if you had the choice what would it be?


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sureshot
September 26, 2010, 06:01 PM
If you had the choice between a, .270, 30-06, .303. what would you take as a rifle to hunt any animal in north america (Elk, moose, coyote, deer, black bear, grizzly, big horn sheep, mountain goat.

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NOLAEMT
September 26, 2010, 06:06 PM
.30-06

without a doubt

GNLaFrance
September 26, 2010, 06:17 PM
.30-06 can be hand-loaded within a wide range of velocities and pressures and with an large number of bullet weights and types. It's the Swiss Army knife of rifle rounds.

buck460XVR
September 26, 2010, 06:34 PM
no question...the ought-six.

Sky
September 26, 2010, 06:35 PM
30.06 takes the fun out of it though. One shot one kill kinda gets old unless you are hungry.

mbogo
September 26, 2010, 06:35 PM
.30-06 with bullets geared the game.

mbogo

Captcurt
September 26, 2010, 07:45 PM
ditto.

a-sheepdog
September 26, 2010, 08:55 PM
30-06, hands down.

courtgreene
September 26, 2010, 09:04 PM
I have a feeling the OP knew before the OP asked. Or the OP has never visited the hunting section before to find TONS of people singing the '06 praises. I'm a short action fan, but I give credit where credit is due, it's a good round.

Pumpkinheaver
September 26, 2010, 09:14 PM
30-06 for sure.

MathurinKerbouchard
September 26, 2010, 09:37 PM
.30-06

oldbanjo
September 26, 2010, 10:02 PM
.30-06

ritepath
September 26, 2010, 10:31 PM
Well I've gotta go with the 270 because I still have one. I sold my 06...Now ya'll make me wish I hadn't

blackops
September 27, 2010, 12:01 AM
This almost isn't even an opinionated question, but closer to a factual one. The 30-06 is the best choice without a question IMO.

sureshot
September 27, 2010, 12:10 AM
ok well if you dont mind why would you choose the .270 over the 30-06 if both were offered to you but you could only have one ?

AKElroy
September 27, 2010, 12:32 AM
.30-06. One rifle takes all the fun out of buying a bunch, each designed for a specific purpose. But , with this restriction, no cartrige does so many different things well.

nathan
September 27, 2010, 12:39 AM
3006 cal. The only rifle i have in this cal is the M1 Garand. Its heavy and not suitable for deep snow hunting elk and moose. I may have to bring along the .303 No 4 Mk 1 instead.

So if its in the lower states like deer and medium game , id take my Garand .

Moose23
September 27, 2010, 04:54 AM
Wait a minute. I thought tasty animals only fell over dead if we shot'em with the newest, flattest shooting, jacked-up (or short) magnum out there. Surley you all don't think a 100 year old cartridge like the ought-six is capable of performing all these incredible feats.

Art Eatman
September 27, 2010, 08:54 AM
I started reloading for the '06 in 1950. Round lead ball for squirrel, on up to elk-capable (although I've not shot an elk). I guess that's about as all-around as it gets in the lower 48.

But I'd rather use a .223 on prairie dogs, actually. :) .243 on coyotes and smaller deer. .22 rimfire on the DG known as tin cans.

jimmyraythomason
September 27, 2010, 09:10 AM
Another vote for the 30.06.

Leaky Waders
September 27, 2010, 10:15 AM
If you don't reload...the 30'06. Lot's of store bought ammunition in various cxp1, cxp2, and cxp3 configurations.

If you do reload...then the 30'06. Lot's of different reloading data for cxp1, cxp2, and cxp3 configurations.

A 270 isn't a bad choice either, the main thing to remember about the 270 is to buy 130 grains.

Captcurt
September 27, 2010, 02:07 PM
It doesn't matter what you shoot a moose with. It takes them a few minutes to figure out that they are dead. I have shot a ton of whitetails, mulies and antelope with a 270, but when it comes to elk, moose or the big bears I would feel a lot better with an 06 in my hand.

swiftak
September 27, 2010, 02:16 PM
30-06

cyclopsshooter
September 27, 2010, 02:34 PM
06 but i have a 270 as well (3 rounds touch at 100 with the 270 though :)

ZeroJunk
September 27, 2010, 03:16 PM
The 30-06 will shoot same weight bullets faster than a 270. And, although the BC of the 270 will be better PO Ackley said that most shooters couldn't hit a flock of circus tents at the distance that would come in to play.

I usually hunt with a 280 just because, but it would be hard to figure out anything it will do that the '06 won't. Same with the 270.

CoRoMo
September 27, 2010, 06:29 PM
What's with the "IF you had the choice..."? I did have the choice, I still have it today, and I made the right decision. :D My blood type is 270. Asking me to hunt with an '06 is like asking The Pope to hop into a mosh pit.

Captcurt
September 27, 2010, 11:17 PM
The 30-06 will shoot same weight bullets faster than a 270. And, although the BC of the 270 will be better PO Ackley said that most shooters couldn't hit a flock of circus tents at the distance that would come in to play.

I usually hunt with a 280 just because, but it would be hard to figure out anything it will do that the '06 won't. Same with the 270.
But you have so many great bullet makes and sizes for 7mm and 30 cal. If O'connor hadn't touted the 270 so much the 280 would have been "THE GUN". Well, right behind the 06.

hirundo82
September 29, 2010, 11:16 PM
f you dont mind why would you choose the .270 over the 30-06 if both were offered to you but you could only have one ?

All else being equal, bigger hole=better. Besides the larger caliber, the .30-06 can use bigger bullets (up to 220 grain) than the .270, which is useful when you are hunting some of the bigger game mentioned (moose, brown bear, etc.).

That said, I have a .270 but not a .30-06 (yet).

The Bushmaster
September 30, 2010, 11:13 AM
Would I be too repeditive if I said .30-06?

wheelgunslinger
September 30, 2010, 01:58 PM
'06, for sure.

Legionnaire
September 30, 2010, 02:26 PM
I'll chime in for the .30-06 ... especially for a reloader.

Yarddog
September 30, 2010, 02:28 PM
06 is the one I own ; )
Y/D

frontloader
September 30, 2010, 03:52 PM
30/06

Sav .250
September 30, 2010, 04:38 PM
I do like the 06 but I`d take the .270 and never look back. Maybe I`d pass on the
big bears though. :)

CoRoMo
September 30, 2010, 04:50 PM
I'd love to hunt in Alaska one day. However, I honestly doubt that I'll ever get rich enough to do so. Although, if I were to somehow end up on an AK hunt, and I brought along a couple .270 rifles and my handloads, the guide might laugh at me if I was hunting a big bear or one of their moose. Heck, he might flat out refuse to guide me if I was carrying one of my .270 rifles. He wouldn't know what I am capable of with my rifles. He really wouldn't even care, I suppose. He'd just fall back on that notion that a rifle like that isn't enough to rightly put down a big bear or an Alaskan moose. I can't subscribe to that notion though.

JEB
September 30, 2010, 05:06 PM
.30-06

sureshot
September 30, 2010, 08:38 PM
Ok so if you do handload then what if you didn't
I understand what you mean CoRoMo

Ike R
September 30, 2010, 08:44 PM
For any animal, 30-06, Like Art I have hunted squirrels and rabbits with a 30-06 loaded with light round balls. I even barked squirrels with larger lead with alot of success!

The big game list that the OP tagged on to the end though and them only...I would go with the .308 if I might have to take a shot at a long range. Just MHO, all could still be cleanly killed with the 30-06, I have just never had much luck with it in the reach out and slay something department.

wankerjake
September 30, 2010, 08:46 PM
Yeah the 30-06 would be my vote, although I do believe that they'd all be adequate if you knew what you were doing. There are situations where more is better, but a good shooter with a good load only needs something adequate. Take CoRoMo for example, if he shoots his 270's as well as he says he does, well then there's no reason to buy an '06!:neener:

sureshot
September 30, 2010, 08:58 PM
Ok well then I'll channge the original question. If you had a choice between 30-06, .270, .303, and a .308 what would it be?

Legionnaire
September 30, 2010, 11:44 PM
If you want a lightweight, short action, carbine-length rifle for walkaround hunting, I'd go with the .308 in something like a Remington Model Seven. Otherwise, .30-06.

WYcoyote
September 30, 2010, 11:50 PM
Out of those choices the bigger animals you mention scream for the 30-06.

CoRoMo
October 1, 2010, 02:32 PM
Ok so if you do handload then what if you didn't
I understand what you mean CoRoMo
It really doesn't matter much other than cost. There are outstanding examples of factory ammo that surpass anything that I currently reload, and of course they cost far more per round than my handloads. If those factory offerings group right, and if they chronograph at the upper end velocities, they would be the optimal choice. You just pay through the nose for it. I can reload a particular projectile that groups like match ammo, and I can load it to the velocity of my choice. I can do it at less expense, than buying a quality factory round that matches its performance.
...a choice between 30-06, .270, .303, and a .308...
Same answer as before.

Sheepdog1968
October 1, 2010, 05:23 PM
I'd have to cry myself to sleep every night if I couldn't have a lever action 30-30 (first choice without a doubt - like it's lines, the way it handles, etc.). My second choice of those given would be a 30-06. In fact, those are what my two hunting rifles are. If I were ever to purposely hunt grizzly (rather than run into one), I'd probably want something bigger.

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