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I am looking or invest in a long range hunting rifle. The areas I hunt in Maine shots in the 300-500 yard range are not uncommon

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    O.H.- as you shouldn't. Maine is 90+% trees, which doesn't leave much room for visibility. However, the potato country and the ocean are wide open spaces....

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      It depends what you hunt. For anything up to deer sized game out to 500 yards I prefer a 25-06 and so do about a dozen of my family and friends. Collectively we've probably harvested a couple hundred deer, many more antelope and even more coyotes and foxes with them. Thousands of p-dogs. We all shot other rifles prior to our 25-06s but gravitated to that cartridge over the decades because of outstanding performance. It is great on varmints too with bullets as small as 75g going 3750 fps. I enjoy the speed, light recoil and it helps immensely on your accuracy. Hitting an animal in the right spot is MUCH more important that blowing a big hole wherever you hit.

      If you are after moose, elk or grizzly, the .300 Win is a good choice. It has more energy to deck such an animal at 500 yards (I shoot a .300 Dakota for that but would not consider that over my 25-06 for 500 yard deer). You will pay the price in ammunition cost and may develop a flinch that causes you to miss 50 yard shots but if you practice correctly you will likely get the hang of it. About half of the .300 Winny shooters I know can't hit the side of a barn at 500 yards because of their flinch but they sure aren't afraid to sling lead.

      I don't care for the sharp recoil of the 7mm Mag at all. I see a LOT of those at gun shows because many other hunters feel the same way after trying them.

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