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One Caliber Fits All

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Bitswap, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. Bitswap

    Bitswap Well-Known Member

    Hello everone,

    I started a thread a few weeks ago on 'How many calibers' to take game from rabbits to grizzlies and the responses were fantastic!

    Now I'm going to up the ante and restrict this to one caliber, but the game now is between rabbits and deer.

    The question now is: If you could choose only one caliber (including shotgun) for these game, still having a fair amount of meat left, what would it be? Consider the shooter to be advanced-intermediate capable of 2" groups at 150 yards.

    I look forward to the results.

  2. Picknlittle

    Picknlittle Well-Known Member

    I'll stand by my first answer. .35 Whelen. Load some light loads with 158 gr pistol bullets for bunny boppers and other small game and still handle everything from deer to elk and bear with 200 through 250 gr. loads.

    Good all around caliber.
  3. krimmie

    krimmie Well-Known Member

    I would go with a .12 gauge shotgun given your parameters. You could buy a Mossberg 930 autoloader in 3", plus an extra slug barrel for under $600. Now you'd be able to take game from rabbit to dear AND include waterfowl and other flying yummies.
  4. stormspotter

    stormspotter Well-Known Member

  5. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    The .30-06 or .35 Whelen (although mine is a .35 Brown-Whelen) with a Hammond Gamegetter. The latter is a cartridge case with an off-center "flash hole" which is really a chamber for a .22. You insert a nail-setting blank in that chamber and a sized buckshot in the case mouth (sizer included) and it makes a very nice small game cartridge.
  6. Alphazulu6

    Alphazulu6 member

    Only one firearm that I know of can "realistically" take everything from a pigeon to a brown bear.... and POSSIBLY bigger if you can get the right slugs.

    12 gauge shotgun.
  7. Clipper

    Clipper Well-Known Member

    I would say you'd be safe with a .243, even though I personally would use a .257 Roberts...
  8. Nolo

    Nolo Well-Known Member

    I'm gonna third the 12 gauge. There's nothing you can't do with a shotgun in this caliber with a 3 1/2 inch chamber. I loves me some 12 Gauge. Heck, I could see somebody (myself?) saboting a .223 projectile in a 12 gauge shell and getting the same performance as a 5.56mm. You're all welcome to try.
    EDIT: If I'm gonna be shipped off to an alien planet and can only choose one weapon and one only, it'd be a 12 gauge shotgun. A Browning BPS with an 8-round magazine (and deer sights) to be specific. An extra barrel (rifled) would be nice, too.
  9. JesseL

    JesseL Well-Known Member

    I'd say the most practical option for someone who wants to use factory ammo would be a 12- or 20-gauge shotgun, especially if you include a rifled slug barrel.
  10. Mr White

    Mr White Well-Known Member


    55 gr for rabbits and varmits
    75 gr for coyotes
    100 gr for deer
  11. koja48

    koja48 member

    Gotta go with the 12 gauge.
  12. JimmerJammerMrK

    JimmerJammerMrK Well-Known Member

    I'd say .243 or .270, depending on where you'll be hunting.
  13. pmbiker

    pmbiker Well-Known Member

  14. GunTech

    GunTech Well-Known Member

    12 gauge with interchangable chokes incluing a rifles one will definitely do everything. That being said, I don't hunt birds so a 308 or 30-06 would be my choice for a one gun, do everything rifle. with bullets from 110-240 gn and handloads, I believe you could cover anything. You can even get 22 caliber sabots and shoot 22 bullets if you wanted.
  15. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    I think there is already about 7,263 threads with the same subject. Who cares, just get 8-10 different calibers then you can be reasonably well covered.
  16. JesseL

    JesseL Well-Known Member

    I'm curious how some of you folks are gonna use a .223/.243/.257/.270 on a rabbit and expect to have much edible meat left?

    Are you counting on strictly head shots, or are you loading low-velocity cast bullet rounds?
  17. Clipper

    Clipper Well-Known Member

    Unless you're in the habit of taking your rabbits from 300 yards, where else BUT the head are you shooting 'em with a centerfire???
  18. Strongbad

    Strongbad Well-Known Member

    A: Solids (or even FMJ).

    Put me down for the 243 as well.
  19. JesseL

    JesseL Well-Known Member

    They must hold still more for you than they do for me.
  20. mavracer

    mavracer Well-Known Member

    while I dont think its the best choice (that would be a 243 or 250/3000 or the like) but I have used my marlin 1894 cowboy .357 for rabbits and dear with good success and its a joy to carry/shoot. anything from mouse fart 158 lead RNFP at 750fps to 180 hornaday xtps at 1800fps

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