I prefer muzzleloading. Lately I have been taking first time hunters so I have rifle hunted the last couple of years. I spend most of my time with a shotgun in my hand hunting over my German Shorthair though.
I am a rifle hunter. Have hunted with lot's of different cartridges and rifles. Not a great preference in rifles but a few cartridges I do prefer. 25-06, 6.5x55, 7x57, 280 Rem and 308 Win. With the exception of the 25-06, I would take on most any animal in North America. Probably the 25-06 would work also but I would view that as a stunt on animals the size of elk and moose.
Matrin Jaguar with 75lb draw weight and True Glow sight with wisker Bisket rest and Gold Tip Arrow's with Muzzy Broadheads. Like Ted Nuggent say's Nothing beat's the mistikal flight of an arrow into a large animal at 30Yds and juicy backstraps on the plate
I go out with a rifle or a traditional bow of some sort.
308 win bolt action with 150gr pill, 4x Leupold and 300wsm bolt action with 180gr pill, 2x-7x leupold.
57 or 67 lb. takedown recurve with carbon arrows, cut on contact and 55 lb. longbow with aluminum arrows, cut on contact.
These typically cover all the bases for the big game hunts I enjoy.
Let me start by telling you the story of two Johns.
John number one went on a day hike with a couple of friends in the Cascade Mountains about an hour from Seattle. He somehow got separated from his buddies and became lost. John was dressed in casual cloths for a warm weather day hike and had nothing but a lunch with him. He spent three days in those mountains and luckily made it out to tell the story.
John number two, a friend of John number one, was much better prepared when...