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caliber???

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Cosmose, Oct 28, 2003.

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  1. Cosmose

    Cosmose Member

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    hi, i've been into handguns and shotguns basically all my life, but for some reason i've never got into rifles. i have a henry 22lr. but i have never shot a centerfire rifle. and i just wondered if sombody would please list the most popular rifle caliber's from strongest to weakest. like 30-30 and 7mm and 30-06, and 223. etc.. etc..
    i would greatly appreciate it.:)
     
  2. Vern Humphrey

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    You're asking for a lot -- because there are so many rifle cartridges.

    A simple list of common cartridges would be:

    223 Remington -- a good varmit round (same as the standard military rifle carridge, the 5.56X45 NATO.)

    .243 Winchester -- a good deer and antelope cartridge, based on a necked down .308 Winchester.

    .30-30 Winchester -- a medium to short range cartridge. Mostly seen in flat, easy to carry lever actions.

    7X57 Mauser -- dates back to about 1892, and still a very good cartridge.

    .270 Winchester -- a classic cartridge, good for deer and similar critters. Basically a necked-down .30-06

    .308 Winchester -- the replacement for the .30-06 (same as the 7.62X51 NATO)

    .30-06 -- the old standby, and a bit more powerful than the .308 (especially if you're a handloader.)

    This is by no means an exhaustive list -- just a list of some of the most common center fires in the US.
     
  3. Cosmose

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    thanks for the reply. thats really all the caliber's that i wanted to know about. :)
     
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