Caliber thoughts?

sheephunterab

AH fanatic
Joined
May 5, 2016
Messages
808
Reaction score
928
Location
Alberta, Canada
Website
www.outdoorquesttv.com
Media
52
Hunting reports
Africa
5
Europe
2
Australia/NZ
1
Member of
SCI, Wild Sheep Foundation, AFGA
Hunted
Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Argentina, Canada, USA, Russia
The problem you're going to have is finding a bullet tough enough to not blow up at 8 yards but not so tough that it pencils through at 500 yards... .

The only bullet that will pencil through at 8 yards is a solid. Any expanding bullet is going to rapidly and violently expand. You are correct about finding one tough enough though.
 

sheephunterab

AH fanatic
Joined
May 5, 2016
Messages
808
Reaction score
928
Location
Alberta, Canada
Website
www.outdoorquesttv.com
Media
52
Hunting reports
Africa
5
Europe
2
Australia/NZ
1
Member of
SCI, Wild Sheep Foundation, AFGA
Hunted
Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Argentina, Canada, USA, Russia
The problem you're going to have is finding a bullet tough enough to not blow up at 8 yards but not so tough that it pencils through at 500 yards... .

Bad reading skills tonight...your original statement was bang on!
 
Last edited by a moderator:

DM Shooting

AH veteran
Joined
Dec 6, 2015
Messages
116
Reaction score
59
Location
Farnborough
Website
www.dmshooting.co.uk
Personally of the 2 I'd go 308 win in my previous career I used it on the most dangerous creatures out too 1500 yards consistently. Most did not get back up!

You will need to prctise practise then after more practise the 308 will work a treat but distance judging and wind is key calculations are key. I still love and use the 308 a lot there are better 400-600 yard guns but the 308 is very predictable.
 

rookhawk

AH legend
Joined
Mar 4, 2015
Messages
3,432
Reaction score
4,900
Location
North America
Media
142
Articles
2
Member of
NRA Life Benefactor, Trout Unlimited, Safari Club International
Just looked at some of the earliest posts to this thread again. Problems I see (biased against long range shooting as so many buy guns for it but so few people do it).:

-270 Win with 130gr bullets with 3100fps at muzzle is petered out at 400-425 yards as its below 1500ft pounds of energy left in it, about where I'd want to be for kudu and elk as a minimum with a small bullet. It has also dropped over 22" with a 200 yard zero at that point.

If you're going to do firing solutions and dope the wind and play geometry jones for sport, you probably want something that will buck the wind, will be heavy for caliber to get the BC and SD you want, etc. That puts you in the entry level of 300 Win mag, .300 WBY, 7mm Weatherby, .338 Lapua sort of places.

Because I am biased and I acknowledge it, I dare you to go the other direction. Get a really high quality ultra lightweight stalking rifle and stalk them all to within 225 yards. Then you can use a super sweet 6lb gentlemen's single shot in say 6.5x55 or 7x57 and have that "up close and personal" experience. If you can't get within 225 yards it probably wasn't meant to be. <--- bias alert right back there!
 

Newboomer

Gold supporter
AH legend
Joined
Sep 10, 2016
Messages
2,046
Reaction score
3,880
Location
Nevada
Media
13
Member of
NRA, SCI, American Legion, Freemasons
Hunted
RSA, Maine, Montana, Colorado, Texas, Alaska, California.
I have to totally agree with Rookhawk. Hunting is spot and stalk to within a reasonable distance (as close as you can get). This shooting into the next county is fine for competition and games but doesn't cut it in my book as hunting. There are too many variables in distance to make it worthwhile, plus there is no sport or SKILL involved. The skill of a hunter is in the stalk, pitting your expertise as a hunter against the quarry in his domain. Long distance stuff is great for games and snipers, but we're hunters and relish the chase and stalk. Therefore, I'll stick to my old 308 Win and 200 yard--or less shots.
 

Forum statistics

Threads
37,404
Messages
713,661
Members
66,732
Latest member
AnkeWalder
 

 

 

Latest posts

Latest profile posts

degoins wrote on Treemantwo's profile.
I have a like new VC .450 I might part with. I had it built in 2013 and it has served me well. Also have a VC fitted leather trunk case for it along with the plastic case it came with. I'll take 14000 for all of it.
Matt W wrote on Jody's profile.
Hi Jody,
I have been looking for ideas on the best way to display my European mounts from Africa. I came across some of your shield work and was wondering if you would be willing to make one for me? If so, please let me know the cost. I like the shield with the two spears that you built for a member years ago. Thanks.
cal pappas wrote on Mnelson2's profile.
Nelson. Is this message a PM format. I want to send you my email, but don't know if this is the cirrect way to do it. I'm at <pappas@mtaonline.net> Send me an email with your phone and I will call you about a skull I have. I went to school in Boston and am from Bernardston in the west part of the state. Moved to Alaska in 1984 adn never looked back.
BeeMaa wrote on Justbryan's profile.
Sold a Blaser scope mount to him. He was a pleasure to do business with.
BeeMaa wrote on 375Fox's profile.
Sold a Blaser scope mount to him. Was a pleasure to do business with.
 
Top