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pilothunter
April 28, 2009, 07:41 PM
I've read what seems like a lot of "experts" opinions on a LOT of calibers for big game hunting. My question is this.. How many different calibers have you actually "used" to collect big game vs what you "think" you really know..???

(Sorry, my number is 18)

.257 Roberts, 7/08, 7x57, .280, .270, .300 Sav., .308, 30/06, .300WSM, .300SAUM, 8x57JS, .338 Fed., 356 Win, .358 Win, .35 Whelen, .350 RM, .44 mag, .50 cal ML,

bcarver
April 28, 2009, 09:59 PM
.243 win
.270 win
7mm (7x57 7mm08)
.308 (30-30,30-06)
.35 Rem
9mm Luger
45 (muzzleloader 45-70)
50 muzzleloader
20 ga slug
12 ga slug
Ten calibers.

masterhunter
April 28, 2009, 10:03 PM
F-350

Buzzcook
April 28, 2009, 10:27 PM
.30-30 and .30-06.
Deer and elk from about 100 pounds to about 700 pounds.

Stealff
April 28, 2009, 10:39 PM
30.06 and well 22 LR, unfortuanately none of my other calibers have had the oppurtunity to take game, as my 30.06 seems to always be in my hand when game is spotted.

Swampghost
April 28, 2009, 10:42 PM
Having been a trader for over 40 yrs. I've shot many things with many firearms. One thing is certain, they will all kill something.

I've used many calibers and don't "think" except for how to use them for their capacity. Knowledge comes with experience.

longranger
April 29, 2009, 12:12 AM
.17 HMR.,222 Rem.,223 Rem., 22-250 Rem.,250-3000 7x30 Waters,7mm Rem. Mag.,30-30 Win.,308 Win,30-06 Gov.,40-70 Sharps Straight,45-70 Gov.,36,45,50,54 cal M/L's. I've only taken animals with rifles but have a small armies worth of pistols.

Westcoaster
April 29, 2009, 12:25 AM
Hi all,

I've used 3 cartridges to harvest big game. 303, 3006, and 338wm.

My current goto is the 338 and I shoot everything in North America with it.

sc928porsche
April 29, 2009, 08:36 AM
Did you mean caliber or cartridge?

fisherman66
April 29, 2009, 08:54 AM
.22" - 22lr
7mm - 280, 7x57
270
.3" - 30/30, 300 WM
12G
20G

9 different long guns with 6 different calibers in 8 different cartridges.

6x6pinz
April 29, 2009, 09:03 AM
30-06, 270, 7.62x39, 380acp, 9mm, 40 cal, 45acp for large game. Lots more different cal-ga's for small game.

masterhunter F-350
It seems every time I take a trip to Colorado with my F350 I hit something. To date a deer, an elk, several birds, large and small, on the last trip we were lucky enough to just miss a bear. I think I am going to buy a CO hunting license for my truck.

mikejonestkd
April 29, 2009, 09:09 AM
small game:

.177 air, .22 air, .17 HMR, 22 LR, 22 mag, .221 fireball, .222 rem, .223 rem, .22-250, .220 swift, .22 hornet, .218 bee, 6mm TCU, 7mm TCU, 243 win, 260 rem, 7mm-08, .308 win, .270 win, .30-06, .30-30, .35 rem, 300 WBY mag, .45-70, .410 bore, 20 ga, 16 ga, 12 ga, .28spl, .357 mag, .41 mag, 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 Long colt, .45 acp, .44 spl, .44 mag

Big game: .243 win, .260 rem, 7mm-08, .308, .30-06, 12 GA

ZeroJunk
April 29, 2009, 09:11 AM
I guess I need to shoot a grizzly with a 40 grain bullet to know it is a bad idea?

hogdogs
April 29, 2009, 09:52 AM
Not caliber savvy...
total I can remember...
.410 extensive use
.22 lr extensive use
20 gauge extensive use
12 gauge extensive use
.30-30 quite a bit of use
.30-06 some use
.308 a few rounds fired.
several pistol rounds of a total under 5,000 rounds combined.
Brent

davlandrum
April 29, 2009, 10:26 AM
My list is pretty short for big game:

12 ga with slugs - deer
30-06 - deer
bow - deer (I know a bow is not a caliber...)


I am 0 for 9,000 on elk with any weapon, but this year......

ZeroJunk
April 29, 2009, 10:57 AM
To answer the OP question. I have killed most of my big bucks with a 250 grain Hornady XTP out of a 50 caliber Hawken sidelock, about 1800 FPS. Splat.
I've also killed several with a bow, several with 00 buck, several with a 30/06, several with a 280, several with a 300 WBY.
I've killed elk with the 30/06 and 280.

Although I'm sure you could kill them with something smaller, I never saw the point.

jimbob86
April 29, 2009, 11:07 AM
17 HMR., ?!?!?

Is that legal? Wise?

Me: Deer -.243 WIN, 30/30, .270 WIN, .30-06....... mostly .270 WIN...

Nebraska considers Turkey as "Big Game" ...... 12-24 lbs is not "big" to me, but it allows them to charge more $$$$ for a permit that way .... 12 guage.

Major Dave (retired)
April 29, 2009, 11:45 AM
Deer: 12 ga slug, 105 gr .243, 140 gr 7X57, 130 gr 270 WSM, 50 lb recurve bow

Elk: 150 gr 7X57

Prairie dog: 103 gr 7X57

Dove, ducks, crows, rabbit: 20 ga, mostly, some 12 ga, also.

Daryl
April 29, 2009, 12:08 PM
Hmm...
Calibers:
Rifle
.172 (coyotes, small game)
.224 (coyotes, small game)
.243 (foxes, coyotes, deer)
.277 (coyotes, deer)
.284 (coyotes, deer, bear, elk, antelope, buffalo)
.452 (still working on bloodying this one)
Handgun
.22 (small game, furbearers)
.312 (small game, coyotes)
.357 (small game, coyotes, javalina)
.452 (still working on bloodying this one, too)
ETA-.40 Forgot about a couple of javalinas I shot with a .40 S&W.
Archery
2213 Easton alumimum arrows tipped with various broadheads (deer, javalina, antelope, bobcat, small game)

Daryl
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Scorch
April 29, 2009, 12:47 PM
How many calibers? What kind of a question is that? Caliber refers to the bore diameter, so that should cut down on how much space it takes to respond. If you mean cartridges or chamberings, then:
22 Hornet
223 Rem/5.56X45mm NATO (actually harvested the most dangerous animals with this one)
219 Zipper
22-250
243 Win
6mm Rem
6.5-06
7mm BR
7X57mm
7mm Rem Mag
7.35 Terni
30-30 Win
308 Win
30-06
300 H&H
32-20
8X57mm
8mm Rem Mag
338 Win Mag
9.3X57mm
375 H&H
11X60mm Mauser
450 NE #2
44 Mag
45 ACP
I guess it's a few, but it's not finished because I am still working on expanding my list.

I have also seen many more animals harvested using lots of other chamberings, but that's my list.

But I don't need to kill an animal with a certain cartridge to know whether or not it will kill it, just like I don't need to actually drive a Ferrari Testarossa to know it will go really fast, but the experience is exhilirating.

Daryl
April 29, 2009, 01:43 PM
I have also seen many more animals harvested using lots of other chamberings, but that's my list.


That's the correct answer, for those who can learn from observation. ;)

Daryl

bwheasler
April 29, 2009, 02:14 PM
.22lr/12ga/25/06 on one deer, wasn't much to it./22wmr/12ga/9mm didn't work to well on pigs/12ga/.357mag/ and oh yeah the 12 guage.

longranger
April 29, 2009, 02:17 PM
.17 HMR for squirrels/prairie poodles is perfectly legal and ethical

IDAHO83501
April 29, 2009, 02:26 PM
.243 win,,,,,,,,,,.270 win.,,,,,,,,7mm Rem. Mag.,,,,,,,,,,30-06 Spring.........44 Mag.......:D

Para Bellum
April 29, 2009, 02:49 PM
Is there anything (in hunting) you couldn't do with a 7x57?

awaveritt
April 29, 2009, 03:07 PM
.270 Win. and 30-30 Win.

I get amused now days when people talk about what a great cartridge the 30-30 is because when I was starting my hunting during the 60's and 70's, the 30-30 took such a beating in the press in order to "prop up" the latest, sexiest, whiz-bang wonder cartridges. When the dust settles, the old thurty-thurty is still a damn fine deer rifle.

hogdogs
April 29, 2009, 03:13 PM
I forgot to finish my post correctly.... Of the rounds I listed the .410 killed one deer and I got in trouble over it. .30-30 has bagged me many. The 12 gauge was our go to "grocery getter" when poor.
The 20 or 12 with slugs is fine for me to take to the swamp as is the "Birdy Birdy"...
Brent

davlandrum
April 29, 2009, 03:19 PM
From the OP

collect big game

I have yet to see a big game prarie dog...

fisherman66
April 29, 2009, 03:22 PM
Is there anything (in hunting) you couldn't do with a 7x57?

I wouldn't want to stalk wounded dangerous game with my 7x57 single shot. I really have no desire to stalk wounded dangerous game at all, but I'd want to pick another rifle chambering if I ever found myself in that position and I'd want it in a double rifle.

Other than that, I think the grand ole 7 is up to most any task in adequately skilled hands, right Bell?

tblt44
April 29, 2009, 05:55 PM
7 X 57
270
7 mm mag
12 ga.slug
12 ga. buckshot
54 cal. muzzle loader
50 cal. muzzle loader
arrow
357 mag.

dahermit
April 29, 2009, 06:46 PM
Have take deer with all these:
.22 LR
6mm Rem
257 Roberts
7x57
.308
30-06
.41 mag handgun
.45 Colt handgun
12 gauge #4 shot
12 gauge #4 buckshot
.50 Muzzel Loader with sabot/.44 pistol bullet
.444 Marlin
.375 Winchester
.32 Win. Spl.
Arrow

Have taken varmints with:
.22 LR, Rifle and Pistol
.22 Hornet
7.62x39

FrankenMauser
April 29, 2009, 07:09 PM
Sadly, I have only actually used .243 Win and .270 Winchester to harvest big game.

Many chamberings have been on hunts, but only the .243 and .270 have been in my hand at the right moment.

taylorce1
April 29, 2009, 08:53 PM
I've haven't used nearly as many as I'd like to!

Cartridges I've killed game with:

.243 Win (deer & pronghorn)
.270 Win (elk, deer, & pronghorn)
.30-06 (elk & black bear)
.338-06 (pronghorn)
.50 Cal ML (deer)

Cartridges I have I want to kill game with:

.25-06 Rem
6.5X55
7mm-08 Rem
.280 GNR
.30-30 Win
.30-40 Krag
.300 H&H
8mm-06
.358 Win
.35 Whelen
.375 Ruger
.54 Cal ML

30-30remchester
April 29, 2009, 09:06 PM
22 LR, 22 MAGNUM, 222 REM, 22 HORNET, 223 REM. 22-250, 243 WIN, 6MM REM, 25-35 WCF, 25-06, 250-3000, 270 WIN, 284 WIN, 30 CARBINE, 30-30, 300 SAVAGE, 30-06, 308, 300 WIN MAG, 338 WIN MAG, 35 WHELEN, 375 H&H, 416 TAYLOR,45-70,50-70 GOVT, 357 MAG, 45ACP are a few just off the top of my head I have used to take big game. Im sure there are more.

Tomas
April 30, 2009, 12:16 AM
I've taken moose, deer, bear, caribou, cougar, sheep, goat, pig and elk (my favorite). All with my little .308 Weatherby Vanguard - and I doubt I'll ever use anything else.

One.

Tom

pilothunter
April 30, 2009, 11:37 AM
I'm hoping additional hunters will stop by and add their 2 bits! I have enjoyed reading all the posts so far, from the single caliber hunters ("Beware of the fella with ONE gun!") and also liked the laundry lists of excellent calibers added by others. So there's no misunderstanding, there was no attempt to do anything but share these different experiences of different hunters. I will admit to chuckling , though, quite often at a fella who spouts just enough B.S. about guns and calibers so you know for sure he knows nothing...lol
Thanks, and keep 'em comin'

Scorch
April 30, 2009, 11:57 AM
Is there anything (in hunting) you couldn't do with a 7x57?Good point, and that is pretty much my opinion, too. I wouldn't want to pursue brown bear or lions or tigers with it, but after all the other big game rifles, the 7X57 is the one I kept, the others are gone.

Buzzcook
April 30, 2009, 12:43 PM
The point of this exercise is that if you haven't hunted medium or large game with a certain round you have no right to comment on it.

I tend to disagree with that statement. If hunting is the be all and end all of judging a caliber, then I've fired my .30-06 less than 40 times and my .30-30 twice.
I would suggest that we can learn quite a bit about ammunition and the rifles it come out of by shooting at targets and plinking. imho the several thousand .30-06 rounds I've fired at various targets from paper to tree stumps make me a better judge of it's abilities than the few dozen I've put into bambi. I would go further and say that I feel competent about judging rounds I haven't put into bambi if I've fired them at the range. Further still, I believe in science, if a round is ballistically similar to one I'm familiar with then I feel comfortable making inferences about its ability.

ZeroJunk
April 30, 2009, 02:45 PM
The point of this exercise is that if you haven't hunted medium or large game with a certain round you have no right to comment on it.

I tend to disagree with that statement. If hunting is the be all and end all of judging a caliber, then I've fired my .30-06 less than 40 times and my .30-30 twice.
I would suggest that we can learn quite a bit about ammunition and the rifles it come out of by shooting at targets and plinking. imho the several thousand .30-06 rounds I've fired at various targets from paper to tree stumps make me a better judge of it's abilities than the few dozen I've put into bambi. I would go further and say that I feel competent about judging rounds I haven't put into bambi if I've fired them at the range. Further still, I believe in science, if a round is ballistically similar to one I'm familiar with then I feel comfortable making inferences about its ability.


Exactly. We know it's dimensions and structure. We know how fast it's going. The rest is opinion based on about anything your imagination can conjure up.

Water-Man
April 30, 2009, 02:55 PM
.357 mag
.44 mag
12 ga.
16 ga.
20 ga.
6.5x55 Swede
.270
.30-30
.35 Rem.
.308
.30-06
.45-70
.300 Wtby.Mag

Indian Creek 1
April 30, 2009, 05:09 PM
357 mag
41 mag
12 ga. #6 shot ( white tail)
223
243
6.5X55
270
7X57
7mm08
7mm rem mag.
7.5X55 swiss
30/30
308
30-06
300 win mag
7.7 jap
8X57
338 mag
35 whelen
45/70
45 cal. muzzle loader
50 cal muzzle loader

Shaun_300
April 30, 2009, 06:47 PM
For small game, mainly upland birds including waterfowl I use 12ga, 20ga, 28ga and have shot quite a few grouse with dad's 410. For big game and varmints I've used .25-06, .308, .300 Win Mag, .300 WSM and have recently aquired a .220 Swift that I'll use for wolves and groundhogs. :D

Para Bellum
May 1, 2009, 11:35 AM
Other than that, I think the grand ole 7 is up to most any task in adequately skilled hands, right Bell?
:)

For those who don't understand the reference to Bell:
Wikipedia: The 7x57mm can offer very good penetrating ability due to a fast twist rate that enables it to fire long, heavy bullets with a high sectional density. This made it popular in Africa, where it was used on animals up to and including elephants, for which it was particularly favoured by noted ivory hunter W. D. M. Bell, who shot 1,011 elephants using a 7x57mm rifle, when most ivory hunters were using larger-caliber rifles.
Good point, and that is pretty much my opinion, too. I wouldn't want to pursue brown bear or lions or tigers with it, but after all the other big game rifles, the 7X57 is the one I kept, the others are gone.

If I didn't have a nice 7x57, I'd buy a .270 WSM as my one-for-all rifle. Why? It only needs a 60cm (23,6") barrel to develop all it's potential, has moderate recoil for it's performance and reaches looong and hits hard.

FrankenMauser
May 1, 2009, 02:14 PM
"Beware of the fella with ONE gun!"

A very good rule to follow. However... "Beware of the fella with one cartridge" doesn't ring so true. My grandfather owns 6(?) .30-06 rifles. Some are Ackley Improved, some are not; most are Springfields. He is always shooting an '06, but changes rifles so often it really hurts his consistency.

Tbone45
May 1, 2009, 03:21 PM
.270 Win

Art Eatman
May 1, 2009, 04:51 PM
I've mostly used just two rifles for my deer hunting: A Weatherby '06 with a 26" barrel, and a Sako .243 with a 19" barrel. Both have the same length of pull and quite similar near-perfect triggers. So, with either, when I throw down on Bambi it's sorta like being all married up with an old pair of comfortable shoes. "It just fits right."

hornady
May 1, 2009, 05:54 PM
It may be I am getting older, but I started out with a $25.00 surplus British 303, remember the good old days when you could order one out of a magazine. and have it shipped to you. killed several Deer with it. Then went to the 3006. Now I’m back down to the 3030 . or 270. I read a few years back a saying that I think stands true today, The 3006 is not the best choice for anything, but works well on anything

6x6pinz
May 1, 2009, 06:38 PM
I have to tell you God can not take a joke. I went out for opening day of Turkey season and on the way there hit an Elk. The poor thing got spun around and hit the bed, kind of ruined the first day of the hunt.

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LongBomber
May 1, 2009, 07:54 PM
Big Game (whitetail and larger)
223wssm (legal where I live)
243win
257BOB
260 rem
270win
30-30
300 savage
30-06
7mm rem mag
300wsm
300win mag
300rum
325wsm
338win mag

Small Game (coyote and smaller)
17hmr
22
22mag
223
22-250
223wssm
243

hogdogs
May 1, 2009, 08:20 PM
6Buy, How did that elk taste with the bird?
Brent

6x6pinz
May 2, 2009, 10:06 AM
Sadly the elk was destroyed on both sides. I did not even try to get a salvage permit. Hopefully I can get out for my "new" first day of the turkey season this upcoming week.

Jekyll
May 2, 2009, 10:45 PM
300 gr muzzy,
12 ga slug
12 ga 00 buck
.357 rem mag in handgun
.270 win
7mm rem mag
30-30 win
30-06
.50 ML
Toyota Corola

DiscoRacing
May 2, 2009, 10:48 PM
.223, .270, 30/30, .308, 30.06, .375, 7mm rem mag

30-30remchester
May 3, 2009, 08:58 PM
Just remembered 2 more to add to my 27 already listed. 32-20 and 38-55.

stin303
May 6, 2009, 08:03 PM
303,7.62X39,30-30,50cal muzzleloader.

Jseime
May 7, 2009, 01:29 AM
well lets see

.243
.270
7.62X39
.303
.30-06
muzzle loadin .50 cal

Havent used all of them but have been present... and had to make cleanup shots with the .270 for some of them.

wyobohunter
May 7, 2009, 04:09 AM
I've taken Pronghorn (Antelope), Mule Deer and Elk with...

30-06 Spring. - All three
444 Marlin - Muleys and Elk
Recurve bow (not a gun, I know but...) - Muleys

flyboy14
May 8, 2009, 07:49 PM
223
22-250
243
6mm rem
25-06
270
7mm rem mag
308 win
30-06
300 wby
338 win mag
Smallest "big game" being antelope. flyboy

Catfishman
May 8, 2009, 07:57 PM
F-350

very funny, expensive, but funny

Whitetail
.308
30-30
30-06
and 1 big beaver with a .38 special

6x6pinz
May 9, 2009, 10:19 AM
This last elk is costing me $5,700.00 and counting. The part that hurts the worse is I did not get to recover any meat.:(

strapman
May 13, 2009, 10:08 PM
I have a bunch of calibers and have killed big game with everything from a .22 up to a .375. After 40 years of this hunting stuff I think the following is true. Big bullets, (if your body can handle them), are superior to little bullets. Big and fast usually beats small and fast. Big bullets leave big holes and makes game tracking easier because there is usually more blood trail. That doesn't mean I don't think smaller cartridges won't get the job done. Often they do wonderful. I don't wish to hurt anyones feelings by insulting their favorite deer-wacker. However, if I have so much invested in a trip that to muff it by shooting a marginal gun during a critical moment would cause great emotional pain, I go with the largest gun I can comfortably shoot. As I get older recoil does bother me a little more but I tend to still shoot hotter cartridges. Let me ask the question a different way. Do you think the deer, the Kudu or a large bear knows what they have been shot with? Of course not. However, if the shock of terminal velocity is not great enough, you may have a problem.

pilothunter
May 14, 2009, 02:42 PM
I too agree, that everything else being equal, I'll take a bigger bullet/hole every time. If a hunter/shooter can shoot their .35 Whelen as well as someone else shoots their 6.5x55, than they might just as well use it. It'll work darn well, I can assure you.

armsmaster270
May 14, 2009, 03:15 PM
first deer rifle was a Winchester 38-40 then 30-30, 30-06
Rifles I have are:
303 Brit, 30-30, 30-06, 6.6Jap, 7mmWSM, 300Win Mag & 7.62X39.

Range, Terrain & Size of animal determine Caliber, Dangerous animals possibly 12ga Sabot's

toolguyb
May 14, 2009, 08:42 PM
I've taken whitetail deer with
30-30 (took first deer with this rifle, borrowed from my father)
300 wthby (go to rifle)
308 win (just to get it bloody:D)
50 cal muzzleloader

12 ga (turkey)

chewietherugger
May 14, 2009, 09:17 PM
Big "usually" does beat big and fast, but in my humble experiance of about 5 rounds, I can think of specific exceptions.

Another thought, which may have been stated similarly already, calls to mind a sentiment of musky angler Joe Buechner. He holds that confidence in one lure over another has little if any direct correlation with the lures actual qualities, but rather with the individual angler's confidence in one or the other. Because of that confidence, the angler will give that lure more opportunities to do the job. Increased opportunity=increased succes...simple logic.

So to come back to guns...The more confidence I have in my 6mm over my 30/30, the more likely I will harvest more game than with the 6 than the 30. Why? It spends more time in the woods. Trajectory, expansion and cartridge capacites are irrelevant.

How much you "think" you know...??? Descartes said, "Cogito ergo sum."---I think, therefore I am." I THINK kills depend on being where the game is, shot placement and common sense practice AFTER trigger pull. The first two depend on familiarity and confidence with weapon.

pilothunter
May 15, 2009, 09:02 AM
Not to argue and simply to show another point of view; if one has supreme confidence in a .35W, because of the number of DIT harvests it's made, would that not still hold true they'd prefer it and shoot it more confidently than a .243?(we know the .243 is a proven deer killer). The fact that a rifle has lower recoil, thus is automatically a better "shooter" is simply ludicrous to my mind. I've done enough shooting with others to know for certain that there is a wide window of comfortable/acceptable recoil between individual shooters and hunters. I'd also agree that an experienced hunter might choose after many years of experience, ultimately to use a lighter caliber as he/she ages and recoil becomes more bothersome, allowing their experience, patience and judgement to over come the slightly handicapped position they may have put themselves into.

You have brought up an excellent point, however. I believe likely half the marginal hits that result in a lost animal, plus, perhaps most of the misses are simply due to that bit of doubt that creeps in at the instant of trigger squeeze (what is supposed to be a squeeze, anyway). These doubts are in a hunter's mind for many reasons, not the least of which include: too little range time (practice), not checking their rifle's zero, new/different ammunition used, and using an unfamiliar firearm. Simply a few of the very common bad habits common to many inexperienced hunters (I'd venture that most experienced hunters here have seen examples of all these points).

Saying a caliber is better or best, because it's "easier" to shoot in someone's opinion, is a way overly simplistic answer, IMO.

onthejon55
May 15, 2009, 10:10 AM
.177 pellets/BBs
.22 LR
.223 Rem
.30-06 Springfield
.410 Shotgun
12 Gauge Shotgun
.50 cal muzzle loader

W. C. Quantrill
May 17, 2009, 11:35 PM
I have killed game with these calibers. These are guns I own.

.22LR
.222
.223
20 ga slugs
12 ga slug and buckshot
.30-30
.308
.30-06
.45-70 Springfield BP loads
.45 Muzzleloader
.50 Muzzleloader
.54 Muzzleloader
.357 Mag
.38 special
.45 LC

Westcoaster
May 18, 2009, 11:04 AM
Let's put this question upside-down:

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Is there anything (in hunting) you couldn't do with a 7x57?


Got to talking to a fellow who had a 7x57. Seems like it's one of those cartridges that kills out of it's weight class. He's taken all kinds of game with it over the years including one of those "pants filling" incidents that occasionally occur.

pilothunter
May 18, 2009, 02:18 PM
Both the 7x57 and 6.5x55 are known to kill way over what their "paper ballistics" would make one think. This is most likely due to the heavy for caliber, excellent S.D. of the popular loads used for many years in these calibers. I hunt with both and if you look up the S.D.s of the 140gr 6.5x55 and 175gr 7x57, you'll see how they've made their money.

What I'm trying to say is that I wouldn't argue with a man's choice of a 7x57 for a one rifle battery. Heck, I've been known to say, that in my opinion, in 90%+ of all big game animals shot, deer to moose, a well placed shot from any caliber between 7x57 and .300mag will result in a harvest, with little, if any, effective difference to 275 yds or so.(laugh if you like!):D
Simply my opinion.

GeauxTide
May 20, 2009, 08:19 PM
Deer
.308W, 6.5-06, .30-06, 7mmRM

Charging 5' Cottonmouth and Rampaging Armadillo (4 shots)
.44Mag

Flipper 56
May 20, 2009, 08:28 PM
I have used 6.5 x 55
308 Win.
44 Mag
303 British
12 gauge slug
as well as a number of Bows.
Haven't quite gotten the hang of Muzzleloaders though. :p

Buckmaster
May 20, 2009, 10:16 PM
many! .243, .270, .270 WSM, 30-06. .300 WSM

srt 10 jimbo
May 24, 2009, 11:25 PM
Deer-.270 and .35. Hog -.35. dove -Barett .50bmg:D

Mike Irwin
May 25, 2009, 02:23 PM
.30-06

.32 Winchester Special

Crankylove
May 31, 2009, 10:59 PM
30 years old, been hunting since I could legally. Every big game animal I have taken has been with my Model 70 in .270 Winchester. I did pick up another highpowered rifle this year, a .358 Winchester, but havent had the chance to take anything with it yet.

Fat White Boy
June 1, 2009, 03:03 PM
I , too, use a .270 (Model 70 Winchester w/synthetic stock) for big game.

Varmints- .22-250 Model 1885 Browning Hi Wall

I bought a .308 Remington 700vls last year. I put on a synthetic stock from a 700PSP. I am going pig hunting at the end of this month and hope to blood it with a hog...

I carry a Ruger Stainless Security 6 in .357 as a side arm when hunting pigs.

Birds- Remington 1100 12Ga....

cornbush
June 1, 2009, 06:23 PM
270 win. Remington 78 Sportsman has taken all my mule deer, elk, and antelope except for one which was taken with a .54 muzzle loader and a patched roundball. Coyotes and foxes, 12 guage, .22 long rifle, .357 mag, 44 mag, .223, .270 win, 30-06, 300 weatherby, 8mm mauser. Abandoned sheep dogs, 7.7 arisaka, 270 win.

OLNfan
June 3, 2009, 08:54 PM
45-70 lever action marlin for bears +
What ever I feel like using that day for deer = compound bow, crossbow, shotgun, 6.5x55

Halifax270
June 3, 2009, 11:34 PM
22-250
243
270
7mm-08
7mm Rem Mag
30-06
30-30

blackhawk45
June 4, 2009, 01:09 AM
22lr
22Mag
5MM Mag
223 Rem
270 Win
7MM Mag
30-30 Win
308 Win
8x57
338 Win Mag
35 Rem
45 Colt
50 Cal Flinter
50 Cal Inline

blhseawa
June 4, 2009, 01:54 AM
small game
.22LR

varmint
.223 Rem.

deer, elk, sheep
7mm Rem. Mag. 150s, 160s, 170s

moose, caribou, bear, etc.
375 H&H Mag. 270s, 300s, 350s

James R. Burke
June 11, 2009, 08:38 PM
8mm Mauser
30-30 Win
.243 Win
22-250
30-06
.416 Rem Mag
.308 Win

JMtoolman
June 15, 2009, 07:25 PM
HI everyone, this is my first post here. Saw the title and it started me thinking of how many different rifles that I had used to take big game in my 65 years. I can rember some 27 different guns used. Of course some were used multiple times to take game in different years. Here are the ones that I can rember, probably missed a few too!

1. 218 Bee
2. 7MM mauser
3. 7MM Mag.
4. 270 Winchester
5. 30-30 Winchester
6. 308 Winchester
7. 30/06
8. 7.5x55 Swiss
9. 310 Martini
10. 7.62x54 Finn
11. 303 British
12. 32 Remington
13. 8MM Mauser
14. 338 Win Mag
15. 40 cal double ML
16. 44 Mag pistol
17. 44 Peabody rifle
18. 45 cal ML
19. 45 Long colt pistol
20. .451 Alex Henry ML
21. .475 Black powder express (moose)
22. 50 cal ML
23. 54 cal Ml
24. 61 cal Ml
25. 62 cal ML
26. 12 gage
27. 10 gage

Well there you have it, I hope to keep adding to the list as I grow older.

Best regards, John the toolman.

pilothunter
June 16, 2009, 08:21 AM
Very cool list, Mr. Toolman. More than a couple cartridges there you won't find at Wally World. Looks like you've got some interesting stories to tell and I'm certain it would be very interesting to hear some seated by a campfire some time.

sc928porsche
June 29, 2009, 05:30 PM
Calibers used to take big game.
6mm
.25
6.5mm
.270
7mm
.30
.313
8m
.338
.35
.375
.416
.458

.44 and .357 in pistol.

pa_patrolman
July 3, 2009, 12:55 AM
Ive done some deer shooting over the years
22 lr
22 mag
222 rem
223 rem
6mm rem
25-06 rem
270 win
280 rem (my favorite)
7mm rem mag
30-06 springfield
300 win
300 weatherby
35 whelen
375 h&h
50 cal muzzle loader
pistol
38 special
357 sig
40 s&w
45 acp
44 mag

caribou
7mm rem mag
300 win mag

black bear
30-06
375 rem ultra mag