Why does everything always have to come down to a perverbial d*ck measuring contest between the .284 fans and the .30 cal guys? And then there's the big-bore 20mm folks that have to have calibers that should be mounted on an M1 Abrahms...It's a joke, laugh you non-sense of humor people.
I have 4 main hunting rifles.
I can do anything I need to, inside of 750 yards with my .257 Weatherby Mag with a 110gr Accubond. Period.
I also have a 7mm Rem Mag that I can do the same with 160gr Accubonds.
I also have a .308 for long-range target shooting.
I also have a 7mmSTW for everything beyond...
What I am getting at is this..... I have multiple different calibers for a reason, they all serve a different purpose. It's not a matter of buying what's popular so you can fit in the with "in crowd" of the gun world. That would be like buying a .308 just b/c that's what snipers use so you can feel like you're cool, too....That's stupid. But what do you expect....Most people are monkey-see, monkey-do.
That's like all these people selling their personal .308's just b/c the military is swapping over exclusively to the .300 WM for their M24's. That's another dumb move. But hey, try telling them that...
Buy what you want, that will make you happy, and also serve the legit purposes you need it for.
Everyone gets all defensive when people talk **** about their caliber, but 90% of the people talking ****, have never even shot one, or handled one, or even seen a bullet for one. It's just like the old saying about opinions being like sphincters....Everybody's got one.
It's not a matter of what you need, it's a matter of what you want.
Do I need a .50BMG......No. Do I want one....You damn right. It will serve absolutely no purpose for me, other than to shoot at long-range metal targets. But I know that, and I'll be the first to admit it. Am I buying it so my friends will think I'm cool.....No. I'm buying it b/c I WANT it. Not because it's practical, or economical, or easy to carry around and maneuver....
Unless you're shooting Moose, I don't see any need for something over .30 caliber, unless you're shooting beyond 1500 yards.
Call me wrong, call me right......I don't care. This post's intention was never to be discussed. It's my opinion. It's correct in my mind. And I'm voicing it.
Now, continue with your thread.