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Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Steve Redgwell] #13791530 05/03/19
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Main rifle is a 30-06. Current backups are 308 and 7 RM.


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Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Steve Redgwell] #13791634 05/03/19
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Main rifle is a 270 and I have 2, but the OP said not to use 270, so my main backup would be the 336 30-30. To back it up would be a 12 ga.


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Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Steve Redgwell] #13791752 05/03/19
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1st String - 280, 7 Wby
2nd String - 308, 300 WSM


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Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Steve Redgwell] #13792923 05/04/19
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I look at it a bit differently than as a backup rifle. I usually do take two rifles just they are set up differently. One for still hunting, a light rifle topped with a low power scope with a thick post or crosshairs. This rifle will also do any night hog hunting I need to do. Today this is a Midel 7 7-08 topped with an old 3x Weaver. Second rifle is set up with a 3 to 9 power scope and a long action cartridge (currently a 30-06) to shoot the long shots with. Neither is first or second just depends on the job at hand.

Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Mule Deer] #13792944 05/04/19
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Originally Posted by Mule Deer
6.5x54 Mannlicher-Schoenauer, the 6.5 Creedmoor of its day. If the Internet had existed back then, World War One might have started even sooner, due to arguments over the 6.5x54 M-S and OBVIOUSLY much more suitable cartridges.



Big deal...I note that just after the 7x64 was created by the lord himself WW1 ground to a halt...obviously all were simply dazzled by the excellence.


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Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Steve Redgwell] #13794487 05/05/19
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Texas:
6.5x55 CZ 550 American
Backup .270 700 ADL
Backup to the backup 30-06 Vanguard S2 Synthetic

The above is for everything but Nilgai. For Nilgai the order is reversed.


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Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Cascade] #13795050 05/05/19
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Originally Posted by Cascade
I have a pair of rifles set up almost the same - very easy for me to swap from one to the other. Both are Rem 700 CDL's with 6x Leupold scopes. One in 30-06, the other in 25-06.

Some years I hunt more with the 25-06, say when mule deer and antelope are what I seek. And the bigger bore rifle plays a backup role.

Some years I hunt more with the 30-06, perhaps black bear or elk are on the schedule. And the smaller bore rifle plays the backup role.

I like 'em both and have been successful with them both. Am careful to not mix up the ammo!

Guy


I like your set-up.
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Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Steve Redgwell] #13795909 05/05/19
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I have a hard time picturing a scenario where the custom Mod. 70 "Classic Stainless" .338 Winny of mine would fail. But, since about any thing is possible I would grab my wonderful old Mod. 70 Featherweight 30-06 that shoots the 168 grain TTSX bullets very well and dumped a caribou a couple of years ago. When I got the old ought six years ago ThI trust both rifles completely!

I recently put a 3-9 HD SWFA on a Tikka T3X Superlite in 6.5 Creed, if I like the scope as much as I think I will I may put one on the old ought six and save the 3.5-10x40 Leupy as a back up scope.

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Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Steve Redgwell] #13796007 05/05/19
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A 264 WM is my go to but I can go down to a .223 or up a 35 Whelen with several steps in between.....


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Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Steve Redgwell] #13796013 05/05/19
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Savage 11 7-08 up front
Savage 99 250 backup

Bravo

Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Steve Redgwell] #13800644 05/07/19
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Primary for many years was a .338win , secondary was a 7-08. They took turns though depending on where I was hunting. If I didn't have moose or elk tags, I took the 7-08. Primary now is a 30R Blaser, secondary is still the 7-08.

Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Steve Redgwell] #13801573 05/07/19
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I have a Remington 721 30-06 with a leupold straight six on it. Sighted in with 180 federal premium partition factory ammo that rides the pine every year. I do usually kill a doe antelope with it every year though, just to blow the dust off of it.

Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: chesterwy] #13801622 05/07/19
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Great backup for almost anything! (I have a 722 Remington .257 Roberts with a 6x that I blow the dust off every few years as well.)

Dunno how much big game I've killed here and there with the '06 and 180-grain bullets, but it's worked just fine all over the world....


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Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Steve Redgwell] #13804613 05/08/19
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For medium game (deer, antelope, etc) 243.
For coyote or smaller - 204 Ruger.
For elk - 30-06.
Hope to hunt my 375 H&H one day, and not just shoot it!


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Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Steve Redgwell] #13804904 05/09/19
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Current pecking order:

1. 8x57is(VZ-24)
2. 257 Roberts(M70)
3. 300 Win Mag(Mk.VII)
4. 270 WCF(M70)


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Re: Of the big game cartridges, your bench warmers [Re: Steve Redgwell] #13805684 05/09/19
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For Elk
1st choice - Ruger M77 (tang safety) in 308 Win, 2x7 Redfield, with Nosler 165 Partitions
Backup - Ruger M77 MKII 7x57 2x7 Leopold, with 160 grain Nosler Partitions
(NOTE - I could easily reverse these choices with no concern)

Mule Deer
1st choice - Ruger M77 MKII 7x57, 2x7 Leopold, with 160 grain Nosler Partitions
Backup - Peruvian sporterized Brno made 98 Mauser 7x57, 2x7 Bushnell, 160 grain Nosler Partitions

Black Tail (in thick cover)
1st choice - Marlin 336 in 35 Rem with 200 grain Rem Corelocks or 30-30 with 170 grain Rem Corelocks
Backup - Either of my 7x57 rifles with 140 grain Partitions.

CJ

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