What TWO calibers would you choose if you could only have two?


June 13, 2009, 12:08 PM
This is a much better question than which one because there is no one and there is also no-one who would only have one. I'll even make it centerfire and assume .22 LR doesn't count toward the two.

Since I won't be hunting big bears or moose, and since I don't like long shots and I do like compact rifles, I'll take both of mine from the .308 family and pick the .260 Rem and the .338 Federal.

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Ben Shepherd
June 13, 2009, 12:12 PM
Heck, I'll take the 22 LR and a 30-06. Done right there.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
June 13, 2009, 12:19 PM

Two total INCLUDING shotgun rounds?

Or two centerfire rifle calibers, to go along with a rimfire AND a separate shotgun?

June 13, 2009, 12:32 PM
mine would be 30-06 and 45 auto including 22 conversion :)

i really want my 38 specials though...

OH! you mean two centefire RIFLES...

30-06 and 30-30

June 13, 2009, 12:44 PM
.50 BMG and .45 Win Mag

Just kidding.

.30-06 & 10mm Auto

June 13, 2009, 12:45 PM
22 LR and 308 Win is my first knee jerk reaction, if I thought about it more maybe that would change, but this choice is mainly based on territory, i.e. Pa. USA that's all you really need, the biggest beast in the woods is a black bear, which a 308 handloaded with 180 or 220 grain grain bullets will easily dispose of- no need for anything much more powerful than that here

if I was in Africa, the choice would change- in Africa it would be 25-06 for "small stuff" and 458 Win Mag for everything else

out west USA, it would be 22 LR and 300 Remington Ultra-Mag for the longer ranges/bigger game out there

June 13, 2009, 12:46 PM
What i have is .22 LR and .3006 for good measure.

June 13, 2009, 12:58 PM
since you are not counting rimfire, I will say 243, and then anything else bigger, maybe a 30.06. I would like something bigger, say a 375, but ammo cost becomes way to prohibitive at that point. so a big 220 grainer 30.06 , should do most of the trick.

June 13, 2009, 01:11 PM
.257 and .340 both Weatherby...

7mm-08 Rem and .338 Federal

June 13, 2009, 01:13 PM
Humm tough question. Wouldn't want to have to pick just two. But if I did it would be a 223 bolt gun for varmints and a Otto Bock's old but effective 9.3x62 for anything larger than varmints that walks on the Earth.

Pat S
June 13, 2009, 01:14 PM
243 Win. and 300 Win. Mag.---that should about cover it.

June 13, 2009, 01:34 PM
If ammo resupply is "off the land" in a SHTF setting, probably .45ACP and 30-06--

If ammo is never an issue, then .38 Super and .416 Barrett...

June 13, 2009, 01:49 PM
I'll take a .223 and a .458Lott (or maybe a 45-70). :)

June 13, 2009, 02:11 PM
5.56 and 7.62x51

June 13, 2009, 02:13 PM
Another vote for 30-06 and 22lr

Bwana John
June 13, 2009, 02:15 PM
375 H&H Mag, and 7mm X 57mm Mauser.
Any thing, any place, any time baby!

June 13, 2009, 02:25 PM
.30-.30 and .45-70 I like levers

June 13, 2009, 02:32 PM
I have already made mine and most of my 'collection' mirrors that choice:

30/06 and 45 Colt!!! ;)

Yes I do have a 308 and an AR in 5.56, but I do consider the first two my main choices if I had to sell everything except a rifle and pistol!!!

BTW, the OP said to leave out the 22LR. I expect that he would like to limit the amount of 'gotta have a 22 in the mix' crowd.

June 13, 2009, 02:52 PM
260 Remington and 458 Win Mag.

If the 260 can't handle it, then it requires a 458!

Mal H
June 13, 2009, 02:55 PM
Woof, although you said, "assume .22 LR doesn't count toward the two", I've got to agree with several here as I would definitely include the .22 LR in my two. It's almost ideal from a meat-on-the-table usage, the noise factor, and availability and weight of ammo.

My second choice would be a toss-up between .308 Win and 30-06.

June 13, 2009, 03:02 PM
What I meant was you get rimfire and shotgun, they don't count, and we are just picking for 2 centerfire rifle rounds. Also assume ammo is at least as available as now. I figured everyone would divide it as deer and down and deer and up.

June 13, 2009, 03:05 PM
375 H&H Mag, and 7mm X 57mm Mauser.

I'll second that, although 30-30(or 35 Rem) and 45-70 sound good.

June 13, 2009, 03:08 PM
Since .22lr doesn't count...I recant and choose the lowly .223 as my second cartridge. :)

June 13, 2009, 03:11 PM
.30-30 and my other one doesn't count

June 13, 2009, 03:12 PM
6.5x53.5mm Rimmed Daudeteau


.25 Stevens Rimfire

Handle any of gods creatures found in the greater New World

June 13, 2009, 03:18 PM
.223 and .30-06 for centerfire rigs.

June 13, 2009, 03:24 PM
I'd choose .44Mag (lever gun and revolver) and 7mm-08 (bolt gun).

June 13, 2009, 03:35 PM
For ultimate variety that means something with a scope and one with irons.

I already have a sweet .243 that might as well be a laser beam for everything up to Deer/Elk...as long as the distance does not get to far.

For stuff that might get angry or close I'd like Iron sights and a big thump. I'm thinking a .338 Mag or .375 H&H

TX Hog Hunter
June 13, 2009, 03:42 PM
Since you specified centerfire rifle. I'm going with a .30-06 and a 9.3x62

Polar Express
June 13, 2009, 03:49 PM
amazing how many folks don't read...

.308 and .300 Win Mag if I had only two. I thank the veterans, founding fathers and capitalism that I don't have to choose only two. :D


June 13, 2009, 05:12 PM
"amazing how many folks don't read..."

If that was directed at me, .44Magnum would qualify as a "centerfire rifle" cartridge in a lever gun...huh?

June 13, 2009, 05:14 PM
17 hm2, .30-06.

June 13, 2009, 06:28 PM
45-70 and .303 British

June 13, 2009, 06:40 PM
.30-06 in a good turn bolt and .45-70 in a falling block.

June 13, 2009, 06:49 PM
.308/7.62x51mmNATO and .223/5.56mmNATO, but that's only 'cause a .22lr dosent count. :)

June 13, 2009, 07:09 PM
I'll keep it simple: .223 and .308.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
June 13, 2009, 07:38 PM
You could make a case for quite a few combinations:

.260 rem & .35 Whelen is a pretty good combo

.243 & .30-'06

.270 & .375 HH Mag

.223 & .308

.260 rem & .45-70

On & on....Lots of good choices. Just a matter of taste.

June 13, 2009, 07:44 PM
.223 Remington and 375 H&H Magnum for me, that combo ought to kill just about anything.

June 13, 2009, 07:45 PM
.40 S&W and .308 WIN.

June 13, 2009, 07:51 PM
Two Rifles? .223 and .308.

Rifle and Pistol? .223 and 9mm

June 13, 2009, 08:23 PM
Interesting thread.

I'll keep it simple: .223 and .308.

.223 & .308

Two Rifles? .223 and .308.

That's three in a row... ...well almost sorta in a row.

Anyone care to elaborate on "why" ...for those two?


June 13, 2009, 08:51 PM
A good bolt gun or maybe even a M1A in .308 would take down any game I ran across. And my AR in 5.56 can pretty much take care of all the rest.

June 13, 2009, 08:56 PM
308 and a 264 Win Mag

My Wife Has the 223 and 243 LOL

June 13, 2009, 09:02 PM
5.56 and 7.62x51.................223 & .308
Agreed, especially since .22 LR seems to be a given, so we really get it and two more. ;)
care to elaborate on "why" ...for those two?

Because they cover a wide range of applications, brass and bullets are as easy to get as anything out there (despite what's going on right now), they are chambered in a wide range of weapons, plus .308 is my all time favorite, discovered in my youth long before I even knew what 7.62 X 51 was.

So......22 LR, .223, & .308 for me. :D

LTR shooter
June 13, 2009, 09:13 PM
I'll even make it centerfire and assume .22 LR doesn't count toward the two.

Definitely .223 and more than likely the .308.

June 13, 2009, 09:28 PM
My existing rifle is a 30-06, Browning X-Bolt. When I retire in about 1.5 yrs, I already showed my wife my retirement present, a .338 Marlin Express.

June 13, 2009, 09:34 PM
.30-06 and .35 Whelen

June 13, 2009, 09:50 PM
I won't even nitpick and say flat out, that with a .22 LR to handle small game duties, I don't even need a shotgun.

And with two rifles, I don't know how much I would even miss a handgun.

I would opt for an M14, preferrebly in a Scout or Mk 14 configuration, to handle just about everything from hunting to defense.

And a good long range bolt rifle in something like the .338 Edge or .338 LM. Because I do like long range shooting.

Baba Louie
June 13, 2009, 10:25 PM
#1 would be the 6.5X55 just because it's so old and so sweet. Carbine, short rifle or long rifle... it just works well for me. And others seem to like shooting it as well. (I could substitute the .260 Rem but what would I do w/ these old Swedish Mausers? :D)

#2 might very well be a .45-70, cause once again it's so much fun to shoot. You can load up or down but either way, any way, that's a big lead pill arching out there to wallop something.

Certainly would simplify life wouldn't it? Of course I'd have to go shoot w/ friends who had 2 OTHER calibers each, for grins, snickers and variety.

June 13, 2009, 10:39 PM
I can do anything I'll ever be able to do with my .308, but then, since mostly what I hunt is hogs and deer at the biggest, my .257 Roberts is probably all I need. But, I really like the .308. I'll pick those two 'cause the .257 is an inheritance and ain't goin' nowhere. :D

I'm assuming we're talkin' rifles here. I have a few shotguns and you can't shoot doves, ducks, and geese with a rifle....not legally, anyway.I ain't givin' up wing shooting. I'll give up deer and hog hunting, first.

June 14, 2009, 12:03 AM
The easy one is .300 Win mag. But what to add?? That one takes care of everything from rabbits to bear, well something in a short action (for weight) short shell (less powder needed) so .243
That's todays answer!

June 14, 2009, 01:11 AM
.22lr & 30-06

EDIT: i didn't saw the centerfire part....

i will go with .223 & 30-06

June 14, 2009, 01:17 AM
6.5x55 Swede & .375 H&H

June 14, 2009, 10:04 AM
.260 and 45-70 should do nicely.

Redneck with a 40
June 14, 2009, 10:09 AM
If we're talking about only 2 centerfire rifles, make mine the 30-06 and .223.:)

June 14, 2009, 10:19 AM
6mm Rem AI and 9.3x62

June 14, 2009, 10:22 AM


June 14, 2009, 10:27 AM
mine would be with out a doubt 44mag and 3006. I load for both rifle is a M94 winchester and the 06 is a TC ENCOR PRO HUNTER.

June 14, 2009, 12:31 PM
I would choose the 223 for vermin, both the two legged kind and the four legged kind. I would choose the 308 for long range and bigger game.

If I were limited to only two rifles in those calibers it would be an accurate Ar-15 inn 223 for both of the above duties. The 308 would have to be a heavy barreled savage in 308. Probably one of their police models.

Along with my Glock 40 and my Remmington 870 I doubt their is much I would be wanting for. Don't need a 22 for anything despite ammo being light.

June 14, 2009, 12:56 PM
5.56x45 and .30-06

June 14, 2009, 01:10 PM
I'd choose a rifle in 223 Rem and 270 Win. for the kind of shooting I do. I'd probably buy another rifle for elk, moose, or dangerous bear hunting.

Uncle Mike
June 14, 2009, 01:28 PM
:D .22 Hornet and 30-06 :D

June 14, 2009, 02:23 PM
7.62x39mm and my 444marlin that should take care of anything on this continent!!

June 14, 2009, 02:38 PM
I am with most everyone else, since the the 22 lr is a given, MY CZ 452 trainer will accompany a 16" lightweight AR carbine and my cz 550 fs 30-06.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
June 14, 2009, 02:42 PM
I'm assuming we're talkin' rifles here. I have a few shotguns and you can't shoot doves, ducks, and geese with a rifle....not legally, anyway.I ain't givin' up wing shooting.

Hey MTM man is gonna shoot birds on the wing with a .22!! :eek: :p

.22 Hornet and 30-06

That's not a half bad lil plan - neither is .22 hornet / .218 Bee, and .280 Rem.

June 14, 2009, 03:54 PM
30-06 from 55 to 240gr and 416 Rigby from 300 to 450gr. Good for the world over.

June 14, 2009, 04:00 PM
Two calibers:



Those are calibers...that leaves me with the a whole bunch of cartridges!

June 14, 2009, 04:06 PM
223 (5.56X45) and 300 WSM. Both fit in a wide variety of actions and rifle types, both have a wide variety of bullets, both shoot pretty darn flat, can be used in AR platforms (ar15 and ar10, respectively), can be used in target applications from 100 to 1000 yards, and can be found in almost any local Wally world in a pinch. (Yes, I have seen both recently in Walmart from Florida all the way to Washington state). With the exception of the big bears and the elephants, which most of us will not be culling on a routine basis, there is little else that you could not do with these two.

June 14, 2009, 04:06 PM
5.56/.223 and 7.62/.308

Can do just about anything I need except hunting big bears and Africa stuff.

Plus in a SHTF scenario, it is stockpiled all over America.

June 14, 2009, 04:09 PM
22lr and 30-06

June 14, 2009, 04:44 PM
Hey MTM man is gonna shoot birds on the wing with a .22!!

Cause I am just that good!

No actually, I've never not been able to get within range of a landed bird, esp because in these parts shooting birds for sustenance means grouse or turkey, and either can be found in abundance on the ground. My 10/22 is adequate for both.

As well as rabbits and, in a pinch, squirrels. Don't like them--too much effort for not a lot of meat.

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