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#6199191 - 02/25/16 05:16 PM Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers?
Hunter Gatherer Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 161
I like the 257 Weatherby and the 35 Whelen. I also have more of an affinity for the 25-06 than the 270. I wonder if you guys have opinions on this subject. Do you scorn the oddball calibers or do you like them? I have reasons for liking the ones I have, and I suppose that's good enough. I just respect you guys and wondered about your thoughts.

Thanks!

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#6199339 - 02/25/16 06:41 PM Re: Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers? [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
Michael W. Offline
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I like the unusual ones. I have a 338-06 AI and its my favorite rifle/caliber. Its on a Sako action and Hart barrel and it shoots very small groups with everything from 200 B Tips to 225 Horn. interlocks. I like it that I can't just go out and buy a box of ammo. Gotta get busy at the reloading bench if I want to go hunting or shooting. Makes it a bit more rewarding.
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#6199372 - 02/25/16 07:05 PM Re: Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers? [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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I prefer the unusual calibers.
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#6199382 - 02/25/16 07:10 PM Re: Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers? [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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We would all be in a big mess if there was not someone named P.O. Ackley. up
Also this method is a little more involved. Take 30-06,270,25-06 thru a forming die that makes these into 7X57. Then run the 7X57 through the full length 6mm die.


Edited by Cool Mo D (02/25/16 07:38 PM)

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#6199453 - 02/25/16 07:40 PM Re: Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers? [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
Fitzwho Offline
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Registered: 07/27/07
Posts: 118
Loc: Midland, TX
Running a 280 AI, 35 Whelen, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 204 Ruger currently.

My favorite rifle growing up was a 257 Roberts A-Bolt.

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#6199455 - 02/25/16 07:40 PM Re: Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers? [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
kmon1 Offline
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from experience I will stay away from the real oddball calibers that are either rimfire or cases are a real pain to make from any other cases available. 17Mach II, 5mm Rem Mag and 22 Auto are some rimfires that are almost impossible to find ammo for. The WSSM family of cartridges are another, guess your can make brass from the WSMs but it is a real pain.

Some guns and their ammo have almost been instant collector items when they were introduced like the Ruger hawkeye with the 256 Winchester Mag, the S&W chambered in 22 Jet. TC ICON in 30TC. Ideas filling a void that didn't really exist.
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#6199459 - 02/25/16 07:42 PM Re: Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers? [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
maximum Offline
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"is it unwise ?. . ."
only if you don't have a stock of
components and a set of dies

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#6199553 - 02/25/16 08:43 PM Re: Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers? [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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If you are a responsible shooter/hunter, No it is not unwise!
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#6199638 - 02/25/16 09:36 PM Re: Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers? [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
Hunter Gatherer Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
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I've always been in love with the speed of the 257 Weatherby, and after hunting Nilgai one time with a 300 Win Mag I got really interested in the 35 Whelen. It may be my next oddball. It hits VERY hard on the front end but not as much on the back end. I don't use muzzle brakes because of the noise, so recoil matters to me. If they could just come out with a muzzle brake that wasn't so goldarned loud I'd have them on all my rifles and probably be shooting Nilgai with a 375!

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#6199651 - 02/25/16 09:47 PM Re: Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers? [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
drycreek3189 Offline
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Registered: 04/23/15
Posts: 102
Loc: Troup, Texas
Some of today's oddball calibers were yesterday's staples. Things like .257 Roberts, .25/06, .270 Win., .280 Rem, .30/06 are not near as popular amongst the younger shooters, but they still get the job done, and well.

I have room for the old and the new in my safe !

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#6200009 - 02/26/16 09:09 AM Re: Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers? [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 472
Loc: Arlington
Wow, I've never heard the .270 Win and .30-06 referred to as oddball calibers. I suspect they'll still be going strong long after many of the newer calibers are ancient history.

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#6200075 - 02/26/16 09:53 AM Re: Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers? [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
phantom Offline
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I like them here is a list of the ones I currently use. to me they are not all odd but here you go. 22-6mm, 284, 6mm/284, 375/284, 6.5 creedmoor. 257ai, 458 lott 300 h&h then the more normal ones 25-06, 300rum & wbys.
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#6200671 - 02/26/16 04:55 PM Re: Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers? [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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I dont think there's anything wrong with odd-ball calibers if they are for a low round count gun or you have plenty of brass and a set of dies.

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#6200792 - 02/26/16 06:59 PM Re: Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers? [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
Hunter Gatherer Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
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It's too bad the 35 Whelen never caught on. It's a fantastic round. More powerful than the 338 with less kick. It's just too hard to get good ammo for it without reloading.

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#6200956 - 02/26/16 08:57 PM Re: Is it Unwise to Have Oddball Calibers? [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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Maybe so, but if it had caught on it would have become ubiquitous and therefore uninteresting. But then again, the .25 and .300 Whelen are both very common and a guy just about has to have both.
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