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Four caliber battery?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by 10isnotenough, Jan 4, 2003.

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  1. 10isnotenough

    10isnotenough Member

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    How would you rate the follwing four caliber rifle battery for hunting anywhere in the world? I am excluding a .22lr since everyone should have one of those.

    1. .223
    2. .308
    3. 7mm Mag
    4. .375 H&H

    I feel this covers the bases pretty well except for an elephant gun which I decided I wasn't willing to get above one of the previous four. If is did add a 5th I would choose a .416 Remington.

    What would you do different?

    Thanks.
     
  2. justinh

    justinh Member

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    I would go with:
    1. 22-250 for varmints
    2. 25-06 for deer/antelope
    3. 30-06 for critters up to elk
    4. 375 H&H for moose and large African game
     
  3. HSMITH

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    Buy one good 7 mag, burn out a barrel practicing, retube it, and do the same to a 338 class rifle, probably a 340 Weatherby. That would cover all but the largest dangerous game animals in my book. If high volume varmint shooting is on the menu a 223 or a 22-250 could be added. I would prefer to do it with one or two rifles.
     
  4. sasnofear

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    what exactly is a .22-550? is it a necked down 308 with .22 bullet? or what?
     
  5. sasnofear

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    plz ignor typo... i mean .22-250
     
  6. lilbiggun

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    My list is:
    270win
    338winny
    45/70
    375H&H

    Dont know why the last 2, all I need is the 270 and 338.
     
  7. ojibweindian

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    Actually, I can only think of three calibers to handle everything.

    .22 class cartridge for small game and varmints. For me, this is the .22WMR

    .308 class cartridge for medium to large game. My Savage 110FXP in .30-06 covers this well.

    For large, dangerous game, I have yet to chose a cartridge in the big-bore class. Although, from reading on TFL about the success Rich had in using a .45-70 for Cape Buffalo in Africa, I am leaning towards that in a big-bore dangerous game rifle.
     
  8. HSMITH

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    22-250 is a 250 Savage necked down. Just slightly less case capacity than a 308 case.

    45-70 for dangerous game?
     
  9. ojibweindian

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    Yep. 45-70. Rich Lubicella used it in Africa to down a Cape Buffalo. I'd use it in the U.S. for Grizzly, assuming I get the chance to get to Alaska before I die.

    I don't ever envision going to Africa. The allure to the Dark Continent has yet to speak to me. The Great White North, on the other hand, has spoken volumes!
     
  10. Keith

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    Anywhere in the world? That's a toughy.

    I can't think of anything between the size of a rabbit and a deer that I'd want to shoot. So, the next biggest rifle after the .22 is my .350 Rem Mag which was already chosen as an all-around deer/moose/bear rifle and would be iodeal for most African plains game.

    The only other rifle I'd want is a .375 H&H which is good for anything short of elephants. You could probably talk me into a .416 or .458 though, without too much trouble.

    So, two rifles - but, I'm cheating because I don't want or need a varmint gun.
     
  11. DenaliX

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    Just my two cents...

    1. .22-250
    2. 7mm Rem Mag
    3. .338 Ultra Mag
    4. .458 Lott

    I have these and haven't thought of anything in the world I can't hunt...
     
  12. 1goodshot

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    223
    30-06
    338
    375
     
  13. muleshoe

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    I can name that tune in three notes....

    .223

    7STW

    .375H&H
     
  14. Soap

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    Mine would include:

    .308/.30-06
    .375 H&H
    .458 Lott
    .470 NE

    Obviously with the inclusion of the .470 NE, I'm not going for raw utility. The .458 Lott should be able to kill anything that the .470 would be used for.

    I don't get too excited about the .22 centerfires because I don't eat varmints so I don't mind blasting them with a .30 cal. And if I wanted to go squirrel/rabbit/etc. hunting, I would just use the .22LR.
     
  15. JShirley

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    .308

    .35 Whelen

    .450 Ackley

    Ask me tomorrow; I'll probably have different choices for you! :D

    Like:

    .30-06

    .45-70

    .416 Rigby
     
  16. Black Dragon

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    Just my two cents...
    1. 223 for the varmits
    2. 308 for white tails in the East
    3. 300 wby Mag for bigger things in West
    4. 45/70 for the even bigger things if I need it.

    So for this is all I've ever needed. If I could add a fifth, I would go with a
    375H&H or a 340 wby mag.
     
  17. RCL

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    My choices:
    .25-06 for small to medium
    .375 H&H for medium to big
    12 ga. for everything with wings
    .54 cal. flintlock for all the primitive seasons :D
     
  18. Mike Irwin

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    I'd cut it back to 3...

    .250 Savage

    .300 Win. Mag.

    .375 H&H Mag.
     
  19. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Of what I have in the house right now...

    223 (as varminter)
    30-06 (med game)
    45-70 (grizzly on up)
    .58 cal Minie rifle (with a couple of spare rifles carried by my "boys")
     
  20. Zorro

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    .22 LR.
    .243 Winchester.
    7MM Remington Magnum.
    .416 Rigby.

    That should Do it! :)
     
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    If I could do it in 5:
    .22-250
    .308 Win
    7mm Rem Mag
    .45-70 Gov't
    .458 Rem Mag

    If I could do it in 4:
    .22-250
    .308 Win
    7mm Rem Mag
    .45-70 Gov't

    If I had to do it in 3:
    .22-250
    .308 Win
    .45-70 Gov't
     
  22. one-shot-one

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    :D just to be a "little" different:
    44 mag. (for rifle & handgun)
    308
    338 mag.
    12 ga. 3" (pump or auto)
    if that wont kill it i don't need to shoot it.:p
     
  23. BusMaster007

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    10isnotenough:

    Sorry if I dragged up an old thread...

    Your choices are outstanding, I think. You've got a great selection covering military/police/hunting cartridges well covered.
    I agree with your 5th choice as well.
    If you only had 4 rifles to use, you've picked well.

    "1. .223
    2. .308
    3. 7mm Mag
    4. .375 H&H

    I feel this covers the bases pretty well except for an elephant gun which I decided I wasn't willing to get above one of the previous four. If is did add a 5th I would choose a .416 Remington."

    If I had to pick 4 of the 'oh, I've got a few hunting rifles' in the safe...:rolleyes:

    .223
    .308
    7mm Rem.Mag.
    .45-70

    I won't get into the brands and actions, just that those 4 cartridges would do for me if the choices were limited.
     
  24. labgrade

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    Think I could (& have) cover everything we have in CO with a .243 & a .30-06 & even the '06 could serve as a varmit thing. Wouldn't feel the lack.

    BTW, those initial 4 listed are good choices.

    Glad we're not limited as I've got the .22 RF/CFs on through the '06 - maybe 8-9 between my "extremes." Like each & every one for the various flavors.

    Still haven't gotten into anything "heavy" unless you'd count a 12 3" slug = my poor man's .45-70 ;) Could prolly do anything in the world with that - at my own Last Supper ..... :uhoh:
     
  25. Northwest Cajun

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    Hi Guys
    My pick is
    1 .22LR
    2. .223
    3. 30-06
    4. 45-70
    Than should cover it for everything but the birds in the air.

    Cajun
     
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