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Old 01-11-2013, 12:29 AM
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I've shot the 338 win mag and I didn't think the recoil was all much worse compared a regular 7mag. I'm 6 feet tall and only weigh 150 lbs, but the recoil of the 338 seemed like more of a long push than a short choppy kick. I would say the recoil of a 338 with a muzzle break will be much less than your 7mag is now. My cousin had a tc encore in 7mag with a muzzle break and my girlfriend has actually shot it several times and has never complained about recoil but mentions how much louder it is when she shoots it (while wearing earmuffs). Shes only 5 foot 3 and may weigh 110 lbs. It really is amazing what a muzzle break can do for a hard recoiling rifle.

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Old 01-11-2013, 12:18 PM
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I'm a wimp. Go with a 17-204. I can generally handle that recoil.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:16 PM
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The rem 260 or 6.5 creedmoor with a 140gr berger or 140gr accubond are very good rounds based on your needs. They can both be used on elk out to 300 yards and are super accurate.

I think the rem 260 is a nice option since it can be re-barreled to the 243 win, 7mm-08 rem, 308 win, 338 fed, or 358 win. That way if you change your mind later it will not cost as much to get something new.

The hunters (a few of them are well known guides) I know including myself prefer the rem 260, 6.5 creedmoor, 6.5x284 norma, 270 wsm, 7mm rem mag, 30-06 sprg, or the 300 rum (a 300 rum with a break has an insane shockwave though) for anything from coues whitetail to elk.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:10 AM
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Arizona I can definitely second what you said about the 300 RUM's shockwave. A friend of mine has a 300 RUM with a muzzle break in a Remington 700 Sendero. It'll wake the dead when you pull the trigger.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:49 PM
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.25-06 Ack. Imp. with a 28" barrel. Shoots a 75gr. Sierra Varminter at 4100fps or an 85gr. Nosler Varmint Ballistic Tip at 3850, or a 100gr Barnes TTSX at 3650 or a 115 Berger at 3400. Lights out for anything you point it at short of large N. American dangerous game like the Griz, Brown or Polar bears, maybe bison too. Anything else doesn't stand a chance. Like shooting a laser beam at them.....flat and fast. Recoil is mild, bullets are plentiful for reloaders, powder charges are fairly light.

100gr. Barnes TTSX
CCI 250 Mag Primers
Rem. brass
Redding dies
60.4 gr. RL22
3595fps.
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:56 PM
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I've got a .308 arrow that I use with my night vision for hogs and I really like it. Hard to find much info on it but it was created in Macon GA by Arrow Arms. It's a .308 bullet that works on an ar15 platform. 125 grain loads are what I run.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:33 PM
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at this point it's looking like I'm going to have him build me a .280Ackley, and then something in that .3XX range, he said he's always had a thing for the .35 whelen, he has also thrown around the idea of a .338-06

looking at a light weight for the 280 then an average weight for the second


those of you with the muzzle brake experiences, with a good pair of ear protection is it tolerable for the shooter? i've heard it's worse for bystandards since it blows back at an angle. My question is does it make it worth it on the range to have a thread on muzzle brake so you get better with the gun instead of saying "kicks like a mule 2 shots where I want it good enough i'm done with that gun till i hit the woods"
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:21 PM
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I personally wouldnt have a muzzle brake on the .280, but you might want to consider the muzzle brake if you get up to the 338. Recoil doesnt bother me a lot. If you do decide on a muzzle brake make sure that everyone that is standing somewhat close to you, has hearing protection. If I am standing near someone shooting a rifle with a muzzle brake, I can definitely feel the "shock" that comes from the gases being redirected by the brake. Hope that helps
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:30 AM
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Until you get to bears and elk, the .257 Roberts is the route to go. Your 7 Mag fits the bill for deer and up.

You have such a broad range of game, 15 pounds to 600 pounds, it is tough to find one gun that is the best for all of them.

Ground hogs thru coyotes, 22-250 all the way.
Deer, caribou and coyotes .257 Roberts (read my handle)
And deer through elk, your 7 Mag will do the job.

If you want to build a wildcat, look into the .257 STW. I have one in the safe but don't shoot it much.

Just my .02 worth.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:13 PM
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looking at getting rid of the 7mag, just don't really need the "mag" the .280AI will do it all without the extra recoil & muzzle blast and it should be a lot lighter weight carry gun.

but the .257 roberts is one I have looked at before as an option.

right now i have the .243 for deer/coyote, 7mag for deer/bear (replacing with the .280AI) only reason I would look at something in the .3?? caliber is bear/elk but still using the 280 for bear if walking

i wish we had more groundhogs up here becuase I really would like a 22-250 but just not enough around to dedicate a gun too :-(
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