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Old September 25, 2012, 11:38 AM   #76
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55gr Varmint bullets at 4,000+ fps

80-85gr Barnes or up to 105gr conventional bullets at 3,000-3,600fps for up to elk, maybe bigger.
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Old September 25, 2012, 03:03 PM   #77
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back when I 1st got into guns ( my FIL was grooming me to take over his collection ) I was going to buy one handgun, & one rifle, & borrow anything else I might need... my choices back then were a 4" 357 Magnum, & a 243...

I know alot more now a days... 243 would be too light for my "do it all cartridge" today... I do really like these

6.5 X 55
7-08
7 X 57

but I'm actually going to be buying another hunting rifle ( stainless ) in 270, only because it is also at least as good as the others, & I inherited a ton of 270 cases & loading components
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Old September 25, 2012, 03:41 PM   #78
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6.5x55 sweede
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Old September 25, 2012, 05:27 PM   #79
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270 period
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Old September 25, 2012, 08:35 PM   #80
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Old September 25, 2012, 08:39 PM   #81
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.270win - followed very closely by .308win
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Old September 25, 2012, 08:49 PM   #82
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.280 Ackley Improved . . . probably the best all-around rifle cartridge for the lower 48.
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Old September 26, 2012, 11:02 AM   #83
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25-06 for me, dropped mule deer, wild hogs, and a texas dall with mine!
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Old September 26, 2012, 01:01 PM   #84
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Old September 26, 2012, 09:47 PM   #85
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Old September 26, 2012, 10:35 PM   #86
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I picked 6mm Remington, but then I have a 30-06 also. For only one, I'd probably pick .270.
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Old September 26, 2012, 10:36 PM   #87
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.243, hopefully in an older flat-bolt Ruger 77.
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Old September 26, 2012, 10:41 PM   #88
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Old September 27, 2012, 04:57 AM   #89
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243 for anything I would use it for

From prairie dogs to mule deer. 243 gets the job done.

For the hand loader such a huge selection of bullets to choose from. Light, lightning fast 55 grainers to 107's for the target shooters. Nosler partitions for deer and larger animal hunters. It's all there.
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Old September 30, 2012, 05:06 AM   #90
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Since I have a .223 Rem and a .270 Win, That combination will cover most shooting and hunting that I do, especially with handloads. So why, you ask, do I own 3, .243 Win rifles? Because they fill a need for a wind-bucking, low recoiling large varmint/range rifle. It bucks wind and hits hard. One can also see dirt fly on near misses, not like the .22-250 and .223 rounds.

When shooting my first .243, I was very impressed with the power of the cartridge, compared with the .22 centerfires. Using 80 grain Hornady GMX bullets, it's a formidable deer round to about 250 yards and is used by the grand-kids with good results.

No, a person just can't own one rifle in a caliber that great.
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Old September 30, 2012, 11:58 AM   #91
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.243 followed by .260 or 7mm-08.
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Old September 30, 2012, 02:18 PM   #92
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Old September 30, 2012, 04:25 PM   #93
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mine is the 243, 7.62x51 necked down to 6mm, plenty of power for people, deer, blackbears, more suited to long rang shooting than most and easy to find ammo.
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Old September 30, 2012, 08:36 PM   #94
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.308 Win./7.62x51mm NATO

It'll put down anything I could reasonably see myself shooting at, it's not as cheap as 5.56 but it's cheaper than most hunting rounds so I can afford to practice and have fun with it. And that extra bang and push that it has is just so much more satisfying to me than 5.56
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Old October 1, 2012, 08:38 AM   #95
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Old October 1, 2012, 09:55 AM   #96
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Old October 1, 2012, 02:05 PM   #97
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I'm not sure that I 100% understand the point of this thread. If your looking for a versitile, do all cartridge whilst excluding the ones on the list, I would have to choose the .270 winchester. If your looking for a good, split the difference caliber to fill the hole between .223 and .30-06, take the 7.62X39.

If you are looking for a versitile, do it all cartridge, why exclude the .30-06? And if you already have one, why bother getting another cartridge to do the same job?
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Old October 1, 2012, 02:44 PM   #98
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There is no point to the thread, like 80% of most threads on most forums.

'Just curious as to what people like in power between a .223 and .30-06. Although now that I think about it, I should have made it a poll.

Some people will go small and fast (.243), others will choose big and slow (7.62x39 or .30-30), and others will pick something right in the middle.

No rules.
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Old October 1, 2012, 02:52 PM   #99
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I wouldn't call 7.62x39 or .30-30 "big"
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Old October 1, 2012, 07:08 PM   #100
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7x57, .300savage, 7.62x54r: those are my in between choices.

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