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TWo hunting rifles to cover all the game?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Aceman, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    Ok - let's say i want two rifles to be able to hunt whatever, from gophers to just short of Grizzly, Moose, and Buffalo.

    What two calibers? What platform or platforms?
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  2. OK, I will bite: a .22 and a 30.06 would cover just about anything you are likely to encounter on the North American Continent.

  3. rotjovi


    Dec 1, 2011
    My Browning BLR .358 and a basic 30.06 will do.
  4. G36's Rule

    G36's Rule Senior Member

    Dec 1, 2001
    Spring, TX.
    22LR or .223 and a 300mag of some sort. That would cover anything in North America.
  5. Fed Five Oh

    Fed Five Oh NRA Member

    Dec 28, 2006
    We have a winner.
  6. .22 LR and a 45-70.

    If you want stupid range, substitute .300 Win Mag for the 45-70.
  7. Teecher45


    Jan 29, 2010
    The only hunting rifle I own is a 30/06, it is a very good rifle, good scope, great trigger. It is probably the only rifle I will ever need. I handload and can load it down for coyote, up for elk/black bear, and somewhere in the middle for deer.
    But I do not walk where grizzly do.
    Anything on the North American Continent?
    .223 and .338 Win mag.
    I'm not walking around grizzly/polar bears and moose (in rut) with a .30 caliber rifle if I have a choice.
    Colt 6920 with bright white light and Aimpoint micro, and Remington 700.
    EDIT: Just saw where you said just short of...
    So my 30/06 will probably do just fine.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  8. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    Aug 20, 2010
    Out On The Tiles
    AK-47, 75 round drum. Just keep shooting till whatever the critter is drops.
    Ruger 10/22
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  9. 22-250 and a 300 Winchester Mag will cover everything in the Americas.
  10. K.Kiser


    Jan 23, 2010
    Shreveport, La.
    This can take you from squirrel to bear... Although not ideal for the Brown/ Kodiaks, it will work if your willing to brave the hunt... I'd rather a .33 mag or more for the big bears, but the the '06 had certainly put them down before...

    These two calibers (.22/30-06) may offer the widest range of effectiveness to be found in the world of firearms unless I'm forgetting something...

    If we're to be a stickler about anything "short" of the big bears, then then there are many that will fill the bill, pages full of'em but none as easy to find as a 30-06 with the .308 win. coming in for close 2nd...
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  11. PhantomF4E


    Aug 24, 2010
    South Florida
    As stated .22 for the lil'fellers 30-06 for the big fellers... I load '06 as well in all flavors and would have no issue walking anywhere in the wilds of the North American continent without absolute confidence of being able to drop any critter walking from a Killer rabbit to a PO'd bull moose.
  12. pennlineman


    Feb 16, 2009
    North America minus the large animals. I'd say a .17 or .22 rimfire and a 30-06/
  13. benz mechanic

    benz mechanic

    Dec 13, 2011
    southeast tx
    great choice!!
  14. I'd say a .22WMR and a .300WinMag would about cover all the bases. Maybe step up to a .338WinMag or hell even a .45/70 if you are going to be hunting more large game than medium.
  15. NH Trucker

    NH Trucker Needs coffee...

    May 4, 2009
    Concord, NH

    This, especially if you reload your own ammo. .223 will get the small critters up to coyote size, and .300 Winchester Mag can be loaded to performance levels as low as .308 to full power .300 magnum, taking care of the big stuff from deer, elk, and even bear if needed.
  16. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    I think .22 lr and .308(or 30-06) is your answer. Either of the later will take any animal in North America.

    .22 lr will take small game, coyotes, and smaller deer with proper shot placement.
  17. fireslayer23

    fireslayer23 Roadwhore

    Jun 2, 2000
    .22 and a .375 H&H. The 375 can be loaded hot or mild and with a huge range of bullets styles and weights that will take anything from whitetail to grizzly.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012