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Which Three Centerfire Rifle Calibers For Hunting?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by CCF, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. CCF

    CCF

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    These three centerfire rifles will be backed up by a Remington 870 Express Super Magnum Synthetic (26-inch barrel with modified choke) along with a Ruger 10/22RB (standard model) & a G19.

    I want to be able to hunt anything in North America. What would your choices be (more or less a small bore, medium bore, & big bore)? I'm not really talking about the brand of rifles, only the calibers. I'd appreciate your opinion.
     
  2. G21FAN

    G21FAN Useless loser Millennium Member

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    30/06- Very versatle especialy if you handload and ammo is very
    Common.


    .223 Remington. Varmit shooting and also ammo common. Good again if
    Handloading


    .300 or .338 Win. Magnum for heavy game such as bears. Again,
    handloading will boost it's performance.

    This is for North America, right? If not, Replace the .300/.338 with a .375
     

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    Brass Nazi NO BRASS FOR U!

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    ^6
     
  4. jerkeejoe

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    And for a little variety:

    .204 Ruger

    .270 standard or WSM

    .338 Win Mag

    or...

    .22-250

    .25-06

    .300 win mag

    or mix and match the above. ;)
     
  5. CCF

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    Yes, all North American game.
     
  6. noway

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    Here's my main picks;

    >270win
    >30-06
    >308win


    But it's silly to listin calibers without knowing what you are huntingbut since you list sml bore to big I'm thinking, 22cal 270-30cal and something in a 375caliber.
     
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    I think it's pretty reasonable to list three calibers to take anything in N. America. It doesn't matter specifically what you're hunting for when you've got a choice of three calibers.
    One small bore for small game (.204-.223), one medium (.243-.270) for deer and antelope sized game, and one big bore (.300 win mag-.375) for large or dangerous game.

    Just my .02
     
  8. CCF

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    I mentioned I want to be able to hunt anything in North America & I believe you can do that pretty effectively with three calibers. From the wittlest wabbit to the biggest bear. :) That said, I'm fairly new to hunting, thus, the reason for asking more knowledgable people.

    BTW, anybody, are brown bears considered to be the biggest game animal in North America?
     
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    Yeah, that's pretty much the concept I'm after. Thanks. :)
     
  10. StockGlock23

    StockGlock23 Hilarious!

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    12 gauge
    .22 rimfire
    .243
    .30/06
    .300 Weatherby

    You have 2 of the five...I would say you are in pretty good shape with what I have chosen although any of the other suggestions would be good.

    How's about all lever actions?
    .30/30
    .444
    .45/70
     
  11. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

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    well. you didn't say what *exactly* you'ld be hunting ;)
     
  12. Syclone538

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    Small - .223 or 22/250 depending on $ vs performance
    Medium – .243, .260rem, 7mm08, .308, .25-06, or .270
    Large – .30-06, or maybe something bigger if you’re thinking about Kodiak bears.

    If you did go bigger then .30-06 for the large caliber then to me that would narrow down the medium choices to .308 or .270.
     
  13. hi speed

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    save money for ammo and get a .280 rem. 7mm bullet allows loads light to heavy and is one of the most underated calibers availible. Reload your own with the money you'll save from the other un-needed guns. I've had them all .223,.338,.270,.25-06, and then some. They're all gone. My browning .280 stands alone as the do it all cartridge.Shoots flat. It's as accurate as they come, and has an admirable ballistic coefficient on most loads. I am awaiting a .308 AR model just for ****s and giggles. Trust me, I've tried to get it in .280 as well. Custom job, can't afford.
     
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    You’ll have to excuse my lack of knowledge about the .280 rem. What case does it use and how does it compare to the 7mm08?
     
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    .280 is a necked down 30-06 to 7mm. Don't have any knowledge of 7-08 but it is almost that of the 7mm rem mag. I'ts ballistic coefficient is better than the 7mag on some ballistic charts I've seen in the past couple of years. Although like many on this sight I reload so velocity surpasses that of a factory 7mag. I think accuracy suffers for the increase though.
     
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    Ok, its a 7mm-06, didn't know that existed. Odd that its not more popular. I guess it's just too close to .270 to really take off.

    A 7mm08 is a .308 necked down to 7mm.
     
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    hi speed 10MMGLOCKROCKER

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    yeah your probably right. Sittin here looking at a 280 and 30-06 rounds. Looks like the 280 is tapered a little more. It's a resized reloaded 280 case that I know has been trimmed, and it looks a bit shorter.
     
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    {.280 is a necked down 30-06 to 7mm}

    if you are going to go down that road you ought to still with a 270win which is a 30-06 neck down to .270 cal.

    270win would be esaily to obtain locally/online than 280rem and both are about equal when it comes down to the fiinal work.
     
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    The 280's neck is a little longer than a 270 so it won't chamber in a 270. They are essentially a .30-06 necked down for .284 and .277 diameter bullets. The 7mm-08 is a .308 necked down for .284 diameter bullets. The 280 has a slight 'on-paper' edge over the 7mm-08, but with Hornady Light Magnum loads it nips at the heels. Bottom line is the animal will never know the difference. Basically it is a long action vs short action balance.

    I prefer the 7mm-08. My 3 gun battery consists of a .223, 7mm-08, and 45/70. Might add a .350Rem Mag for grins.

    The real advantage of the .280 over the .270 is the .280 is available with bullets up to 175gr whereas the .270's heaviest is 150gr (I think). You can load the .280 with 175gr for elk and moose, whereas the 150gr .270's dip into the case and rob velocity.

    I have taken elk, black bear, pronghorn, deer, coyote, and the occasional bobcat when the opportunity presents itself, with my 7mm-08 and the right bullets. 100-120gr for smaller than deer, 140gr for deer/antelope, 140gr Fail Safe or A-Frame bullets for the big stuff. Awesome bullets by the way. I sold my 7mm-08 to fund something else, but will replace it as soon as I get a chance.


    In my opinion, if you stick with a three gun battery with the middle of the range being either a 7mm (.284) or a .30 caliber cartridge of practical popularity (7mm-08, .280 Remy, 7mm Mag, .300 Savage, .308 Win, .30-06 Spfd; .300 Win Mag at the top end) you will do just fine.
     
  20. A_Swede_17_1911

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    Heres some ideas


    Look at a .223, or 22-250, for varmits and stuff like that.

    Then look at something like a 6.5X55 SWEDE or .260 Remington, or even a 7mm-08 or a 7mm Mauser, for some deer size, and maybe small black bears.

    Then for larger game get a rifle in .338 on up, a .375 is not to much for Elk, and is good for large bears.


    If you were looking for one rifle for both medium and large game I would then suggest a .30 caliber Mag.

    Or you could look at it this way,

    Get a 20" 5.56 chambered AR for small game, varmits


    Get a .44 Mag Carbine Lever action for med game at short ranges, or a 30-30, or .35 Remington, or something of that nature, for Med game at short ranges.

    Then Get a .300-.338 Mag for the Larger Game Animals, and longer distance medium game.