if you plan on handloading your ammo you can shoot anything you want really. I have a few odd ball rounds myself like an 8mm Remington Magnum and a .470 Capstick but they don't get shot very often. If your a handloader almost anything is possible to keep a cartridge alive. But sometimes it's just handy to drop by Atwood's or Wal-Mart and grab a box of '06, 7 mag or .300 Win mag and not have to look all over for some new weird round.Kinda how I am feeling about it. But it seems like a damn good round. I figure if I bought 200 with the components to load another few hundred I could be set for life with it. Considering there’s a limited number of sheep, elk, moose, and bears I’ll be shooting in my lifetime it seems sufficient. Or am I just fooling myself and setting myself up for failure?
While I would love to go on a big ol safari one of these days, it’s not in my immediate future. I have all the intermediate and short distance rifles I need, and I’m pretty confident that I could take something humanely at 300+ yards with my 308. I’m primarily looking for better ballistics and overall performance. ESP when looking at hunting sheep, elk, and other large “big” North American game. I am strongly favoring the 300WM and feel it will do just fine. I’ve just come across the 6.8 western and it seems appealing. Slightly less recoil than 300WM, bucks the wind better, And flatter trajectory, at the cost of a very small amount of kinetic energy. People are already saying that the round is taking down game at 500, but still provides expansion at 100 yards or less. I feel the accuracy potential is phenomenal as well, between the High BC bullets and the supposed .0001 of freebore spacing that Winchester is saying their rifles in 6.8 western have.@HoLeChit are you planning an African hunt?
One thing important about those hunts is to get something not odd ball so if your ammo gets lost on the airplane
you can find some at a local store.
Myself I have loaded my 30-06 to modern levels with 155 gr bullets and a 300WM is a little over 100fps faster.
I do not even need that much to kill anything around here.
Yea a big boom stick has cool factor and I have drooled over some.
But then reality kicks in and dead is dead with the right shot placement.
The old 7x57 has killed many African game and is still used today.
Pick the right bullet and put it where it counts.
In the drool department if I had to get something better than my 30-06 or .308 it would not be a 30 cal anything.
I would probably get something in .338 and it better be awesome because all it is is braggin rights and drool factor.
338 Lapua probably.
Not going to do that as I have too many car projects that I would rather spend my money on
30-06 kills everything I hit with it. But same goes for my .223.
400+ lb Hog was my largest wild kill and it was 1 shot with a 55gr V-max. Dropped where I shot it and never got back up.
Puny little Savage Axis in .223, super accurate little rifle.
Yes, .243 WSSM. It runs 100-200 fps faster than a .243 but the beauty is that it is capable of being ran in an AR-15 where the .243 cannot.
I have tried some 100 grain. They were just as accurate as the 90 grain but slower fps. Trying the 80 grain Barnes TTSX that are longer than copper/lead core is an experiment to see if they will stabilize. If they do, the deer probably won't know much difference. I love Barnes bullets.Dennis, with that 8 twist, I'd try some heavies. 108-115s.
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