the HOWAs too.
If you want a little more power than the 243Win, 6.5 Creedmoor or 7mm-08 are great choices with just a little more recoil. The 7mm-08 will do just fine up to any of the larger critters on the continent with the proper bullets.
As for something else, I'd second the votes on the 7x57 or 6.5x55. I have these as well, and also love them. I'd lean toward the 7x57, but either will work. It's just easier for me (who don't hand load) to find ammo in 7mm Mauser, than it is in 6.6 x55 so I have more of it, and shoot them more.
I would second the 7-08. Mild recoil and you can move between 120gr and 140gr, so long as you know where they are hitting.
7.62x39 in bolt gun or AR platform
350 legend or 450 bushmaster in AR platform
But I really like what someone said about the 357 or 44 mag in the Ruger mini 77 series. Or a Ruger Deerfield carbine if you can find one.
Or the short throw lever action 96/44. Both it and the deerfield are 5 pound rifles that are great for carrying and short for thick woods.
I prefer Blue steel and wood. Mine is a 77 Hawkeye Carbine.
Rem 722. Rem 760. Savage M99. There are others, but these are the most adaptable to low-medium power optics. Recoil is mild with 150 gr loads. I'm becoming very fond of shooting my 760 and M99 just for fun lately, as .30 cal 150s have been easy to come by. The 760 is becoming "THAT" rifle for me! You can do the same with a .308 downloaded a couple of grains, but I like the cool factor of the old .300Sav. A Rem 760 can be readily fitted with synthetic furniture. Feed it a Hornady or Speer 150 SP and go shoot deer! I really like the way a 150 cup and core folds deer at 2600 or so fps. Good terminal damage, with enough penetration for shoulders or quartering shots. At this speed they tend to pass through on all but hard quartering shots and leave a generous blood trail. Neck spine shots are DRT.
(I personally still like the Swede and the Bob better!)
If you reload anything can be made low recoil. If you cast big is better. Look in the lyman book for idea's. Think classic. For jacketed maybe the swede.
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