Best rifle caliber around?


January 30, 2013, 04:18 PM
vote for your favorite caliber rifle and tell us why its the best?

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January 30, 2013, 04:45 PM
This is very subjective with no parameters. Getting the popcorn ready! :D

January 30, 2013, 04:48 PM
7mm, because it encompasses the 7mm-08, the 7x57, 7x61, 7x64, 280 Remington, 7mm Rem Mag, 7mm STW, etc.

The others only cover one catridge, why have one when you can do everything? (Sure that's not the way you meant to write the poll, but that's the way it came out).

7x57 would be my choice for a one-size fits all rifle. After that, .30-06, .308, and .270. 35 Whelen would also be a solid choice.

January 30, 2013, 07:29 PM
.308 for me above all others. Why? Just because!

January 30, 2013, 07:36 PM
Luckily, that list contains the "best" rifle cartridge in my opinion, the .30-06 Springfield.

It's versatile, common, fun to shoot... just an all-around good cartridge, in my opinion.

January 30, 2013, 07:38 PM
there is no best thats why you need many
7mm mag
7 X 57

January 30, 2013, 07:38 PM
The best caliber is 30. I don't care which 30 caliber you care to shoot, but the best CALIBER, 30.:p

Shadow 7D
January 30, 2013, 07:49 PM
6.5 Mauser
about as efficient as it gets, and has taken everything.

January 30, 2013, 07:50 PM
It depends on what I am doing.
Hunting, 375H&H. With handloads it will do everything 30-06 will do and much much more.
Competition, 5.56 unless I am using my .308
Fun at the range, .303, 45-70, 375H&H, 5.56, .308...

January 30, 2013, 07:52 PM
.22 LR because it is suitable for everything from jack rabbits to large African game like elephant and rhino.

Sort of a pretty open question as in best caliber for what?


January 30, 2013, 07:55 PM
The ole' thuddy thuddy. Effective, reasonable range, ammo's always available, and accurate enough for field work.

January 30, 2013, 07:58 PM
22-250. From prairie dogs at 500 yards to mule deer, your set!

But I'm a sucker for any short action. I love my 308 for deer hunting in the wind and beyond 250 yards. Though in a calm breeze and inside 250 that 22-250 with a Barnes flat smokes deer! Haters gunna hate but I say let em!

Also getting a lot of respect for my wife's 243! What a neat versatile cartridge! Oh man its hell on prairie dogs!

Sent from my layout blind

January 30, 2013, 08:02 PM
30/06 all the way

Handi Man
January 30, 2013, 08:03 PM
.25-06 . Can take up to elk with the right bullet and shot placement and is great for those who are recoil shy.

January 30, 2013, 08:06 PM
You almost got it right. The best caliber is a 6mm. Now there are a lot of 6mm's but my favorite is 243 Winchester. Many would say 6.5 or 6.8 or 257 or the 25-08 or 6mmBR or .......................

Like I said the best is a 6mm of one kind or another.


January 30, 2013, 08:16 PM
I chose other. The reason is, I think it depends on what you are using it for. If you are wanting the overall best rifle caliber I would say .260 rem.

January 30, 2013, 08:19 PM
I'm going to pick a cartridge first. To me it's the 22 lr hands down. It covers about 90% of all the shooting I do.

Best caliber is really hard to say. .277 kinda fit the mood I'm in at the moment but .308 really does win by default.

January 30, 2013, 08:28 PM
I like the .308, I just wish I could go back in time and re-evaluate why I settled on it as my go-to deer getter. I love the round, it hammers the game i hunt as far as i can shoot. Bu one of my primary reasons for choosing it was availability. I figured with all the military arms chambered for it, I would always be able to find ammo. Bulk even. What a joke that's turned out to be.......

Sun Tzu warrior
January 30, 2013, 08:40 PM
Even though I do not have one currently, it would have to be the 30.06 because if I could have only one rifle, I could load cartridges for any game in North America from 55 gr. to 220 gr. encompassing everything I could ever want to shoot!

January 30, 2013, 08:44 PM
6.5x55 swede

January 30, 2013, 08:49 PM
Best for what? Kind of hard to vote without the answer...

January 30, 2013, 08:54 PM
.30-06 because it's hard to argue with 107 years of field testing

January 30, 2013, 09:03 PM
Other: 243. Flat-shooting cartridges available. Can hunt deer or varmints depending on bullet weight. Light recoil for girly men, women, and boys.

January 30, 2013, 09:04 PM
6.5x55 SM because of possible accuracy, versatility and minimal recoil.

From your list, I would choose 30-06 reluctantly, because although it is hands down The American cartridge, I wish that title still belonged to the 30-30...

January 30, 2013, 10:01 PM
.50 BMG

... or .22lr. It depends...

January 30, 2013, 10:09 PM
I probably shoot more 7.62x39.

I feel like the .308 is the better hunting round (white-tail deer). But the 7.62x39 (through a mini-30) is handy and fun and plenty good enough for coyote.

Old judge creek
January 30, 2013, 10:13 PM
30-06 got my vote but I've settled on 308'as most practical for me in the lower 48.

Chevelle SS
January 30, 2013, 10:21 PM
8mm because I love Mausers

Big JJ
January 30, 2013, 10:26 PM
The versatility of the 308 is why I consider it to be the best all around caliber.
I am a hunter and I reload. It gives the ability to load hot, average and slower rounds.
I can load 55 grain bullets (with sabots) and go up to 220 grain bullets and everything in between.
This gives me a very good coyote rifle, a fantastic deer, pig and bear rifle.
I know a lot of guys that have 3 rifles for these different types of hunting.
I only need one because of the versatility.

January 30, 2013, 10:28 PM
Other, 30 mm.

Because.....well, why not?

January 30, 2013, 10:40 PM
.22 LR because it is suitable for everything from jack rabbits to large African game like elephant and rhino.

I REALLY thought you were going to say, ".22lr because ammo is so cheap and plentiful".

January 30, 2013, 11:51 PM
300 Win Mag, because it is everything people think the 30-06.

January 31, 2013, 12:09 AM
It's hard to argue against the .30-06 or .308, but I've hunted with a .22-250 far more than even a .22lr. Then again, the vast majority of my hunting is varminting - squirrels, skunks, and coyotes. I could use .223 for much of that, but like the extra oomph of the .22-250.

Now if my area supported big game, my answer might change.

Looking at my long guns, I have (3) .22lr, (2) .223, (1) .308, and (4) .22-250. Guess that says something about favorites.

January 31, 2013, 12:15 AM
I voted for the .223 since it best fulfills my needs right now. However, I still like the 308 based on the above given reasons.

January 31, 2013, 12:36 AM
6.5x55 SE

January 31, 2013, 12:42 AM
7.62x54R - it's the only 30-cal I can still afford to shoot...

January 31, 2013, 01:09 AM
I like the .25-06, but in all reality and my logic for a centerfire rifle, I would have to say the .30-06 is probably the best go to round that has ever been. Predictable and tried bullet drop, accepts all powders from medium burn to slow burning. Loads 110 to 220 grain bullets. Plenty of oomph out to 1000 yards. It is just an awesome caliber. I like all rifles, but sometimes classics are just that, a classic for a reason.

Most practical and useful rifle would be the .22 LR. You just can't beat having a .22 LR with you when in the woods. And with a good scope, knowledge of bullet drop, a .22 LR is very lethal and accurate to 100 yards. My model 60 shoots on average 1.25" with Winchester Xpert bulk ammo at 100 yards.

frank c
January 31, 2013, 01:47 AM
270 cal.:D

Cee Zee
January 31, 2013, 02:42 AM
Best for me is the 30.06 because they have ammo that ranges from 220 gr. to 125 gr. with ballistics like a 7.62 x 39. That's a wide range and not many calibers can match that variety in off the shelf ammo.

Pete D.
January 31, 2013, 07:40 AM
Best caliber? I am guessing .30 since three of the six choices of cartridges are 308s and a number of suggestions about other cartridges are also thirty caliber.

January 31, 2013, 08:42 AM
375h&h it's big enough for anything on the planet and it's small enough for anything on the planet and the recoil is mild.

January 31, 2013, 08:44 AM
Um... of those listed, for cartridge, I'd say .30-06 for the reasons given by others--it's versatility. Just from commercially available stuff, you can purchase low recoil rounds, varmint rounds, long range rounds, mid-sized game rounds, and big game rounds. (These "categories" are subjective, yes, but just illustrating the point) To be honest, it will do everything that the others listed will do just as well (except MAYBE .223... Probably can't be loaded down to that level), but the opposite isn't true. This is one theory.

The other theory is to go with a medium caliber that can go towards smaller game without completely obliterating it, and that can go towards very large came with perfect shots. This would be something like .223, .22-250, .243, or .25-06, amongst others, too. The .30-06 can take anything from varmints and up. These would take anything except the extremes... squirrels on one end, and something like Bison on the other.

January 31, 2013, 09:30 AM
If I could only have one rifle to hunt with, it would be a 270.

January 31, 2013, 09:52 AM
.308 caliber encompasses many amazing cartridges including several others on your list, so thats how I voted. I somehow think you meant .308 Winchester, but I prefer it my way.

January 31, 2013, 10:07 AM
vote for your favorite caliber rifle and tell us why its the best?
With just four calibers to vote on, it`s not a very large selection, sure leaves a lot of good cal. rds. out..............

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