I know this has been talked and talked and talked about, but I'm looking for a reason to pick up a new rifle. I have been looking at the cooper model 92. A light weight rifle that shoots .5 really gets me going. Im trying to decide on what caliber. I will be using this rifle for up to elk size animals, but mainly deer size critters. I have it narrowed down to a few calibers. The shots will be 450 and closer (but to be honest 300 and closer)
1st 338-06 I already have one, but dang it kills good and i have a bunch of brass. I'm just not sure if I will get proper bullet expansion that my max range.
2nd 30-06 boring caliber, but everyone needs at least one and I don't have one right now
3rd 6.5x284 norma. I really like this caliber, but I have no experience with it.
4th 300 win mag. like th round, but don't know how i will recoil form a 6.5lbs rifle.
5th 280 remington. With all the choices for .284 bullets I thought with a 1/9 twist I could shoot 120gr to 175ge bullets.