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.257 weatherby mag

any thoughts on the .257 weatherby for sheep and caribou

 

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.257 weatherby mag

IMO, the ultimate sheep cartridge.

I used it's little brother, my .275 AI, for my Dall ram and Mountain Caribou in Canada, and for my 3 Montana Unlimited unit rams.  All were one shot kills with 117 gr Sierra GameKing bullets placed tight behind their shoulders.

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I'd second that.  A good

I'd second that.  A good bullet in the lungs with any caliber from .25 to .30 will have the same result - meat on the table.  My limited sheep hunting has been with an '06 but thats because I didn't have a .25 handy.  If / when I get a .25, I'm looking more towards a .257 Roberts mostly because I'm not afflicted with Magnumitis and don't want to carry a 9 lb rifle with a 26 inch barrel (and the almost obligatory magnum sized scope) up and down sheep hills.

More likely it'll be a .260 but I don't want to start an argument ...do I?

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Bad choice

Hal Fast wrote:

I'd second that.  A good bullet in the lungs with any caliber from .25 to .30 will have the same result - meat on the table.  My limited sheep hunting has been with an '06 but thats because I didn't have a .25 handy.  If / when I get a .25, I'm looking more towards a .257 Roberts mostly because I'm not afflicted with Magnumitis and don't want to carry a 9 lb rifle with a 26 inch barrel (and the almost obligatory magnum sized scope) up and down sheep hills.

More likely it'll be a .260 but I don't want to start an argument ...do I?

I think the 260 would be a very bad choice. I'd go with my 6.5x55. It's cooler! LOL!

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Can't go wrong

I've shot alot of deer and elk with the 257 wby and in my opinion you can't go wrong. It's all about where you put the bullet not the caliber. I've hunted with lots of guys that shot everything with a 243 and we never had a tracking job

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Too late... you started the

Too late... you started the argument! ha

Best sheep rifle: Pre-64 model 70 in .270 Win (preferably in the hands of ol' Jack of course)

2nd best: A 6lb rifle in .257 Weatherby (yes, it'll kick)

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I'd wave my magic wand and shazzam! A Dakota 76 single shot chambered for the .260 (light years better than the 6.5x55 if only cuz it's American) with a Leupold 6X scope.  Loaded with 140 gr partitions & sighted in dead on at 200, at top of the hair hold on the shoulder will hit out to 350 or so, beyond which I won't shoot (I'm hunting, not sniping & beyond 350 I'm praying for a good hit).

The single shot isn't as efficient perhaps but is totally classy & an overweight over sized variable scope isn't needed and would/feel look totally wrong on this nimble little rifle.

Sorry but I can't help but think both the pre-64 model 70 & the .257 Weatherby are way overrated.  If Winchester really thought the early model 70's were all that, they would have made them with left hand bolts.  And Ed's .257 is kinda like putting chocalate syrup on rocky road ice cream - too much of a good thing.

I'm trying hard to say bad things about the .270 ... uh, it's not '06?  How about there's no good variety of bullet weights?

Not that I'm trying to start an argument.

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