Hi Opposite Pole
I guess everyone is different in what they want. Rimmed cartridges are always loaded back and it’s hard to match rimless cartridges even with reloads.I had actually ordered the gun last Thursday. I settled on 5.6x50R Mag, 30R Blaser and 9.3x74R barrels. I went with 30R Blaser over 7x65R as I already load .30 cal, so it’ll be one less lot of projectiles to stock. Since it’ll be approximately a nine-month wait and they had a synthetic stocked one on the shelf, I bought it as an interim solution. I must say I rather like it. Not sure about the calibre though, this one is chambered in 8x57JRS. Undoubtedly adequate for all of my current hunting needs, but, in theory, at least, it’s not really exceptional at anything, so I’m fairly sure I’ll be selling it when the one I ordered comes in. Then again, who knows, plenty of hunting ahead for it to prove its worth.
I guess everyone is different in what they want. Rimmed cartridges are always loaded back and it’s hard to match rimless cartridges even with reloads.
I had the 5.6 x 50 mag originally but cases are expensive at $4 each then and like rocking horse poo to find. I had mine rechambered to the Wilson arrow. Here in Australia 30 Blaser cases are as rare as 5.6 x 50. I would have much preferred it’s equivalent the 30-06 or more horse power in the 300 win mag or 300 Weatherby, and the 9.3 x 62 is much easier to find and cheaper out performing the 9.3 x 74. If you were after more range and power you could always do what I have done, rechambering the 9.3 x 62 to the 375 equivalent the 9.3 x 64 Breneke. Good luck in selling the 8 x 57 JRS.
I help test and shoot all the new firearms coming into the country from the importers for the magazine reviews. We use a variety of different ammunition including some hand loads. S&B more often then not is the most consistent and accurate.I find RWS, Lapua and Norma more consistent but S&B is nothing to sneeze at.
Hi BobI have always found that either in the Alaskan ranges or the New Zealand tops a 300 yard shot is a long way. Calibers like the 270 Weatherby or 7 mm mags fill the bill nicely. The only exception is if there is a good chance of running into a mountain grizzly, a 30 mag might be a suitable compromise.