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    Default Best 30 plus caliber round?

    I'm looking to get another rifle, something bigger than a 30-06,like a 325 WSM, 338, 375, etc....
    any opinions on some good calibers out there?

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    a .375 is very hard to beat.

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    The coolest people own .340 Weatherby rifles.

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    For cost, availability and performance. I vote .338WM.
    .375HH gets 2nd, I nearly bought one when considering the very same thing, what tipped the scale for me was the far greater expense for .375HH ammo and reloading components vs. the .338WM while only producing a 10% gain in performance.

    I have no love for the WSM line of cartridges.

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    I like the 35 Whelen for a non-magnum. Also look at the 375 Ruger, 358 Norma mag, and the 9.3x62.
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    My vote is for the 30-378, 2nd 375

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    I like the .375 Ruger and the .338 WM.

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    +1 for MarineHawk.

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    375H&H found everywhere in the world worth hunting.

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    I like the .358Norma. It uses fairly heavy bullets with a fairly flat trajectory. There are probably "better" rounds,but this is plenty good for Ak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 338WM View Post
    For cost, availability and performance. I vote .338WM.
    .375HH gets 2nd, I nearly bought one when considering the very same thing, what tipped the scale for me was the far greater expense for .375HH ammo and reloading components vs. the .338WM while only producing a 10% gain in performance.

    I have no love for the WSM line of cartridges.
    Second that motion. I own both and love them - if considering these, I'd procure in the order above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Blake View Post
    I'm looking to get another rifle, something bigger than a 30-06,like a 325 WSM, 338, 375, etc....
    any opinions on some good calibers out there?
    There are many options. If you just want a bigger hole and more bullet weight then something like 338 Federal, 358 Winchester or their longer counterparts the 338/06 or 35 Whelen are available in factory chamberings. If you want a flatter trajectory and more kinetic energy you might consider a magnum cartridge like the 7mm Remington Magnum or 300 Winchester Magnum or the line of short magnums. If you want bigger holes, more bullet weight and more kinetic energy then the 338 Winchester Magnum, 340 Weatherby Magnum, 338 Remington Ultra, 375 H&H, 375 Ruger 375 Remington Ultra or even the 416 Remington Magnum, 416 Ruger come to mind. These cartridges offer some kind of increase upon the 30/06 you mentioned. Trying to find the "best" one may drive you crazy, but you'll have a lot of fun in the process.

    I would recommend the 338 Winchester Magnum as an excellent choice due to its combination of its level of power, tolerable recoil (though it is significantly more than an '06), ammo availability, field performance and firearm selection--practically everyone builds a rifle in this cartridge. There is nothing in AK I would not hunt with a 338 WM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 338WM View Post
    For cost, availability and performance. I vote .338WM.
    .375HH gets 2nd, I nearly bought one when considering the very same thing, what tipped the scale for me was the far greater expense for .375HH ammo and reloading components vs. the .338WM while only producing a 10% gain in performance.

    I have no love for the WSM line of cartridges.
    Just curious, what don't you like about the WSM's? I have a .243 WSSM, haven't played with it much at all. Sorry, not trying to steal thread topic.

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    I'm not a magnum fan, so my vote is for either the 35 Whelen (which I own) or the 338-06 (which my dad owns). I'm sure some of the "bigger is better" guys will disagree, but either one of these is suitable for anything in North America.
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    Default .338 rum

    250 grain tripple shock 3k fps (roughly) 406 yards 1 shot.
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    thanks for all the advice. looking at all the ballistics, the .338-378 looks like the baddest boy on the block.

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    Plan on reloading? $5-6/cartridge
    We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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    whats the best as far as ammo prices?

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    Can it get better than a 30-06?
    If you can't Kill it with a 30-06, you should Hide.

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    Weatherby ammo, $120ish+ a box.
    We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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