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Pick 3 rifle calibers from your collection

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ADKWOODSMAN, Feb 1, 2008.

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  1. jrfoxx

    jrfoxx Member

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    Marlin 25MN in .22 mag
    Winchester Model 70XTR in 30-06
    Prussian Mauser 71/84 in .43 Mauser/11.15x60R
    (The Mauser isn't really nessecarry, as the 30-06 with proper ammo and good shot placemet should cover the medium and large critters just fine, but it's more fun to list/use 3 guns instead of 2.:D That, and I might not be REAL comfortable using 30-06 on the really BIG bears, so the Mauser with a 370gr LRN @1450 FPS shoud do very well for those.Just have to fight off panic and wait for a closer shot....:eek:)
     
  2. gbran

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  3. JWarren

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    My choice:

    .22 Rimfire Long Rifle
    5.56 Nato
    .308 Winchester

    Extremely plentiful ammunition. That combination can hunt anything in the SE. Wide variety of platforms. Without considering the platforms, I would have replaced .308 Winchester with 30-06 Springfield. Then you'd be able to comfortably hunt anything on the North American continent (Even though .308 probably could, too.)

    I should point out this. I picked 5.56 NATO over .223 due to chamber pressures. A 5.56 chamber could take a .223 if needed. I picked .308 Winchester for the same reasons. A .308 Winchester chamber can take a 7.62 NATO. The reverse is not always true on either of the above.


    -- John
     
  4. Dave R

    Dave R Member

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    From my collection:

    .17 Wildcat

    .223

    .308

    I would like to make that .223, .308, .45/70, but I'm a gun short for that list...
     
  5. Guitargod1985

    Guitargod1985 Member

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    5.56x45mm / .223 - - - - - AR-15

    7.62 x 39 - - - - - - - - - - Kalashnikov

    7.62x51mm / .308 - - - - - Springfield Armory M1A
     
  6. CH47gunner

    CH47gunner Member

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    Mine too

    CZ527 Varmint - .223
    Sako Finnbear AIII - 30-06
    Marlin - .444
     
  7. Flintlock Tom

    Flintlock Tom Member

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    .22 Squirrel - Opossum
    .30-06 Coyote - Whitetail
    .50 Elk - Buffalo
     
  8. Richmond

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    from my locker

    Like CU74 said - the only difference I thought about was 5.56 or the 6.5 Swede for a medium (I have a Scout rifle setuo in 6.5) for a medium, but the 3 above are pretty well tried and true.

    I don't have anything heavier than the 06.
     
  9. ndolson

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    .223/5.56
    7.62x39
    7.62x54R

    I have 12 calibers I have to keep ammo for :| it's hard.
     
  10. Erik

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    .223
    .30-06
    .375 H&h
     
  11. BAT1

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    Two. A Bushy in .223/ 5.56 and a Stevens .308.
     
  12. tnieto2004

    tnieto2004 Member

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    223
    7.62x39
    7m-08
     
  13. Magnuumpwr

    Magnuumpwr Member

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    My Bushmaster XM15-E2S 5.56
    Imbel L1A1 7.62X51
    Cobb BA-50 50BMG
     
  14. Stevie-Ray

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    .22
    .223
    .308
     
  15. BullRunBear

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    22LR (or 6.5x55 if keeping it center fire only)
    30-06 (WW I vintage '03 and Garand)
    45-70

    The same criteria for muzzleloaders would be:
    32 (small game up to turkey)
    40 (javelina up to antelope and small deer)
    50 (everything else) (If I see a grzzzly, :eek: I'm calling in air support)

    regards, Jeff
     
  16. mekender

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    .223
    .308
    20mm vulcan (for the really pissed off elephants)
     
  17. tostada

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    I definitely think the most practical answer is:

    .22 (or maybe 17 HMR)
    .223 (or maybe 30-30)
    .308 (or maybe 30-06)

    But personally I'd just say .22 and .308.

    There's nothing I can't kill with a .308 HE load, and there's surprisingly little I can think of that would fit between what I would use a .22 Stinger on and a .308 light load.

    I don't know what else I'd want. A .375 H&H would be nice, and so would a .300 Win Mag or .300 RUM or even something smaller, but I'm just not that excited by something bigger if it's slower than a .308, and I don't really think I need something with significantly more recoil than a HE .308, either. I guess you can't get something for nothing...
     
  18. gcrookston

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    .223, .308, .338 Lapua
     
  19. hawk84

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    .22LR
    .223/5.56
    30-06

    its what i have
    can't think of anything that 30-06 wouldn't be good for in north america
     
  20. pinetree64

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    My personal 3 gun is
    22 - quiet, affordable
    30-06 - ammo is available for almost any need.
    45/70 - will thump about anything to about 200 yards

    tjg
     
  21. Sharps-shooter

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    My personal choices are:

    .22 lr, for smallness, cheapness, ease of use and transportability. A great practice and foraging round, good for squirrel and rabbit sized hunting.

    .223/5.56-- same size as .22, but with more powder behind it. Adequate for deer and smaller game, plentiful and ar-15 type rifles are available with lots of options. Arguably the best fighting caliber in the world.

    45-70-- Impractical in many ways, but traditional, and adequate for any task I've had to perform so far. Fun to shoot while wearing buckskins and a cowboy hat. Ammo used to be harder to find, but can now be got at every gun shop in town. Fun to reload, with everything from shot rounds and line-throwing blanks to 400 grain semi-spitzer fmj at 2,x00 fps (don't try this at home).
     
  22. GunTech

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    22lr
    223
    308
     
  23. 3pairs12

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    22lr
    .243
    .308
     
  24. Ninja42

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    .223
    .308
    .300 win mag
     
  25. Cannonball888

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    .223
    .308 or 30-06
    .50 BMG
     
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