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I saw the thread below where someone asked this question and had been thinking about adding a gun to my lineup. What caliber next?

Heres what I have now:

22 LR Ruger 10/22
17 HMR Ruger 17/77
223 Rem R15
22-250 Kimber Varmint
270 Win model 70 270 win
30/30 Marlin 336
30-06 Kimber 8400

I am thinking a 300wsm, 25-06, or 270wsm. I do not have any magnum calibers yet so I am leaning toward one.
 

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Personally, I'd pass on a 300WSM and get a .300 Win Mag if you want a magnum. Since you already have a .30-06, you might want to make a bigger jump up to .338 Win Mag ;)
 

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Yes, the 25-06 appears to be missing from your inventory list. That should be fixed before any further deliberations or acquisitions........

Just a thought......



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You have varmint to med range covered.

You could add a big 30 caliber, but you would be better served going up to .33 or .35 caliber.

35 whelen comes to mind. I would also add .338 win mag but I'm not much of a belted magnum or short magnum fan.

good luck
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Well worth the look into the .260Remington or 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser. Ballistically they are equal and rifle choice would likely dictate the caliber. Awesome performance on game, very high sectional density and ballistic coefficient for the 140gr. bullets. Mild recoil, handloaders dream. Fun to shoot.

But from your list, I'd go with the 25-06, then the 270WSM. 25-06 very potent, flat shooter, excellent deer caliber. 270WSM is just a cool caliber that I believe fills the niche between 270 and 270Weatherby. I have a 300WSM and love it, but other than just being different and new, not really sure what you get other than a smaller more compact rifle vs. the 300WinMag. up to 180gr. bullets, then the 300WinMag takes over.
 

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Well worth the look into the .260Remington or 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser. Ballistically they are equal and rifle choice would likely dictate the caliber. Awesome performance on game, very high sectional density and ballistic coefficient for the 140gr. bullets. Mild recoil, handloaders dream. Fun to shoot.
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I would also suggest a Big Bore to add to your lever action stable.
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While I agree you could get a 25-06 as I love the round I would opt for a large bore and specifically either a 35 Whelen if you reload or a 338 Win mag.
 

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While a 25-something or 26-something would be nice, your 270 and 30/06 really have that realm covered. A 33 or 35 seems to be missing, especially if you ever go after bigger, meaner critters, like wild hogs or elk.
 

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Yes, the 25-06 appears to be missing from your inventory list. That should be fixed before any further deliberations or acquisitions.......



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That or a 35 Whelen / 350 Rem Mag.
 

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I saw the thread below where someone asked this question and had been thinking about adding a gun to my lineup. What caliber next?

Heres what I have now:

22 LR Ruger 10/22
17 HMR Ruger 17/77
223 Rem R15
22-250 Kimber Varmint
270 Win model 70 270 win
30/30 Marlin 336
30-06 Kimber 8400
Think I'd add a 9,3x62 and a 45/70 to that list.
 

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If you want to fill in them go for the 25-06, great round, will do things others won't. For a magnum you can't go wrong with the 300 Win Mag. thats like a standard that others compare to just like the 30-06.

If you want to really move up then ther's stuff in the 45 cal bracket, 450 Marlin, 45-70, 458 Win Mag or the 458 Lott.
 

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i would sell the 250,replace it with a 25/06 which to me is the all round calibre for oz,keep the rest, but move 30/30 on,buy a pumpkin roller-45/70, and add a 30 or 338 mag of your choice as a toy.-this is all just a personal choice.-whatever makes you happy
 

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I'll mirror what some others have said and say that it seems you can use something in between the .22-.250 and the .270 and also something a bit bigger than the '06. I happen to have a rifle that could fill both voids. I purchased an Encore carbine in 25/06 about 3 years ago and then added a barrel for .35 Whelen. Both those calibers would appear to fit your present battery of rifles very well. The Encore is a very nice platform and accuracy is on a par, with both my barrels, with a good shooting bolt gun.

I don't know what you think about hunting with a SS rifle, but I've always enjoyed it personally. I hunt with many different rifles and several different action types and I think the additional challenge a SS might present might also help make you a better hunter/shooter with all your other rifles, remembering the "one good shot" mentality it tends to breed.

A couple more benefits from the T/C Encore include it's handy overall length while still providing full ballistic potential with their 24" barrels (38.5"). And another I like is that shooting the lighter caliber of the two still gives you practice with the heavier caliber. Same stock, same barrel length and same trigger, literally. Shooting the light recoiling 25/06 is still like practicing with the .35W.

The performance of the baby '06 is pretty well known and the performance of the big brother '06 is significant as well. Loads shooting 200gr "X" bullets at nearly 2900 FPS are available and make the Whelen a very powerful alternative to the .338 WM. Shooting the factory Rem 200gr load recoils about the same to my shoulder as a 180gr '06.
 

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You'll need a .50 beowulf or a 50 bmg or both! Both!
 

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Put a little distance between what you have and what you get.

I'd say a .340 Weatherby or a .375 H&H.
 
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