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If you had to choose one caliber to hunt all North American game which do you choose?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by blackops, Jun 7, 2009.

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  1. blackops

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    What I'm really looking for here are opinions for the all time best all around North American hunting cartridge. I'm sure my personal opinion will differ from most, but I'm going to have to choose the 270. Flatter trajectory than the 30's, very manageable weight, and recoil. 90gr 3400fps for varmint size, 130gr 3150fps deer size game, and 180gr 2400fps for the big boys. Lets here what you hunters have to say. Also take into account that shots will not always be 100 yds in so that 30-30 has to go.
     
  2. Ol` Joe

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    The 30-06 has done this for 100 years.
     
  3. Rembrandt

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    The great outdoor writer Jack O'Conner stated in many of his writings, there was no North American game that couldn't be taken with the .270.

    Personally I think it is a bit light, I'd want something a little bigger for Moose and Bear. Shot placement is everything.
     
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    270, 308, 30 06, all will do the job. Comes down to personal preference, skill and recoil sensitivity.
     
  5. Redneck with a 40

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    30-06, king of versatility.:) My personal preference is the .308, but the '06 has earned its reputation.
     
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    30-06
     
  7. ReadyontheRight

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    30-06 - Mostly because of its availability as GOVT surplus ammo for practice, target shooting and plinking. And availability almost everywhere that sells ammo.
     
  8. Dr.Rob

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    .30-06 Can't argue with success. Elk, deer, antelope, bear, sheep, pigs, whatever.

    I have literally lost count of the number of antelope I've harvested with an 06, but it's a bunch.
     
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    45-70, anywhere I'm likely to hunt 250yds would be max and rarely over 150-175 would present itself and in those constraints I'm very comfortable with the 45-70 from my Ruger #1 or my Guide Gun.
     
  10. Vern Humphrey

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    Another vote for the .30-06.
     
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    .45-70
     
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    300 wsm
     
  13. tcrocker

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    The 30-06 or the 270 would be fine. I think the 06 would be better for the better weight selection of bullets. But that being said I love my Marlin 1895GS in 45-70. I shoot a 464gr cast bullet. It does not mess the meat up as bad as a fast moving round, and makes a nice size hole in the game. But that's this me. I think it would all depend on your hunting location.
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  14. txman321

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    .30-06 I like the selection of bullets in this caliber
     
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    30-06
     
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    300 wsm
     
  17. P.B.Walsh

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    .308 or 30-06.
     
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    I would opt for either the:

    7mm Rem Mag

    or the

    .338 Win Mag
     
  19. BK

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    I'll join with the .270 guys. The .30/06 gets second place just because of recoil on old bones.
     
  20. freakshow10mm

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    375 H&H Magnum is what I use for everything.
     
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    I would say 30-06, or 6.5x55 if I want to be a bit different.
     
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    There are some caliber restrictions on dangerous game hunting in Alaska and Canada. I'm not sure that 30-06 or smaller qualifies. Maybe some checking on hunting regs in a particular area for certain game animals is in order.
     
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    what happens when you shoot a squirrel or rabbit with a 30-06?
     
  25. edelbrock

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    It suffers a rather quick death.
     
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