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New Hunter-- Looking for first rifle

I'm new to the hunting scene and I've been Elk hunting twice in Western Colorado and for this coming season I drew for an Antelope and will be hunting Elk later in the year. Previously, I had been using my friend's Rem. 700 7mm mag rifle for the elk and I liked it a lot. I was wondering though if anyone knew of a good caliber that I could use for both Antelope and Elk. I know that's a large range, but any advice??

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Location: Montana
Joined: 02/13/2005
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The 7mag is a good choice,I use it for all my big game hunting here in Montana.There are other calibers that also sufice but have way more recoil such as the 300 wm it depends on what you like to shoot and how much recoil you are willing to put up with.

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Location: Colorado
Joined: 02/27/2003
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My recommendation would be the tried and true .30-06. With 180 grain bullets it will be plenty for elk. With 150 grain bullets it will work very nicely for antelope. It's not the "latest and greatest" caliber, and it doesn't get the hype of the magnums, but there is a very good reason that it has been the most popular caliber in North America for nearly a century now.

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Location: Wa.
Joined: 03/31/2004
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If you don't already own a 30-06. Another good round to look at would be a 300wsm.
150gr Speer SBT's or 150gr Nosler BT's.
180gr Speer TBBC or Nosler Partitions.
And your covered for both.

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Location: Olympia, WA
Joined: 04/25/2005
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A 7mm Rem mag will do the job just fine. For Antelope go with the Winchester Supreme 150 grain balistic silver tips. For elk go with the Winchester Supreme 160 grain fail safes.

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Location: Nova Scotia
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I'm another vote for a 30-06. Tons of ammo choices, reasonable recoil levels, and lots of rifle choices. You just can't go wrong with a 30-06.

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Location: Washington's Back Country
Joined: 06/25/2005
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Big smile Ok for starters choose a namne brand that will fit you comfortably and is in your money range. The Remington 700 BDL/ADL is a very good choice. Ruger M77 is also a good choice. Then pick a caliber. For a begining shooter and all around hunter I would recomed either a 30-06 or the .270 Win. The 30-06 is going to have a litte bit more recoil but does make up for it with it's many more options for hand loads. All the way from 110 to 220 grain bullets. The .270 has a few hand loads and is also supporting a lot less recoil. Either one of these rounds are more than sufficent for killing an elkor antalope for that matter. Another reason for these rounds is that they can usually be picked up in most any amunation supplier.

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Location: Missouri/Arkansas
Joined: 08/21/2003
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Front antelope to elk, whew, here we go: You want a gun that can deliver about 1500 or no, let's go ahead and say 1600 ft-lbs of energy at a distance of at least 200 yards. The minimum I'd suggest would be a 270 Winchester or 7mm-08 Remington. You'd want to use fast-expanding bullets in the 130-140 grain range for your deer and antelope hunting, and bullets of 150 grains or more for elk.

The 280 Remington and of course the 7mm Magnums are certainly fine for elk, and have the finesse for antelope hunting as well. From the .30 caliber clan, the 308 and 30-06 are more than enough, and also work nicely on antelope. And of course, the .300 Magnums and the 338 Magnums are sensible for elk, and you can get lighter bullets so you can hunt deer and antelope-sized animals as well.

If you are concerned about recoil, avoid the .300 or 338 Magnums. You could always get a muzzle brake, but they make muzzle blast worse. A good 30-06 class rifle would be most favorable. A scoped 8-1/2 lb 30-06 rifle will dump 18-20 ft-lbs of recoil, which should be quite manageable.

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Location: Deer Woods
Joined: 06/13/2005
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Im a firm believer in that you cant go wrong with a 30-06. It has proved itself to be the most popular, ALL AROUND caliber of choice. Find a gun that is comfortable for your usage and your pocket. Remingtons are always a good choice. Big smile

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