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#5528401 - 01/08/15 03:21 PM Caliber Information
gasman777 Offline
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I've got the brand/model of deer rifle picked out but I have to make the most difficult decision.....caliber selection. I'd prefer to do my own research and draw my own conclusion instead of take someone's word for it....however what do I look at? I've been told not to look at ballistics. Is that bad advice and if so, what else is there to look at?

If ballistics is the best thing to analyze, I'm thinking the critical data would be velocity, energy, and drop with different bullets at different distances. Anything else? I can't find a chart that has recoil data alongside......

I'll dive into the bullet/ammo selection after I've chosen the caliber, hopefully that's not bass ackwards...

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#5528419 - 01/08/15 03:27 PM Re: Caliber Information [Re: gasman777]
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I always pick what bullet I want to shoot, then figure out how fast I want it, and then decide on the parent case I will use to get those speeds. Caliber choice is like a Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota preference. If the rifle you want comes in anything bigger than a 243 size bullet, it will work well for Texas hunting. IMO, BC data doesn't come into play until 400 yards plus.

Rifle recoil: http://www.handloads.com/calc/recoil.asp
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#5528420 - 01/08/15 03:27 PM Re: Caliber Information [Re: gasman777]
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Balistics matter if your going to utilize them. If you want to hunt at 500 yards something with a decent amount of initial velocity mass and energy with a good bc bullet is probably something to consider. If your going to shoot deer at a feeder 100 yards away anything from 223 with good ammo through the sky is the limit will provide adequate performance.
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#5528450 - 01/08/15 03:39 PM Re: Caliber Information [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
I always pick what bullet I want to shoot, then figure out how fast I want it, and then decide on the parent case I will use to get those speeds. Caliber choice is like a Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota preference. If the rifle you want comes in anything bigger than a 243 size bullet, it will work well for Texas hunting. IMO, BC data doesn't come into play until 400 yards plus.

Rifle recoil: http://www.handloads.com/calc/recoil.asp


We should just make your post a sticky and then move everyone of these threads under it.
Pretty much sums everything thing up

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#5528677 - 01/08/15 05:26 PM Re: Caliber Information [Re: gasman777]
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BOBO...OH NO don't do THAT! then we won't be able to spout off all the inanity's we were subjected to by well meaning peer groups of relatives and the rest of the Peanut Gallery banana

I'd only have one other critreria to mention besides what Chad said...Find a rifle brand and model that FITS YOU WELL FIRST...then pick the caliber. You will be surprised at the Gun Co's Marketing Guru's who don't agree with a common caliber list past the basic 4 or 5 choices....and HAVE FUN messing with the Sales Clerks.
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#5528779 - 01/08/15 06:16 PM Re: Caliber Information [Re: gasman777]
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I have always kept diversity in mind when adding a firearm to my collection, both in brand and caliber.

Since you've already decided on a specific model, I would suggest a caliber that's not already in your collection, so long as it satisfies the requirement for what you intend to harvest with it.

And while some pride themselves in going after the less common calibers, I avoid them so that I'm not chasing around trying to find ammo when I need it most.
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#5528938 - 01/08/15 07:38 PM Re: Caliber Information [Re: gasman777]
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Not to sound like a broken record, but if you don't know what you want, then you want a .30-06. There are other choices just as good for Texas hunting, and some are even better under limited circumstances, so this isn't yet another caliber debate. I'm just saying the .30-06 is only very rarely a bad choice.
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#5529124 - 01/08/15 09:11 PM Re: Caliber Information [Re: gasman777]
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#5529141 - 01/08/15 09:25 PM Re: Caliber Information [Re: gasman777]
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Lol. Funny, but a well fitting .30-06 with a quality recoil pad kicks only minimally for an experienced shooter. The original post didn't indicate any special preference for low recoil. Otherwise I would have recommended a .223, of course.
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#5529158 - 01/08/15 09:29 PM Re: Caliber Information [Re: syncerus]
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Originally Posted By: syncerus
Lol. Funny, but a well fitting .30-06 with a quality recoil pad kicks only minimally for an experienced shooter. The original post didn't indicate any special preference for low recoil. Otherwise I would have recommended a .223, of course.
duel


Lot better choices for deer hunting than a .30-06
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#5529166 - 01/08/15 09:33 PM Re: Caliber Information [Re: gasman777]
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It's easy. .30-06. If that won't fit in your rifle, .223.
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#5529328 - 01/08/15 10:50 PM Re: Caliber Information [Re: gasman777]
KJG Offline
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Loc: Sunnyvale, TX
a 270 is a hard overall round to beat.

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#5529562 - 01/09/15 07:40 AM Re: Caliber Information [Re: txtrophy85]
redchevy Offline
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Originally Posted By: syncerus
Lol. Funny, but a well fitting .30-06 with a quality recoil pad kicks only minimally for an experienced shooter. The original post didn't indicate any special preference for low recoil. Otherwise I would have recommended a .223, of course.
duel


Lot better choices for deer hunting than a .30-06



Like what? And if you say 270 im gonna laugh!
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#5529629 - 01/09/15 08:14 AM Re: Caliber Information [Re: gasman777]
bside Offline
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It has been

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Days since we had a caliber war involving the .30-06

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#5529633 - 01/09/15 08:15 AM Re: Caliber Information [Re: bside]
redchevy Offline
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Originally Posted By: bside
It has been

11 0

Days since we had a caliber war involving the .30-06


Well that's too long friend!
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