What's your favorite rifle cartridge..?


December 24, 2002, 02:27 PM
Ok, time to kick off this forum..

What's everyone's favorite rifle cartridge? It doesn't matter what you use it for.. I'll start..

.223 Rem.
.308 Win.


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December 24, 2002, 02:33 PM

What else is NEEDED?


December 24, 2002, 02:39 PM
.22 LR
.257 Roberts
.35 Whelan
.405 Winchester

But in rifle I shoot mostly .22 LR and .308/7.62.


December 24, 2002, 02:47 PM
Sam - in the same rifle??? :eek: :eek: :eek:

December 24, 2002, 02:51 PM
The cartridge I like most is 22 LR. You can shoot all day and not go broke. There are a numerous type of rifles to use it in. You can even use it to small game hunt if you like.


December 24, 2002, 02:51 PM
Guess I'd have to say .308 and .50 BMG. :D

December 24, 2002, 03:01 PM
My favorites have always been what I consider the sensible cartridges:

.257 Roberts
.25-06 Rem
.243 Win
.270 Win
6.5x55 Sewde

If I could only have one, it'd probably be the .25-06.

December 24, 2002, 03:36 PM
I would have to say 7.62x39, because that is the only rifle caliber i currently have. :p


December 24, 2002, 03:39 PM
Depends on what I'm shooting or in the mood for.

Rimfire - .22LR (I shoot a lot of it!)

Modern Sporting - .22 Hornet, .223 Rem and .22-250

Milsurps - 7.62X39, 7.62X51 NATO, 7.92 Mauser

I'm real fond of .303 British and 7.62X54R too, but don't shoot 'em as much.

December 24, 2002, 03:40 PM
22lr for cost and fun.
5.45x39mm for the "poison bullet" factor.
.308 for all-around use.
.243 SSM also seems cool from the numbers I have seen, no personal experience, though.
.30-06 too, of course. ;)

Will Fennell
December 24, 2002, 03:42 PM
But if I had to pick my FAVORITE, it would have to be the 30'06.

BTW, HS/LD, be careful thinking only about what is NEEDED[!]....."need"is a communist concept;)

December 24, 2002, 03:44 PM
Since the word cartridge isn't plural, I guess I'll have to narrow it down to one.

I'd say the 6.5x55 is my favorite. The paper ballistics and field results just don't add up, so I've come to the logical conclusion that it has something to do with magic.

December 24, 2002, 03:52 PM
That would be the lowly .22 and the mighty .50 BMG.

That about covers it all dont it ?:D

December 24, 2002, 03:55 PM
Eeek, one cartridge... hehe, I guess I'll just go with 30-06, then. BAR, anyone? :)

December 24, 2002, 04:10 PM
6.5 Swede.

Just because. ;)

December 24, 2002, 04:25 PM
I left off the "S", sorry..

It can be the plural, "Cartridges" as well..;)

Neal Bloom
December 24, 2002, 04:45 PM
Thirty ought six

December 24, 2002, 04:49 PM
.22 short rifle or CB (quiet = fun)

Brian Williams
December 24, 2002, 04:54 PM

22 hornet or bee
45 colt in mar1894

Art Eatman
December 24, 2002, 05:38 PM
As a handloader, I can go from mouse to moose with the '06. It's the centerfire I started with, those many decades back, and I guess will always be my favorite.

For the casual shooting I sometimes do, the .22LR is probably the most fun.

My other shooting is mostly varmint hunting, so there are many choices. I like the .223 and .243 for the most probable distances, but when it's Ma Bell time the old .220 Swift works really well.

Since these cartridges do what I want, others can only be "as good"; none can really do better. :)


December 24, 2002, 05:43 PM
22LR. Totally fun, sans souci! (WARNING: Those last two words MIGHT be French, and they might mean what I meant, but who cares?)

Art Eatman
December 24, 2002, 05:47 PM
"Without care" is the proper attitude for a .22, I reckon, other than safety. :)


December 24, 2002, 06:06 PM


December 24, 2002, 06:11 PM
(raises hand anxiously)

I wanna guess ! I wanna guess !

would it be the 7.62 x 51 ?


December 24, 2002, 06:30 PM
In something I can afford to shoot a BUNCH of - .22. All 'round rifle cartridge - .308.


December 24, 2002, 06:33 PM
Lucky guess Watchman :p

December 24, 2002, 06:42 PM
Rifle-308 cal.


December 24, 2002, 07:02 PM
.22LR, 7.62x39 and 7.62x54R.

You can shoot any of them all week and it won't make you broke. You even waste loads of ammo plinking and not feel guilty for wasting money.

Steve Smith
December 24, 2002, 07:06 PM
So many! .22LR, .270, .308 all leap to mind. Sam's .405 Win is something I haven't played with, but I WANT TO!!!! This .223 this really growing on me, but I dunno about "favorite."

Don't make me choose.

December 24, 2002, 07:07 PM
280AI for which I should have the rifle soon.

Of the rifles I currently own, it's a toss up. 6.5x55 or 30-06. Either one will kill anything that I need killed, and I can hit with either out beyond where I have any need to be shooting. But one cartridge is so boring. S/F...Ken M

December 24, 2002, 07:08 PM
If I have to give just 1, it would be 30-06.

If I could add a few more, they would be .223 (varmints), .308 (GP), 45-70 (Big critters), and I'd probably chuck in .22LR (it's just plain fun).

December 24, 2002, 07:14 PM
375 H&H. Just because!

December 24, 2002, 07:29 PM
7.62 millimeter full metal jacket!!!!

December 24, 2002, 07:43 PM
.308 here. Still working on accuracy but I love the kick!

Brian Maffei
December 24, 2002, 08:05 PM
.22LR and 7.62x39 'cause they're cheap and fun.:)

December 24, 2002, 08:06 PM
my favorite? thats like asking wich of my kids i s my favorite.
i love them all equaly.

as for calibers i own and like to shoot


keeps me busy at the o'l reload'n bench

December 24, 2002, 11:55 PM
22LR most practical

45-70-530 paper patch.. and black powder most fun

30-06 Most versatile

December 24, 2002, 11:55 PM
Greetings !!

At the present with my newest rifle a TRG-41 in 300 Mag
but my 308s are never to far away from my side . :D :D :D


December 25, 2002, 12:07 AM
.22LR and 7.62x39. They're cheap and no reloading either.


December 25, 2002, 12:14 AM
Like the 5.56x45 and the 7.62x51 as well, because they're easy to get and useful. I also find myself amazed at what you can do with the 7.62x54R.

But if I had to pick one . . . it'd be the Swede.

December 25, 2002, 12:23 AM
Currently = 6mm Ackley Improved.

December 25, 2002, 12:35 AM
In order:


'cause those are all I have right now:rolleyes: :D

December 25, 2002, 12:40 AM
30-06, one can handload 3400 fps 55gr varmint killers, 2800 fps 150gr, 165gr deer loads, or 2000fps cast lead loads. 30-06 does most everything I want to have done. Of course I shoot others as well, 762X39 is one of my SHTF defense guns and general plinker. 8mm mauser is another fun one at the range, ammo is dirt cheap, so are surplus mauser rifles. Great rifle to make a winter project of is the mauser 98, use the parts and a new barrel to make a rifle of your dreams. What is life anyway if one can not have a dream of a good rifle for Alaska hunting, even if just getting out of the PRK is the big reality.

.22LR is good for fun and training. Think about introducing a young person or a friend to the shooting sports, easy on the budget, too. the .22LR is good for teaching a newbie, no flinch which could happen if one is started out on a 444 magnum.


Andrew Wyatt
December 25, 2002, 12:48 AM
I'd have to pick .303 british for my favorite caliber, promarily because my favorite rifle (bessie, the wonder number 4 mk1).

Incidentally, this is my first post. hooray.

December 25, 2002, 01:24 AM
First is 50bmg. Just because

Then it would be .22lr, Its fun having them both at the same time

Then a 308

Then my 45/70

Then a 223

Then my original assult rifle... a 50cal flintlock

I also get a kick from a 375H&H I get to shoot now and agian.

December 25, 2002, 01:30 AM
I love them all but the best is the .22LR. Why? I can shoot all day and not go broke. I can also shoot it at the pistol range. Yup! I love the .22LR.

3 gun
December 25, 2002, 01:43 AM
7.62x something, 25,33,39,51,54, and 63.

December 25, 2002, 02:14 AM
8mm, 7.62x54r, 308,

8mm Turk, when on sale from Century is nearly as cheap as 22lr. Yep, its corrosive and 1 in 10 or 20 might have a cracked neck, but its so much fun to pop a ton of a good, solid medium caliber round and not go broke doing it!

December 25, 2002, 02:38 AM
.22 LR

Getting to like .17HMR also...

December 25, 2002, 04:05 AM
I probably shoot more .22lr than any other rifle caliber. It is cheap, I have 3 rifles for it (out of 5 rifles), and it is the only one I own that I can shoot at pistol ranges (I really need to get a pistol caliber rifle in a more powerful chambering). That said I don't really like it that much, I only really enjoy shooting one of my 3 .22lr rifles (the Marlin 60).

I most enjoy shooting my Winchester 94. I love the lever action and I love the 30-30 caliber so I don't know how much is one v. the other (hopefully in a few months I'll have a .357mag or .44mag lever rifle so I'll know better). It is a hard hitting, powerful cartridge available in a very light and handy package.

The 7.62x39 has a lot going for it. Reasonably powerful and accurate and extremely inexpensive. I just wish I had something other than my SKS to shoot it out of.

.223 has similar advantages (plus greater accuracy in most of the rifles made for it), I really need a .223 rifle soon.

December 25, 2002, 05:08 AM
For hunting deer the 270 is my pick
I am very fond of the 6.5x55 and the
guns that shoot it.
I am trying to learn to use the 257
Weatherby round but am far from mastering it as of now.
Just got my first 308 Win rifle and am getting used to the thump.
For precision bullet placement the 22-250 and 243 as well as the 25-06 would be my pick, excellent neck shot cartridges for putting meat on the table.

December 25, 2002, 07:07 AM
I shoot .308 most often, then

6MM Rem

Enjoy them all!

December 25, 2002, 10:03 AM
My vote goes to the .223 Rem, followed by the .308 Win. With those two calibers you can do most anything you wish.

Merry Christmas.

Snake Jenkins
December 25, 2002, 11:58 AM

.280 Ackley Improved
.375 H&H
.38-40 WCF
.45 ACP


s&w 24
December 25, 2002, 01:11 PM
30-06 or 22lr

December 25, 2002, 05:52 PM
I can tell that there are a lot of pretty intelligent types out there based on the true test of an intelligent man is how much he agrees with you.

.22 rimfire



December 25, 2002, 08:27 PM
First would be .223 then depending on what I feel like shooting that day:

.17 HMR
.22 LR
6.5 X 284


December 25, 2002, 11:33 PM
the ubiquitous .22, the .270 Win, the .308 Win, looking forward to a 22-250 or 220 Swift next. Never took a likin' to the .223.

December 26, 2002, 12:24 AM
.22 lr
.22 magnum

December 26, 2002, 01:56 AM
.30-06 & 22LR

December 26, 2002, 04:45 AM
The 22LR is a favorite -- but I have to admit that have a soft spot for the 300 Savage! Yeah, that's right the 300 Savage!
30 M1 is always fun to shoot.
223 is Ok but I will have to get a better trigger in my Ruger 77 mkll before I can really enjoy it.
106 Recoilless is my favorite big bore.
Whaddya Say!

December 26, 2002, 07:59 AM
Outright favourite, 303 Brit from of over half a century of familiarity. 22lr for most used currently, Win 243 as most effective hunting round (not in current inventry) and 7.5x54mm MAS as latest discovery.
6.5x55mm and 223 Rem are very effective but have not captured my affection, as yet.

December 26, 2002, 10:24 AM

All around? 30-06.

December 26, 2002, 10:28 AM
308, 22LR, 30-30, and 270 Winchester

December 26, 2002, 06:21 PM
This week it is: .264 win and .358 Norma because I just got the guns, dies and lotsa new norma brass.:)

December 26, 2002, 06:26 PM
Tree Ohhh ate!

December 26, 2002, 06:30 PM
Couldn't choose a favorite unless I knew for what purpose. But it would probably one of these three:




December 26, 2002, 07:16 PM
Based on what i have:

1. 6.5x55 - best over all, lite recoil, from
P. Dogs thru Elk, 55gr. thru 160gr.

2. 270 My goto if the 6.5 is out of order

3. 243 Lite recoil

4. 7.62x39 Cheap ammo, lite recoil, my
Fun Gun....

5. 8mm (8x57) Cheap ammo, bear & pig
rifle, 125gr. thru 220gr.

rock jock
December 26, 2002, 07:20 PM
.243 win
7mm Rem mag

December 26, 2002, 08:31 PM
243 if I had to poick just one

December 27, 2002, 08:40 AM

.333 Nitro Express
December 27, 2002, 09:16 AM

December 27, 2002, 08:15 PM
.300 H&H
I just got a Winchester M71 for Xmas, so .348 will be on the list as soon as I get it properly baptised.


December 27, 2002, 10:13 PM
Number one has to be 6.5X55
Next is the .303
Fun to reload is the .308
Can't forget the great .22 for all around fun !

December 27, 2002, 10:18 PM
I like that new 7.62X63 round, supposed to be the "be-all end-all" cartridge ;)

December 27, 2002, 10:52 PM
Couldn't do better than the "all around" 30-06. Of course, I have to admit a certain partiality to the .308. And the .22lr is alot of fun. :confused:

December 27, 2002, 10:56 PM
My favorites are the .250/3000 Ackley Improved, and the 7mm Mauser Ackley Improved.

December 28, 2002, 09:38 AM
My favorite because it is 111 years old and still in use: 7.62x54. I shoot this stuff at 9 cents per round!
However, in terms of design 30-06. Unfortunately, surplus for this is 3 times more expensive.

Mark IV Series 80
December 29, 2002, 01:19 AM

December 29, 2002, 10:39 AM
I like the 25-06 Rem, .308 Win, 7mm Rem Mag, and I do enjoy the .458 Win Mag:D

Mr. Hankey
December 29, 2002, 12:28 PM
The ones I shoot the most of would be .22LR and 7.62x39

But my favorite rifle is chambered in 30.06

December 30, 2002, 08:48 AM
For hunting my favorite all time cartridge is the world famous 7x57 Mauser. It has long barrel life, low recoil and shoots plenty flat enough for reasonable hunting ranges and if you are a skilled shooter long range shots are very easy.

Some of the most famous old time hunters in all the world used this fantastic cartridge uncluding Jim Corbett the words greatest man eating tiger hunter and W.D.M. bell who killed over 1,000 elephants with this cartridge.

Although many younger shooters may like the newest super day dream fire spitting blasters that burn out rifle barrels in less than 800 rounds and knock the fillings out of your teeth from the recoil of only one shot and often create a lot of permanent flinchers I will stick with a cartridge that has killed just about every mammal on the face of this earth when in the hands of a skilled rifleman and hunter.

December 30, 2002, 12:50 PM
I'd have to say 7.62x51 followed by .22LR. You can do so much with those two.
I also love those old milsurp bolt guns; 8mm, and 7.62x54R.

January 1, 2003, 05:33 PM
284 Win
222 Rem

Ron L
January 1, 2003, 05:43 PM

Steve B
January 1, 2003, 07:51 PM
I`m glad to see others who appreciate the 6.5x55 as much as I do. It`s a great "all-around" round.

I also really love the 45/70. Still a great backwoods round after all these years.

January 1, 2003, 08:13 PM
.308 right now.

January 1, 2003, 08:52 PM
.22 lr

January 2, 2003, 02:16 AM
I have a real soft spot for the 250 Savage in a Ruger 77 RSI..

January 2, 2003, 09:21 AM
.22 WMR

gun crazy newfie
January 9, 2009, 11:55 AM
I would have to say the:

.270 Winchester
.300 Win Mag

January 9, 2009, 12:10 PM
Wow, even i haven't brought back such a old one...

Mine is the 7mm rem mag, or the new beltless equiv, the 7mmWSM, they do everything, from deer to 800yd boar and 1,200yd LR competition.

January 9, 2009, 12:38 PM
303 British
7.62 x54R

45-70 even those I don't have one or ever shoot one

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
January 9, 2009, 12:54 PM
It's aliiiiiiiiiivvvvve!!!!!!!


I like them all - but .22 magnum, .223 rem, .243 win, and 6.5x55 swede are among my favorites.

January 9, 2009, 01:31 PM

January 9, 2009, 04:10 PM
.308 for deer hunting and shooting ny M1A. perfect for me.

January 9, 2009, 06:11 PM
8mm Mauser, .22LR and 7.62x39 accounts for over 3/4 of my rifle shooting.

Float Pilot
January 9, 2009, 06:38 PM
For hi-power range shooting to 600 meters and game critters of medium size, ie Goat, Sheep, deer, black bear and smaller moose.

1. 6.5 x 55mm Swedish Mauser
2. 7 x 57mm Mauser
3. 308 Win (7.62 x 51mm)

Hunting in late summer/fall for large moose in areas with few or some brown bears.

1. 358 Norma Magnum
2. 350 Remington Magnum
3. 30-06 heavy bullets
4. 300 Win Mag heavy bullets.

Hunting /hiking in areas of known Brown Bear activity.

1. 45-70 warm load (using a Browning 86 carbine)
2. 375 HH
3. 358 Norma Mag

Long range target shooting or long range Mountain Goat hunting.

1. 300 Win Mag Rem 700 XCR Tactical 26 inch bbl.

Average Joe
January 9, 2009, 06:56 PM
If I can only have one, it would be .308.

January 9, 2009, 07:25 PM
I thought that threads died when they got this old.

.44WCF for fun

3 1/2" 12ga. & .300 WM for work

.357 Sig for the other work


January 9, 2009, 07:53 PM

January 9, 2009, 08:56 PM
Holy Crap! :what:

I totally forgot that I even started this thread.. :uhoh:

January 9, 2009, 09:02 PM
Holy Crap!

7mm-08, the .270 of the short actions! My new .223 is growing on me very quick though :0 Guess it depends on what i'm shooting at.

January 9, 2009, 09:10 PM
+1 to the 7mm-08; beautiful caartridge in a short action rifle.

After that I'd say something along the lines of 22-250 maybe .243 - other do-it-all cartridges.

January 9, 2009, 11:36 PM
I have always been taken with the 45/70.

Redneck with a 40
January 9, 2009, 11:42 PM
.308 will do everything I need to do, with moderate recoil. The .308 is arguable the greatest short action cartridge ever devised.:) I can target shoot with reduced recoil 125 gr loads, or use 180's for elk huntin'.

I don't have much use for varmint cartridges, .223 doesn't do anything for me.:p

January 10, 2009, 12:05 AM
.17 hmr
.204 Ruger
.260 Rem
.338 Win Mag
.450/400 Niro Express


January 10, 2009, 02:13 AM
.308 does all I need it to

January 10, 2009, 03:38 AM
and the Ackley versions where applicable

January 10, 2009, 11:04 AM
My Favs, would have to be the 30-30 first and then the 22lr.
There is just something about the 30-30 that i can't resist using...:rolleyes:

January 10, 2009, 11:33 AM
The op does ask for a favorite rifle cartridge but the only rifle cartridge I currently shoot is 22lr. My only other "rifle" is a lever carbine in .357 which doesn't meet the criteria of the thread. I do enjoy both, not sure what my next favorite is going to be yet.

January 10, 2009, 11:54 AM
I like the .308 Win. I own 3 rifles with that chambering, a Rem 760, a Rem 788 which has been nicely restocked, and a first year (1955) Win Model 88.

January 10, 2009, 11:59 AM
In no particular order,

* .22lr -- Cheap guns, cheap ammo, lots of fun, readily available.
* .223/5.56mm -- Accurate, lots of different loads for different uses, flat trajectory, ammunition readily available.
* 7.62x39mm -- Good all-around caliber, readily available. I think I may get a 7.62x39mm upper for my AR soon.

And, just to stir the pot;

*6.8mm. It's the best round ever. Jesus engineered it personally. Blows up tanks, downs helicopters, shoots deer through trees, and does not over penetrate soft targets.

January 10, 2009, 12:23 PM
I would have to say the 308 winchester but, since I have gotten rid of that caliber (STUPID DECISION) I like loading the 30-06 for my bolt and Garand rifles. There are lots of ways to go with the '06 in powder and bullet selection.

January 10, 2009, 12:26 PM
My favorite is simple as punch, the .22LR.

January 10, 2009, 03:31 PM
Lately 8mm Mauser just makes me smile. Really starting to get the hang of long range open sight shooting.

30-06 is still my favorite hunting round, .44 magnum is the most fun on reactive targets (pop cans, bowling pins etc within 100 yards).

.22 lr can't be beat for cheap fun.

January 10, 2009, 03:58 PM
.22 LR
.257 Roberts, but the closest I can get lately is .257 AI...

January 10, 2009, 04:19 PM

Just because I like saying "Thirty-AAAAHHHHHT-Six!!!"

January 10, 2009, 06:13 PM
6.5x55 swedish

January 10, 2009, 06:14 PM
308, 30-06, and .223 are all I need.

January 10, 2009, 06:25 PM
7mm Rem Mag

January 10, 2009, 06:28 PM
The more the better but some of my favorites are

January 10, 2009, 06:30 PM
It depends for me, I go through phases.....Always will love the .308 and .22, but right now I'm really enjoying the 22-250 and the 7.62x39......as for a favorite.... I guess I really can't answer that question right now.......

January 10, 2009, 07:05 PM
Favorite - .260 Remington

January 10, 2009, 07:52 PM

January 10, 2009, 10:38 PM
I am really starting to like the 17hmr alot.

January 10, 2009, 11:04 PM
favorite .270win

January 11, 2009, 03:06 PM
By far the humble little .22, then 30-30, .308, 30-06. I don't know why some folks have to always start out by saying .22's are great for beginners, (they are!), but hell, they're great for ANYONE!

January 12, 2009, 02:16 PM

February 19, 2009, 12:45 AM
model 71 348!

February 19, 2009, 01:41 AM
I think the .45-70 is a great, affordable plinking round for shooting old pop cans in my back yard. In the suburbs.

For heavy duty use, I prefer to use my winchester-licensed lever-action air rifle. Very powerful. You can get a 4.5mm FMJ sailing at a full 300fps from that mutha!!


but really - .45-70

February 20, 2009, 06:45 PM
I don't have a favorite. If it goes bang I like it. These are what I have:

Ruger 10-22
Stevens Crackshot 22
Erma Werke EM1 22 Carbine
Rossi 17HMR
204 Ruger
Rem 22-250
250 Savage custom
Springfield XD Tactical in 45 ACP

February 20, 2009, 10:46 PM
.30-06 Military Surplus prices are still cheap compared to commercial ammo.

February 20, 2009, 10:49 PM

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