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#7162271 - 05/06/18 08:42 PM The start of (rookie) rifle loonie
Amarillo.Hunter Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/24/16
Posts: 175
Loc: Amarillo, TX
Hey all,
Y'all recently helped me decide on my last cartridge (6.5 Creedmoor), but am wanting my next round. I've gotten the bug.

Current calibers/cartridges are

CZ 17 HMR - LH
CZ 22 LR - LH
Tikka 22-250 (1-8") - LH
Tikka 6.5 Creedmoor - LH
Tikka 300 WSM - LH

So, at least my ignorant brain thinks that I have my bases covered, so the next round will purely be for 'want'. Major preference points for a Tikka available in chosen round in LH (which I think only two of the below choices are, (at least in the stainless - which is my preference)), but...am not adverse to getting a 'true' custom...or if I have to one the Tikka Hunter rifles

204 Ruger
223 Remington
6mm Creedmoor
6.5x55 Swede
270 WSM
7mm-08
7mm WSM
338 Federal
35 Whelen
375 Ruger (or Holland)

Now, I'm not recoil adverse, but if I can have a blast shooting my rifle at the bench, it receives bonus points. Have considered a custom in one the BR cartridges (6mm PPC, etc), but am not ready for a "true" bench rest rifle.

I'm still at the point of wanting a hunting rifle that also can be used on the bench.

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#7162295 - 05/06/18 09:04 PM Re: The start of (rookie) rifle loonie [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 2548
Loc: Houston
I still feel like a novice most of the time but given what u have and my recent ar build, I've totally been in love with the idea of a bolt 6.5 grendel or the 6ppc u mentioned. Because off the shelf stuff in bolt formats are a little scarce, seems to justify a more custom rifle.

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#7162309 - 05/06/18 09:14 PM Re: The start of (rookie) rifle loonie [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Registered: 12/16/08
Posts: 25215
Loc: Wolfe City, TX
Originally Posted By: Amarillo.Hunter
Hey all,
Y'all recently helped me decide on my last cartridge (6.5 Creedmoor), but am wanting my next round. I've gotten the bug.

Current calibers/cartridges are

CZ 17 HMR - LH
CZ 22 LR - LH
Tikka 22-250 (1-8") - LH
Tikka 6.5 Creedmoor - LH
Tikka 300 WSM - LH


Ya got no 7mm, and that's just wrong!

28 Nosler or 7-300 needs to be added to this list.
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#7162333 - 05/06/18 09:33 PM Re: The start of (rookie) rifle loonie [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
scottfromdallas Offline
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Registered: 06/23/15
Posts: 948
Loc: TX
For fun at the range, I would get a 1 in 8 twist 223 Rem and have some fun. I generally bring a 223 with me when shooting larger cartridges.
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#7162483 - 05/07/18 06:51 AM Re: The start of (rookie) rifle loonie [Re: FiremanJG]
Amarillo.Hunter Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/24/16
Posts: 175
Loc: Amarillo, TX
JG,
Why the 28 Nosler and/or the 7-300?

Why not the 7mm-08?

Does your suggestion of calibers have long range steel banging in mind?

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#7162487 - 05/07/18 06:56 AM Re: The start of (rookie) rifle loonie [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 13106
Loc: Frisco, Texas
high quality /.22 LR???

Sako Quad Varmint
CZ Varmint or trainer
Anshutz w/tactical stock


by current, you mean you already got one?


Edited by Buzzsaw (05/07/18 06:58 AM)
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#7162496 - 05/07/18 07:12 AM Re: The start of (rookie) rifle loonie [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Registered: 12/16/08
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Loc: Wolfe City, TX
Originally Posted By: Amarillo.Hunter
JG,
Why the 28 Nosler and/or the 7-300?

Why not the 7mm-08?

Does your suggestion of calibers have long range steel banging in mind?


No 7mm-08 because you already have a 6.5 Creedmoor. I have both, but you're building a collection. The 28 Nosler and 7-300 are high horse power cartridges when loaded with 180 to 197 gr bullets. They are good at long range anything. Or high energy delivery at not so long range.
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#7162497 - 05/07/18 07:13 AM Re: The start of (rookie) rifle loonie [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
snake oil Offline
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Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 1804
Loc: Graham
7-08 or 7-08AI

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#7162499 - 05/07/18 07:13 AM Re: The start of (rookie) rifle loonie [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
Amarillo.Hunter Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/24/16
Posts: 175
Loc: Amarillo, TX
Yes, already have a CZ 452 American in both 17 HMR and 22LR. Both rifles have a Leupold VX 2 3-9x33 Rimfire EFR CDS scope.

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#7162500 - 05/07/18 07:14 AM Re: The start of (rookie) rifle loonie [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
Amarillo.Hunter Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/24/16
Posts: 175
Loc: Amarillo, TX
JG,
Forgive my ignorance, but then why not the good ole 7mm Rem mag?

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#7162525 - 05/07/18 07:39 AM Re: The start of (rookie) rifle loonie [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Because you have a .300 WSM
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#7162539 - 05/07/18 07:52 AM Re: The start of (rookie) rifle loonie [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
MClark Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/09/15
Posts: 311
Loc: Arizona
Gotta go with a big bore, 375 H&H, 416 Rigby or better.
Go for the classic cartridge, the Rugers are performance equivalent but not cool factor.
Since you need one right now watching for one at a gun show will yield a deal, I picked up a Ruger 77 in 458 Win for under $500 with ammo, brass and dies.

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#7162561 - 05/07/18 08:13 AM Re: The start of (rookie) rifle loonie [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
Amarillo.Hunter Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/24/16
Posts: 175
Loc: Amarillo, TX
MClark,
Don't "need" one right now, but the search is beginning for the next rifle.

What kind of shape was the Ruger in?

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#7162581 - 05/07/18 08:29 AM Re: The start of (rookie) rifle loonie [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
603Country Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 6320
Loc: Central Texas
The OP needs a 223. As to an 8 twist or a 9 twist, i don't think it matters too much, but that might be because i just shoot 65 and under bullet weights.

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#7163410 - 05/07/18 09:05 PM Re: The start of (rookie) rifle loonie [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
MClark Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/09/15
Posts: 311
Loc: Arizona
Originally Posted By: Amarillo.Hunter
MClark,
Don't "need" one right now, but the search is beginning for the next rifle.

What kind of shape was the Ruger in?


Near new, likely only been to the range a few times. I like a 458 for up close and personal with hogs. I used to use a 45/70 with hot loads but a 458 with light loads is better.

I picked up about 10 years ago a Whitworth 375 H&H for $200 on a Sunday afternoon at a show. The seller had 400 on it, I looked at it and he said make an offer. I told him I only had 200, he said he would take it as he needed to pay for the tables.. It was in good condition, a few dings from the real world.

M

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