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HELP What gun to shoot?

Heading for my first ever sheep hunt this year and was wondering what gun you sheep hunters are using, Here are what I have right at the moment 300 win.mag, 243, 30-06

I was kind of leaning to the 300 with 165gr bullet!

Any kind of info would greatly appreciated!

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With those three calibers to choose from, I'd pick one of the .30 calibers.  The .243 would sure work too but if looking down the scope at that maybe only opportunity you might have & it's out there away at a less than perfect angle I'd be second guessing a 90 to 105 gr 6mm bullet.  My desert fell to a 165 gr interlock 30-06 at 280 yards & wouldn't have been any deader with the .300.  I've been on hunts with sheep killed at close to 400 yards with a .308, 90 yards with a .270 & 300 plus with an '06.  All those rifles dressed out at less than 7.5 lbs.  Stick with a medium caliber (.25 to .30 cal) in a rifle weighing no more than you're gonna want to carry up & down those mtns for days on end.

Congrats & condolences.  Congrats on the tag.  Absolutely the best hunt you'll ever go on (ok so I might be a little biased).  Condolences cuz you're soon going to be addicted.  Kinda like a Lays potato chip, you can't stop at one.   The good news is that going as an extra pair of eyes is almost as good as being the shooter.

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Thanks

Thanks for the tips! Thinking of loading up some 165gr Barnes bullets for my 300.

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Here is what i have

Here is what i have used

rocky  30-06  165gr

dall    270wsm  140gr

stone  270wsm  140 grn

I would choose the gun you are most comfortable with. 

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I agree... use the gun your

I agree... use the gun your most comfortable with. If it is one of the 30 cals... all the better.

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Whichever gun you should the

Whichever gun you should the best and the farthest. You may need the extended range if it comes down to a last minute stalk. Better to be prepared knowing you can make a long range shot.  Good luck to you!

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i would also lean to the 300

i would also lean to the 300 wsm its a great round

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