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Old 02-15-2013, 09:22 AM
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Top 10 (rifle) hunting cartridges everyone should own

So I know there are literally no right or wrong answers, but I thought it'd be fun to see what everyone's opinion was.

Now, I live & hunt "out west", & my opinion will differ greatly than someone hunting whitetail over a food plot or from a tree or box, but here are my 10 favorite.

Smallest to largest:

1-22lr varmints like sage rats etc
2-223 for bigger varmints a bit farther away like coyotes etc.
3-243 varmint/antelope & deer cross over cartridge. Kids first "big" rifle.
4-30-30 not particularly awesome in any category, but still a classic cowboy cartrige that is fun to shoot, & can get er done on most critters at reasonable ranges.
5- 308 great ladies or kids all round cartridge
6- 270 North American all round cartridge with light recoil {I'm partial to the WSM}
7- 30-06 North American all round cartridge with more bullet selection. All time classic.
8- 300mag (take your pick) I prefer Win Mag, or WSM, but am fond of Wby too. Best all round caliber ever. Period. Ya I'm opinionated. But, I'm right too.
9- 338 (again pick one){I prefer Win Mag version} but depending on chambering, its today's "go to" LR (caliber) to which all others are compared. And it's plenty of medicine at most any range for anything in Anything on North America with Strong constitution, or a mean streak.
10- 375 (H&H, Wby,what ever, take your pick) {im an ol' H&H fan}everything else including Africa

So what are your favorites?
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:08 AM
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Re: Top 10 (rifle) hunting cartridges everyone should own

1) .22lr nobody should be without at least 1 rifle, and 1 handgun for grouse and such.
2) .223 bolt rifle for varmints.
3) 6mm Remington longer range varmints, and kids first rifle.
4) 6.5x284 smith says mine is a step closer, model 100 winchester, my semi-auto concession, coyotes/wolf.
5) 30-06 in case the idiots confiscate all but one.
6) .300 H&H Ruger #1 Cabelas 50 year model.
7) .338 RUM for stretching my limits.
8) .375 H&H could beat out the 30-06 if it came down to it.
9) Model 94 saddle gun in either .375 Winchester or .444 marlin
Bucket list:
10) .224 Clark, met the old man years ago, and its stuck with me.
11) .257 Weatherby, first real rifle I ever shot.
12) .500 N.E. double rifle, first purchase when I win the Lotto, second purchase plane tickets.
Yeah I know I couldn't stop at 10. Probably not at 12 either truth be told.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:19 PM
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Re: Top 10 (rifle) hunting cartridges everyone should own

Yeah I will play

1.17 HMR
2.22 Mag
3.22-250
4.25-06
5.270 wsm
6.30-06
7.30-30
8.300 Ultra
9.338 Ultra
10.12 Gauge with Buck shot!!!

Im a little biased as these are the calibers I have. I didnt include 22LR as I feel the 17 or the 22 mag is superior. I do own 4 or 5 22 LR'S though.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:07 PM
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Re: Top 10 (rifle) hunting cartridges everyone should own

.17 HMR
.22 LR
.220 swift or 22-250
.243 Win
25-06
7mm Rem Mag
30-06
300 Win Mag or Ultra Mag
338 Win Mag or Ultra Mag
45-70

A lot of others that I would like to list though. Most of these you can find factory ammo for if you are in a pinch.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:07 PM
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Re: Top 10 (rifle) hunting cartridges everyone should own

Quote:
Smallest to largest:

1-22lr varmints like sage rats etc
2-223 for bigger varmints a bit farther away like coyotes etc.
3-243 varmint/antelope & deer cross over cartridge. Kids first "big" rifle.
4-30-30 not particularly awesome in any category, but still a classic cowboy cartrige that is fun to shoot, & can get er done on most critters at reasonable ranges.
5- 308 great ladies or kids all round cartridge
6- 270 North American all round cartridge with light recoil {I'm partial to the WSM}
7- 30-06 North American all round cartridge with more bullet selection. All time classic.
8- 300mag (take your pick) I prefer Win Mag, or WSM, but am fond of Wby too. Best all round caliber ever. Period. Ya I'm opinionated. But, I'm right too.
9- 338 (again pick one){I prefer Win Mag version} but depending on chambering, its today's "go to" LR (caliber) to which all others are compared. And it's plenty of medicine at most any range for anything in Anything on North America with Strong constitution, or a mean streak.
10- 375 (H&H, Wby,what ever, take your pick) {im an ol' H&H fan}everything else including Africa

So what are your favorites?
The .270 is the only difference I would have. let's replace it with 7-08 or 260 and I am with you.
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:32 PM
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Re: Top 10 (rifle) hunting cartridges everyone should own

Livtoohunt, or anyone, why do you prefer 7-08 over 270 or vice-versa? I'm looking for a first whitetail rifle for my boys and the borrowed 7-08 (Kimber Montana) was not too much recoil for my short & light 11 yr old. So I like it but I've heard 270 also recommended. Also, any recommendations on sub $500 rifle/scope combos for young beginners? The Montana would be great but $1300+ is out of the question.
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:25 PM
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Re: Top 10 (rifle) hunting cartridges everyone should own

1..22lr
2..22mag
3....17Rem
4...222Rem
5...22-250
6...243win
7...270win
8...300sav
9...300 Ultramag
10...375h&h
11...50BMG Just because
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