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Old January 7th, 2017, 06:20 AM   #46
 
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These threads always amuse me.

You might as well ask a 5 year old what their favorite color is.

One aspect that seems to be prevalent is the belief that deer have somehow become bullet proof.

Of course there are the guys that want a "flat shooting caliber" in case they need to take a long shot. Inevitably those same guys:
A. couldn't hit a barn at 300 yards
B. hunt in areas where the maximum possible range is 150 yards
C. Always fall within both answers A & B

Then there are the guys that want the .375 H&H or 458 Winchester Mag just for bragging rights.

And of course you have the traditionalist types that don't really know the difference between one cartridge or another but are more than willing to tell you that the _____________ is the best cartridge ever.


I will say that on the east coast there are a lot of acceptable cartridges that will get the job done nicely. While the long action cartridges like the .30-06 and the .270 Win will certainly work, they're probably way more than needed most of the time. The short action cartridges like the .308 Win and the .243 Win really shine. The 7mm-08 is an outstanding cartridge !! The old 7mm Mauser (7 x 57) is often overlooked and that's a shame because it's also a great cartridge.

I'm not a fan of the .30-30 but I'll give it credit. That cartridge has probably put more meat on the table than any other in the U.S.A. If the ranges are under 150 yards the .30-30 is more than up to the task. A good lever action with decent sights or a fixed low power scope is an excellent woods gun.

Then you have all of the less common cartridges like the 35 Remington, 444 Marlin, 45-75, 32 Winchester Special and dozens of others that will also work just fine




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.30-06 is likely the best all-around, most versatile rifle round. There are many bullet types, weights, and loads available. Having said that, I love a nice .243 rifle.....
So, what's your favorite: .30-06 or .243? That's what the original question is about...
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These threads always amuse me.

You might as well ask a 5 year old what their favorite color is.

One aspect that seems to be prevalent is the belief that deer have somehow become bullet proof.

Of course there are the guys that want a "flat shooting caliber" in case they need to take a long shot. Inevitably those same guys:
A. couldn't hit a barn at 300 yards
B. hunt in areas where the maximum possible range is 150 yards
C. Always fall within both answers A & B

Then there are the guys that want the .375 H&H or 458 Winchester Mag just for bragging rights.

And of course you have the traditionalist types that don't really know the difference between one cartridge or another but are more than willing to tell you that the _____________ is the best cartridge ever.


I will say that on the east coast there are a lot of acceptable cartridges that will get the job done nicely. While the long action cartridges like the .30-06 and the .270 Win will certainly work, they're probably way more than needed most of the time. The short action cartridges like the .308 Win and the .243 Win really shine. The 7mm-08 is an outstanding cartridge !! The old 7mm Mauser (7 x 57) is often overlooked and that's a shame because it's also a great cartridge.

I'm not a fan of the .30-30 but I'll give it credit. That cartridge has probably put more meat on the table than any other in the U.S.A. If the ranges are under 150 yards the .30-30 is more than up to the task. A good lever action with decent sights or a fixed low power scope is an excellent woods gun.

Then you have all of the less common cartridges like the 35 Remington, 444 Marlin, 45-75, 32 Winchester Special and dozens of others that will also work just fine
...blah, blah, blah... So, what's your favorite hunting caliber?

Mine is 7mm08, as it is the chambering of my only modern, lightweight, scoped bolt action rifle.
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Well, if you insist on an answer from everybody........what is it that we are hunting? Squirrels, rabbits, prarie dogs, coyotes, deer, elk, bears, elephants........What? My rifles range from rimfires to a 50 BMG
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Hand me my 308 Win please.
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...blah, blah, blah... So, what's your favorite hunting caliber?

Mine is 7mm08, as it is the chambering of my only modern, lightweight, scoped bolt action rifle.



OK, 7mm-08
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Hand me my 308 Win please.
.308 for Hogs is my choice.
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For squirrels a .22lr,for rabbits a 12 gauge,for coyote a .223 & for deer I have a few I like,my .35 Rem G2 Contender pistol or my G2 Contender .44 mag rifle or (since the State made them legal just this past season) the 30-06.It just became my favorite this year when I bagged a 15 point buck at about 80 yards in a woods from the ground,all I could see through the trees was his neck and head .
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.30/06.

What else is there to say. Pigs, deer, African plains game and for fun rabbits.

I like the 6.5x55, .303 & .338 Win Mag but love my "agricultural" Savage in .30/06.
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I've taken deer with 30-30, 25-06 and 270. I have to say that there is something special about the 270. Besides the obvious positives like flat shooting and accuracy, it just feels right. Its certainly my favorite deer caliber.

I did just pick up a gunsite scout this past year and am looking forward to giving that a go next season.
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.357 magnum is my favorite, but I don't get to use my backup gun very often.
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When I rifle hunt it is usually the .270 Win but sometimes I grab the 30/06. Most of my hunting in my zone in NH is done with a .50 cal Muzzleloader or 12 Ga with rifled BBL.
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7-08 using a T/C encore with a 15" barrel, puts the fun back into it.



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For coyotes .243 for me! My .308 would be good for anything bigger.
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