I recently became a life member of the Muley Fanatic Foundation. That membership comes a rifle. Life members can choose from 15 different calibers for the Weatherby rifle they receive. And that’s where I’m having a hard time deciding.
I am a firm believer in the .270 Winchester. I have one I have used for everything from coyotes to elk, and it can be delicate enough for the smaller game, yet heavy enough for the bigger animals, as long as the shot is placed well. For years, I thought I would like a .300 Winchester Mag for elk or the off chance I may someday draw a moose tag. But now there’s this relative new kid on the block, the 6.5 Creedmoor. If you’re shopping for a new rifle, that’s a caliber that deserves a long, hard look. It’s getting a lot of attention in the long-range circles, but I just don’t see myself shooting at a game animal beyond about 300 yards, even if I thought I could do it. But beyond the long distance capabilities of the 6.5 Creedmoor, it’s a fun rifle to shoot, because it doesn’t kick like a mule. It would be a bit light for elk, but loaded with a heavier bullet, it could definitely get the job done. Especially since it’s a rifle you won’t mind practicing with.
On the other end of the spectrum, that .300 Winchester Mag is a tried-and-true caliber, and it’s also capable of those long shots, if that’s what you’re into. And it’s a caliber you can find in the stores right now – probably because nobody in his right mind wants to practice with it.
A good compromise is a 7mm-08, which is also offered. It’s heavy enough for larger game, and it isn’t as much of a kicking beast as a .300.
I still haven’t made up my mind, though. If I ever do decide, I’ll let you know what I end up with.