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What Caliber Do You Know Best

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by echo3mike, May 11, 2003.


What caliber do you know best?

  1. .308

    9 vote(s)
  2. .223

    12 vote(s)
  3. 30.06

    11 vote(s)
  4. 22LR

    14 vote(s)
  5. Other

    12 vote(s)
  1. echo3mike

    echo3mike Well-Known Member

    I'm talking about the one you know the drop in inches at 300yds...how much windage gets put on if it's blowing 12mph from 5:30...the one you compete with, hunt with, kill paper with more often then not.

    A member of another site I go to has started posting scenarios that require some pretty nifty tricks in order to aquire a firing solution. I thought to try the same thing here to a modest degree. This site presents some interesting challenges, namely there's no one particular cartridge or caliber that can be considered a "benchmark", and I want to get as many shooters as I can involoved with this.

    So, what caliber? Any preferred bullet brand / weight? Is there a muzzle velocity that's demonstrated superior performance? Personally, I've got the most experience with .308 175gr SMK.

    Let me know what's popular. Thanks in advance.

  2. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    My father and uncle combined to put me in the .30-'06 business with an old 1917 Enfield, back in 1950. My uncle taught me about reloading, enjoying having "slave labor". :) I've loaded everything from round lead ball squirrel loads to 220-grain lead gas checks.

    My pet rifle, today, is a Weatherby Mark V I bought in 1970. No. 2 Profile, 26" barrel. I've mostly loaded 150-grain bullets for my deer hunting. The rifle doesn't seem to care what brand of bullet it's fed, nor what brand of primer is used. Remington brass, Winchester brass, no le hace. I'm using the same old load of 4064 I began with in 1950, 52.5 grains.

    I'm pretty good at range guesstimation, which gives me the basic attitude that anything inside of 500 yards belongs to me.

    :), Art
  3. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Well-Known Member

    6.5-06 is my most "intimate" cartridge...

    But I spent a lot of time getting to know the energies and exterior ballistics of the .308 Winchester/7.62mm NATO, too.

  4. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    i'd have to say .223. i shoot that a lot more than the others.
  5. cool45auto

    cool45auto Well-Known Member

    7.62 X 39
  6. BDM

    BDM Well-Known Member

    5.56x45 , lots of it.
  7. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    Probably my .243 with groundhog loads.

    But that was a LONG time ago.
  8. cratz2

    cratz2 Well-Known Member

    As much as I talk crap, I admit I'm pretty much of the belief that you center a rifle at 200 yards, it will be about 1" high at 100 yards and 4" or 5" low at 300 yards and while I can shoot to 300 yards pretty regularly, I've only been able to shoot out past 300 yards one time. I typically shoot at 100 and 200 yards. And as Indiana doesn't allow deer hunting with centerfire rifles, the only game I get the opportunity to take is crow, raccoon, coyote and a few possum.

    Lately, I've been shooting 243 and 25-06 the most followed by 270, 308 and 223. These rules apply pretty well to all of these cartridges.
  9. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    cratz2, you're pretty close, for sure. I've always sighted in for 2" high at 100; this puts me dead on at 200 and about 6" low at 300. Roughly...:)

    The .25-'06 will shoot a tad flatter, and .243 bullets around 85 grains also.

    One inch high at 100 for the hot-shot centerfire .22s is good, unless you're regularly reaching out to 300+.

    :), Art
  10. cratz2

    cratz2 Well-Known Member

    Truthfully, other than playing with my AR, I've never even shot the 223 out to 300 yards, certainly not for groups. I've even been getting away from the 308. Mostly because my nice 308 rifle is too durn heavy. The more I shoot at 200 and 300 yards, the more I like my sporter weight rifles just fine. There was a time, probably 5 to 8 years ago, that I would have sworn that guys with those skinny barrel rifles couldn't possibly keep up with an average shooter with a heavy barrel gun. My super duper goot shooting buddy has shown me how wrong I was time and time again.

    In all honesty, .243, .25-06 and .270 seem to suit me just fine. Even if they are lady's calibers. :p
  11. ShaiVong

    ShaiVong Well-Known Member

    I just shot a 270 and 308 back to back last week.. The 270 with a recoil pad and the 308 with just a plastic buttplate.. Could have sworn that the 270 kicked more.
  12. SodaPop

    SodaPop member

    My M855 clone loads and 147gr surplus 7.62NATO rounds have pretty much the same trajectory. Even my 150gr FMJ out of my Model 70- 30/06 fly about the same path. I cheat.....:neener:
  13. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    .243 a "lady's cartridge"? Hmmm. I guess I gotta go buy me a dress, 'cause my wife's won't fit me. :D And after some 20+ Bambis and a bunch of coyotes and jacks and feral critters! Ah, the things I didn't know!

    :D, Art
  14. sm

    sm member

    Drop that hem Art...What would your Grammaw think...;)

    Hey at least your centerfire. I voted 22lr.:uhoh:

    In my defense/excuse, I competed in rimfire for a bunch of years as a whippersnapper. Then I went to 1911's early and then shotgun competitions. My fault , I just haven't spent the time behind the rifle. Honesty hurts. I did for awhile get attached to the '06 in a model 70...until stolen and not insured.:(

    Sentimental choice perhaps, but I think I'd do it again, or , if not '06 go .308.
  15. 260Rem

    260Rem Member

    Voted other. I know the .260 Remington the best at this moment. I have spent WAAYY too much time reloading for and shooting this little cartridge. Although I have taken no game with it, I know that anything within 300 yards is meat. That's the best there is in my book.
  16. SodaPop

    SodaPop member


    There's nothing wrong with that. I know the 22LR out to about 300yds and that's far above what most people do. Its just fun to push the limits.

    I especially like it when you pull the trigger.....hear the round go off and then wait about an hour for the bullet to hit.:D
  17. hps1

    hps1 Well-Known Member

    Hey Art:

    Never loaded lead balls but did you ever try the Hornady 100 gr. "Plinker"? It was a half jacket bullet with the appearance of a semi wad cutter pistol bullet. Boy did those things scoot! That was before anyone had their own chronographs so have no idea as to velocity, but I hit a running jackrabit with one at about 15 paces one day and it left a 3-4' circle looked like it had been spray painted red.

    I bought my first '06 in about 1953 or so. Had prior experience with my rich uncle's (Sam) fine (if somewhat heavy) 30-06, the Garand. Been shootin' 'em ever since.

    Favorite hunting load for my current pet hunting rifle, a pre-64 mod. 70, is the 165 gr. Nosler partitioned. Flat shooting and excellent whitetail or nilgai medicine w/proper bullet placement.

    If I could have only one rifle, that would be it.

  18. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    I put more .22LR downrange in a year than all other calibers combined. I've been shooting since about age four and ammo for the .270 was a little bit too much for my preteen budget. In my teen years I got some more bucks so I would shoot centerfire a lot more. Now as a college student, even though I have money, getting to the range is the problem. We can shoot rimfire on campus so I still get to shoot that the most. One of these days when I have a 600 yard range I might know something better than the .22LR...
  19. 556A2

    556A2 Well-Known Member

    5.45 X 39 mm, but its still a work in progess. Also the 7.62 X 39 mm.
  20. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    I used to do a lot of range-brass scrounging. After full-length resizing, I'd load Plinkers to about 2,500 or so for fire-forming and practicing eye-finger control.

    My wild-eyed teenager load was the old flat-nosed 80-grain .32-20 bullet swaged down to .308 and loaded ahead of too much 3031. Probably 3,800, I'm guessing. I never shot anything past 100 yards, but it was a lot like a hand grenade.

    :), Art

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