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SBOldMan
03-12-2008, 2:52 PM
I really like 30.06 but would be willing to go with something else if told why. I'm starting off with Pigs in mind but definitely have my eye on Deer and possible Elk some day. As for the Turkey and Pheasant etc...I think my 12ga would be appropriate for that.

Questions are this-

What Caliber?
Semi or Bolt?

ohsmily
03-12-2008, 3:01 PM
If you are only going to get one do-all hunting rifle, get a bolt action 30-06 or 300WM, especially since I see you are thinking about Elk. If you are going for smaller big-game, they make lightweight 300WM bullets so it wouldn't be overkill. When going after larger big game (elk) the 300WM is fantastic. But, 30-06 is fine for anything in North America if that is the way you want to go.

My personal preference would be a Remington 700 in 30-06 or 300WM.

Other than the Benelli R1 and the BAR, there aren't any semi-autos that are readily available in CA that are a large enough caliber for Elk, IMO. (I am not factoring in any of the oddball C&Rs that happen to be semi auto in a larger caliber).

Fjold
03-12-2008, 3:29 PM
Bolt action 30.06 will handle anything (except the big bears) in North America.

rksimple
03-12-2008, 3:34 PM
Bolt action 30.06 will handle anything (except the big bears) in North America.

+1. It has done it all.

wildcard
03-12-2008, 3:36 PM
Bolt action in 300WM.

You shouldn't need to rapid fire and the last thing you need is a malfunction from a semi. Not saying that semi's are prone to malfunction.. but theres a whole lot less to worry about with a bolt action.

If you're not getting a .308, then go straight for the 300WM. Really no advantage to the '06.

cornholio1
03-12-2008, 4:18 PM
I like semi's but bolt guns are good for hunting. I hope Armalite ships the 338 this spring. Gonna be my Elk gun.

muntz
03-12-2008, 5:00 PM
I have Rem 700's in .308 and 30-06. The distinct advantage to 30-06 over .308 comes at 180 gr. and above. So if you want to shoot a 220 gr bullet at an elk then the 30-06 is the way to go. But if you're just toying with the idea of "possibly" going after an elk, then I'd go .308 for now to hunt deer, pigs, varmits, or whatever and acquire the 300WM when that elk hunt finally comes along.

The .308 is just such a versatile round, especially if you reload, there are alot of options for the type of game you're going for.

RobG
03-12-2008, 5:49 PM
Really hard to beat the '06 in a bolt gun. Lots of great guns to choose from, plethora of ammo available, easy recoil, and great accuracy. Good way to spend a tax return :D

Bizcuits
03-12-2008, 6:16 PM
I use .308 in a bolt



I use my mini-14 for anything a coyote or lighter.

sloguy
03-12-2008, 6:45 PM
dont get a cartridge so large that you flinch every time you shoot it. ive seen guys buying 300win mag or whatever high powered rifle and they flinch so bad they cant hold better than a foot at 25 yards, but they bought the bigger rifle cause they want to be able to hunt at 400 yards. what a laugh.

my advice, know what your limitations are. choose the biggest cartridge thats small enough that you can shoot it comfortably and not flinch. 308, 30-06, 30-30 are all good ones.

Bizcuits
03-12-2008, 6:51 PM
dont get a cartridge so large that you flinch every time you shoot it. ive seen guys buying 300win mag or whatever high powered rifle and they flinch so bad they cant hold better than a foot at 25 yards, but they bought the bigger rifle cause they want to be able to hunt at 400 yards. what a laugh.

+1

Don't get a rifle, because you want to have the biggest caliber. Get the one that works for what you want and is comfortable "and relaxing" to fire.

Rocko
03-12-2008, 7:02 PM
Personally, I use a lever action Marlin 30-30. I like the lever actions for some reason.

However, my next hunting rifle will be a bolt action .308 or 30-06

ViPER395
03-12-2008, 7:38 PM
30-06, hands down.

Spyder
03-12-2008, 9:41 PM
BAR II in .300 Win Mag is gonna be my big buy for next season. I've been carrying a model 70 in .243 but last year I could have attempted to fill my elk tag if I'd have had a little bit bigger gun. Good excuse for a new toy. :)

Two Shots
03-12-2008, 10:00 PM
Stick with a Bolt Action in 300 WM use lighter loads for Pigs,Deer and full load for Elk shoots flat and has great knockdown power.I shot my brother in laws 300 wm and it kicks fairly harder then a 308