Re: Cartridges suited for short barreled rig?
308 hands down. Its the round that wrote the book on short barreled rilfe performance. If long range shooting is your goal then theres a ton of match bullets and even match ammo out there for it. If you handload its a real easy round to find accuracy with and brass is easy to find and cheap as are bullets. If huntings your deal a 308 shooting a 165 partition at even 2400 fps is capable of killing anything in the US well with maybe the exception of browns and grizzlys and would even no doubt kill either of those. S___ hits the fan and it will make a good survival rifle. Another advantage is other then .223, 308 ammo is about the most common and most available ammo. Some of the selections already given are better in one way or another but none of beats the old 308 across the board.