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Thread: which is the best soft shooting large calibre over .300

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    which is the best soft shooting large calibre over .300

    I know that I maybe laughed out of town, but is there a such a thing as a soft shooting large calibre rifle. Similar to how the 6.5 is to the middle calibre rifles.

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    Equal and opposite forces trigwig. If it's a heavy bullet traveling fast out of a light gun you will feel it. Add a heavy gun and you feel it less so. I don't think that I really need to add to this do I?

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    I would suggest either the 9x57 or 9.3x57 Mauser cartridges.

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    The 9.3x62 is making a big comeback. Seems to do everything a 375 H&h will do but without quite so much fuss. Otherwise 338-06 / 35 Whelen will do similar. All can launch 250 to 300 gn bullets at enough velocity to get job done for any but the absolute largest of game. But enough cape buffalo have fallen to the 9.3 that for many it is considered bi enough.

    375h&h is also pretty mild - more of a big shove than a harsh kick.

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    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Lowest recoil above .300 would probably something like the .310 Martini Cadet or .32-20 Winchester. Or you could go with one of the pistol cartridges which would be pretty low recoil in a rifle. Something like a .44 ? It depends what you want to do with it and how much energy you need. I agree that the 9.3x62 and 9.3x74 are good hunting rounds, but definitely medium bores in the grand scheme of hunting calibres. The .405 Winchester has probably the lowest recoil of the .40 rifle calibres, but is probably less useful than a .450/.400 for hunting something that needs a .40 calibre bullet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brithunter View Post
    I would suggest either the 9x57 or 9.3x57 Mauser cartridges.
    Second that! I have 9.3x57. Nice round. Still looking for a 9x57 with good barrel~Muir

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    Try a .35 whelen and instead of loading a 250 gn SP pill go with a 200 gn TTSX or 225 TSX from Barnes. Plenty of frontal area, heaps of penetration and adequate velicity. Pretty much a .338 wm without the full recoil.

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    9.3x62 is my choice. More of a shove than a sharp thump in a well sorted rifle. Sure it moves you but is far from inpleasant in my reckoning.



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    I always reckon when you fire the 416 at a beast you never notice it. Different when the PH wants you to shoot at the target when you arrive. Ouchy, ouchy. A wee bit loud if you are standing to the side too, with the muzzle brake. Great rifle though.

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