looking at the 6.5x68 I think about the 6.5x06 I just put together. I assume they may be similar . Preliminary testing with the Barnes 120gr TSX & Alliant Rel 22 powder gave a pleasing 3235fps out of a 24"Bbl with a 1/8 twist. About 235 fps faster than my 260 Rem. Since the 260Rem/6.5x55 & the Barnes 120gr TSX have proved to be consistently dependable for elk, the 6.5-06 should be a smidgen flatter shooting. Considering most elk I have shot have been under 200yds I'm probably not going to notice any difference in field performance. Mostly a psychological gain. Besides I needed another 6.5
Please help me with a decision. After sitting in my stand last season and noticing my scope had got loose I decided I need to bring an iron sighted "backup" rifle with me in case something like that happens again. I could see banging my scope on something or falling on my rear and "adjusting" my scope. My first thought was a .30-30. Simple, reliable, a decent performer out to 150 yards and ammo is cheap. I thought then about a backup that I could use for larger North American game. My .30-06 will handle anything on the continent. I'm not so sure about .30-30. I've considered a number of calibers. The ones I really like (.35 Whelen, .444 Marlin, etc...) are either expensive rifles (I'm looking for a backup), ammo is hard to find or both. I've narrowed it down to .30-30, .35 Remingon and .45-70. I supect the readers or this site are familiar with the ballistics of these calibers so I won't bore you with a description. I'm aware that these are all short range cartridges; that's ok. I'm mostly hunting in thick forest. If you wanted a backup rifle for anything up to and including elk, which of these would you choose? I'm looking to keep my cost of a rifle low so please no $1000 wonder rifles. When I'm ready I already have my eye on a CZ in .375 H&H. Help me out please! Thanks.