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#7028896 - 01/07/18 07:56 PM Next rifle round
Amarillo.Hunter Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/24/16
Posts: 175
Loc: Amarillo, TX
Hey all,
Looking for advice on next rifle round. Btw, I'm left handed.

Currently have a 257 Weatherby and a 300 WSM.

Can pick up a screaming deal on a Tikka T3 LH t3 SS in 270WSM ($500 new), but also would consider a 260, 6.5 Creedmore, 7mm-08 (not a screaming deal). Or something bigger 338 Federal, 375 H&H or 375 Ruger.

And, I don't currently reload, but am in the process of starting.

Factory rifles are the only thing on the table.

Thought my 300WSM would suffice for Nilgai, but multiple outfits have told me that it is too small. So I either get a larger rifle (assuming I ever actually go on a Nilgai hunt)...might never happen.

So what do y'all recommend for a round in the in between and what do y'all recommend for a bigger bore?

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#7028901 - 01/07/18 08:05 PM Re: Next rifle round [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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.260, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08, all good choices. The .260 and 7mm-08 need a hand load to really shine.

.300 WSM won't bring down a Nilgai? I wouldn't take that bet.

.338 Norma Mag looks pretty cool...
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#7028907 - 01/07/18 08:08 PM Re: Next rifle round [Re: FiremanJG]
Bayharbor Offline
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Registered: 11/28/13
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Loc: Houston
I can tell you from personal experience that a 330wsm will make a Nilgai very dead!

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#7028911 - 01/07/18 08:10 PM Re: Next rifle round [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Your .300 WSM is plenty for Nilgai. And just about anything else short of big, dangerous game. Those outfits are wrong.

I would get one of the mid range options you listed.
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#7028921 - 01/07/18 08:21 PM Re: Next rifle round [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
Sneaky Offline
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Iíd speak to different outfits.
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#7028934 - 01/07/18 08:33 PM Re: Next rifle round [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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I've never heard that a 300 is to small

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#7028939 - 01/07/18 08:35 PM Re: Next rifle round [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG


.338 Norma Mag looks pretty cool...


You must be reading my mail. I was just looking (drooling) at a left handed 338 NM for sale right here in Texas. Trying to figure out if I can afford to feed it.


To the OP, Iíd look at the 7-08 or 280 Remington. The 7-08 can be had in the left handed Tikka Hunter for around $750 new.

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#7028969 - 01/07/18 08:50 PM Re: Next rifle round [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
duckhunter175 Offline
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Registered: 04/15/17
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Loc: DFW
I'm a lefty and I'd love to know where I can get that deal on a TIkka 270wsm!!!!! Shoot me a PM.

In terms of a new cartridge-- I would say you have the light to heavy (elk etc) covered with your 257roy and 300-- If you don't decide to hunt at a place that will let you use your 300wsm and you want a bigger cartridge I think the 338 win mag is the next logical step up especially if youre shooting factory ammo--- 250gr Nosler Partitions.

I have a LH Model 70 in 338wm and while it isn't light it also won't kill you with recoil...and it looks damn good.

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#7029000 - 01/07/18 09:08 PM Re: Next rifle round [Re: duckhunter175]
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A stainless lh 270 wsm is only 630$

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#7029266 - 01/08/18 07:33 AM Re: Next rifle round [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
KDaddy Offline
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Registered: 08/18/15
Posts: 3
I killed my Nilgai with a .223
Not that that would have been my first choice, but shot placement trumps caliber.
The shoulder shot on a nilgai is not the best choice.

300 WSM is plenty of gun.

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#7029314 - 01/08/18 08:04 AM Re: Next rifle round [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Registered: 11/13/09
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Every single person I know that has killed a Nilgai used a 300 WM. Not that that is the magical caliber but it's just coincidence that the 4 I know used 300.
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#7029335 - 01/08/18 08:18 AM Re: Next rifle round [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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.300 WSM is plenty stout for Nilgai. Just pick a good bullet 180gr and up and you'll be fine. As posted above, I would talk to different outfitters if that was the response I got.
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#7029361 - 01/08/18 08:34 AM Re: Next rifle round [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
Adchunts Offline
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Registered: 12/03/16
Posts: 232
Loc: New Braunfels, TX
As a fellow southpaw, I feel your pain...

My next left-hand purchase will be a 6.5 Creedmoor (already have .270 Win, .300 Win Mag, and 7mm Rem Mag).

I believe Tikka has a lefty stainless T3x Lite coming out sometime soon in 6.5 CM (their part number JRTXB482). I am currently trying to decide between this one and the Ruger Predator.

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#7029364 - 01/08/18 08:36 AM Re: Next rifle round [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Registered: 10/15/14
Posts: 631
Loc: Blanco texas
Depends on what you want to do in the future, or what you like to shoot. I'd get a 260 or 7-08 as it would be cheaper to shoot--and a bit more useful out my back door around here,but will not do much more than your 257 with 115s. If a safari to Africa is in your future a 375 is always a good addition to the cabinet, as I find once people start using a medium bore they rarely go back when shooting big heavy animals--and a 338, or 375 wacks a nilgai decisively more than your 300 WSM (which is plenty believe me).

For bigger:
338 win mag...

If Africa is in the picture then 375 Ruger or 375 HH.

I have a 375 Ruger in a LH 375 for sale if interested

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#7029377 - 01/08/18 08:45 AM Re: Next rifle round [Re: KDaddy]
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Originally Posted By: KDaddy
I killed my Nilgai with a .223
Not that that would have been my first choice, but shot placement trumps caliber.
The shoulder shot on a nilgai is not the best choice.

300 WSM is plenty of gun.
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