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Old 08-04-2012, 11:33 PM
fljack fljack is offline
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I had to off load a Kimber 8400 in 30-06 to pay some bills and now need to replace it for the new season. I am looking at all weather modles from Weatherby and Savage. I think I will stay with the 30-06 round because of the versatility. Althought I would like info on the 257 Weatherby Mag. I live in North Florida and the deer arnt big and shots arnt long. I do have a friend in Colorido and might have to take a shot at a elk some time. Also I have seen some interest in the 280 REM and would like to know how it stacks up with the 06. I have a open mind and would like to see what you guys have to say. By the way hello and Im glad to be on your site. The Kimber was a tack driver and deer slayer, I need to have another gun that will do as good at a lower price. Thanks FL
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:11 AM
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My thoughts are why not be slightly different. The 30-06 is like a model T Ford, everyone has one it runs all day and gets the job done. I have a couple of 30-06 rifles and have no problems grabbing one to hunt with. However, why not venture with being a little differnt than the neighbor? Weatherby in 280 would serve you well and take anything in the USA except the big bears. Savage has a good name for accuracy but leaves much to the eye for dull mulldane looks and will not hold their value over the years, compared to other makes. Even the old 270 win might be a slightly better choise for you doing most of your hunting in Florida. Their are plenty of other makes out their that would fill your needs. Another option would be to locate a nice used rifle like a Remington mountain rifle, these are hard to beat. Thinking outside the box can be a rewarding experience! Purchasing a new rifle should be a fun experience and after doing all your homework you will find which rifle meets your current needs. Good luck!
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:54 AM
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YES THE 06 is like a model T. It is the caliber that most non mag rounds are compared to, and most were made from. After saying that I am interested in the 280 and would like to hear the advantages of this round. I do think the Weatherby has better looks but I am more interested in the performance of the gun.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:14 PM
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Sorry about having to dump the Kimber i own one in 300wsm.I owned a Weatherby Accumark in 270 weatherby mag and now own 2 Savages.I was very disappointed in the Weatherby and their known for poor accuracy.Im not happy with 1.5 grps at 100 yds for that money.Savage makes a far superior rifle except in fit and finish.The Savage starting at the low end to their top of line will outshoot the Weatherby out of the box.Now the Weatherby will look prettier but the Savage has the better trigger in the accutrigger.Savage is not the low end gun it used to be and for the cost of the Weatherby their are far superior rifles for a lot less.I.E.Tikka,Sako,Thompson.Remember only accurate rifles are interesting.IMHO Weatherby are way over priced and only an average rifle.I would go 30/06 for a one gun battery.
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:47 PM
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check out one of these. Friend has one and is a tack driver
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:51 PM
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Hunting Man and I are big 280 fans. I have killed more game with it than I can count - everything from small pronghorns to big bull elk - it's another round (like the 30/06) that does it all... but it is an overlooked caliber, to be sure. All of the other rounds mentioned are more than adequate for your needs. As for an all-weather rifle, which you said you wanted - take a look at a Tikka T3 Lite (stainless/synthetic). I bought one just to see if it were as good as everyone had said. It was! Guaranteed to shoot one inch groups at 100 yards. It does! And it is less expensive than most of the rifles mentioned, and comes with scope rings. Good luck.
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