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    Coopers are awesome!

    If they are out of your price range, the current production Savages are consistently accurate right out of the box and pretty lightweight. Another good option is the Tikka T3, which has a similar reputation.

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    The Savage is pretty hard to beat for the money, especially for a mass produced rifle.
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    Model 70 Winchester with a bear claw extractor (any model 70 without the post 64 action) in .270 Win is the best all around gun in the world! I could be a bit bias in my opinion but it was worked well for me

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    I have a TC Venture in 30-06 that I got to shoot 3/4 inch groups at 100 yards with 165 core-lokts. I was pretty happy to get my gun to shoot good with the cheap stuff. Its sounds like you are not looking for a 30-06 but I would give the TC Venture a good look.

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    I guess I'm showing my age, but as a kid I idolized Jack O'Connor. What didn't he shoot in North America with a .270? It's still a great cartridge.

    It's a pretty flat-shooting rifle with far less recoil than a 7mm Mag and enough punch that a well-placed shot will bring down anything you're likely to hunt in the West. When I shot my black bear this spring with my .270 he stumbled hard after my one shot and went about 20 yards before he laid up.

    I think the .280 is actually superior but there aren't so many out there and ammo may be tougher to find.

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    If recoil tolerance & checkbook aren't an issue take a look at the Titanium Strata by Rifle's Inc....caliber of choice would be 7wsm to keep it SA and under 5lbs.

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    Another vote for 7mm rem mag I have one in a Ruger M77 I would like to get another one in a savage 116 Its a very easy cartridge to reload my current favorite load is Hornady 162 sst 60 gr IMR 4831 shoots great

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKaviator View Post
    I've never hunted elk, but if I were in your shoes I'd try a H.S. Precision or a Cooper in .280AI or 7mag., for no other reason than I seem to covet having one.

    I'm sure loving the Cooper 338-06 I have!
    I'm with you AK with the .280 A.I. Close results to the big 7, but if you don't reload I guess the 7mag would be a good choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jarheadhunter View Post
    It's not a .50 cal! Shoots the same bullet as a 30-06 just a little faster.
    Using that formula, the .30/378 magnum isn't a .50 either Shoots the same bullet as a 300win.mag just a LOT faster.

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    It just gets those 200+ gr bullets started a little flatter.

 

 

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