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Discussion in 'Big Game Hunting Forum' started by Cariboo, Jul 28, 2001.

  1. Cariboo

    Cariboo Elite Refuge Member

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    Lets start this new forum off by getting to know each others tastes in firearms.

    I shoot a .30-06 for all my big game hunting. I usually feed it 180 grain handloads and with it I am good for all the game I hunt, deer, moose and black bear, out to a true 250 yards.

    I myself have never been a fan of the heavy magnum calibers. I don't enjoy shooting them and, with very few exceptions, I have not seen many people who are able to shoot them well. (If you can take the recoil, and practice a lot, my hat is off to you. :D )
     
  2. kduckman-CA

    kduckman-CA Senior Refuge Member

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    I shoot a 30-30 but my favorite caliber would have to be a 7mm. I think they are a great big game gun. But for now I will have to just deal with my 30-30.
     
  3. Otto

    Otto Banned

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    I shoot a 7mm I chase Elk,Bear,Deer(blacktail,mule,whitetail)
    My loads are factory,,,,150 grain.
    I usually never get a wink of sleep the night before deer opener. I love 6 inches of fresh snow, smoke filtering from the stove pipe on the tent, the smell of campfire coffee, the crackling of twigs/branches as an animal walks up the trail, eating a spam sandwich at 9 in the morning, listening to all the stories of the day, getting stuck in the truck, getting unstuck, passing on an animal, deciding to pull the trigger, taking a hot shower after a week out.
    This list could go on an on, I am glad we our now able to talk about it here at the refuge. Thanks David
     
  4. BRUNO

    BRUNO Senior Refuge Member

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    I shoot a 7MM Rem-mag and a .308 win. Both cartridges are great, but there's not much that can reach out like the 7MM. I usually shoot around 150 grain for Caribou and 180 for Moose. I used to own a Win M70 Classic Featherweight in .270, that was a beautiful gun if you had to hump cross country, nice and light, good range, and flat trajectory.
     
  5. chocoduckdog

    chocoduckdog Guest

    First off let me say "COOOOOOLLLLL FORUM"!!!!
    I get to talk about it all here!

    I have alot of rifles i like to hunt with but my trusty old .300 win. mag. is the one i use the most. I had it built about 6yrs. ago and after i sighted it in I haven't had to touch it sense! It's a ruger #1 and after a year of working up the right load, it likes to burp out 180gr. Partitions wich handles all the deer and elk (paper also) that i shoot.

    The recoil of the big magnums doesn't bother me YET, but i'm sure the days coming!! :D
    I just bought a new Rem. 300 ultra mag and that has a little nudge to it. ;)

    I'm just like otto, can't sleep the week before the opener. The only problem is, theres alot of openers!!!!! :D :D
     
  6. BRUNO

    BRUNO Senior Refuge Member

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    chocoduckdog, What do you think of the .300 ultra? I was thinkin of getting a new cannon and am kinda stuck between the 7MM STW or the .300 ultra. I haven't had a chance to check out the .300 but man the STW is nice...FAST!!!!
     
  7. David @ The Refuge

    David @ The Refuge Founder Moderator

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    My only big game challenges are against the Whitetail Deer, and I really enjoy my Browning BAR 30-06 for this purpose.

    I have a Ruger 243 waiting on my son once he reaches age.

    David
     
  8. lwingwatcher

    lwingwatcher Elite Refuge Member

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    I love my 7mm mag, bought it when I graduated from high school to go out west. Lotsa one shot kills are a real confidence booster.

    Nothing wrong with my 30-06 either.

    Lets put it this way, pick yur terrain, and I probably have something tucked away that is ideal for it...
     
  9. suprblckeagle

    suprblckeagle Senior Refuge Member

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    i use .308 for whitetail, haven't had one problem. i absolutely love this gun. like lwing said, one shot kills are nice, and i haven't had anything run more than 50 yards on me with it yet.
     
  10. featheredfriend

    featheredfriend Elite Refuge Member

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    Use mostly a .303 but also kike the 7 mm Rem Mag. that bullet has great trajectory!
    I use 150 gr. for caribou and bear, 180's for moose.
     

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