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beav906
03-04-2012, 11:04 PM
I see they had this for elk curious to see what everyone shoots for the big mulies. I shoot the 700 in 7mm or my Springfield '03 in 30-06

Drhorsepower
03-04-2012, 11:19 PM
Exactly same as you, 7mm inside a 700

Bitterroot Bulls
03-04-2012, 11:42 PM
Remington Model 7 7-08 lately.

Musket Man
03-04-2012, 11:48 PM
pre 64 model 70 winchester 270 shooting 130 corelocks.

Jon Boy
03-05-2012, 01:04 AM
pre 64 model 70 winchester 270 shooting 130 corelocks.

Doesnt get much more classic than that. Can only imagine the stories that rifle could tell.

Colorado Cowboy
03-05-2012, 06:46 AM
Used to use my sporterized 03 Springfield 30-06, but after I built a custom wildcat 25-06 in the mid 60's, it became my backup. In 1976 I bought a Ruger M77 in 25-06 and never looked back. Shot over 50 deer and as many antelope with it. It is topped with a Leupold VXIII 4x14 40 mm. It has provided lots of meat for my family for years...shot a few coyotes too.

Timberstalker
03-05-2012, 07:03 AM
Winchester Model 70 in 25-06 w/ 3x9 VXII Leupold. Shot my fist deer (Blacktail) with it 30 years ago an still use it today. I've only shot 2 Mule deer with it, but over 20 Blacktail, last kill with it was my 2011 bighorn sheep, no doubt it is my favorite rifle. Currently shooting 110 gr nosler accubond. I have a Winchester X-150 .50 cal muzzle loader that I've used on a couple muzzy hunts too.

brooks
03-05-2012, 07:47 AM
I bought a Winchester model 70 in .25 wssm when they first came( about 04 ?) out with them it has a heavy stainless steel bull barrel, a Harris bi pod, shoots 110gn AcuBonds with 45 gn's. of IMR 4350 It has been one shot one kill on Antelope,Muley and Whitetail ever since from 20 to 300 yards. By far the best shooting tack driver I have ever owned. It has a Leupold 4x12x40 VX11 on top.

xtreme
03-05-2012, 08:14 AM
Browning SS w/BOSS in 243 WSSM to 400 and Browning SS w/BOSS Rem 7mm to 600. The 243has a Z5 on top while the 7mm has a VX7 on it. My Rem 700 22-250 with windchester 50gr Silvertip works well on Ar whitetail deer. I still have some Lost River Technolgies reloads in both 140gr and 160gr to use, currently I am using 168 Bergers HPBT hunting VLDs in the Browing 7mm. Those bullets are loaded by HSM in Montana.
The LRBT bullets Velocity is 3063fps, good stuff. Working on loading 52 Amax for the 22-250. The go to black bear gun is a Rem 700 7mm and this year I am trying the RWS ID Classic in 177gr, that gun has a VXII 3x9 on it. I bought that gun in 1974 and it is almost retired with honors. After all these years, I finally installed a Timmy Trigger this year. The gun shoots the RWS 1/4 moa. before trigger was installed.
only hunts bear now. Longest mule deer shot with the 700 was 467yds in Ne. That was the beginning year of LRS for me.

Ranchhand02
03-05-2012, 09:12 AM
Remington 700 sendero in 7mm mag.

bigshot
03-05-2012, 09:15 AM
2873

For deer I like a light rifle, so lately its been my custom, Rem, 700, 7mm SAUM with 140 or 160 grain Nos. Accubonds. My backup is a Browning A-bolt II, 270 WSM, with 140 grain Nos Accubonds as well. If I hunt the copper only areas, I like to shoot the 140 grain Barnes TTSX.
This California forkie was taken with my 7mm SAUM in Zone D-14 and was a true unicorn. When I caped the head the skull looked like a doe on the left side, no evidence of an antler ever growing there. This buck weighed approximately 200 lbs on the hoof, which is big for southern Cali standards.

Grizz
03-05-2012, 10:16 AM
Again the bow gets the knod in the early season but from there on out it either the Weatherby Accumark in .257 Weatherby or the Model 700 Titanium in .308 win. Both spit triple shocks and each is equally wicked!

Fish
03-05-2012, 10:19 AM
I use a Ruger #1 in 257 Roberts shooting 100gr Barnes TS. My back up rigs are two Winchester featherweights in 7x57 and 6.5x55 with 120gr Barnes TS and 129gr Hornady respectively.

jay
03-05-2012, 11:34 AM
My sons 7mm08-140gr, x-bolt 30-06-165gr, or my tc omega-245gr.

HuskyMusky
03-05-2012, 12:25 PM
270win., 130grs, if talking mulies less than 500yds, I don't think it gets much better.

I think I need a newer mulie rifle though, it very well could be in the same caliber just lighter, or perhaps the 270wsm.

I'll probably have a .300wsm sheep style rifle before I get around to the new mulie rifle however, so there's a chance I'd just use that.

sjsmallfield
03-05-2012, 12:41 PM
My fist rifle was a Savage lever action take down model in .300 sav w/150gr win silvertips. Now I mostly use my Weatherby Mark V .257 wby w/115gr barnes x and my main backup is a Browning A-bolt in 30-06.

jay
03-05-2012, 01:38 PM
I have an old 300 Savage lever action that my uncle gave me 10-15 years ago. I like it because its open sights, good to have in the truck, atv, horse etc. Don't have to worry about knocking a scope off. Pretty cool rifles!

Tenmilestyle
03-05-2012, 02:38 PM
If not in to deep Browning BAR 300 win. Long packs 700 mountain rifle 280 rem.

Musket Man
03-05-2012, 07:30 PM
Doesnt get much more classic than that. Can only imagine the stories that rifle could tell.

Havent had it real long myself. Got a deal on it because someone drilled 3 holes in the reciever for a scope mount. I put a leupold VXII scope on it now. Before that I had a Remington 700 in 270 and i started out with a pre 64 model 70 in 243 with open sights. I still have all 3 of them.

Jon Boy
03-05-2012, 07:37 PM
Havent had it real long myself. Got a deal on it because someone drilled 3 holes in the reciever for a scope mount. I put a leupold VXII scope on it now. Before that I had a Remington 700 in 270 and i started out with a pre 64 model 70 in 243 with open sights. I still have all 3 of them.

Do you hunt much with a smoke pole? (your handle is musket man any how haha) Thats all I used to do in WA until I got fed up with the one week early season and limited late season and switched to bow.

Ikeepitcold
03-05-2012, 07:42 PM
Savage 7mm WSM 160gr Accu bond

tommyp
03-05-2012, 07:46 PM
mule deer rifle ? 7mm-08 kimber montana with talley ultra light mounts and a leupold 3X9 ultra light scope. loaded with 140 grain remington core lokt ( yes core lokt "the deadliest mushroom in the woods" )

Musket Man
03-05-2012, 08:06 PM
Do you hunt much with a smoke pole? (your handle is musket man any how haha) Thats all I used to do in WA until I got fed up with the one week early season and limited late season and switched to bow.

Used to go to utah every year with the musket. Went to colorado with it last year and will again this year if I draw a tag again!!

graybird
03-05-2012, 08:09 PM
Ruger 7mm-08 shooting 140 grain Partitions using RL-15.

264winmag
03-05-2012, 08:35 PM
Wow I love this forum , I shoot my trusty Remington 700 in 264 win mag with a leupold 4.5-14 with CDs and 120 grain noslers.

Old Hunter
03-06-2012, 09:26 AM
Same as my elk rifle. A .50 cal muzzleloader.

I love blowing lots of smoke early in the morning.

dcannon
03-06-2012, 12:16 PM
My custom Remington 700 in 300 Win Mag. Shooting 180 gr Sierras through it. I trust this rifle for everything!

BKC
03-06-2012, 02:57 PM
Ultra light arms in .284 for the high country. Ruger m77 in 25-06 for the eastern plains. Both are topped with Leupold.

BossBrott
03-06-2012, 09:35 PM
pre 64 model 70 winchester 270 shooting 130 corelocks.

My dad handed me that same rifle, 30 years ago, and its still my favorite! smooth
shootin, and easy on the shoulder!

Musket Man
03-06-2012, 09:46 PM
My dad handed me that same rifle, 30 years ago, and its still my favorite! smooth
shootin, and easy on the shoulder!

Nothing will ever beat the model old 70 Winchester!!!

trophyhill
03-07-2012, 09:42 AM
when i hunted them with a rifle it was with my "everything" rifle. Ruger M77 in 7 rem mag stainless and 140 gr Accubonds after switching from ballistic silvertips. love the 140 gr bullet. i killed a cow elk in December with the same bullet. what an awesome round this is on any big game i've encountered with it.

clark33
03-07-2012, 12:38 PM
I used a .280 rem for a while it is a great round, but just got a .270 WSM built. Shooting 140 grain accubonds and the muley I got in Wyoming this year didn't get out of bed at 200 yards. Bullet got there so fast I could see his head start to drop as the recoil set in, it was pretty cool. .270 WSM is a great cartridge for open country.

bigmoose
03-07-2012, 07:36 PM
I shoot a pre 64 model 70 in 300 ICL with 200 gr. Accubonds for big muleys and a 700 BDL in 270 with 130 gr. Accubonds for California bucks.

ssliger
03-07-2012, 07:47 PM
I have 4 different hunting rifles, but really only use one. I shoot a 7mm WSM loaded with 160 grain accubonds. It has shot 5 antelope, 2 deer, and 2 elk. All one shot kills.

mcseal2
03-08-2012, 02:48 PM
My custom 264 has gotten the call so far. It is a stainless Winchester M70 classic action with a Mcgowan 25" #3 fluted barrel, Wyatt extended magazine box, and a 4-12 Leupold VX-R CDS scope. I have 2 stocks for it depending on the situation. A walnut thumbhole stock for whitetail around home and flatter country, and a lighter Bell & Carlson synthetic for steeper country. It's no featherweight at 9lbs 3oz with the synthetic ready to hunt (scope,sling,ammo) but it sure shoots well and I have faith in it. I have studs for the Stoney point rapid pivot bipods on both stocks. I load 140gr accubonds at 3000fps and they perform excellent, but I am still experimenting with the 140gr Bergers looking for a load. I'm still considering buying or building a lighter rifle in 280AI for the steep country but haven't done it yet. The Kimber 84L Montana in 280AI has been tempting me.

Bitterroot Bulls
03-08-2012, 03:04 PM
I have studs for the Stoney point rapid pivot bipods on both stocks.

I have studs on all of my rifles and use the prone model RP bipod. I believe the term is: "cat's pajamas."

Tope
03-08-2012, 03:56 PM
For years it was a .338 if I hadn't gotten my elk yet. Then I would switch to my .257 bob. These days I find a .270 wizzum on my shoulder for everything.

Shooter
03-08-2012, 05:45 PM
Winchester M70 SS featherweight in 270wsm.

Strap Assassin
03-16-2012, 07:29 PM
Weatherby Mark IV Custom firing 180 grain Nos. Partitions. There is absolutely no substitute. Weatherby rifles matched with their ammunition = best ballistics in the industry.

EdD270
03-20-2012, 05:03 PM
I use the same Remington 700 in .270 Win. that I use for elk. I load Barnes 130 gr. TSX or TTSX bullets for mulies, and 110 gr. bullets for the little Coues whitetails here. It has a Leupold scope on it. Used it hunting deer in MO, CO, NM and AZ. Never had any problems nor any long tracking jobs with it.

Elkoholic307
03-20-2012, 08:44 PM
Whatever I have the most confidence in at that time. Usually my 6.5-284

xtreme
03-21-2012, 09:34 AM
I dont have one, but I cant find anything wrong with the 6.5 Creedmoor. My son has a DPMS Panther in 6.5 Creedmoor,
though new it really is already very accurate, big BC suits me, too.

mcseal2
03-21-2012, 11:44 AM
I have studs on all of my rifles and use the prone model RP bipod. I believe the term is: "cat's pajamas."

They work great. I often pack both the prone and sitting/kneeling model depending on the terrain. Where I live I often have to shoot kneeling to get over vegetation so it's the position I practice the most. I also bought one of their folding tripods that attach to the rapid pivot stud and removed one leg. It weighs 6oz this way and lets me shoot up to kneeling height. I plan to pack it and the prone model in steep country.

MT Muley
03-21-2012, 01:43 PM
.300 Weatherby

Muleys 24/7
03-21-2012, 03:24 PM
X2 .300 Weatherby for me as well.

schoff
03-25-2012, 07:33 AM
Remington 700 SPS SS .300 Win Mag 165 Hornady Interlock SP Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40

KILLBUX
03-27-2012, 07:22 AM
Well, I started with a Savage in 30-30 with a peep sight. I ended up shooting my first buck with a M77 tang safety in 6mm Rem that was my Grandpa's. Once I got my first regular paycheck I bought a 270 win and used that for a while for blacktail, mule deer, pigs, and antelope. Then when the wsm's came out, I got a really good deal on an a-bolt in 300 wsm which has been my go to for mule deer. Now, that is a dedicated elk rifle because over the winter I had a 264 winmag built on a 700 action. 27" stainless fluted lilja sendero contour, greybull stock, and a leupold 6.5 - 20 x 50. 140 grain vld's at just over 3100 fps with about .5 moa accuracy tested out to 550 yards so far.

bern0134
03-27-2012, 03:22 PM
My dad started me out with a model 700 in 243 win. Then I used a Weatherby Mark V in 270 win. But I killed my largest buck with my dad's 257 WBY. About 2 years ago I purchased a 264 win mag but have yet to take anything with it. I also recently bought a 300 RUM but my plans are to use that just for punching paper and steel @ 1000 yds.

ThreeTikkas
03-28-2012, 07:11 PM
A custom Remington long action in 284 Winchester. Trued matte blue action donated by a 30/06 married to a Shilen stainless barrel via a Holland lug. Nestled in a Bell and Carlson Medalist and topped with a 4X-12X Leupold. She flat loves bullets from 120 through 150gr and is a joy to shoot.

mcriss3134
05-11-2012, 11:34 AM
Kimber 8400 chambered in a 30-06.

dp1077
05-11-2012, 12:37 PM
Sako chambered in 270 WSM.

twp1224
05-11-2012, 01:45 PM
Ruger No.1 270 cal.

AG166
05-31-2012, 07:37 PM
Remington 700 in 270 wsm with 140grn Nosler Accubond.

Rock 2.0
05-31-2012, 09:48 PM
Winchester model 70 in 300 Win Mag, shooting 180 gr power points, love it

ultramag
07-25-2012, 06:20 AM
Remington 700 in 300 RUM, 180 gr nosler accubonds. It kills everything I pull the trigger on.

canvsbk
07-25-2012, 07:41 AM
For running around in the steep stuff - a 700 mountain rifle in .30-06. In more moderate terrain I like my .270 700 BDL. If it's going to be really flat I tend to be more fond of my M77 in .25-06.

Brady
07-25-2012, 08:19 AM
Browning X-bolt .270 w/ 130 gr BTSP. I'd like to start loading my own when I buy a house with a garage. I will prob get a custom trigger this year. It's topped with a Ziess Conquest 20X scope with target turrets. Successfully shot it out to 450 yards with some misses at 525 yds.

I am surprised that no one claimed a .30-378...

ivorytip
07-25-2012, 12:30 PM
same as musket man. pre 64 mod 70 270. one hell of a gun. countless of downed games

Roboz
07-25-2012, 04:06 PM
T/C Encore in 7mm-08 with Hornady SST.
My son's Ruger In 7x57 is also one of my favorites, this thing is the most accurate gun i have ever shot, used to be my dads and he handed it down to my son.

woodtick
07-25-2012, 05:10 PM
Remington 700-260 Ackley Improved 130 gr Accubonds-Leupold Mark 4 4.5x14-40. Been my go to gun ever since I had it built.

Ultramagg
07-26-2012, 04:22 PM
Remington 700 in 300 RUM, 180 gr nosler accubonds. It kills everything I pull the trigger on.

Dido!!! one gun for everything from coyotes to moose. Hats off on the log in name too! lol

HuntWYODon
07-26-2012, 05:07 PM
Rem. 700 stainless 300 RUM w/HS Precision stock,Magna Brake,Timmeny trigger. 6x24x50 Burris Black Diamond. 180 gr. Barnes TTSX w/100.0 grs. Retumbo.
(getting more detailed now)

Powerman777
07-26-2012, 07:18 PM
I purchased a Howa 7mm mag and love it!!

woodtick
07-27-2012, 12:42 PM
3812
This is for you Ultra mag guys!!
It's a Rem Action trued and lightened, HS Sporter with cheek piece, Krieger #5 contour 1-10 twist 4 groove cut at 27", Timney Trigger, Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20x50mm TMR, weighs 10.5 lbs with 3 shells, shoots 3 shot groups in the .3-.4 range with 200 gr accubonds, I use to shoot deer with it but its a little to much in my opinion.

HuntWYODon
07-27-2012, 03:57 PM
3812
This is for you Ultra mag guys!!
It's a Rem Action trued and lightened, HS Sporter with cheek piece, Krieger #5 contour 1-10 twist 4 groove cut at 27", Timney Trigger, Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20x50mm TMR, weighs 10.5 lbs with 3 shells, shoots 3 shot groups in the .3-.4 range with 200 gr accubonds, I use to shoot deer with it but its a little to much in my opinion.

Woodtick,
That's wicked ! You are a bigger nut than me ! That should put an elk in the Hurt Locker. I forgot to say what scope I had. It's a
6x24x50 Burris Black Diamond. I'll edit...The only picture I had handy with rifle in it. LOL ! Took a pic of it and attached it.
3814

HuntWYODon
07-29-2012, 07:32 PM
I do apologize for killing this thread....:rolleyes:

Gene R.
07-30-2012, 06:11 AM
My past rifles were 7mm rm Parker, then 270wsm Abolt and now 270wby Savage. I built this rifle this spring summer and look forward to hunting Mulies and Antelope this fall in WY.The rifle is Savage 110 w/26" #5 Douglas prem, harrow brake,6.5-20 vortex viper pa mildot, 20 moa base,B&C stock,and Dura cote baked.

Gene

Altiman94
01-28-2013, 08:17 PM
My Ruger Gunsite in .308 is my lug around gun. For antelope I choose my .243 Rem 700.

Blaze
02-01-2013, 06:39 PM
For deer....Normally my Rem.700 BDL 30-06,with 165 gr. BTSP Fed. Premiums.....If I'm in high country I choose wife's Rem Mtn. Rifle in .270, with 130 gr Fed Premium........anything larger its the big Boy for me...Rem 700 SS, 300 RUM....180 gr. Fed Premium..can't recall which type of bullet right now....not home to check.

RUGER M77
02-06-2013, 05:18 PM
Ruger M77 7mm Rem Mag

shootbrownelk
02-07-2013, 01:23 PM
Winchester mod.70 stainless classic in 30.06 shooting 150 gr. barnes TTSX bullets and another Winchester 70 Stainless classic in .375H&H mag. shooting 235 gr. barnes XBT.

Scotch
06-23-2013, 11:29 PM
My first kill was with a savage 99 lever action in .308 passed down to me from my uncle.
I'm using a remington 700 in 30-06 for now.
Looking hard at the .260 Rem cartridge for future deer/antelope hunting.

trkytrack2
06-24-2013, 01:40 AM
When I hunted with a rifle it was a Rem. 700 30-06 or a Win. M-70 30-06 or a Ruger 77 6mm.

xtreme
06-24-2013, 06:48 AM
Last year I used my Browning A-bolt 7mm w/boss and Berger 168gr. DRT 180 4/8 Until I get another trophy hunt it will be Browning A-bolt 243wssm.

packmule
06-24-2013, 10:14 AM
I've got a few I have no problem taking, but have 2 that are safe queens dedicated to hunting out of state:

Remington 700 AWR 300WBY 180gr Accubond
Remington 700 AWR II 300RUM 208gr AMAX

That said, I shot my last deer with a Remington 700 XCR I 270WSM w/ 140gr Accubonds.

hardstalk
06-24-2013, 10:28 AM
Mine is currently at the gunsmith. 1965 model 70 .264 winchester mag. Bell and carlson stock. Vortex hs rifle scope,Talley lightweight rings. Every ounce of extra metal has been milled down for weight purpose. Having the bolt fluted currently, and the entire gun cerakoted (spelling?) a brown tint to match the stock. Was my grandfathers rifle back in the day. Needed some updating so I sold a couple rifles to fund the rebuild. Very anxious about getting it back and start building some loads for it.
592159225923 went with the color on the right for cerakote.

JMSZ
06-24-2013, 11:29 AM
Springfield M1A Scout Squad with a Springfield-labelled scope that came with it, it's my general purpose rifle. Shooting 150g Federal Vital-Shok copper, I sight and practice with 150g surplus, so I use the 150 hunting rounds to avoid having to re-zero for hunting.

Multi-SpeciesHunter
06-24-2013, 11:35 AM
Next mule deer hunt (hopefully this fall...) will be done with my Tikka T3 .300 Winny shooting 180 grain Winchester ballistic tips topped with a Vortex Viper 4-16x50mm with a BDC reticle. Otherwise I have a .243 shooting 100 grain remingtons for backup gun.

Anaconda Pintler
06-24-2013, 03:05 PM
Remington 721 300 H&H Magnum it is the killingest cartridge i have found I shoot Berger 190 VLD bullet out of it, and I also tote a custom Remington 700 25-06 Ackley improved with a 26" Douglass Supreme barrel, HS Precision stock and jewell trigger it seems to do the job as well

Sawfish
06-24-2013, 03:24 PM
Springfield M1A Scout Squad with a Springfield-labelled scope that came with it, it's my general purpose rifle. Shooting 150g Federal Vital-Shok copper, I sight and practice with 150g surplus, so I use the 150 hunting rounds to avoid having to re-zero for hunting.

That is very cool! :cool:

Sawfish
06-24-2013, 03:39 PM
After converting to Handgun Hunting, I mostly use an Encore Pro-Hunter in 30/06 with Burris 3 x 12 EER scope using Winchester Power Max 150 gr. ammo, or handloads with the Nosler 150 Ballistic Tip. I am putting the finishing touches on a .300 WSM built on a Savage Striker large shank action with a McGowen heavy taper 16” barrel for longer ranges. The WSM is also topped with a Burris 3 x 12 EER scope, and prefers Barnes 168 gr. TTSX bullets over RL-15.