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Old December 29, 2012, 02:56 PM   #26
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My SAR-48HB (7.62 NATO) is my biggest boomer. But it's also one of my most pleasant rifles to shoot.
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Old December 29, 2012, 03:27 PM   #27
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My M1A scout, .308 isn't a huge thumper compared to what some have posted but the factory muzzle brake on it makes it louder than a M240 machine gun, my buddy I deployed with shot the 240 for 4 years and I told him "you're gonna want ear plugs man" he was like "nah I'll be fine"... Took one shot and looked like he got hit in the face with a brick
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Old December 29, 2012, 05:36 PM   #28
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biggest? loudest? most powerful?
none are the same rifle I'm afraid.

biggest is without a doubt my mosin nagant 91/30s one is sporterized, the other is still dressed in mother russia's finest. both are the largest in my collection.

loudest is my AR15 believe it or not. my family refuses to let me take it hunting anymore....freaking pansies...

most powerful is my 300 weatherby mag. 180gr soft points penetrate 3/4" steel. I loaded up some black tips for it but I haven't been able to find anything worthy of testing it on
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Old December 29, 2012, 05:44 PM   #29
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Old December 29, 2012, 05:58 PM   #30
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I was at the range yesterday with my newly-built 7-08 breaking her in at 1K yards...

Varmint barrel with a brake...(before anyone asks the usual "why a brake on a 7-08?" it's so I can spot my own shots).

There was a "new" shooter next to me, receiving instructions from an experienced shooter on form, wind holds, etc.

At one point I overheard him remark about "the .338 LM or .300 WM" next to him... and I looked over at him and said it's "only" a 7-08...

So, if it's apparent DB levels, that one is louder to the guy next to me (but not me) than my Mosin...but my younger son on the other side said it really isn't that bad.

It is SOOO nice being able to see the impacts without needing a spotter.

.50's are frequent there (always at least one or two on the line), so it's nice to hear "fire in the hole" to prepare you for the concussion you know is coming!
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Old December 29, 2012, 06:00 PM   #31
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Do air rifles count, I'm afraid of guns that make really loud noises.
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Old December 29, 2012, 08:22 PM   #32
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Without a doubt my old .375 Remington Ultra Magnum, commonly known as the (RUM) it rivals the ballistics of a .270 win but does it with a 260 grain bullet! Loud and very brutal on the shoulder. Maybe this don't count anymore since I sold it? I have shot .458s, 416 rigbys, 338-378, .338 lapua and many more big boomers, and nothing was as bad recoil wise as that stainless steel 26" slick barreled .375 RUM with synthetic stock, the gun was light weight and beat you up all kinds of bad! And really loud!!
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Old December 29, 2012, 08:36 PM   #33
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Just kidding...actually it's my Sako {pronounced "Socko"} Model 75, bolt gun, in 30-06 caliber.
Nice. I have a model 75 stainless and walnut 30-06. Love that gun, it is my favorite.

My most powerful is my Ruger 7mm mag.
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Old December 29, 2012, 10:56 PM   #34
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My Remington 700AWR chambered in 7mmSTW. Has a brake, so felt recoil is very manageable, but damn is it loud. Painfully so. I shot a Pronghorn while standing at the base of a cliff. The echo off the rock wall actually hurt my right ear for hours afterwards. I now insert earplugs before even taking the thing out of the case. Plugs and muffs while at the range.
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Old December 29, 2012, 11:09 PM   #35
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My Browning A-Bolt SS .300 Win Mag is my biggest/loudest/most powerful rifle. It does not have a muzzle brake. I was a little nervous about buying it, but I was very happy after shooting it. It is my go-to elk rifle with handloads (Nosler Protected Point Partition 180 grain bullets designed specifically for the .300 Win Mag.)
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Old December 29, 2012, 11:09 PM   #36
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Marlin xl7 in .270! All the rifle I need.
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Old December 29, 2012, 11:57 PM   #37
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300WM & 7MM-STW Both are plenty powerful & LOUD.
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Old December 30, 2012, 09:24 AM   #38
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Most powerful rifle I have would be my 416 Rigby, it has a slight edge in energy over my 458 Win Mag, plus being faster it gets the edge in penitration when you use solids in both guns.

Also the Rigby has the advantage of range.

The Rigby also has a huge advantage over my 458 or any other rifle I have when it comes to felt recoil on the shoulder.
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Old December 30, 2012, 09:36 AM   #39
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As a side note: (I add this separately because I don't own one).

A 4 bore (bore is the same as gage in this case, meaning how may round balls of the diameter of the bore (or gage) it takes to make a pound. A 4 bore would be 4 balls to a pound, a 12 bore (12 gage) takes 12 round balls to make a pound.

I'm re-reading "A Hunter's Wanderings in Africa" by Fredrick Courteney Selous, originally published in 1920 but takes place in the latter 1800s.

Selous was an ivory hunter using, among other guns a 4 bore, that is 1/4 pound of lead, or 1750 grs. That puppy kicked at both ends, but wasn't effective as the modern African cartridges, mainly do to the lack of velocity. Those old ivory hunters had get withing bad breath distance to those dangerous critters. Not to mention the recoil would be worse even then my 416 Rigby.

Just thinking about it makes me want to go hug my 257 Roberts.
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Old December 30, 2012, 10:01 AM   #40
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7 mm Rem Mag. for loudest, 30-06 for biggest. M y sons 45-70 is a boomer and a big one, so at my house he wins!
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Old December 30, 2012, 10:29 AM   #41
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Old December 30, 2012, 11:31 AM   #42
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In order from largest to smallest:

M1 Garand = 30-06 (7.62x63)

Mosin Nagant 91/30 = 7.62x54R

Springfield M1A Scout EBR = .308 (7.62x51)

Come to think of it I'm not actually sure which is the loudest though. I assume the 91/30 just cause its the oldest design.
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Old December 30, 2012, 04:11 PM   #43
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A 4 bore (bore is the same as gage in this case, meaning how may round balls of the diameter of the bore (or gage) it takes to make a pound. A 4 bore would be 4 balls to a pound, a 12 bore (12 gage) takes 12 round balls to make a pound.
I've held a 4 bore cartridge in my hand. Holding a metallic cartridge considerably bigger than a 12 ga shotshell made my shoulder ache.

I've read about Frederick Courtney Selous' exploits with the 4 bores many times. Never fails to make me grin, especially the one about his gun-bearer fully re-loading it instead of just replacing the misfired cap. Those old white hunters had some guts.

Now, 2 bores on the other hand.......
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Old December 30, 2012, 08:01 PM   #44
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Old December 30, 2012, 09:36 PM   #45
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Old December 30, 2012, 09:51 PM   #46
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Old December 31, 2012, 12:10 AM   #47
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.416 Rigby. 338 Lapua. 338MTM
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Old December 31, 2012, 05:02 AM   #48
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Well if you just want kick, try a 62cal black powder ball with 3 FFF powder pellets.
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Old December 31, 2012, 09:28 AM   #49
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Or maybe pull both triggers on my double .58 with hunting charges. The boom factor is cool, but I suspect it's hard on the stock wrist.
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Old December 31, 2012, 11:45 AM   #50
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