Yes I definately agree, my dad has preached this shoot one rifle philosophy to me all my life. But there's definitely some real merit to it, he's been shooting the same Browning BAR since the beginning of time (the early 80'S) lol.A lot of times it is the rifle set up we are most comfortable with. I use my Mohawk .308 with a VX 3 3-9x40, which my son does not like much. My son on the other hand slays the deer regular with his H&R Handi-Rifle in .243 with the same scope.
How well do you like and does that "Tackdriver" work?When I'm not using a bow, my go-to is a CVA Apex in .35 Whelen. I started using it when it became legal for "primative" season in Louisiana, and haven't found a reason to use anything else. With 200 grain Accubonds @ 2900 fps I have never had to follow a blood trail, or needed a second shot.
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I took it everywhere, kinda a beast for elk. It's never good to put your gun away when your elk hunting but some ridges were needed full attention and an 11lb gun doesn't help. But for the most part it was OK.Dang.. didn't know the ridge came in 7mm! Might have to pick one up
Accuracy was ok with 180 - 200 grain factory ammo. When I started hand-loading for it, I discovered the SAAMI specs were designed around a 250 grain bullet. Lighter bullets need to be loaded much longer to get close to the lands and now easlily holds under 1 MOA. I took a 240 lb. 11-point with it 4 years ago, bang-flop.How well do you like and does that "Tackdriver" work?
Pat has never given me bad advice.Tikka T3 has been working for me.
Good for those with a lower budget.
Mine keeps 3 shots under 2” at 300. Thats about as far as I shoot for hunting. Drops em all dead.
Also just had a Sako A7 in ‘06 fall in my lap. Buddy got a lefty and wanted it gone. Its a hammer too. Have shot it a couple times when it was his.
Might have to save up for a GAP like @psinclair , he is always posting up amazing stuff.
Prolly more indian than the arrow though........
I'm debating switching over to either a 280, 280 AI, or a 7mm RM. Leaning towards a 280 or 280 AI because I have two actions that are 06 bolt face. Wondering what load you are using? I'm looking for actual 180gr eldm load results. Thanks, John
I think Remington's reduced recoil load was the lightest load. Slower than even many 308 win loads. Although the 30-125gr BT's would probably very light recoiling.I haven't hunted since my move from NY to AZ, and the Win 70 Featherweight 30-06 that was my favorite 'practical' bolt gun has been handed down to my descendants.
But just because I don't hunt now doesn't mean I'll never hunt again, and I'm doing a back-burner project to bring along a substitute from the lower ranks, a Savage Axis II 30-06. If I can develop the means, I can still (perhaps) have some hope of keeping that oar in the water.
Oh yes, it's no win 70 Featherweight. But it's not chopped liver, either.
The Savage plastic Axis II stock is simply an abomination. Midway offers this replacement stock from Boyd's, and I've made that replacement. Simply put, the stock transforms the ergonomics and the appearance enough so that folks disbelieve me when I tell them it's an Axis II.
The Kaspa Scope and provided mounts were poor at best, and I've replaced mine with the an heirloom Bushnell Banner 6-18x50 in Vortex Hunter Rings atop an EGW aluminum 20MOA base. The transformation becomes successful at this point, while retaining the economical aspects of this project.
The rifle appears to become as light, maybe lighter, than the Win 70 Featherweight. No numbers, but subjectively, it's a lightweight.
My ability to tolerate recoil has become a joke, so I'm working on a 30-06 handload utilizing 125gr Nosler Ballistic tips. Not really heavily into that, so no results yet. A flatter trajectory should be likely.
It also occurs to me that maybe somebody makes a factory reduced recoil load.
That's where things stand for now.