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rgs1975
06-20-2010, 6:13 PM
For hunting mid sized game (large deer and/or mountain lion) at mid to long range (100-300 yards) what would be your choice of caliber out of a bolt action rifle?

.308?
30-06?
30-30?
Other?

NapaCountyShooter
06-20-2010, 8:08 PM
Standard answer, 30-06. The do everything hunting round.

thunderbolt
06-20-2010, 8:11 PM
+1 on the 30-06. There is a reason it's been around for a while.

Fjold
06-20-2010, 9:08 PM
Anything from a 260 on up. Where are you going to hunt Lions?

pyromensch
06-20-2010, 9:31 PM
30-06, more options

if not a 7mm mag

johnrunner89
06-20-2010, 9:35 PM
.308 has my vote, can be used to hunt anything a .30-06 can plus its alot cheaper to shoot and has less recoil. Unless you reload, than thats a different story.

joefreas
06-20-2010, 9:37 PM
I highly recommend the Browning BAR 30-06. It is a semi but still looks like a classic hunting rifle. I opted for the semi for hunting because I had a friend that wounded a deer with his bolt gun. He said that he would have been able to put a second round in the deer is he had a semi or racked the bolt faster. It took many hours to track the deer that finally bled out through its knee. I am a hunter but would feel terrible for wounding an animal like that.

I have nailed two deer with my browning and more hogs than I can count. Havent required a second shot on any of them but it is nice knowing that if I do it is there.

bjl333
06-21-2010, 12:24 AM
^ I love the BAR, but its still a little on the heavy side.

How about a 6.8 SPC, or the 30 remington on an AR ... incase the lion don't go down and start charging. bang bang bang !!!

Just a thought !!

ar15barrels
06-21-2010, 1:16 AM
.308 has my vote, can be used to hunt anything a .30-06 can plus its alot cheaper to shoot and has less recoil. Unless you reload, than thats a different story.

There are FAR more hunting loads available in 30-06 than 308.
308 has more surplus ammo and more match ammo choices.
There's surplus 30-06 available for about the same price as suprlus 308.

SixPointEight
06-21-2010, 1:19 AM
^ I love the BAR, but its still a little on the heavy side.

How about a 6.8 SPC, or the 30 remington on an AR ... incase the lion don't go down and start charging. bang bang bang !!!

Just a thought !!

I'm personally going the 6.8 route for a deer gun.But if you don't reload..run far away from 6.8 lol. About a buck a round for the cheaper stuff

B&B Armory
06-21-2010, 1:29 AM
30-06 is the do-all plus I reload so I prefer that particular caliber

Mac
06-21-2010, 10:56 AM
7x57.
or 7.5 Swiss.

joefreas
06-21-2010, 1:59 PM
[QUOTE=bjl333;4489219]^ I love the BAR, but its still a little on the heavy side.

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Yea, sometimes when I am going to go through the really thick brush I grab my .308 youth model bolt action. It is very small and light which helps while sliding on my but down a really steep hill!:)

FUBAR
06-21-2010, 4:04 PM
Personally, I'd go with a Marlin 30-30. Its got mild recoil, quick follow ups w/leveraction and with the Leverevolution ammo it can reach out to 200 yards. Its light and handy enough to carry all day. For bigger game I would get a 300 win mag. You can hunt everything in N.A. with these two calibers.

johnrunner89
06-21-2010, 7:56 PM
There are FAR more hunting loads available in 30-06 than 308.
308 has more surplus ammo and more match ammo choices.
There's surplus 30-06 available for about the same price as suprlus 308.

With the price difference in .308, because it has less recoil and still be used to hunt anything a .30-06 will, it will keep my vote. I can still get cheap plinking .308 ammo for under $7 a box...I don't see that with .30-06. I hope I'm not coming off as biased but I sure do like the .308/7.62x51 cartridge :D

pyro3k2
06-21-2010, 8:37 PM
30-06
.270
.300win mag
7mm mag
will have the best hunting ammo choices, with the advantage going to the 30-06

drunktank
06-21-2010, 11:32 PM
For the uses listed, I like the .270. Shoots a little flatter than the '06. Not as flat at a .243 but hits harder. Heavier than carrying short action bullets, but we're talking hunting, not going to war.

I'd be happy with the 270, '06, 7mm, 300win, .308, .243, etc as long as i could work up a good load in my rifle and be proficient with it.