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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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  • DakotaMan
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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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  • Pray- hunt-work
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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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  • Clay Cooper
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    Many years ago, I sold my 300 Win Mag and replaced it with a 25-06, never looked back and for those long range shots, O'DO I LIKE THAT HARD DRY FIRE LIKE RECOIL!

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    I recommend that you don't shoot at deer that far away. Odd, I never associated Maine with Great Plains type hunting environment.

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  • jhjimbo
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    BigMac could be hunting a power line clear cut. A friend on a hunt in Michigan shot a deer 5 power poles away, up hill with a 30-06. He got it on the third shot. Those poles were 100 yds apart.

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  • JPMNTMAN
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    300 win mag will do just fine just finished sighting my new weatherby vangaard s2 in with a nikon scope on it. Works and feels great. The price was really good as well. I load mine with either Nosler 180 grain Accubond or 180 grain partition protected point Both have taken some nice elk and deer.

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  • Pray- hunt-work
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    Gary D- Aroostook county has wall to wall potato fields, some of them must be a thousand yards long, or longer. But if he's not in the county, he's gotta be shooting island to island.

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  • Gary Devine
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    Bigmac0378, you must be in the southern part of Maine with all the fields.

    I never saw a 300 to 500 yard shot in the north. Lol
    The northern part is wall to wall forest.
    My 30.06 pump took many bucks in the north off the Golden Road.

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  • rickyno5
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    I'm a big fan of the .300 RUM. My remington 700 really likes 180 grain barnes tipped triple shock and if you happen to be hunting moose the extra knock down power will come in handy. If you're hunting smaller game the .300 Win mag should be great as well!

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  • 99explorer
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    I am glad to see that you consider this purchase an investment, and not money "spent."

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  • FirstBubba
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    The .308 Win or .30-06 Spg are perfectly capable cartridges without all the noise and recoil.
    The word "magnum" in the cartridge designation isn't always the answer.

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  • jay
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    .300wm or 7mm rm

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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    Handloader, .300 Weatherby, non-handloader .300 Win Mag. Same for 7mm.

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  • Treestand
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    You say you Hunt Main at 300Yd to 500Yd is Uncommon. WoW JMO~ A 338~Lapua With a 250gr BTHP/with 3455Ft#@300Yd and 2796ft#@500yd in any Rifle you Choose, It will take any thing in Mains Zip Cods.

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  • Grassroots89
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    A .300 Win Mag or .300 Wby Mag as jhjimbo recommended sounds like a good choice. As for rifles, a Savage 111 Long Range Hunter would be an excelent choice.

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