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Question by Ruff Grouse and.... Uploaded on January 29, 2009
there is a .264 but its not that common so .270 in common calibers.
Do you mean the next larger caliber? I might suggest a .257 Roberts or .250 Savage. If you want more than that, the .260 Rem or 6.5x55mm are fine options also.
Next up is the highly recommended .25 caliber. Cartridges are the 257 Roberts, 25 WSSM and 25-06. The 06 is my favorite gun.
i assume by your question that you want more power than a .243, but not so much that it destroys you or the deer. Everyone else has posted great answers, but i would add the 7mm-08 into the conversation.
I would go with the .270, it is a very good deer caliber, plus you can find ammo in any sporting goods store.
I would suggest a .25-'06 or .270 Win., either one will make you very happy insofar as accuracy, cost of operations, and killing results. Just choose a good bullet.
My answer echos Del's, with one addition: the 257 Ackley Improved. This presumes that you are a handloader and that you like to experiment and develop loads in your rifles. If you do, and if you try the 257 AI, you'll find a rifle that will shoot as fast, flat and hard as a 25-06, but, because the 257 AI is a more efficient cartridge than the 25-06, with less recoil, less powder burn, and, ultimately, less cost. Plus the 257 AI is just a very cool cartridge.
I don't have any experience with the cartrige but the .260 Rem is .308 case necked down to a 6.5mm bullet as opposed to the .243 which is a 6mm.
I believe the next caliber would be the .257 but I would highly suggest a .270... you can take about any North American game with that caliber.
25-06 or .270 Win. Mag.!!!
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