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300 WSM: Accurate and available in light, short rifles. Powerful enough to take front quartering shots on big bulls without atrocious recoil and as flat shooting as anything out there. Plus lots of choice in 308 bullets and shoots well with a lot of different loads without needing a muzzlebrake (too loud for me). Personally I've tried every rifle on this board except for one, and I'd take the 300 WSM over any of them for an all around rifle.

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I bought a Browning Micro Hunter in 300wsm when they first came out.
I sure got a lot of flack form the doubters.
I'm one that feels it's hard to beat a 30 cal., of some variety, and this 300wsm is definately the cats meow.
The baliistics are every bit as good as the 300wm and the felt recoil is niticeably less than the 30-06.
Being a reloader, the only drawback I have found is the short case doesn't fair well with a bullet over 180grs. but, then again. There isn't any need for a bullet any larger than 180grs. At least not in North America.
If you did want something larger they have a 338wm available. Which is an excellent round for bullets larger than 200grs.
If you don't have a need for anyting larger than 180gr. I would recommend trying one of the 300wsms. If all of your hunting is under 150 yds and you think you need a bullet larger than 180gr. Then try a 30-06 with 200's or 220's. Those are some forward motion stoppers

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.30-06 for me unless for bears (polar or griz) then something bigger that drives em back right now!

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30.06 hands down. you can go anywhere in the U.S and find 06 ammo. It is more than capable of taking any big game animal with a one shot kill if placed in the bread basket. Shot placement is and always will be first in foremost when taking an animal.

Fast expanding bullets out of an 06 leave results that of hiroshima and nagasaki. DEVASTATING!!!!!!! Evil!

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30-06 for the reasons mentioned above. Any hard hitting 30 cal. would be a good bet. 270 is a good choice, but its based on a 30-06. Why not have a choice of bullets from 100gr to 220 gr. or more? But if we are talking about only having one gun to hunt everything, a 50 BMG or 700 NE should work, I suppose.

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Just my two cents on the ammunition availability issue:

If you are worried about flying and losing your ammunition, ask the gate agent very politely if they could put a Priority Luggage tag on your bag - it solves a lot of problems and stops your bag from getting re-routed on another aircraft. In other words, priority bags travel on the original aircraft (the one with you in it) and avoid the quagmire of re-routed bags (which is too long of a story to explain here).

By the way, one of the best ways to get on everybody's good side is to have the bolt removed from the gun already so they can see that it presents no danger as soon as you open the case (trust me on this). That and a pleasant demeanor will get you all of the Priority Tags in the world.

And, in the event you didn't get a priority tag and your bag dissapears, they tend to re-appear very fast as long as you are travelling domestically - usually on the next flight.

As for "what if the boat turns over and I lose my shells" scenario then you have a hell of a lot more to worry about than hunting and the rest of your stuff is gone to the bottom also so it's time to go home anyway.

My point being, I wouldn't base my choice of a rifle solely on the fact that every Wal-Mart in the world carries my shells. There are plenty of sporting goods stores everywhere in the states along with unlimited internet outlets that carry everything imaginable. On the flip side, I wouldn't get anything excessivley exotic either as that can turn into a pain, but I think a lot of people have made an issue of an issue that rarely (if ever) comes up.

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I think your right Highflyer. I don't fly to hunt but I alway's have more ammo with me than I'll ever need. In fact I don't usually drive more than a few minutes from home to go hunting and I still take to much ammo! Sometime's I think that the most important thing on people's list of priority's is, something to worry about! I know you've noticed the fuss some make over weather to get this magnun or that so they could properly shoot a deer at 200 yds. Go figure! Brick Wall,)

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Not to get too far off track....my vote would be 30-06.....and I don't even own one. My second choice would be .280 Rem....which I do own and like very much. On the subject of ammo availability....I had a "situation" this past season. Sighted my .338 Win Mag in on one brand of ammo with a specific bullet weight. I had a very difficult time finding the same brand and bullet weight before my trip and didn't have time to start over and sight in with a different brand/wt. Lesson learned. Buy ammo in bulk. Thumbs up

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300 SAVAGE -- 150 or 165 Gr. Barnes XXX bullets.

Plenty for all but the largest. Reason, I am a hunter and not just a shooter.
All my deer, bear, and elk have been taken at 100 yards or less.

All these magnum fans do is make noise and miss more than they will hit at the 300-400 yard shot range they are so fond of talking about. Not one of a thousand of these big boomers will ever be fired at anything but a white tail.

They are a solution to a problem that never existed.

Many are being conned into something they dont need!!!!!

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I personally like the 280 rem, but my second choice would be the 30-06, and my third would be the 7mm mag.

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