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Old June 28, 2022, 02:30 AM   #26
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I have always been a fan of using a 180gr bullet out of my 30/06 for whitetail wile hunting in the thick woods of KY. I changed loads several years ago to a 165gr HPBT gameking when I couldn't find any 180gr RN bullets one particular year. I liked that load so much I never switched back to the 180's. About 3 years ago got a wild hair and decided to take my kids 7mm-08 afield and discovered that the shorter, lighter and easier to handle 7mm was much more pleasant to pack around through the hills. Couple that with the reduced recoil and even in the lighter frame gun it is not abusive to shoot on extended range sessions. The cartridge still has plenty of punch for whitetail and likely anything else in North America, with proper bullet selection of course. A 120gr pill provides flatter trajectory then a .243 if field hunting is your thing or you can step it up to a 150 or 160gr pill for real long range work or larger game.

I liked the 7mm-08 so much that I went out and bought myself one. Now the ol' 06 sits in the safe keeping my other firearms company wile I'm afield.
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Old June 28, 2022, 12:15 PM   #27
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Here lately for me the perfect whitetail load/rifle combo has been a Mauser in .257 Roberts.

I do have a TC Pro Hunter in .25-06 that I haven’t spent much time with. I may have to change that this year.


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Old June 28, 2022, 04:10 PM   #28
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Here lately for me the perfect whitetail load/rifle combo has been a Mauser in .257 Roberts.

I do have a TC Pro Hunter in .25-06 that I haven’t spent much time with. I may have to change that this year.


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.25-06 is sweet with the right bullet.
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Old June 28, 2022, 05:12 PM   #29
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300 WSM. Recoil not bad, knocks them over in first shot, and that pill moves hard and fast. Have taken many of the brown four legged and horned devils with it. One hit, they don't get up, and I have personally taken them out to 400 yards. One shot, one kill.

I think the 6.5 PRC I am having built with 143-147 grain bullets will do just about the same.
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Old June 29, 2022, 07:22 AM   #30
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Hard to beat a 7mm-08 pushing a 139 grain interlock. Cheap, effective, efficient.
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