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GarrettH
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Oct-05-17, 
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"Favorite Caliber?"

Whatís your favorite overall hunting caliber?

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: Favorite C...  Homer      Oct-05-17   1 
  RE: Favorite C...  Tikka      Oct-05-17   2 
   RE: Favorite C...  bowhunt      Oct-05-17   3 
    RE: Favorite C...  hossblur      Oct-05-17   4 
     RE: Favorite C...  Tikka      Oct-05-17   5 
      RE: Favorite C...  txhunter58      Oct-05-17   6 
       RE: Favorite C...  fullthrottle      Oct-05-17   7 
  RE: Favorite C...  Tikka      Oct-06-17   40 
 RE: Favorite C...  pookiebar      Oct-05-17   8 
  RE: Favorite C...  GarrettH      Oct-05-17   9 
 RE: Favorite C...  BoltTripper      Oct-05-17   10 
  RE: Favorite C...  Tikka      Oct-05-17   11 
   RE: Favorite C...  Buckhunter1...      Oct-05-17   12 
    RE: Favorite C...  Tikka      Oct-05-17   13 
     RE: Favorite C...  Deerdon      Oct-05-17   14 
      RE: Favorite C...  KPBENNION      Oct-05-17   15 
       RE: Favorite C...  fullthrottle      Oct-05-17   16 
        RE: Favorite C...  fullthrottle      Oct-05-17   17 
         RE: Favorite C...  Phantom Hun...      Oct-05-17   18 
 RE: Favorite C...  eelgrass      Oct-05-17   19 
 RE: Favorite C...  dillon      Oct-05-17   20 
  RE: Favorite C...  Awesome      Oct-05-17   21 
 RE: Favorite C...  bullskin      Oct-05-17   22 
  RE: Favorite C...  desertpoint...      Oct-05-17   23 
 RE: Favorite C...  Jerry      Oct-05-17   24 
  RE: Favorite C...  12point      Oct-05-17   25 
   RE: Favorite C...  chipc      Oct-05-17   26 
 RE: Favorite C...  1911      Oct-05-17   27 
  RE: Favorite C...  1911      Oct-05-17   28 
   RE: Favorite C...  Tikka      Oct-05-17   29 
    RE: Favorite C...  buttshot      Oct-13-17   56 
 RE: Favorite C...  Buccsboy55      Oct-05-17   30 
  RE: Favorite C...  Muley_73      Oct-05-17   31 
   RE: Favorite C...  Horsecorn      Oct-05-17   32 
    RE: Favorite C...  elkassassin      Oct-05-17   33 
     RE: Favorite C...  Homer      Oct-05-17   34 
      RE: Favorite C...  elkassassin      Oct-05-17   35 
      RE: Favorite C...  yak4fish      Oct-05-17   36 
       RE: Favorite C...  Homer      Oct-05-17   37 
        RE: Favorite C...  NORKALNIMROD      Oct-05-17   38 
         RE: Favorite C...  iluvrax      Oct-05-17   39 
          RE: Favorite C...  Trix4me      Oct-06-17   41 
           RE: Favorite C...  Homer      Oct-06-17   42 
            RE: Favorite C...  cbeard      Oct-07-17   43 
        RE: Favorite C...  elkassassin      Oct-08-17   45 
 RE: Favorite C...  crimedog      Oct-08-17   44 
  RE: Favorite C...  OchocoKid      Oct-08-17   46 
   RE: Favorite C...  txhunter58      Oct-08-17   47 
    RE: Favorite C...  GarrettH      Oct-10-17   49 
     RE: Favorite C...  txhunter58      Oct-11-17   53 
 RE: Favorite C...  alsatian      Oct-08-17   48 
 RE: Favorite C...  muleycrazyt...      Oct-10-17   50 
  RE: Favorite C...  BIGJOHNT      Oct-10-17   51 
   RE: Favorite C...  hank4elk      Oct-11-17   52 
 RE: Favorite C...  cosmic_cowb...      Oct-12-17   54 
  RE: Favorite C...  Tikka      Oct-13-17   55 
   RE: Favorite C...  270Whatelse      Oct-14-17   57 
    RE: Favorite C...  ifgator      Oct-14-17   58 

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Homer
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Oct-05-17, 
10:48 AM (MST)
1. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

30

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Tikka
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Oct-05-17, 
11:41 AM (MST)
2. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

.284

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bowhunt
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Oct-05-17, 
11:43 AM (MST)
3. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

30
284
264

Probably in that order.

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hossblur
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Oct-05-17, 
11:47 AM (MST)
4. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

Shot a .30( 06')my whole life, its killed everything I have hit. Having said that, I will be buying my boys .284 when time comes.


"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun"

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Tikka
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Oct-05-17, 
11:50 AM (MST)
5. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

.204 is another good one...

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txhunter58
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Oct-05-17, 
12:24 PM (MST)
6. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

What species??

doves: 20 gauge
turkeys: 12 gauge
coyotes/varmints: 243
Deer: 270
pigs: AR 308
elk: #1 50 cal muzzleloader #2 7mm mag centerfire


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venor, ergo sum (I hunt, therefore I am)

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fullthrottle
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Oct-05-17, 
12:31 PM (MST)
7. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

No question .284

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Tikka
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Oct-06-17, 
05:39 AM (MST)
40. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

>30
>
>


Well then clown it's .308 not 30

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Oct-05-17, 
12:34 PM (MST)
8. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

Are you asking bullet diameter? Or specific cartridge?

My favorite is .308 or 30 caliber. I use a 300 win mag for just about everything I hunt, if game wise.

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GarrettH
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Oct-05-17, 
12:56 PM (MST)
9. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

Sorry I shouldíve been more clear; the specific cartridge.

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BoltTripper
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Oct-05-17, 
01:03 PM (MST)
10. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

7 mag

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Tikka
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Oct-05-17, 
01:05 PM (MST)
11. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

280AI

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Buckhunter1955
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Oct-05-17, 
01:50 PM (MST)
12. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

.300 Weatherby "King of the .30 calibers"

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Tikka
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Oct-05-17, 
02:00 PM (MST)
13. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

Another favorite of mine is the 270WSM...

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Deerdon
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Oct-05-17, 
02:49 PM (MST)
14. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

270WSM!!!

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KPBENNION
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Oct-05-17, 
03:25 PM (MST)
15. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

Not much love for the quarter bore's...lol 257 Roy

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fullthrottle
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Oct-05-17, 
03:49 PM (MST)
16. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

All around best caliber has got to be 280 AI. Easy on the the shoulder, flat shooting, very good if not the best bullet selection. Everything the most popular caliber ever is (30-06), only better in every category with today's bullets.

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17. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

Sorry cartridge

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Phantom Hunter
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Oct-05-17, 
03:57 PM (MST)
18. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

7mm Rem Mag for elk, .257 Ackley for deer and antelope.

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eelgrass
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Oct-05-17, 
05:02 PM (MST)
19. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

.300 Win. Mag. If it lives in North America and bleeds, I can kill it.

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dillon
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Oct-05-17, 
05:03 PM (MST)
20. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

7mm Remains Mag

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Awesome
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Oct-05-17, 
05:15 PM (MST)
21. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

416

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Oct-05-17, 
05:28 PM (MST)
22. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

.30 (30-06). But I am the guy who buys one of the best rifle he can afford and then uses it for everything. With the '06 I can buy good loads almost anywhere I go and so avoid hand loading; it kills anything I put a slug into; it's velocity is adequate to shoot beyond ranges that I am comfortable with without being overkill and wasting a lot of meat; it's recoil is modest without using loud recoil suppression--even in a lightweight rifle. If I had to choose another cartridge, it would be a .284 based on the 30-06 cartridge.

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desertpointbrian
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Oct-05-17, 
06:08 PM (MST)
23. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

6.5x284 quickly became my favorite as of late. Before that was 270 wsm

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Jerry
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Oct-05-17, 
07:15 PM (MST)
24. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

7 M M Rem Mag. Rem 700 Bolt Action with a great Muzzle Brake attached. 140 grain Nosler Partition
Max Handloaded. That's as good as it gets in North America. Sudden Death & very flat shooting.

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12point
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Oct-05-17, 
07:29 PM (MST)
25. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

22 Hornet for coyote and bobcat.

300 Savage for deer and elk.

Since I live in Iowa if I had to pick one it would be the 22 Hornet. If I lived out west I'd pick the 300.

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chipc
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Oct-05-17, 
07:57 PM (MST)
26. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

300 Win Mag - hands down. 180 Barnes TTSX Bullet. Barnes Vortex ammo.

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Oct-05-17, 
08:12 PM (MST)
27. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

This is the very debate that has allowed gun makers to prosper for years Hopefully it will continue for many more years.

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28. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

>This is the very debate that
>has allowed gun makers to
>prosper for years
>Hopefully it will continue for
>many more years.
>

I guess I will add that I shoot a lot of calibers for a lot of reasons; but I still can't wrap my head around the short mag craze. Different strokes for different folks.


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Tikka
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Oct-05-17, 
08:23 PM (MST)
29. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

>>This is the very debate that
>>has allowed gun makers to
>>prosper for years
>>Hopefully it will continue for
>>many more years.
>>
>
>I guess I will add that
>I shoot a lot of
>calibers for a lot of
>reasons; but I still can't
>wrap my head around the
>short mag craze. Different strokes
>for different folks.
>
>
>

There's just something about a short fat case!!!! 😜

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buttshot
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Oct-13-17, 
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56. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

Said no woman ever

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Buccsboy55
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Oct-05-17, 
08:29 PM (MST)
30. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

300 win mag

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Muley_73
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Oct-05-17, 
08:46 PM (MST)
31. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

Shot a lot with 300 Win Mag and 25-06. Love them both. Have recently switched to 7mm LRM.

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Oct-05-17, 
08:55 PM (MST)
32. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

Just like buckhunter said. 300 weatherby mag. The absolute best.

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elkassassin
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Oct-05-17, 
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33. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"


375 RUM!


Back Me Off to 1,700 Yards,650 is a Little Close & I'm Not Comfortable with it!

A GUT SHOT at 1,700 Yards will Still Make Some Good BRAGGIN Rights so I Can Say I At Least Hit Him!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OsWQNYfEYo

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Homer
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Oct-05-17, 
09:39 PM (MST)
34. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

....would you clowns stop perpetuating GarrettH's ignorance...cartridge name is not "caliber"....


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Oct-05-17, 
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35. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

>....would you clowns stop perpetuating GarrettH's
>ignorance...cartridge name is not "caliber"....
>
>
>
>



Well F Me!

.375!

Is that better?

Back Me Off to 1,700 Yards,650 is a Little Close & I'm Not Comfortable with it!

A GUT SHOT at 1,700 Yards will Still Make Some Good BRAGGIN Rights so I Can Say I At Least Hit Him!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OsWQNYfEYo

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yak4fish
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Oct-05-17, 
09:41 PM (MST)
36. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

8mm remington magnum

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Homer
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Oct-05-17, 
10:04 PM (MST)
37. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

so....is that 8mm rem mag .323 caliber??

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NORKALNIMROD
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Oct-05-17, 
10:22 PM (MST)
38. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

'06...30-06 That is!

Norkal

"One can take my life but not my faith or my
confidence. I fear none and respect all."

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Oct-05-17, 
10:42 PM (MST)
39. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

I'm with elkassassin...
Big guns!
.338 EDGE

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Oct-06-17, 
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41. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

LAST EDITED ON Oct-06-17 AT 09:25 AM (MST)

Which ever one is in my hands......next up .338 win mag for Elk

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Homer
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Oct-06-17, 
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42. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

lol....sweet jeezus...

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Oct-07-17, 
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43. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

.300 Win mag/.300 WSM

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elkassassin
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Oct-08-17, 
03:54 PM (MST)
45. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

>so....is that 8mm rem mag .323
>caliber??
>
>


Yes!

Back Me Off to 1,700 Yards,650 is a Little Close & I'm Not Comfortable with it!

A GUT SHOT at 1,700 Yards will Still Make Some Good BRAGGIN Rights so I Can Say I At Least Hit Him!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OsWQNYfEYo

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Oct-08-17, 
03:43 PM (MST)
44. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

.270

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Oct-08-17, 
06:14 PM (MST)
46. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

300 Win Mag .


Stay Thirsty My Friends

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Oct-08-17, 
06:19 PM (MST)
47. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

How about it GarrettH? You haven't told us your favorite or why you asked to question.

txhunter58

venor, ergo sum (I hunt, therefore I am)

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GarrettH
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Oct-10-17, 
10:35 AM (MST)
49. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

>How about it GarrettH? You
>haven't told us your favorite
>or why you asked to
>question.
>
>txhunter58

No reason I just wanted to here other peopleís thoughts, but I would say 30-06. Itís a great round for pretty much any big game animal. I used the Hornady 178 grain ELD-X last year and they worked beautifully. The elk I harvested dropped instantly.

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Oct-11-17, 
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53. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"


>
>No reason I just wanted to
>here other peopleís thoughts, but
>I would say 30-06. Itís
>a great round for pretty
>much any big game animal.
>I used the Hornady 178
>grain ELD-X last year and
>they worked beautifully. The elk
>I harvested dropped instantly.


Nice.

It is funny, I have always been a one-woman guy. Could never love more than one at a time.

But with guns I can never narrow it down because it means I have to pick a certain game animal as my base. Love to hunt everything from turkeys, to pigs to deer, to elk so I have ended up with a plethora of guns over about 50 years of hunting.

My go to gun is my 270 that I bought myself when I was 16. I use it more than any other gun I own. But I LOVE elk hunting, and for that I lover my muzzloader or my 7mm rem mag (whichever tag I get). But when I go to get some whitetail meat, I take my 243.

Bottom line is unlike a woman, you don't have to have a favorite. Just a favorite one at the moment!

txhunter58

venor, ergo sum (I hunt, therefore I am)

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alsatian
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Oct-08-17, 
07:18 PM (MST)
48. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

My favourite cartridge is .30-06, because I use this for my elk hunting, and I love elk hunting.

An amusing anecdote is that I remember disparaging the .30-06 to my father, who made the .30-06 rifle that I prefer to use while hunting elk (Springfield action and barrel placed in a custom stock that he made). It didn't shoot flat . . . compared with other cartridges, such as 7 mm Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, etc. Well, this view was based merely on reading stuff in magazines and books. The .30-06 gets what I need done, I just need to do my part.

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muleycrazytwo
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50. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

Can't believe no one has mentioned 300 RUM blows away 300 Wby but both can handle deer, elk and big bears!

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51. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

300 rum, how about the 300 Tejas .

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hank4elk
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52. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

30-06

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54. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

284 Win. I like short and fat also. And this was the original short and fat.

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55. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

>284 Win. I like short and
>fat also. And this was
>the original short and fat.
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270Whatelse
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57. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

Old school .270 Win for me......

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58. "RE: Favorite Caliber?"

Hmmmmm this is tough...........I like the topic and responses
and my responses will be cartridge

If I could only have 1 hunting rifle for North America and I didnít care about cost but pure performance.....28 Nosler with 195 gr Berger EOL

For pure long range shooting pleasure that I can shoot all day.....6.5 Creedmoor

For ground squirrels the .17 HMR just keeps a smile on my face

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