Good day all...
I currently use a Savage 30-30 bolt to hunt whitemail where I live in Missouri. It is a great rifle and I love it. It honestly works for what I need.
I am looking at upgrading to a gun that is better for longer shots or for bigger game (hopefully will be taking some hunting trips up north soon). The problem that I am running into is deciding what caliber to get. Everything I have read basically will tell you that it depends on the shooter, etc. but I wanted your all's opinions on what works for you. I think I would be lookign at like a Remington 700 [I have never ever heard anythign negative about this model] because of the reliability and it won't break the bank.
I am stuck between 30-06, 300 and a 308.
I know the 30-06 is the most available round, but I want to know recoil, reliability, distance etc based upon your personal experience.
Thank you so much for your help guys.
PS> if you have other rifle suggestions please let me know as well.
Apparently the suggestion for an Alaska State Gun (other than "Yes") is: pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 caliber .30-06 caliber rifle.
While the .30-06 is big enough to hunt just about anything I also worry about what is hunting me. http://www.adn.com/bearattacks/
for my hunting trips in north east Texas were i grew up, not much more than a 30-30 was ever needed, due to the heavily wooded areas and the chances of having to make a "long shot" wasn't really a problem, i have use a .270 for a few right a-ways Ive hunted... but i would have to say that there really isn't a best all around caliber, it depends to me on a few factors.
what tyep of game will you be hunting.
how far of a shot will you possibly be making.
will the round "chew" up the hide or meat if a short than expected shot is made.
i think the 30-06 would be the most versatile, but again it depends on the person and the game they will be hunting.
hope this helps-
The 30-30 has taken more large game on this continent than any other caliber. Before going "new gun" you might consider experimenting with different ammunition to get the most from your existing weapon with which you have great familiarity. There are modern ballistic projectiles now available from Hornady that will extend the reach and efficacy vs a traditional round nose 30-30 bullet.
By way of example:
A 150gr RN at 300y will have a 30" holdover from a 100yd zero and deliver 1276fps and 542ft-lb of thump
Their 160gr ballistic tip has a 12" holdover from a 100yd zero and delivers 1699fps and 1025ft-lb of thump at the same distance.
Now this is not to say you ought to go out and switch to this stuff, it might be horribly inaccurate in your gun. More so, what I'm saying is that it might behoove you to do some experimentation with alternative commercially available loads with better ballistics or, if you've the opportunity, to experiment with hand-loads using more modern projectiles.
That aside, the 30-06 vs .308 debate is nearly as fractious as 9mm vs .45 as a defensive round. You could fill a good sized data-center with the content that exists on the web discussing the merits of either. There is much that is debatable in favor of both but there are two absolute truths: There is more variety of commercial loads available in 30-06 and the .308 is a shorter cartridge which allows a shorter action on the rifle itself.