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Don Fischer's picture
Location: Antelope, Ore
Joined: 03/24/2005
Posts: 3206
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Trying to look at this from another direction. There are simply to many cartridges that overlap. How about calibre's?

Rimfires- I have a beautiful mod 62 win and seldom use it. Same with my other rimfires. Scratch them.

22 CF- I love the 222 Rem and the 22 Hornet but the reality is that whatever they will do, a 24 or 25 will do better. Except for doing things quietly. Gotta have some type of 22 CF that's fairly quiet.

24- I've had several and have one now but not sure why. Oh yea, it was a gift! For varmits several 22's are much quieter and for preditors the 25's will shoot most the same bullets faster and will add heavier bullets for game. scratch the 24's.

25- This is in my view the first truely dual purpose caliber. Bullets from 75 to 120+ grs make it suitable for everything from sage rats to large deer. and the question of violence is mute when you consider that you could have a 25 in anything from a 250-3000 to the weatherby.

26, 27, 28- I think these are the truely versitle big game cartridges. With most the standard cartridges there are inexpensive cup and core bullets that will work on any game you might want to use one on. In the magnum versions there are premium bullets and heavy weight bullets that I would bet my life on anywhere in North America.

30- Can only be described as versitle, jack of all trades and master of none. The praise we drop on the 30-06 is great. But it seems it's a lot more than needed for deer and minimual for elk and larger. But it will handle all of them. But then so will a 22 mag! There is of course the 300 mags which are powerhouses with heavy bullets but the best thing about them in my opinion is their ability to handle long 200 gr bullets.

For woods cartridges, the 30-30 and 300 sav and 308 Win have a great following but I believ that is based more on the rifles they come in that any magic in the cartridges themselves. There is absolutely nothing any of them will do that several 26. a 27 and several 28 cal's won't do as well.

The need for a dangerious game gun, 338 and above , in North America, is more fad and myth than any reality. The vast majority of people will never hunt dangerious game, will be hunting with a guide with a stopping rifle or will find dangerious game so expensive that adding a new gun for it is the cheapest part of the whole trip! The best dangerious game gun will be one that shoots a heavy strong bullet at moderate, 2500fps, and up velocity, that the user shoots well.

So I think that the rifle battery could be easiely trimmed down.

A 22 CF I'd go for the 222 Rem

a 25. I'd like to have a 250-3000 or a 257 Roberts here.

26, 27, 28 Could be a real toss up here. I am very particial to the 6.5x55 and the 7x57 and 280 Rem. I could live with anyone of them

gotta have a shotgun and my favorite gauge is the 16

Handguns seem popular so I'll go with a 357 framed gun that I can fire 38's in also. I shoot mostly cast bullet's in mine. Actually I can't remember the last box of jacketed bullets I bought. All I shoot is cast!

Location: new brunswick
Joined: 03/09/2007
Posts: 164
Top 5 cartridges

My top 5

.30-06 classic
.30-30 everyone should shoot a whitetail with one
.280 i know doesn't bring anything new but I always wanted one idealy in a blr or 7600
12 gauge, I'm a duck hunter first and almost everything else second.
.257 or 250 in a ultralight rifle for those days when i want to put some miles on my boots
but some of these will change in a hour or 2

Location: Wa.
Joined: 03/31/2004
Posts: 1300
Top 5 cartridges

308 win - available in a variety action types, variety of bullet weights and small or larger enough for anything in the lower 48.
357 mag - excellent handgun round and as much as I care to handle.
12 gauge - versatility and heavy slugs.
22 LR - fun to plink with and good for pest control.
45-70 govt - hard hitting as far as I care to shoot. (may be the most underloaded factory rounds available.)

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Location: West Carleton, Ottawa, Canada
Joined: 12/23/2002
Posts: 1264
Top 5 cartridges

.300 Win Mag for truly big game (Yukon moose, Brown bear)
.308 for everything else
.223 for varmits
12 ga
.22 rimfire for plinking.

Location: north idaho
Joined: 06/11/2004
Posts: 610
Top 5 cartridges

.338 win mag
12 guage

these are what i currently use, but i can't remeber the last time i used a shotgun. I don't bird hunt much, but a couple of grouse a year with the .22lr


Joined: 03/25/2008
Posts: 17
Top 5 cartridges

REM MODEL 721 30.06

Location: Oregon Territory
Joined: 12/21/2007
Posts: 38
Top 5 cartridges

My top 5:

4-.405 Win.;
5-.375 H&H

that is my story and I'm sticking to it!!! Thumbs up

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