What Is Your Favorite All Around Caliber...And Why????


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Mar 6, 2019
Like any 6.5 cartridge that gets me 2700-2900 fps with a 140 berger vld. Very good performer to quite long range.


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Mar 9, 2014
My wife and I use only one rifle for ?all? of our big game hunting. She, a .338 WM....225 TTSX?s @ 2950. Myself, a .375 AI....250 TTSX?s @ 3130.
Both calibers are capable of taking any game animal in North America, and Africa. Though the .338, would not be legal for everything in Africa....but anything we would likely hunt! memtb
Curious- Is it safe to assume you have a muzzle break on each? I agree, those both will put a hurt'n on just about anything.


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Dec 24, 2013
South Dakota
Custom 300 RUM. It shoots .25" group consistently and I love a big bullet hitting hard. Lots of energy for the elk, putting them down quick. Running a 225 gr bullet at 3050 with 4647 ft lbs of energy out of the muzzle.
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Colorado Cowboy

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Jun 8, 2011
Dolores, Colorado
Interesting article. I do love my custom .300 Wby (on a commercial Mauser action). One thing mentioned is reloading....my Wby's (.both .300 & .257) were the hardest calibers I have ever had to develop reloads for. Interesting is the authors bullet choice, the Nosler Partition. 180 gr Nosler partition bullets are all I use for my .300 and it shoots less that 1/2 min groups. I love it.


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Mine: .375 AI, in a 9.0 pound pkg. (scoped, loaded, slung). 250 TTSX’s @ 3130 fps. It is used for everything in NA, and fully “Africa” capable. From muzzle to 600+ yards.....very effective on game! It’s not quite as practical for the average shooter as my wife’s favorite cartridge!

Wife: .338 WM, just under 9.0 pounds (scoped, loaded, slung), 225 TTSX’s @ 2950 fps. No explanation necessary.....good for everything in NA, good to 600+ yards, ammo readily available (if you have to buy it)! memtb
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Nov 30, 2019
I'm a .30 06 guy too. Got one for Christmas when i was 10 years old, a used Remington 742 woodsmaster. Shot a few muleys with it after moving to colorado in 2004 , but I wasn't accurate after 100 yds. Short barrel, used heavily, maybe barrel was copper fouled? Itching for a new one once i scraped together enough $ and chose a Ruger American in ought six. Light, accurate, and i can use it as a tool not an heirloom! Looking to get to shooting 165 gr Accubond or Partitions for double duty deer and elk. Been using hornady SST in 180 gr but not liking performance on elk...


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Nov 29, 2011
Curious- Is it safe to assume you have a muzzle break on each? I agree, those both will put a hurt'n on just about anything.
my 300win.mag. was braked and I swear it kicked more than my .340wby without a brake!

I doubt I'll own another hunting rifle with a brake....
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Don Fischer

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Jul 20, 2020
A favorite huh? Tuff question. How about the one I'm carrying at the time. Actually for deer I'd pick my 25-06 one day and 308 the next. Third day I think I'd take my 6.5x55. Wait, all around? Well scratch the 25-06 but whatever I have left I would not hesitate to hunt pretty much anything with, 6.5x55, 6.5x06, 308 and 30-06. Boy several more I could throw in there but don't have them! Actually seldom hunt big game anymore. /getting long in the tooth and worry about shooting something and getting it out! Hunted 1/2 day about two years ago on a private ranch in the breaks of the John Day and looked around me and wondered how I'd get anything out if I did shoot something! These days I'll stick to birds! Now my favorite cartridge there is a 28ga SxS got two!


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Jul 29, 2013
Haworth Oklahoma
338 win mag is my new love. Very accurate and 150-275 grain bullets Fast and flat or not so fast and brutish in the brush.
that being said therewill never be a more capable all around caliber for the great USA than the 30-06 Springfield. No offense mr O’Connor.


Nov 14, 2015
Wyoming Native
.270 Winchester!!
Why you ask, honestly because that's what my dad shot so that's what I asked for my first rifle. Ruger M77 with Tang safety and straight 4x Bushnell Banner scope. Won't change a thing on it one of my son's will get it down the road.
Along with 30-06 a guy can stop at the only gas/mercantile store in the middle of BFE and buy a box of 270. They might be 150 grain round nose but you can get them.
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