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    Buying my first rifle: Advice

    I'm buying my first rifle next month and I've been doing some research but I am not 100% sure of what calibur to get. I hunt whitetail mostly, yet I want a large enough calibur to effectively take down elk when I go west. I'm thinking a .270. All advice is much appreciated.

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    I like the 7mm rem mag for whitetails and bigger.

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    270 will work. I think 30/06 will better serve you. Probably the most common round in both the whitetail woods as well as the elk woods, at least from my experience.

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    I use a 7mm myself but lots of guys like the .270 for all big game. Guy E uses a savage .270 now for his hunts. I like the 7mm due to the great ballistics.

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    For an all around caliber I would have to go with the 30-06 or the 300 win long or short mag.

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    I think your uses are pretty straightforward. If you hunt whitetails and elk every year, then go ahead and spring for a 7mm or 300 magnum. If you hunt whitetails every year, and only elk every few years, I think the 270 is a fine choice. It is just about perfect for whitetail hunting, and will work just fine for those future elk hunts.

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    The .270 is difficult to beat as is the .7mm. I've owned and killed lots of whitetails with both. However, don't overlook the .308 Win. Or for that matter the .7mm 08. With today's wonderful bullets and factory loads any of these are great choices. As for the .300's I prefer the .300 Weatherby or .300 Remington Ultra Mag over the .300 Win. better ballistics and on game performance. I'd have to agree with Bitterroot on this one though, if you will mainly be hunting whitetails then stick with the .270 or the .308, easy to shoot and devastating on either animal when you stick 'em in the boiler room.

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    Thanks for all the help everyone. It's much appreciated.

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    Also forgot to throw out the 270 wsm. Loaded with some 140 accubonds would be good elk medicine. lets us know what u decide

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    .270 will be just fine

 

 

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