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2 calibers than cover 90% of hunting situations

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  1. troy fairweather

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    found the video lol. i live just down the road, they used to have about 20 african elephants in the 90s.

    https://www.fox5ny.com/news/372512200-video
     
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  2. hps1

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    Great video. LOL.

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  3. LoonWulf
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    much better ending than the one that got out in Honolulu back in the 90s
     
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  4. MihiT

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    Then it's a toss-up between .338 Lapua Mag; .375H&H; .416 Rigby; .450 Nitro Express.
    Between them, would literally kill anything on the planet.
     
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  5. troy fairweather

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    this happens about every 5 years, this one was on my lawn one night, when they had the africans they would brake things. the owners of the sanctuary are my cousins, they always game me or my dad a call when they got out. i came close to shooting one in 2009, after that they got rid of the african elephants. they had a black cougar get out, i have see some zebra and camels walking around to.
     
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  6. WTBguns10kOK

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    Nice to see the OP got it right. Pretty simple, really.
     
  7. Captcurt

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    I could be happy with a 22lr and 30-06. Just glad that I'm not restricted to 2 guns.
     
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    Ok, so, I have had the perception, that the heavier bullets are not great in 30-06. Past about 180 grain, they don't give a good return for energy. When my dad died, I found a few boxes of the 220s, which I think he bought for elk, because frankly, he didn't want to talk my mom into letting him buy a 300 win mag. (They still probably hit like a sledgehammer.) Aren't they out of the sweet spot for energy for an -06?
     
  9. cdb1

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    I think 200 and 220 grain bullets in a 30-06 are a beautiful thing.
     
  10. MacAR

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    I'm gonna be in the 22/ '06 camp also. My normal '06 load is a 180 grn rn bullet, but I do like to use 220's in the brush. But I'll differ slightly and say make my 22 a Magnum. More reach and more thump, and still zero recoil. I'd still want a shotgun to go along with them though. One of my 16 gauges would be ideal. Either a M12 or 1897 with a modified choke or a double choked mod/full. With those 3 guns there isn't any type of hunting in the lower 48 you can't do, period. Now having said all that, a drilling in 16/16 over 8mm or 30-30 with one tube lined for 22 mag or hornet would be the perfect do all gun. Too bad they cost so much!

    Mac
     
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    I would be happy with a 12 gauge and a 30 06, but .22 rim fire would do in place of the shot gun.
     
  12. mdauben

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    I think these two overlap a little too much in the most comment deer/antilope size game range. I'd probably go with a .223 and a .30-06 for my choices.
     
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  13. joneb

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    2 calibers than cover 90% of hunting situations
    I wish folks would learn the difference between a caliber and a cartridge. There are at least thirty cartridges chambered for the .308 dia bullet.
    Sorry for being anal
     
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  14. .308 Norma

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    Ha! Yeah, my votes for the 2 "calibers" that cover 90% of hunting situations are 22 caliber and 30 caliber. How's that?;)
     
  15. ExAgoradzo

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    .22 s,l,lr in whatever flavor you like (Marlin 39a for me)
    9mm Carry gun (Glock 26)
    12 ga (PA08)
    .30-06 (Win M70]
    [.375 HH—Sako A5]
    [CZ75]

    Greg
     
  16. T.R.

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    22 MAG for small-ish animals.

    44 MAG for everything else.

    TR
     
  17. Gordon
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    Until about 1980 it was .270 and .22 LR , about then it became .308 and .375 H&H as I went to Africa first in 1982 and Alaska and Montana thru out the 80s and early 90s and concentrated on .308 for anything smaller than Elk . In the later 90s it became .270 WSM and .375 Weatherby (all my .375H&H were reamed for that by then) and in 2000 I went back to Africa and my last Alaskan adventures. Recently , as I started getting a few years of over 70 years of age under my belt , I have been moving to .243 Winchester for hunting deer and with light bullets smaller stuff and the good old .308 as my "heavy" as I no longer go to to griz country and no plans for Africa again. In southern Oregon Elk and Black Bear are all over my area and 180 grain .308 premium bullets at 2550 or so velocity are all I need to 300 yards to take the cleanly. My son who lives in the same area has moved into 6.5 Creedmore and .300 Weatherby as his twins as he does the mountains.
     
  18. Shanghai McCoy

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    Then 22 LR and 45/70 for those states.
     
  19. stevekozak

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    I'll fight anything that lives with my .270. Just saying.
     
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  20. The Bushmaster

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    The Question should be: "What 3 calibers will cover 90% of hunting situations?"

    .22 rifle
    .30-30 Winchester
    .30-06
     
  21. EIB0879

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    Those were the ones that I would go with. If I had to narrow it down, I would drop the 30-30. And if given a choice I would substitute a 12 gauge for the .22LR.

    I'm glad that in the real world I don't have to make that decision and I can have whatever I want.
     
  22. Laphroaig

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    + whatever for the 30-06 in North America except for the big bears. Get a Hammond Game Getter, and it can theoretically double as a small game rimfire.

    http://www3.telus.net/gamegetter/index.html

    IMG_20180220_150118398.jpg

    No plans for big bears? Get 2 -06's.
     
  23. sarduy

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    223 and 338LM
     
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