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    New rifle and caliber suggestions

    I am tossing the idea of buying a new rifle. I am left handed so finding a rifle in itself is a challenge on its own. I want a stainless/synthetic combo. I have narrowed it down pretty much to the Savage 16/116 weather warrior LH model.

    I plan to put a tactical scope in it...still a learning curve there. I would really like some suggestions on the caliber though and your thoughts on the rifle too.

    i would like to get something different...like a 6.5-.284 norma or a .270 WSM. I will hunt antelope and deer with this rifle and sheep some day...

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    In my opinion, you cant go wrong with a 300 win mag or wssm. You can custom load this caliber like crazy to shoot flat, fast, and accurately. I have two loads for mine that shoot very similar. One is a 165 grain and one is a 200 grain. I know its not a "different" caliber, but there are a lot of different loads you can run in the 30 caliber. I shoot my 30-06 more than anything, but you can get something to shoot much flatter than a 30-06. I would definitely look at the versatility of the rifle if it is that hard to find a rifle (I'm right handed so I don't have that problem). I like a 30 caliber for shooting at big game, but I have killed some deer with my .243 as well.

    As for the scope, all I shoot is a regular Leupold 3x9 duplex, so I can't speak for the more tactical style scopes.
    Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.
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    One thing I need to add is that I own a .325 WSM and a 7MM Rem Mag.

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    I think having a 325WSM already qualifies as having something a little different. It will be interesting to see if Browning and Winchester keep this cartridge alive for much longer.

    I prefer .30 caliber cartridges as well. I carry a .300 wm for elk and a .30-06 for deer and antelope. With that said, you already have something comparable in the 325 and the 7mm to those.

    If it were me, I'd get a .25-06 to add to that list but thats not very "different". Perhaps the Creedmoor would be a good choice for something different if savage chambers for that cartridge.

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    Take a look at the Forbes 24B in 25-06 or 6.5 x55. They will make other calibers but if you're just hunting deer,lope and sheep this will do. Left hand stainless is not a problem. Good luck

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    Since you were thinking LR/Tactical, you might as well get the awesome LR cartridge you mentioned: 6.5X284.

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    All good advice

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    Im with BB 6.5X284.

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    I'm a fan of the 270WSM. Have 2 that are mine and got my wife one to repo one of mine back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    Since you were thinking LR/Tactical, you might as well get the awesome LR cartridge you mentioned: 6.5X284.
    Agreed my grandfather uses this caliber for long range competitions

 

 

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