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    American made rifle

    I have a bunch of preference points in Wyoming and Colorado for Elk and MD. I'm recently retired and want to start using my points. I have a Ruger #1 300 mag but it's not much fun shoot and I don't shoot it well. So I want to get a new American made rifle. Was thinking about 308 caliber. I've never shot one but have heard they are a pleasure to shoot. Any recommendations on brand or caliber?

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    Why don't you shoot it well? #1's are great rifles that usually are tack drivers.
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    I have .308 Winchester that I only use for long range target shooting and yes it is a breeze to shoot. However, don’t pass up on a
    7mm-08. I have a 7mm-08 for hunting and it’s just a wonderful shooting rifle...

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    ^^^ What he said! My Savage 7mm-08 shoots great!

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    I wouldn't give up on the Ruger. Maybe the recoil is a little bit much and you could use a muzzle brake.

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    If it were me, and two of my key hunts were elk, I would look at a 7mm Rem Mag, 28 Nosler (7mm), 300 WSM, or 300 Win Mag. Even though I am a 30 caliber shooter, I would suggest going with 7mm cartridges as they tend to be in the sweet spot for ballistic performance. I love the looks of the Christensen Arms Ridgeline and I have heard good things about Cooper Rifles, both American made with custom rifle features at significantly lower price of a custom rifle. Some of these already have a muzzle brake and are real shooters from what I have heard. The muzzle brake will tame the recoil 40% to 50%.

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    I would look into a cooper. They make a couple of great .308's for hunting. I have shot a .308 for many years now (they are great to shoot) and a Remmington LTR with a 20" barrel is not expensive - every one of them I have seen shoots extremely well for a $1000 rifle..

    With that said my next gun will be a cooper (backcountry or excaliber) in 7 mag w a break.

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    P.S. With a muzzle brake my wife and my daughter hunt with my 300 WSM. In fact my daughter (16 now) recently killed a coyote at 440+ yards with it, so she can not only shoot it but shoot it very well. The brake drastically takes the painful recoil out. I would say the 300 WSM recoils between my .270 and .243. I'm a big guy but I really don't like recoil. I owned a 338 Win Mag in my 20's and it beat me up and hurt my shooting with all rifles for a few years after. So, my recommendation of a brake comes with some experience with heavy recoiling rifles that I really didn't care for.

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    Win pre 64 model 70
    Or Rem 721/722
    I love my 270 and 257 Bob
    In 7mm
    The 7mm08 is sweet
    Or a 280/280AI

 

 
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