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Location: austin and amarillo texas
Joined: 07/21/2007
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Don- YES, if I ever have any desire to shoot antelope. I don't really know whether your referring to African antelope or to pronghorn. Obviously, it wouldn't be ideal for pronghorn b/c it's a double and they don't shoot that straight after 200 yards. It's also not a "magnum flat" cal either. If your talking about African antelope, I would absolutely use it ont hem. It'll cause less meat damage than most of these guys' 270 mags.

To be honest though, I'm not real sure yet how it's going to work out. I'm working with loads etc to try and stretch that sucker out a little. I'm good within 175 yards witht the 286 grained bullets (what it was regulated with), but am trying to see if the regulation will hold firing lighter bullets. It's been a mess dealing with the regulation from just adding a scope, but things are looking up.

I neener!

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Location: new brunswick
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without a doubt 30-06 Thumbs up the one that all others are judged by

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Location: massachusetts
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I decided on the 7mm remington magnum.

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My model 70 in .270WSM shooting 140gr Accubonds at around 3200 fps--shoots like a laser beam. Absolutley devestating on everything I have shot and my father has shot with his. ELK< BEAR(black), whitetail, and muleys.

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+1 for the 30.06. It is my goto rifle now.

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Location: Muskoka Ontario
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I would say a 308 because it has just about the same balistics as the 30-06 but it is more versitile with bullets and scope adjustments.
A lot of military wright ups on 308.
F.K.

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I go with the 30-06 because there is more choice of bullet weight and you can find 30-06 in any shops around the world. For competition shooting at the range, I will use the 308

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Location: USA
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This seems to be a very old thread, but is still going so I guess someone is reading it! Big smile

Seems the bulk of the posters were posting the old 1906, 30 Gov(30-06) and I guess that is a real good answer for general hunter who rarely hunts in areas where the big coastal Brown bear, or even lower 48 grizz,hang out.

The 30-06 is a versatile cartridge because of the bullet selection, and the wide availability of over the counter ammo, almost anywhere ammo is sold.

In my case, I hunt mostly in Alaska, and Canada in North America, and In Africa, so I need something a little bigger,to be legal. Just like the old 30-06 my choice is very versatile as well, anywhere in the WORLD! the old 375 H&H, or 9.3X62 or 9.3X74R medium bore cartridges, and are medium chamberings for the world. So, those would be my choice for the hunting I do.

If I hunted mostly in the lower 48, the 06 would be as good as any! Because of the way, and the places I hunt in North America is simply not the best choice. Now I could live with the 338 Win Mag, or the 340 Wby Mag, in a good CRF bolt rifle, even in the areas where I hunt in N A, but the 375H&H, and the two 9.3s are still a better choice.

For the guy who hunts from whitetail, up to, and including Moose,and Black bear a 300 win mag would be a real ticket, and would give you a little more power for long range shooting at Sheep, but the 30-06 would do! Thumbs up

Location: Arizona
Joined: 05/06/2007
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The 338-06 is an amazing cartridge. It kills all out of proportion to it's ballistics. .338 bullets are available in good weights and penetrate extremely well.

I hunt mostly with a .375 H&H. I can download it for non-dangerous game or use full power loads for bears, elk, moose, etc. It's great at short or long distance and will take Africa's Big 5.

I have a custom .375 H&H barrel for my Thompson Center Encore. The Encore rifle weighs 9 lbs and has a muzzle brake. It shoots like an 30-06.

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I would go with the 338 winchester mag.
Not too much kick, as flat shooting as 30-06 only with heavier bullets that can take bigger game, and very very accurate. When I wear my barrel out, it will be a 358 norma mag.
in reality though, i guess it could be anything from 270 win - 416 rem or rigby.

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