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  • #16
    Originally posted by Pmacc60 View Post
    Great story Sarge, It’s nice to hear that a young man I admired was good guy. We lost him way to soon ! I always wonder how many championships he would have won. Thank you for taking the time to write that.
    If he wouldn't have gotten killed Jeff Gordon would probably have only half the championships he has if that.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Sarge01 View Post

      If he wouldn't have gotten killed Jeff Gordon would probably have only half the championships he has if that.
      Dale Earnhardt said the same about himself. Dale gave Davy that kind of respect .

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      • #18
        Originally posted by CD2 View Post
        I still want an exit wound on my critters. Think two holes spilling red makes for less stress in tracking. Stuff happens, and IMHO a load that gives an exit offers some insurance.
        I was experimenting last week with my .308 again. I loaded 150 grain Hornady Interbonds in it. reviews on that bullet is bullet straight through after doubling in size. Exit hole size of golf ball. Size of group wasn't impressive 1 1/2 inch 3 shot group at 100 yards but I can live with that.

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        • #19
          It’s all up to you. But since you asked... all around deer and elk rifles start at 7mm Rem Mag and peak with the .300 Weatherby and 30 Nosler. The 338s are a bit overboard for deer and hogs. My personal favorites for long range, short range, big critters, medium critters, etc are the 7mm Weatherby and .300 Weatherby or toss in the .300 Win Mag which is the gold standard. The 28 Nosler and 30 Nosler would offer near identical performance. Just my not so humble opinion. Happy Trails

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          • #20
            The "caliber" of choice is .30. The "cartridge" of choice is anything from 30-06 size up to .300 RUM. Take you pick. The 30-06 will get the job done but the larger magnums will give you additional range on elk. I shoot a .300 Dakota that has elk range out to 1000 yards although I'm not likely to take a shot at one at that range. I use the .300 Dakota where elk are likely at longer ranges but carry a 30-06 in heavy timber and situations where elk are likely to be under 300 yards.

            Sarge's recommendation for the .300 WSM is a good one, as is the regular .300 Win Mag, especially if you don't plan to reload due to ammo availability.. All the big, hard recoiling .30 caliber magnums are way overkill for deer unless you are on the prairie with very long shots. I reload though and can make deer cartridges for my .300 Dakota that shoot like a .308. You can use 208g Hornady ELD or the Berger 210g bullets for elk and the 130g - 150g Hornady Interlok bullets for deer. No need to punish yourself shooting elk bullets at deer.

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            • #21
              If my big game hunting was specialized, or limited to one primary animals like whitetail in a specific environment, with an occasional foray for a Mule deer or an elk their are a dozen cartridges these days that would work fine. Anything from a 25/06 through the various 300 Mags. Use your first shot wisely and there will be a happy ending as far as the hunter is concerned. I enjoy using various cartridges because I hunt a wide variety of big game and hunt often. I stay in shape and train with my rifles frequently at the range. I have learned to cope with recoil, if you can’t, get a lighter recoil rifle and do not worry about what others think. I have used several 300 magnums my favorites are the Winchester and Weatherby versions. I had a RUM crafted by a famous gunsmith and sold it after one lengthy Tanzania Safari . I found it temperamental to hand load, not particularly accurate, and a nasty, sharp recoil hard to come back from. I have no issues with recoil form other 300 Magnums, my 338, 375 H & H, two 416s, 470. Nitro Express, 450 Ackley, 500 Jeffery or 500 Nitro Express. I do not enjoy their recoil, just get along. If I did not shoot much, hunted deer once a year, and got lucky and drew an elk tag, I would be a happy hunter with an 06. A trip of a life time, one trip to Africa, borrow a rifle. It will be a 375 and it and your 06 will serve you faithfully. Kindest Regards

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              • #22
                Originally posted by DakotaMan View Post
                The "caliber" of choice is .30. The "cartridge" of choice is anything from 30-06 size up to .300 RUM. Take you pick. The 30-06 will get the job done but the larger magnums will give you additional range on elk. I shoot a .300 Dakota that has elk range out to 1000 yards although I'm not likely to take a shot at one at that range. I use the .300 Dakota where elk are likely at longer ranges but carry a 30-06 in heavy timber and situations where elk are likely to be under 300 yards.

                Sarge's recommendation for the .300 WSM is a good one, as is the regular .300 Win Mag, especially if you don't plan to reload due to ammo availability.. All the big, hard recoiling .30 caliber magnums are way overkill for deer unless you are on the prairie with very long shots. I reload though and can make deer cartridges for my .300 Dakota that shoot like a .308. You can use 208g Hornady ELD or the Berger 210g bullets for elk and the 130g - 150g Hornady Interlok bullets for deer. No need to punish yourself shooting elk bullets at deer.
                Nosler's factory loaded Accubonds show a difference of 50 FPS between the 300WSM and the 300 Win Mag with 180 grain bullets and the 300 WSM shoots about 7 grains less of powder.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Sarge01 View Post

                  I was experimenting last week with my .308 again. I loaded 150 grain Hornady Interbonds in it. reviews on that bullet is bullet straight through after doubling in size. Exit hole size of golf ball. Size of group wasn't impressive 1 1/2 inch 3 shot group at 100 yards but I can live with that.
                  For a lack of something to do since I am down with my knee., I pulled the 150 grain Hornady Interbonds (50 of them) and I ordered a box of 150 Nosler Accubonds to put back in them. I have had such outstanding success with the Accubonds in my 300WSM I wanted to shoot them in my 308. I have some loaded with 125 grain Accubonds which did a good job but I wanted a something a little heavier. I think in the last 40 years I have wore out 3 or 4 bullet pullers. I just like to fool with rifles rounds and a lot of times I load them and then change my mine and pull them and load something else to try.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Sarge01 View Post

                    Nosler's factory loaded Accubonds show a difference of 50 FPS between the 300 WSM and the 300 Win Mag with 180 grain bullets and the 300 WSM shoots about 7 grains less of powder.
                    Both of these cartridges are very accurate but I personally believe the case design of the WSM provides a more consistent powder burn, slightly less recoil, better magazine feeding (no belt) and comparable speed to the parent .300 WM. The WSM may produce slightly less velocity for a given bullet but that can be compensated for by barrel length or propellant if necessary. These are two great cartridges however and both will be around for a long time.

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