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Old April 16, 2012, 11:44 PM   #26
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There's several I like but my all time favorite is the 6.5x55 SE. Mine is a Tikka T3 Hunter.

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Old April 17, 2012, 12:34 AM   #27
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22lr and 223Rem are the same caliber.

I do most of my shooting with 22-250Rem. Again, .22 caliber.

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Old April 17, 2012, 12:43 AM   #28
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Old April 17, 2012, 01:10 AM   #29
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favorite hunting calibers

Just let me count the calibers that I have hunted with
22 lr
22 wrm
6.8 spc
7.62x39mm
.308 Win
357 mag
44 mag
303 britsh
45-70 govt
45 muzzell loader

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Old April 17, 2012, 02:10 AM   #30
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Old April 17, 2012, 03:02 AM   #31
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Romantic calibers would be the .416 Rigby, 7x57 Mauser, .270 Winchester, and .470 Nitro.
Wow! I am romantic! Mine is 7X57mm!
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Old April 17, 2012, 03:28 AM   #32
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i have to go with the classic 30/06. i just love that round
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Old April 17, 2012, 05:46 AM   #33
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Favorite deer hunting calibers.. 30-06, 243win, 7,62x54r on occasion.

Favorite varmit and pig calibers.. 223rem, 243rem.

Everything else... 22lr, 12ga.
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Old April 17, 2012, 06:15 AM   #34
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.270 out of my Winchester Model 70 Sporter-love that round and that rifle!
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Old April 17, 2012, 07:41 AM   #35
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PawPaw.......How do you like that H&R Handi-Rifle in the 45-70 ???
I like it a lot. It's simple, rugged, dependable, accurate, light.

Several years ago, the states of Louisiana and Mississippi lost their collective minds and changed the muzzle loading season to a "primitive firearms" season. They allowed the use of cartridge arms that meet certain criteria, and published a list of firearms suitable for that season. The Handi-rifle in .45-70 and .444 are on that list. I had been hunting that season for several decades using an old Thompson/Center Renegade, but switched over to the Handi purely based on my laziness. It's a whole lot easier to use a cartridge arm than a front-stuffer. My rifle is outfitted with a Williams peep sight and I load the Lee 457-405-F and push it to about 1350 fps with a middling charge of .4895. It achieves black powder velocities without being punishing and gives good accuracy out to about 150 yards. It's a great deer-slaying load, with numerous bang-flops.

I also use that rifle when teaching grandkids. My older grandsons are in their young teens and are novice-proficient with .22LR up to the .308 class of cartridge. Occasionally, they'll ask me for something with more "kick" and I'll hand them the Handi-rifle, sit them at the bench and let it pound them. That rifle and load isn't punishing from hunting positions, but when you hunker down over a light rifle at the bench, the stock will smack you in the chops pretty good.

It's a good rifle for what it is, but I don't claim that it is something it isn't.
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Old April 17, 2012, 07:53 AM   #36
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My favorite Rifle Cartridge is the .308 win. For my type of hunting its perfect. My 2nd favorite is the .22 LR for small game hunting.
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Old April 17, 2012, 07:54 AM   #37
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I have hunted with several different cartridges in the past 40+ years of hunting with a rifle,for large thin skinned game (deer and elk) I really like the 7mm rem mag probably because I have taken the most game with this cartridge from 20 yards out past 500 it works everytime with excellent anchoring power!
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Old April 17, 2012, 07:56 AM   #38
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I was sitting here trying to come up with an answer to the question. Trying to ask myself the "Which one would you pick for deer hunting if you could only pick one" kind of question. Which was leading me down the .257 Roberts line of thought. But really, the proper way to answer this question should be... Which cartridge have you actually used in the past to kill the most big game animals? Not the one you would use in the future. But in actual numerical count, which one have you used the most?

In my case, when that is the question, all the others fall out of the running by about a 5-1 margin. I bought a rifle way back in 1985 that seemed to me to be the ideal "do it all" kind of big game rifle and I really did use for all my big game hunting for about 15 years before I started using anything else. That would be a Remington 700 Classic in .350 Remington Magnum with a 4x Zeiss scope. So there you have it! Hard to beat the versatility of a mid-capacity .35 caliber.

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Old April 17, 2012, 08:17 AM   #39
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This coming Deer Season I plan to lay my Beloved .308 aside and hunt exclusively with my .50 calliber Muzzle Loader. Ive got one thats a real shooter and I want to take game with it.
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Old April 17, 2012, 08:36 AM   #40
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Favorite deer rifle: .308 Browning BLR early model.

Favorite elk rifle: 300 WSM Savage model 11.

Favorite small game rifle: Marlin model 60 .22lr
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Old April 17, 2012, 08:55 AM   #41
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Old April 17, 2012, 09:10 AM   #42
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7mm08, lots you can do with this little engine that could if you play around with it.
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Old April 17, 2012, 09:55 AM   #43
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The .243 Winchester hands down for me for deer hunting.
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Old April 17, 2012, 10:43 AM   #44
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.30-06 is my go-to favorite

That said, I think the .270 is a darn good catridge, as well.
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Old April 17, 2012, 10:50 AM   #45
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I hunt large game with a 30-06

Small game with a 17 Remington

plink with a 17HMR

My only hand gun is a 357 sig
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Old April 17, 2012, 12:26 PM   #46
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Old April 17, 2012, 01:18 PM   #47
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I live in NH,
My fav hunting rifle is a Win 94 in 30-30
wearing a peep site.
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Old April 17, 2012, 02:36 PM   #48
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i think alot of it is the game i am hunting but my go to rifle is my swiss k31 in a 7.5x55 i can get every game animal in W.V. with it and it is suited for big game with in reason accurate out of the box and some what cheap i can get a box of sp for about 20-25$ cheaper if you go for wolf ammo wich shoots just as well in it. i dont reload i only hunt and as far as my opinion of just as well, if i can hit a gatorade jug at 175 yards i am more than fine hunting with it.
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Old April 17, 2012, 04:34 PM   #49
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I love the 45-70 Gov't and my favorite rifle is my Ruger No. 1 of course chamber in it. With that, my go to rifle and cartridge is my Savage 110 in 7mm Rem Mag. To me, it works well in the woods of Kentucky and the wide open plains out west.

The 45-70 still sees a lot of action each deer season though.
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Old April 17, 2012, 05:05 PM   #50
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25-06 it just works for me.
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