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    Best all around gun

    I am looking to get a new rifle but not sure what is best. I'm wanting something that I can ethically take every thing from an elk to a pronghorn. Plus I would like to have enough punch that I can take an animal at a longer distance if I must( 500-700 yards). I will be hunting off of my back most of the time also. Does anyone have any gun and/or caliber suggestions?

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    I suppose you are asking about caliber, and not a rifle make/model?

    Many cartridges will work for your stated uses if you and your equipment are up to it.

    The easiest recommendation is 7mm Remington Magnum, and I heartily recommend it.

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    I'll second the 7 mm Rem Mag, you will not be disappointed.

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    I'd say a .280 AI...nipping at the big 7's heels, with way less powder & recoil. Just my opinion.

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    7mm all the way The BC is just awesome.

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    Somewhere between .264 and .280 is probably where I would want to be if I only owned ONErifle! I shoot a 25-06 for deer and antelope size animals and have a 30-06 and a 300 Wby for elk. I'll be getting a .375 H & H as soon as I find the right gun. Why....just cause I want one! 7mm mag is just about right IMHO for a single gun to do the most with.
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    I'm shooting my new 7mm Rem Mag this year. So far at the range I'm liking it.

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    Have heard 7mm can be "wild", as far as accuracy and my friend can't get his to group for the life of him. But as you can see, it is a VERY well liked cartridge. I'm partial to the .300 winnie myself. But that's because that is what I own...not a 7mm.
    You also say you will be hunting "off your back" ,so I assume you want a light rifle. Maybe a .270 WSM would do the trick. Them eastman boys seem to like it, and have killed several elk with it. And many many long range shooters are making it their #1 caliber.

    So my vote is .270 WSM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Multi-SpeciesHunter View Post
    Have heard 7mm can be "wild", as far as accuracy and my friend can't get his to group for the life of him. But as you can see, it is a VERY well liked cartridge. I'm partial to the .300 winnie myself. But that's because that is what I own...not a 7mm.
    You also say you will be hunting "off your back" ,so I assume you want a light rifle. Maybe a .270 WSM would do the trick. Them eastman boys seem to like it, and have killed several elk with it. And many many long range shooters are making it their #1 caliber.

    So my vote is .270 WSM.
    I respectfully disagree with most of this. The 7mm Magnum is not an inherently inaccurate cartridge. I have loaded for several that have been boringly accurate, including my current one.

    The .300 WM is a great cartridge as well, but offers little ballistic advantage in factory twists and noticeably more recoil than the 7RM.

    I have also owned several 270 WSMs that I really liked. The cartridge is certainly capable of your uses, when loaded correctly. However, both of my 270 WSMs were tough on throats and long range bullet selection is tiny in comparison with 7mm.

    I actually think the 270 WSM is a great MPBR cartridge since it shoots flat out to moderate ranges.

 

 

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