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Im with you huntwithdogs,the 35 whelen will kill all that needs to be killed.I had a friend that had one in Montana and he could shoot through an elk broad side and break shoulders and exit.Of all the deer and elk he shot,he never recovered a spent bullet but we saw the damage.I have a 358 win in a BLR and I can't wait to use it on an animal,it's no 35 whelen,but it will do for the limits I've placed on it.Drop-Shot
 

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I think that Model 597 Earnhardt Combo might be the ugliest thing I've ever laid eyes on.

There's also some pretty sweet stuff on there. Some of those are NICE.
 

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Jeffbeck I've not seen the dale earnhardt special but I sure like the 597(I think thats the model of the 22 semi-auto)The one I shot would compete with the ruger 10/22 with no problems.I've also heard the remington comes in 22 mag and 17 HMR.I shot the 22 with laminated stock and I want one in each calibers listed. When I was young my dad was stationed in fort cambell,we lived in clarksville tenn,and for 18 months 2 different times in fort knox,we lived in elizabethtown,and I went to hardin county schools.Drop-Shot
 

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Hey, that's not too far away from here at all. It seems like I used to head down to Nashville or Clarksville all the time, and I had to go through Ft. Cambell to get there.

I go through Elizabethtown fairly frequently. I've got a friend who's going to let me hunt his property not too far from there this year.

I agree about the 597's. They're a great gun, but the only thing special about the Earnhardt version is that it's especially ugly. It's terrible. It looks like it ought to have a little orange cap on the end like toy guns. Don't go out of your way to see it, it's not worth it.

They've got a .22 winmag and there's also a 17HMR. I like the synthetic stocks myself. I'm not much of a purist am I? I like to get my guns in the woods, and I don't want to worry about scratching up a nice looking stock.

I don't know if it's possible to have more fun with any gun than you can have with a .22. You can take those rascals out and shoot them all day long for just a few bucks. I guess I get a little more satisfaction from dropping a deer, but chasing squirrels with a .22 is just so much more fun overall.
 

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The one thing I would like Remington to do is drop the BDL line and expand the CDL's. It is a much nicer rifle to me as well as others I have talked to. Besides , I want one bot they don't make it in left hand yet :cry:
 

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8point you can't get just any caliber in the CDL,they have select calibers only.I handled one and asked when will I see a 338 win mag and the guy told me at that time,I have one ordered and will be here in a few days.I went back and all they had in CDL was 300 ulter short mag,and 308.He looked in the computer and the only 338 is in BDL and its a 338 rem ultra mag,and I figure that is a little stouter than the 338 win mag.I think it's offered in 5 or 6 calibers,I think I remmember 35 whelen offered also.I hate only having one rifle in a caliber,I like the 30 cal,I can load and have powder for 308,300 savage,30/06,300 weatherby.I only have 1 rifle in 243,and now 358 win.I may end up with a 35 whelen,that way I'll have 2 rifles in 35 cal.Drop-Shot
 

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That's the best excuse to get one, you just got to get another .35 :) . Since I don't have a .35 at all I guess that should be my next venture..
 
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One warning 8point,don't look at the charts and ballistics as they don't tell the whole story.I watched an older gentleman,a good friend,shoot an elk at what I estimated 200 yards +,the 225 gr went through both shoulders and exited.When I looked at the ballistics chart I re-thought the rifle and bought a handgun instead.That was a mistake,338 and 35 cal will be my next gun,when the 35 whelen comes in he promised to call.I'm not sure if I can afford it but I am gonna do my best to get that rifle.35 whelen CDL,and I won't go cheap on a scope,leupolds only.But I have time,the doctors said no going to the hunt camp this year,so I'm looking for next year.All hunters,PROTECT YOUR BACK,you don't get do-overs at any age.Drop-Shot
 
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