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List your top 3 "NEW" rifle cartridges

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by CZ223, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. CZ223

    CZ223 Well-Known Member

    Just to spark some interesting conversation, list your favorite 3 new "comercially available" rifle cartridges. Rim-fires included. If you have more than 3, list them in order of preference. By new I mean anything that has come out in the last ten years or so. No Wildcats Please. This is just to get an idea of what you guys think are useful cartridge that will be with us for years to come. I will be putting up the same kind of survey in the handguns forum. Let the fun begin.:evil:

    My Top 3 are:

    204 Ruger
    17 HMR
  2. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    In the world of rimfires the 17 offers staggering preformance compared to other rimfires

    With rifles I feel the still fairly new 260rem is the only "new" cartridge to bring anything different to the table.

    The 270wsm is also a very intriguing round
  3. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    New? Hmm. I guess .357 Sig is about the newest thing I own.

    It's OK I guess. Seems as much like a solution looking for a problem as anything. Shoots fine, price eased down after I got it.

    It's in my main carry piece so I shoot a lot of it.

    But it's just sort of "there" I guess. Nothing too exciting.

    I find that I shoot .45-70, .30-06, .44 Special most often so maybe I'm just old fashioned :)
  4. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    .375 RUM-300 grain spitzer boattails at 2970 FPS make it a sledgehammer round with excellent trajectory. Downside? Fierce recoil. 20 rounds from my 7.5 pound 700 BDL SS is about all I can handle in one day.

    .300 RUM-As much oomph as you're gonna get out of a non-wildcat, non-proprietary .30 caliber cartridge. One helluva long-range game-getter. Recoil is heavy and sharp, but tolerable.

    .338 Federal-brings a hard-hitting big game round to the AR-10 platform.
  5. mavracer

    mavracer Well-Known Member

    5.56 nato,7.62X51 and 30-06 are my three newest rifle ctgs.
  6. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    6mmXC, 6.5x47 Lapua, ... i guess two new ones are enough for me
  7. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I don't own anything that I would consider "new". I guess the 480 Ruger and 40 S&W are the most recently developed cartridges I own. I am waiting for a few 5mm rifles to be produced and that will be "new" for me.
  8. skinewmexico

    skinewmexico Well-Known Member

    17 HMR
    6mm BR
    6.5x47 Lapua

    And I'm think about getting a 20 Practical for one of my Savages, although I guess that doesn't have factory ammo.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2008
  9. doc2rn

    doc2rn Well-Known Member

    My newest cartridge is the .357 Sig also, but my favs in oder are
    .22 WMR
  10. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    22-rimfire, the OP asked for "rifle" cartridges. i am rather fond of my .480ruger but consider it a pistol cartridge, even though i have a 92 puma lever action rifle chambered in it.
  11. Balog

    Balog Well-Known Member

    Don't own any, but I like the 6.5 Grendel.
  12. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    My Top Three

    .17 HMR
    .204 Ruger
  13. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    all 17's ; mach 2 , fireball, and 17 aguila, tho' the last one is not really new.
    I'll throw in one centerfire non 17; 6.5 grendel
  14. Auburn1992

    Auburn1992 Well-Known Member

    Well they may not be new but:
    -and a tie between .223 and .243
  15. jpwilly

    jpwilly Well-Known Member

    :cuss: I don't have any rifles that shoot a new caliber! Come to think of it most of my rifles are Mil Surp or commercial versions of military arms. I guess I'm a conservative when it comes to my calibers and rifles.
  16. pgeleven

    pgeleven Well-Known Member

    i too dont have any new calibers, but these ones i hope will be showing up more in the future.

    .338 Fed (preferably Lapua)


  17. rust collector

    rust collector Well-Known Member

    260 Rem
    17 HMR
    6.5x47 Lapua
  18. Tony Williams

    Tony Williams Well-Known Member

    I don't collect guns but I do collect cartridges, so I have nearly all the new ones :)

    I would choose cartridges which really have added an entirely new capability, rather than just a minor variation which performs pretty much the same as existing ones. So that would rule out the .338 Federal (does the same job as the .358 Win), or the .260 Rem (see 6.5x55) or the 7mm-08 (see 7x57).

    The new short fat magnums from Winchester and Remington might qualify, but they don't offer any increase in performance over the long-established magnums which just need a slightly longer bolt action.

    The .17 HMR is probably the best choice mentioned so far. To that I would add those big-bore rounds for the AR-15 platform: .460 SOCOM and .50 Beowulf (take your pic) plus the 6.8x43 Rem and the 6.5mm Grendel. All of these offer a big step in capability for the AR-15.
  19. Jubjub

    Jubjub Well-Known Member

    For guns I own, in order from the newest, they would be:

    .222 Remington (1950)
    .30 Carbine (1940ish)
    .35 Remington/.30-06 (1906)
    6.5X55 (1891)
  20. Clipper

    Clipper Well-Known Member

    Unlike most. I actually read and understand the OPs question...He never asked for what anyone actually OWNS, but what we thought the most innovative recent rounds are.

    So here's what I'm impressed with, for what it's worth...
    .17 HMR
    .17 Fireball
    .260 Remington

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