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#5620672 - 02/25/15 06:35 PM Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!!
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First off, I know there's really not a bad choice here, but I'm torn...

I have a chance to buy a Kimber Montana at a very good price and I'd rather not wait on the time it would take to order one that's not currently in stock ready to ship. The available cartridges are 30-06, 25-06, and 280AI. The reloader in me wants the 280AI for all around versatility. My conservative side wants the 30-06 due to component availability and who easy factory ammo is to find in the event that I needed it. The realistic side of me wants the 25-06 due to decent factory ammo availability and plenty of components. Also, this would be the most comfortable of all the cartridges to shoot for practice. This rifle will be for backcountry hunts where weight savings is very important along with sheep type hunts in tough terrain. It would be rare that I would hunt anything bigger than mule deer or barbary sheep with the rifle though I could see it going on an Elk hunt if I ever did a wilderness area hunt. I would limit my shots to nothing over 500yds due to the how lightweight the rifle will be ( <7lbs w/ scope). I'm going to make my decision either tomorrow or Thurs so I don't miss out on one of the available rifles. Just wanted to see what you guys have to say and please keep the discussion between these 3 cartridges. Thanks!

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#5620701 - 02/25/15 06:54 PM Re: Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!! [Re: ltsheets]
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280 A.I
30-06
25-06

In that order.
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#5620710 - 02/25/15 06:57 PM Re: Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!! [Re: ltsheets]
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Will this be your primary firearm or will it compete with others. If it is your only firearm I would go with the 30-06, not really anything in North America that it handle should the opportunity become available. For your average hunt I don't believe you will find that much weight difference. I mean, how many cartridges are you going to carry. The 30-06 is a more classic round than the other two. JMHO
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#5620762 - 02/25/15 07:15 PM Re: Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!! [Re: ltsheets]
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Of those 3 280AI

But I tend to pick the less common rounds and have since my first rifle purchase.
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#5620775 - 02/25/15 07:19 PM Re: Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!! [Re: ltsheets]
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Id probably say 30-06. You never know, a day may come when you get all the way to Colorado or Montana and forget your reloads. You can get a box of core-locts anywhere. 25-06 is easy to find too, but 30-06 is everywhere. Plus, I know the elk hunt my dad went on requires a minimum of a .30cal rifle.
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#5620800 - 02/25/15 07:27 PM Re: Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!! [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
Plus, I know the elk hunt my dad went on requires a minimum of a .30cal rifle.


loco
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#5620817 - 02/25/15 07:31 PM Re: Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!! [Re: ltsheets]
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I thought it seemed odd too. Wasn't sure how common that was though.
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#5620818 - 02/25/15 07:32 PM Re: Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!! [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
280 A.I
30-06
25-06

In that order.



Agree ^^^

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#5620839 - 02/25/15 07:40 PM Re: Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!! [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
I thought it seemed odd too. Wasn't sure how common that was though.


I don't know. So would that guide say I would be better served to bring my .30-30, or a .308 Win, than my 7 Rem Mag? loco
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#5620849 - 02/25/15 07:42 PM Re: Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!! [Re: ltsheets]
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The .280 AI just has an awful lot going for it in terms of performance, and it outstrips the other choices in cool factor by a mile. I don't think you could go wrong with any of the three, though.
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#5620879 - 02/25/15 07:49 PM Re: Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!! [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
I thought it seemed odd too. Wasn't sure how common that was though.


I don't know. So would that guide say I would be better served to bring my .30-30, or a .308 Win, than my 7 Rem Mag? loco


I guess so. Dads boss built him a custom .308 on a stiller action for the hunt because he didn't have a .30 cal rifle. Just a 25-06
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#5620897 - 02/25/15 07:55 PM Re: Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!! [Re: blackcoal]
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It's not my only hunting rifle. I have an all weather 300wsm that's a lot heavier but still packable for all but the most rigorous hunts. I also have a lightweight Hill Country .270win but that's the wife's rifle if we are hunting together. I have more, but those are the only all weather rifles I have so far.

Originally Posted By: blackcoal
Will this be your primary firearm or will it compete with others. If it is your only firearm I would go with the 30-06, not really anything in North America that it handle should the opportunity become available. For your average hunt I don't believe you will find that much weight difference. I mean, how many cartridges are you going to carry. The 30-06 is a more classic round than the other two. JMHO

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#5620898 - 02/25/15 07:55 PM Re: Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!! [Re: ltsheets]
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1. 30-06
2. 30-06
3 30-06

Just my opinion

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#5620909 - 02/25/15 07:56 PM Re: Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!! [Re: ltsheets]
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Thanks guys...didn't realize the 280AI would be the clear recommendation.

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#5620956 - 02/25/15 08:12 PM Re: Kimber Montana Cartridge Advice Needed!! [Re: JRJ6]
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Originally Posted By: JRJ6
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
280 A.I
30-06
25-06

In that order.



Agree ^^^
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