@ 01:54 pm (GMT)
Lane SalvatoI wonder how many fellows out there are fans of shooting a larger rifle than may be commonly thought of as adequate for the game you pursue most? I like to do this. I like 270's for whitetail deer, blackbuck antelope, and other small sized big game animals. Never hand an ounce problem with ruining meat doing this either.
I want so badly to take a whitetail with my 338 Win. Mag. with a big, slow bullet like the 285 grain ELD-M. How many of you sort of err on the side of larger than "needed"?
As the old saying goes, I guess one can't kill an animal too dead!
@ 02:13 pm (GMT)
Re: Shooting More Rifle than You "Need"I do the same thing. Lol. I think as long as youre safe, respectful to the game to the point that your making ethical kills and not wasting meat, then Id say youre fine. Be carful where your shooting that big gun though.
Ive recently purchased a .300 WSM and am looking very much forward to unleashing it this deer season. I bought it to replace my 7mm RM which is somewhat clumsy in the woods with its long action and 26 cannon tube
I guess the reason I do it is to exercise my desire to collect and explore different cartridges
@ 09:15 pm (GMT)
Re: Shooting More Rifle than You "Need"I GUESS USING MY 8MM MAUSER ON MAGPIES & THOSE INFERNAL SPUR WING PLOVERS IS A BIT OVER THE TOP THEN. BUT THE END RESULT SURE IS SPECTACULAR.
@ 12:34 am (GMT)
Re: Shooting More Rifle than You "Need"Lane, I've always been a 30 cal fan. I started with the SMLE, then went to the 30-'06. Burned through a bunch of 30 cal barrels on them. Then a nice Mkll in .338WM fell into my lap. It immediately became my favourite hunter. The 225gr SST is the go-to for this rifle. It wasn't until I had an incident that I updated to a 45-70 Govt., but this is a dedicated use rifle, not the daily hunter.
Moose and elk are the usual quarry, so either of the two "hunter" calibres do nicely. I don't think you could be overgunned for these critters.
@ 05:53 pm (GMT)
Re: Shooting More Rifle than You "Need"Ive deliberately left this one alone for a week to see what progressed......
CAN OF WORMS comes to mind big time on this one... to say its more than you need you sort of need to define "what is enough"
the how far is too far also comes into it...eg with my 2moa 7.62x39mm a deer is safe past 150 yards but is in a power of trouble at 50 yards.
the .223 has taken a few as well and at 50 yards it causes me no issues...
shot PLACEMENT is more important than what you hit it with to a large extent.
what projectile you use also comes into play
Dept of Consternation guidelines say minimum of .222remington for land they administer....... yet its ALWAYS been a controversial one as chapter in Philip Holdens book with that title confirms.....
for me PERSONALLY the .270 winchester isnt too big for anything if what Ive shot with it over the years is any guide....its not too small for anything Ive encountered yet either...... the too far bit is governed by how well I can shoot so a 400 yard self imposed guestimate limit works ok.
my next rifle (and only project one to date) is going to be purely short range proposition and many would argue .45/70 is overkill at sub hundy yards for anything smaller than a deer....yeah nah..... wallabies will be good experiment animals (we dont have many goats around here) Im intending to keep loads down in the first load bracket for that cartridge till I see whats what with break open design and how well she shoots and I can shoot it.
if you have a scratch that needs to be itched...go ahead and scratch it,when I source or make some black powder my new rifle will finally be able to get rid of one of mine that has been there a LOOOONG time.
@ 07:48 pm (GMT)
Re: Shooting More Rifle than You "Need"
I GUESS USING MY 8MM MAUSER ON MAGPIES & THOSE INFERNAL SPUR WING PLOVERS IS A BIT OVER THE TOP THEN. BUT THE END RESULT SURE IS SPECTACULAR.
He he, I like to call Spur Winged Plovers "poof birds". Horrible bloody things.
8x57... all you find is the feet & beak??