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To Aussie - the .308 seems to have regional followings. Around home in Sask it was rare, in NS I think it must be solidly in the top 5 calibres. .303Brit, 30-06, 270, 308 and 30-30 are about the only calibres that every ammo shop carries all the time in NS.

I would say that the .308 is in the "lightweight but acceptable" category for moose, elk and "safely acceptable" for black bear, but that's as high as it goes. And if you're a serious moose or elk hunter you should probably start looking at a 30-06 and up. Anything bigger, such as browns/grizzlies = 300 mag or better.

The .308 is ideal for whitetail. Mulie and antelope hunters would probably prefer a faster round like the 270, but at 200yds or less I don't think this would be an issue.

In general I think the .308 is an excellent all-round cartridge, it just doesn't have the same top-end performance as the 30-06.

[ This Message was edited by: saskie on 2003-10-03 16:18 ]

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That Question probably will never be answered right because of all the varibles. A 22 with perfect shot placement will kill most anything in the U.S. of A. The 300 or bigger is a little more forgiving if your off an inch or two, but not much fun to practice with. My vote goes for either a pre-64 winchester in the 30-30 or a 45-70 in a sharps rifle.

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DANG ya beat me to it. I would say that the 30 30 has taken more game by far of any other cal. in the US. I personally have taken lots of deer, elk and black beer with my marlin. At one time it was a toss up with my 54
But if you want pure unstoppable punch the 45-70 is hands down .I have even seen the sharps chambered in 45-100 and 45-125. It may take a hair longer to get there but when that round hits its like a train hitting a VW bug
http://members.shaw.ca/curtito1/lgsharps.jpg

[ This Message was edited by: captchee on 2003-10-17 14:48 ]

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Captchee,
A good friend of mine bought two of those sharps from that company in Montana and he let me shoot one. We did some 500 yard and some 100 yard stuff and if I had the money I would have ordered me one. Not to mention they are a good looking piece. The one he won't shoot is one he is saving for his son to be old enough to shoot, he's only 6 months old now.

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I own rem model 700 in .308 and a browning medallion A-blt in 7mm rem mag, both are deadly accurate, tight shooting groups,but my prefferance would have to got to my 7mm..with the boss it has less recoil then my 308. I guess its all up to the individual thats shooting to which they prefer to hunt with.

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I missed out on this one.

At one time the 30-30 ruled as the most popular cartridge. Availability had a lot to do with it. At the time of it's development it was one of the most efficient rounds developed with plenty of stopping power for game, plus there were thousands of lever action made for the round.

The 30-06, soon after it's development became very popular. Again, because of availability and it offered more energy than the 30-30. This round has held the #1 spot for many years. We all know this story.

I'm going to go with the 300wsm. With what this cartridge has to offer. It wouldn't surprize me if some day, probably not any time in the near future, that this cartridge is every bit as popular as the 30-06. If not more. It can be had in all action types. Is 30 cal. Comes in a short action. Is capable of shooting a variety of bullet weights. Can be loaded up or down. Burns a little more powder than the 30-06, but is capable of producing more energy with, what I've noticed, no more noticable recoil.

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I'd have to add the 300 Weatherby Magnum as my other favorite BIG, big game cartridge. Of course, it has more recoil than the 300 Win. Mag or 300 WSM, but it is extremely powerful and is very accurate.

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.300 WSM. 150 grains for deer, antelope, mulies, etc. 165 to 180 grain for elk, moose, caribou, etc. 200 grains for bears. Might not be the optimum round for big bears, but should handle them with the right bullets, and be quite versatile in the process. Just bring along a guide with a .416!

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I'd also like to add the 270 Weatherby Magnum to my list. I shot one two days ago and I loved it. Pity that it wasnt mine :(

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.30-06 for everything but the big bears, even though I have a soft spot for the .270 Winchester.

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