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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

    7.4%
  2. .243 Winchester

    3.0%
  3. 6.5x55 Swede

    4.8%
  4. 6.5 Creedmoor

    3.3%
  5. 7mm-08

    3.7%
  6. .270 Winchester

    7.8%
  7. .308 Winchester

    23.8%
  8. 30-06 Springfield

    32.0%
  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. 270OKIE

    270OKIE Member

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    Neat! Thanks for the info!
     
  2. Picher

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    Not much you can't fix with a thousand bucks and a .30-06. (Cost went up...used to be a hundred bucks.)
     
  3. BreechFace

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    Some AI improvements are minute, some have significant improvements. The 280 Remington gains quite a bit being Ackley’d.
     
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  4. Picher

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    The .280 is a great cartridge, especially for those folks who can't make up their minds as to whether they should get an '06, or .270. The Ackley'd version should be a great cartridge, for those who feel they need "MORE POWER".
     
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  5. BreechFace

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    Agree, the 280 is a very fine cartridge without it being AI’d, under different circumstances we would be talking about the 280 in place of the 30-06.

    Not to take anything away from the 30-06 but in my mind I would have been more happy way back when if the world would have settled on .284/7mm.
     
  6. Boattale

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    I shoot a .270 but when it was time for my daughter, I bought her a 7mm-08.
     
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  7. JCooperfan1911

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    The ‘06.

    The M1 rifle, which is still a fine fighting gun, accepts it. Same for an ‘03 Springfield. Many excellent hunt8ng rifles like the Winchester 70 can be had in the cartridge, and there are many good hunting loads with modern highly effective bullets. And in modern loadings it edges out a .308 yet still has a manageable recoil and the availability of surplus cartridges mean isn’t too expensive to shoot.

    The clear winner if there ever was one. In my opinion the .30-06 is the greatest full power centerfire rifle cartridge ever made.
     
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  8. mgmorden

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    Without a doubt my choice on this is .30-06. It's not the best at anything, but it'll get the job done in the widest variety of applications. It's a little more than you need on whitetail, just right on elk, a little lite but still workable on moose and grizzly. Heck a .30-06 is even workable for African plains game.
     
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  9. brasscollector

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    If I'm only allowed one I'm voting for the best all-around cartridge IMO, the 280AI.
     
  10. Milt1

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    I'm the only .338 Winchester Mag voter! I picked the .338 because, if you are a hand-loader it can be loaded down for antelope or deer or loaded up for moose or bear. Very versatile!
     
  11. rust collector
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    I chose 308 because it is a mature cartridge with loading information all over, it has proven to be accurate, it is heavy enough for most large game, has a wide range of bullet options, components are easy to find, and loaded ammunition is normally easy to find. I love the 6.5x55 Swede, but it will never be as universal as the 7.62x51.
     
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  12. Legionnaire
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    Your choice, your criteria. Universality isn’t one of mine.
     
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  13. 270OKIE

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    Now that's next level thinking Legionnaire! :) To be honest there are many cartridges on this list I'd love to own such as 243win(Will be the next rifle I buy), 300win mag and 30-30Win. If you can't tell I'm a fan of Winchester cartridges lol!!
     
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  14. 270OKIE

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    Ahh, 6.5x55 Swede... The OG 6.5 cartridge!
     
  15. BigBore44

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    I have to question why I only get one. If it’s a “one cartridge to survive with” issue, I choose the .223. Good for squirrels if need be, can ear hole an elk or moose if I had to.

    If it’s just a “you get one cartridge to hunt your big game with“, I’m changing my vote to 375H&H as long as I’m allowed to reload.

    And if I’m not allowed to reload and have to buy factory ammo, I’ll take the 30-06.

    Context matters.
     
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  16. M1key

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    I don't hunt anymore but Mule deer run all through my neighborhood. 7.62x39 (not on the list) or 30-30. The Colt 7.62 rifle is plenty accurate and I know it's limitations.

    M
     
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  17. MTMilitiaman

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    .308 Win, specifically, my 20 inch Aero Precision M5 (AR-10).
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    Could go down to 110 gr Vmax or similar for predators and small game, up to about 180 gr for larger, heavier game. Mostly I find there isn't much I need to do with a rifle that a 150 gr spire point boattail at 2700 fps won't take care of.
     
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