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So here's another one of those which one should I get questions that everyone loves to see. I was just sitting down today and wondering which caliber I could use next? I have several that work great for everything that I hunt, but as most of us know, anytime you get a chance to get another gun why pass it up. I'm not sure yet weither I will buy a factory, or completed rifle or have one built. I have no specific need other than the fact that I want another caliber. Caliber is of no concern, reloading is not a problem, wildcats are welcome. I have perty much all the bases covered, but here is a list of calibers that I have. They are all bolt guns except for the exceptions.

.177 Pellet Gun
.22 LR semi-auto
.22-250
.220 Swift
.243 Win
6.5-06
7mm Mag
7.62X39
7.62X54r
.30-06
.308 Norma Mag (this winters project)
.32 Win 94 Lever
8mm Mauser
.50 cal Muzzle loader

Here is a list of calibers that I have been considering for future purchases/builds.

.17 HMR
.204 Ruger
.257 Roberts
.260 Rem
.264 Mag
.338 Edge or .338 Lapua Mag
.358 Norma Mag

It would be nice to get a rifle in one of the larger calibers. I don't have any african safari's or Alaska trips planned anytime soon, so I don't need a really large caliber right now. I would also be open to some Ackley cartridges too.

What am I missing?
 

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About the only thing you don't already have is extreme distance and/or big bore. .358STA, some .416, .338/378 Weatherby, or something, maybe ;)
 

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I don't see a 45-70. Everyone needs a large bore centerfire.
 

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Lots of holes to fill.

No 308 or 30-06 yet? Downright unamerican.

No 35's, suggest a 358 Win, 350 Rem mag or 35 whelen as well as the 358 norma.

No levergun cartridges...no levergun? Again, this is unamerican. Try the 338 Marlin Express.

No african hunting cartridges...how about 9.3x62, 375 Ruger or 375 H&H?
 

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Lots of holes to fill.

No 308 or 30-06 yet? Downright unamerican.

No 35's, suggest a 358 Win, 350 Rem mag or 35 whelen as well as the 358 norma.

No levergun cartridges...no levergun? Again, this is unamerican. Try the 338 Marlin Express.

No african hunting cartridges...how about 9.3x62, 375 Ruger or 375 H&H?
Forgot the .32 Win Special 94. sorry.

A .308 might be cool. Not a big fan of the .30-06, but I forgot that I have one comming next week. :D
 

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Of the ones you listed, I can say first hand I really enjoy shooting my marlin 917V in .17HMR. It's an amazing round. The only issue I have is paying $12-$13/box for rimfire ammo.
 

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Of those listed, I would get the 257 Bob. It is on my want list too.
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Im with Tang. Get something with the words "Ultra Magnum" attached to the end
 

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I don't see a 45-70. Everyone needs a large bore centerfire.
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Or a 450 Marlin, or 444 Marlin. Just make sure there is no-one else at the range with you, they'll think you are nuts when you start giggling like a 12 year old school girl. Big-bores are fun :D
 

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Im with Tang. Get something with the words "Ultra Magnum" attached to the end
My reasoning for this, is that he has it pretty well covered from the 30-06 and down. The 8mm Mauser is a great round, but he needs a real thumper in that collection. Might as well throw a nice .338 in there, and the Ultras sure bring the pain :D
 

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I have been thinking about the .338 Edge or .338 Lapua lately. This might be my next custom. I was also thinking that a .308 Win in something like a Rem SPS Varmint might be a cheap plinker, and when I say plinker I mean out to 5-600 yards to hone the wind doping skills. I'de get a new stock but this could be a fun gun, and reloading supplies and data are a dime a dozen so this could be a good choice.

I could always use more range time..... and maybe the .308 would fit the bill for something new that I want but don't need.
 

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I see you have the 243, but the 257 roberts "the bob" since you hand load is a blast, you will wonder why the 243 is even manufactured. 7mm's are great. the .280 class is great. I see the .358 norma, but the 35 whelen really is fasinating don't let anyone tell you its a 250yard cartridge, and for fun throw in the 218 bee.

good luck I think you have it covered.

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I think your missing the boat not having 338-06.
The 35 Whelen is good and more easily found on store shelves;
but loading for the 338-06 could be fun too.
 

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If youre lookiing for something in the 33 caliber the edge and the lapua are great choices. If you want to go even more extreme, look into the 338 allen magnum.

Also have you thought about the 30-378 or the 338-378?:)
 

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I'm a big fan of the .378 based Roy cases, but reloading costs alone turn some away. $60 for 20 pieces of brass is steep for sure.
 

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I think your missing the boat not having 338-06.
The 35 Whelen is good and more easily found on store shelves;
but loading for the 338-06 could be fun too.
If I'm going to start shooting the .338's I want enough powder behind them to make it worth my while. I'll want to shoot that big bullet further than a couple hundred yards! It's a neat round though!

I'm a big fan of the .378 based Roy cases, but reloading costs alone turn some away. $60 for 20 pieces of brass is steep for sure.
That's one reason behind me choosing the .338 edge over the Weatherby cases. I can get 50 .300 RUM cases for $60 and neck them up to .338 to make the Edge. I know of some Weatherby Chambered rifles, not Weatherby's, that shoot extremely well, But I don't like the sound of $3-5/rd.
 
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