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Old September 2, 2005, 05:01 PM   #1
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What is your favorite cartridge?

I was told the most popular cartridge for rifle hunting in general is 30-06.
I have seen so many different cartridges out there today.
Win, Rem, WSM, WSSM, Wby and so on.
What is the most popular cartridge out there today?
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Old September 2, 2005, 05:18 PM   #2
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Old September 2, 2005, 11:11 PM   #3
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Don't know for sure what the most popular is, but I'd say the '06 probably is near th top, if we're talking big game. My personal favorite deer caliber is the 243 Winchester.
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Old September 3, 2005, 12:51 AM   #4
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They run a survey at the rifle range here in Alaska every fall as to what folks are sighting in for hunting and the 30-06 usually wins.

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Old September 3, 2005, 08:39 AM   #5
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5.56. (.223) If popularity is judged by sales, this takes it hands down. The military buys these by the tens, if not hundreds of millions.
As far a civilian sales are concerned, the .22 LR wins in a breeze.
If civilian center fire ammo is what you had in mind, I have to go along with the '06
My favorite is the .308 Win.
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Old September 3, 2005, 11:29 AM   #6
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For a "one size fits all" cartridge, I prefer the '06. As far as personal favorites, I add the .243 and then the .220 Swift.

That doesn't mean I don't respect--or don't have rifles for--other cartridges, but those are my favorites.

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Old September 3, 2005, 11:50 AM   #7
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Personal favorite is a tough one.
Rimfire pistol= 22 long rifle
Revolver= 32 H&R magnum/45 Long Colt
Pistol=45ACP
Overall handgun=45ACP
Rimfire rifle=22 long rifle
Varmit=22/250
Military=308
Deer=25/06 / 308
Big Game=30/378 Weatherby magnum
Overall rifle=308 Winchester
Shotgun=20Gauge
Overall winner=308 Winchester
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Old September 3, 2005, 03:41 PM   #8
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I meant in Big Game

I personally like 243.
Though many people are talking me into more power.
Well, if I want more power I like something like 30-06 so I can use same rifle from deer to bear. Then I saw this Winchester catalogue talking about WSM & WSSM. I meant ask you guys if 30-06 is still staying popular or many people out there start moving to WSM & WSSM stuff.
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Old September 3, 2005, 08:16 PM   #9
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For hunting, I personally like the .308 Winchester. It can be very accurate and a joy to shoot, albeit restricted to 180 grain and lighter bullets.

Therefore, I also like the .30-06 for its heavier loadings with additional whomp — and, I am a M1 Garand, ‘03 Springfield fan.

22's are fine for plinking but, I prefer a shotgun for hunting Squirrels, Rabbits, and birds.

The 7mm Remington Magnum is the craze of many in these parts and I agree with its superiority in some cases. I just never got around to hyping myself into one of them.

I may be a little nostalgic but, I cannot justify the super fat squatty rounds of today, often with less magazine capacity.

My sweetheart is the 7mm Mauser (7x57) on a 1909 Argentine action.
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Old September 3, 2005, 08:19 PM   #10
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+1 for .22lr
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Old September 3, 2005, 08:42 PM   #11
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+2 on 22lr. Everyone should have a gun that shoots this caliber, Everyone.
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Old September 4, 2005, 11:51 AM   #12
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My favortie cartridge is one that is light on recoil. Fast! and came be found in a well made gun. That leaves lots of options! I have no use for a magnum type cartridge with big bullets. But hay! I'm down here in Texas. I find I tend to like guns that range from 222 up to the 308. Although this year I want to take a deer or hog with a 50 cal blackpowder rifle.
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Old September 8, 2005, 08:32 AM   #13
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well, around these parts of the country for deer and hog the .270 takes the cake.

I'd say the most popular cartrige no matter the purpose would be the .22 lr simply for the cost of the ammo and firearms that shoot it.
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Old September 8, 2005, 08:43 PM   #14
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my personal favorite is the 7X57 Ackley Improved Mauser. I have loaded and hunted with this round for many years.
Performance is right up there with a 7mm Rem Mag (3125 fps with a 139 grain Sierra Game King), but uses less powder than the Remmy. Recoil is less also.
Accuracy is outstanding.
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Old September 11, 2005, 12:23 AM   #15
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Now that you've narrowed it down a little...

For civilian use, for big game (deer and up) the .30-'06 is still king in terms of numbers of users.

I bet the .308Win is coming up behind it.

Then there is a crowd of "everything else." and what is leading that crowd will vary with personal opinion.

My own personal favorite? Whatever I'm shooting RIGHT NOW!!!
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Old September 13, 2005, 10:07 PM   #16
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8mm Mauser (or 7.92 x 57JS or 8 x 57JS or 8 x 57....) whatever one wishes to call it. Next is the 7 x 57. Third is the .308 Win.
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Old September 21, 2005, 01:25 AM   #17
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I agree with Clayfish. I think in the past the 30-06 was the most popular. I think currently, at least in this part of the woods (Texas), the .270 takes it. With the 7mm rem mag, .243, and .308 close behind. My personel favorite for whitetail is the .270. I've taken numerous whitetail and mule deer with it. I got a 7mm weatherby mag a couple of years ago, but haven't taken anything but a coyote with it so far. Got a Ruger #1 in 7mm rem mag in the mail right now that I can't wait to play with though.
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Old September 21, 2005, 01:38 PM   #18
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Just about anything based on a .30-06 case.
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Old September 24, 2005, 07:57 AM   #19
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I have no quarrel with anyone who hunts with an ought-six. Most of my cousins in Wyoming and Montana have annual success with this cartridge.

I prefer the .308 over all others for its accurasy, knock down power, and manageable recoil. Up until about 25 years ago, WINCHESTER sold factory ammo in bullet weights from 110 grain to 200 grain. The long and heavy 200 grain bullet was a great penetrator! But with the advent of Premium bullets, 150 grain Fail Safe is my favorite for elk. Recovered mushroomed bullet weighs in more than standard 180 grain projectiles.

For the forest and foothills, I still prefer either our 30-30 or 35 carbine. They hit hard out to about 150 yards or so and are just right for my style of hunting mulies.

.243 rules for antelope! I've killed dozens with 80 grain Sierra Pro Hunter bullets. Some were way out there past the 300 yard mark. But past few years, I've been very pleased with performance of 95 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip as offered by BLACK HILLS AMMO.
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Old September 24, 2005, 11:34 AM   #20
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30-06

Everything else is specialized.
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Old September 29, 2005, 08:17 PM   #21
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Not that I own these calibers or guns, but if I were to pick:
Rimfire pistol= 22 long rifle
Revolver= .357
Pistol=9mm
Rimfire rifle=22 mag
Varmit=22/250
Military=300 mag
Deer=270
Big Game=300 mag
Overall rifle=308 Winchester
Shotgun=12 gauge
Overall winner=9mm

Rimfire pistol= Ruger Mark III
Revolver= Ruger Vaquero .357
Pistol=CZ 75
Rimfire rifle=Kimber bolt action
Varmit=Remington 700
Military=Remington 700
Deer=Remington 700
Big Game=Remington 700
Overall rifle=The same again.
Shotgun=870 Express
Overall winner=870
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Old September 29, 2005, 08:38 PM   #22
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Small game: 16 guage

Medium size - big game (deer, bear) = 308

Really big game (grizzly, moose)--no experience here but i don't know, most people will either say 30-06 or 300, but why not 308?
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Old September 29, 2005, 11:19 PM   #23
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Odd Balls

I like obsolete or near obsolete cartridges. Yes, the 30-06 is one of the most useful and versatile rounds, but it is too common for my taste.
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Old September 29, 2005, 11:40 PM   #24
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OK....ready...set...go....

6.5x55 is the ultimate cartridge.

Nyah!

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Old September 29, 2005, 11:46 PM   #25
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Wildalaska

At least it is not too common. I had a .260rem a few years back. It was a good shooter and easy on the shoulder.
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