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Personal preference rifle cartridge poll

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Hog huntin Harry, Sep 4, 2020.

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If you could only have one, which of these rifle cartridges would you choose ?

  1. .223 Remington

    7.5%
  2. .243 Winchester

    3.0%
  3. 6.5x55 Swede

    4.9%
  4. 6.5 Creedmoor

    3.4%
  5. 7mm-08

    3.7%
  6. .270 Winchester

    7.8%
  7. .308 Winchester

    23.5%
  8. 30-06 Springfield

    32.1%
  9. .280 Remington

    1.9%
  10. 7x57 Mauser

    1.5%
  11. 7mm Remington Magnum

    1.9%
  12. .300 Winchester Magnum

    1.5%
  13. .280 Ackley Improved

    2.6%
  14. 30-30 Winchester

    2.2%
  15. 45-70 Government

    1.1%
  16. .338 Winchester Magnum

    0.4%
  17. .375 H&H Magnum

    1.1%
  1. Hookeye

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    Chain sporting goods place moved. Lots of corelokts. Only a couple of 165s. Go back tomorrow and snag em. See how my Prohunter likes em. Even if I go to my buds place, shots under 300.
    If a 3006 cant do that i need to just quit and play golf
     
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  2. MarshallDodge

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    223

    I have shot varmints and hit targets at 1000 yards with it. Low recoil and easy on the wallet to purchase or reload for. Good enough for two legged critters and quite a few four legged ones as well.
     
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  3. Hookeye

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    Less blast, lower recoil............am kinda looking at .250 savage.
    Had a 99 in .300 Sav.

    Shocked.........the chain store that moved?
    Had Rem .300 Sav ammo on the shelf.

    Had .30-30, .44 and .307 rifles too, levers.............bye bye.

    For 150 yard and in deer killin, am sold on the .35 rem.
    Past that, my .30-06.

    Its so heavy that it tames the thump.
    Not like 150's whack ya anyway.

    Am of avg size and build so stuff tends to fit me well. Esp Remington stuff.

    Boring rifles/cartridges..........oh well. The older I get the more I like things that just work.
     
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  4. Legionnaire
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    The most interesting thing I'm seeing in the poll results is the comparatively low response in favor of the 6.5 Creedmoor. While I prefer a 7mm (7mm-08 or .280 Ackley), I'd probably recommend the 6.5 Creedmoor as the best all purpose round for a new shooter/hunter.
     
  5. CapnMac

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    Luckily, this is not a case where "There Can Be Only ONE!" applies.
    For me .243, .270, and .30-06 does just fine.
     
  6. adcoch1

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    Notice how the publisher forgot to put .270 on the cover and nobody even noticed? Just a joke, I love Jack's writing style. He was enamored with the 270 and the 30-06, but I swear the guy should have gotten a nickel for every 270 he personally sold over the years.

    For this poll I decided to forgo the 30-06 and pick the 280ai. I love all the 30-03 children, but the 280ai is quite amazing. Although truthfully, with modern bullet technology it almost doesnt matter the bore or case anymore....
     
  7. WisBorn

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    I think if Jack would have received royalties for every 270 he sold to his readers he would have been a very rich man.
     
  8. tbob38
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    .223, cheap to shoot. I don't hunt anymore, but if I did and was 40 or 50 years younger it would be the 270.
     
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  9. hdbiker

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    .308 Win. because of the short action, and ability to use NATO ammo. hdbiker
     
  10. daniel craig

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    Comrade poster, you leeft out 7.62x54r. Veery effwecktive against large animal. Awahilble in many guns. Wery old. Still hammer of Urals.
     
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  11. film495

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    30-30, because I like my 30-30 Rifle more than my 30-06
     
  12. louies

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    I picked the 300 Win because my favorite all around cartridge was not on the list. The 35 whelen is the best if you hand load and hunt east of the Mighty Miss. You can load 357 pistol bullets for plinking and having fun. All sorts of cast bullet options. Some sleek barnes bullets in 200 or 225 doing 2900 fps or close to it. Or load it big for stuff that bites back. It's one of the most efficient rounds ever invented and your barrel will last forever. And it's not even picky about what powder you feed it. Just imagine if your significant other was so easy to get along with. It's true " love at first shot". But since I can't vote for my true love, I'll have to just take my Guma the lowly old 300 win mag.
     
  13. Captcurt

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    If it was only deer and pronghorns I would still have my 270. If I was younger and had a chance for elk or larger it would be the old 30-06. It works for anything on this continent, especially with the powders and bullets available today.
     
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  14. Garandimal

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    That's because it's not a ".270 Winchester" book.
    (it just manages to float to the top now and then on its own merit.)

    :D




    GR
     
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  15. LoonWulf
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    I think because personal preferences out way practicality as often as not.
     
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  16. Legionnaire
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    No doubt. And my preferences were set before 6.5 Creedmoor became "a thing." Most of the denizens here have been shooting a long time ...
     
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  17. WisBorn

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    @LoonWulf & @Legionnaire I agree!
    The overall leaders are the 30-06 followed by the 308 they have been sold as all around cartridges for as long as they have been around. Putting them in the the hands of our service members helped nail them into those spots. They work and will be hard to remove. There may be better cartridges for specific tasks, but the 30-06 & 308 can get the job done.
     
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  18. Legionnaire
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    You can teach an old dog new tricks, though. I used to shoot .30 cals, including .300 Win Mag, .30-06, and .308. After getting into reloading and learning a lot more about ballistics, I decided I didn't need the .30s. The first to go was the .300 Mag, then the .30-06s, and finally the .308s. I will admit to some sense of loss when I parted with my Model 7 in .308 that was my go-to hunting rifle for a couple of decades. But I replaced it with an almost identical rifle in 7mm-08 and you know what? I don't miss the .308 any more!

    Here's the original .308. H.S. Precision stock and Leupold 2-7X.
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    And the 7mm-08 that replaced it. H.S. Precision stock and Leupold 2.5-8X.
    [​IMG]
     
  19. Bush Pilot

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    You forgot the 25/06 in your poll
     
  20. WisBorn

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    I will always love the 30 cals but the 7mm is slowly taking its place.
     
  21. 270OKIE

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    Hey guys, I'm new to good ole bolt guns and I recently purchased a mossberg Patriot in 270 (I can still find ammo just about anywhere during this beer flu bs) a couple months ago and actually have reloading equipment for it and have been slowly developing a pet load for it. I have always been an AR guy(can't shoot my SBR as much since its hard as crap to find 556 ammo that's not stupid prices) but there's just something about rowing your own rounds that's oddly satisfying lol.
    I am loving the 270 Win cartridge and it's long history of being a do all round with a variety of good bullets to choose from, I have Speer 150gr SPs for my reloads.
     
  22. BreechFace

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    280ai, strikes the perfect balance and just something about the cartridge it’s dead sexy. Flat shooting and hard hitting.

    7mm-08 would be second.
     
  23. 270OKIE

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    Breech, interesting that you say 280ai, I'm new to the reloading scene and bolt action caliber guns in general so I wanted to ask how does the ai stuff differ from "normal" versions? I think I heard something about fire forming the normal brass in the ai chamber? Pardon me if that is super dangerous and wrong. :)
     
  24. BreechFace

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    No 257 Bob? I always wanted one but never got around to getting one.
     
  25. BreechFace

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    “Ackley” improves the brass life, gains more case capacity thus giving more velocity or ability to load longer bullets than it’s parent case.

    The nice thing about any AI cases is it is safe to fire form original non-AI cartridges thus giving a permanent brass supply with no hard to find unicorn brass. Many use the parent case for hunting, target shooting etc, with fine results and then reload as an AI case.
     
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