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new gun help

Postby duckhunter1983 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:42 pm

ok its the time of year when i buy my one new gun for the year, this year its a rifle. i live in new england and do not need a rifle to shot a few hundred yds. most of my shots will be a hundred or less yds. i was looking at a browning x-bolt hunter in 30-06 or 300 WSM. or a thompson center encore Katahdin in 500 S&W. any advice?
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Re: new gun help

Postby ajmorell » Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:34 pm

I have an X-Bolt in 30-06. Awesome gun. I'm not sure if I would've got it chambered in 30-06 if I did it again but then again I haven't been let down by it either. The gun is super accurate with handloads (I've managed several groups around 0.3 MOA). I haven't shot much factory ammo but it was shooting around 1.5 MOA with the few I did shoot which is plenty good for 100 yards. The Encore is a good choice too and offers you a lot of options as you can always buy more barrels later. I don't think you'll be disappointed either way.
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Re: new gun help

Postby apexhunter » Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:56 pm

For shots in the 100+/- range I would stay with a standard or non-magnum loading unless you are looking to use it for LARGE game or western hunts in the future. Shooting a 300 (WSM or Rem Mag) inside 100 is almost overkill. A famous quote is to "use enough gun" and the modern derivative of that is to "use just enough gun". Most any cartridge in the 6-6.5mm (.260-.270) and up size range is more than capable of providing ample energy and accuracy out to and exceeding 100 yards for most medium game. Unless you are just looking for something extremely powerful for the helluvit I'd opt for a short action round like the .260, .308, 7mm-08 or similar for an all around gun. The old 30-30 has probably killed more game than most other rounds combined.

For handguns the .460 is a heck of a round as is the .44 and even .41magnums for 100 or less yard shooting and won't punish the shooter like the 500 will.

Just my thoughts but I'd rather shoot something that I can practice with less money spent and lower amounts of abuse to my body.
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Re: new gun help

Postby TomKat » Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:57 pm

Why dont you get a BP gun?
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Re: new gun help

Postby GroundSwatter » Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:38 pm

If you're only shooting 100 yds or less, then why buy a 300WSM. I would just get the 30-06 and be done with it. Ammo will be much cheaper than the other rounds you mentioned and will kill any game animal in North America.
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Re: new gun help

Postby TomKat » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:51 pm

GroundSwatter wrote:If you're only shooting 100 yds or less, then why buy a 300WSM. I would just get the 30-06 and be done with it. Ammo will be much cheaper than the other rounds you mentioned and will kill any game animal in North America.


Thats why I said Black Powder...you can get into one pretty cheap, its cheap to feed, and powerful enough to do what ever you want at 100 yards.
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Re: new gun help

Postby Sagebrush » Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:39 pm

short cases............
308 , 243, maybe the old 30-30 for woods use and for chopping through tree limbs?

Maybe even a Black Powder ??
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