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I want to buy a rifle that I can have fun hand loading with, but I don't want a popular caliber. Right now I am thinking about

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  • hfedder40
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    Get a 257 robert or a 257 weatherby its close to a 243

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  • JM
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    The Browning is cheaper and just as good if not better, but I parted with the Model 71 I used to own and have regretted it ever since, so this would give me an excuse to buy one if I went with the .348

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  • idduckhntr_2
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    Get a Browning, they are easier to come by and cheaper.

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  • JM
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    idduckhntr,
    Actually, that sounds pretty intriguing. It may be hard to find a good deal on one of the old Winchesters chambered in it though.

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  • idduckhntr_2
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    What about a 348 Win?

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  • JM
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    -Now you guys are making it hard on me. I'm going to have to take my time to decide which caliber I want.
    -Blake, I own a meat grinder so there is no need for a sniper round =]. I own a .338 lapua and it blows up anything it hits(I shot a coyote with one and you could fit a softball through the hole). One hell of a fun rifle to shoot at targets, but overkill for what I will be hunting.

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  • blake g
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    sorry .416 barret but you could throw in a .338 lapua magnum those would be my kind of snipers ( the .338 lapua was the first round spicificlay desighned for snipers!)

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  • blake g
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    ok thats fine Jm theres always .50 BMG .416 lappua .408 Cheytech .50 ae (desert eagle) or if you want it to be small and fun 17 mach 2 22bee or many othe huge rediculos rounds and my personal favorite the 28mm revolver.

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  • huntfishtrap
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    I would vote for the 6.5 Creedmoore, one of the most accurate, flattest-shooting rounds out there.

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  • floridahunter
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    Mauser 7.65 Argentine, load me some cartridges while you're at it

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  • cowboy
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    6.5-284

    There's a reason it's one of the most popular calibers with the long range target guys. Super accurate and easy to work up a good load. Powerful enough to take deer out to 600+. Easy on the shoulder and wallet.

    Since you mention the .264WM I am guessing you like to go fast and long range? A few others that I think are prety cool that don't require any wildcatting. Odds are no one else in deer camp will have one and you wont be able to find ammo locally.

    +1 on 264 WM
    257 Weatherby
    284 Win
    7MM RSAUM or WSM
    7MM STW
    30-378 Weatherby
    I'll also throw in the 6MM BR, not the fastest or probably the best choice for deer but a pretty cool little round.

    Good luck.

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  • jhjimbo
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    O.K., how about a Mauser 96 in 6.5X55. By reloading it can be used for anything from ground hogs up to and including black bear. It has more energy at 100yds than a 30-30 has at the muzzle. All that without a lot of recoil. I have a 4X12 scope on mine.
    The .264 is a real hot rod - great for long distance shooting. The 6.5mm(.264) bullets have some of the best B.C. along with 7mm(.284).

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  • JM
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    I'm sure the 7.62X54r would be fun to play around with, but when they offer "military surplus" ammunition it is just a bit too common for me. I want a caliber that you do not hear about very often.

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  • blake g
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    mosin nagant, 7.62X54r it is rimmed but what i have heard is that you dont need to reload and there true $110 for 440 rounds of fmj if you dont like the mosin you can get a svt ,svd (dragnov), or many of the lmg the russian army uses .

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  • JM
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    Cost is definitely important, but this wont be a rifle I will be shooting a ton.

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