Instead of opinion polls, hows about listing the guns you actually own and what kinda game you're hunting with them? Then maybe guys won't be getting all uptight...
Here's my list.
.17 HMR; Brno CZ-452 Varmint; Bushnell Legend 5-15X. Paper.
.223 Rem; Brno CZ-527 VLS; Bushnell Legend 5-15X. Coyotes/wolves.
.270 Win; Rem 700 Sendero; 2.5-10X Bush' Elite 4200. Antelope/deer/wolves.
.30-06; Rem 700; 3-9X Bushnell Elite 3000. Deer rifle.
8 x 57; Rem 700 Classic; 1.5-6X Leupold Vari-X III. Deer/elk.
.338 WM; Rem 700; Baush & Lomb Balvar 1.5-6X. Moose.
.45-70 Gov't; Marlin 1895GS; Tasco Titan 1.5-6X (30mm tube). Bear/elk/moose.
.416 RM; Brno ZKK-602 (it was a .375 H&H originally and was rebored and rechambered to .416) It is going to Africa some day... for now, Bear/moose.
Cape buffalo eventually.
.458 WM Brno CZ-550. This gun is getting rechambered to .458 Lott. It is accompanying the .416 on that "Someday African Safari". Cape buffalo.
I might punch out a moose or a bear with it in the meantime.
I've had the .30-06 since 1980 and the .338WM since 1989. I have shot a bunch of bear, deer and moose with those guns.
All the rest have been bought in the last year, as I have gone on a buying spree. Of these new rifles, only the.223 and .45-70 have been used. Shot a nice black bear this year (see thread Re: Cinnamon bear). Shot a few varmints with the CZ-527.
When I go moose hunting this fall I intend to take the .45-70 again. Where we hunt is grizzly country and I will not have a tag this year. Since I'm only the backup gun, I want the light, handy Marlin lever. Next year I should be drawn for moose and then the .416 RM is going moose hunting!
The .270 is going to replace my old faithful .30-06 as my deer rifle starting this fall and the 8 x 57 (2004 so-called "Classic") is going to be taken out after elk in October.
I think it's actually about time I got the finish touched up on my battered, beloved pair of old Remingtons.