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Re: What calibre?
Reply #15 - Jun 17th, 2009 at 8:46am
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steveh054 wrote on Jun 17th, 2009 at 3:54am:
In New Zealand .308 can't really be beaten - you can buy ammo for them anywhere. If you reload you can load them with 110 grain pills thru to 220gr and there is nothing in NZ you cannot kill with all the variety of projectiles - powder and shit you can get that is suitable for .308. I have a Howa better than Sako .308 that shoots many beasties every year. ('cept this year 'cause I'm in Ozzie) It hits harder than a 2-poofy-70 (like gimp uses) is cheaper to run than a 25- costalot- 06 ( like Carlsen Highway uses) it is as accurate as the average shooter can shoot and you can only kill an animal so dead. So I ask you,-- what is the best caliber for NZ???

7/08.  It's the .308, but less recoil, better killling efficiency, slightly flatter trajectory, and has taken that old .308 brass and finally made good use of it. Wink
  
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Reply #16 - Jun 17th, 2009 at 9:04am
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I bought a brno fox .222 as a young fella and shot lots of hares and goats and had a ball. I moved up to a 308 and it knocked the crap out of me and I ended up with a flinch Sad The recoil was way too much for me and I moved down to a 243.
Maybe approach your local Deerstalkers and go to a range day and shoot a variety of calibers, people love showing off their rifles so you should have no trouble getting a go. Smiley
  

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Reply #17 - Jun 17th, 2009 at 9:18am
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Easy.243 Win  WinkNext question.
  
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Re: What calibre?
Reply #18 - Jun 17th, 2009 at 11:26am
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I had the flinch thing with my 308.  Suppressed it and it's a pussy rifle now.  My shooting improved considerably.
  

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Re: What calibre?
Reply #19 - Jun 17th, 2009 at 12:02pm
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Thanks everyone it's good to hear everyone's different opinion's. At the moment I use my dads .308 but am saving for my own gun before I leave school so am just searching around for the different pro's and con's of different calibres.
  
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Reply #21 - Jun 17th, 2009 at 7:32pm
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Easy.243 Win  WinkNext question.


Do you consider the .243 to be a good elk cartridge?
I know you can kill it with a good placed bullet in the neck, head or behind the shoulder, but how is it with a hit on the shoulder on a big bull?

To me it sounds a bit dodgy, but I have never used a .243 and it is not legal to use on anything bigger than roedeer in Norway, so I can very much be wrong about it Smiley
  
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Reply #22 - Jun 17th, 2009 at 7:35pm
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all depends on shot placement and range.  bullet construction also has something to do with it too i guess.  if i was shooting at the shoulder, id want to be 100m or closer and shooting a barnes 105gn tsx or a 95gn nosler partition.  IMHO of course  Smiley
  

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Re: What calibre?
Reply #23 - Jun 24th, 2009 at 6:16pm
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.270 WSM 130 grain 3300fps Cheesy
good stuff
  
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Reply #24 - Jun 24th, 2009 at 6:31pm
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You know, another way to ask "what calibre do you recommend" is to ask "what calibre do you have".

The answers will be the same...

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Reply #25 - Jun 24th, 2009 at 9:41pm
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BTMO wrote on Jun 24th, 2009 at 6:31pm:
You know, another way to ask "what calibre do you recommend" is to ask "what calibre do you have".

The answers will be the same...

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Re: What calibre?
Reply #26 - Jun 24th, 2009 at 9:53pm
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meatlover wrote on Jun 24th, 2009 at 9:41pm:
BTMO wrote on Jun 24th, 2009 at 6:31pm:
You know, another way to ask "what calibre do you recommend" is to ask "what calibre do you have".

The answers will be the same...

Cheesy

well said Wink


Weirdly enough, my advice ISN'T what I own. I bought a .243, because I wanted my kids to be able to use the rifle. They are both bigger than me now, and while I still love shooting this rifle, I really wish I had a .308.

Next shopping day....

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Re: What calibre?
Reply #27 - Jun 25th, 2009 at 10:08pm
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7mm08 if you use factory ammo,
260 (6.5mm08) if you handload.

These two calibres are both "necked down" 308, as is the 243 (6mm08).
  

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Reply #28 - Jun 25th, 2009 at 10:22pm
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You'd be a good judge Alfie - haven't you got both?
  
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Reply #29 - Jun 25th, 2009 at 10:24pm
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Alfie, we are shooting at my place this weekend, you keen?
  
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