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Old November 17, 2012, 11:41 PM   #10
Deja vu
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I think a better way to classify them is

small game calibers
deer calibers
American big game calibers
African big game calibers
I like that as well.

Years ago, a neighbor who hunted big game in Africa said the British system called small bore anything below 30 caliber. Medium bore was 30 to 40 and big bore was any caliber over 40.
that is the way I have always thought of it. It is a fine way to compare the bore but just because gun has a bigger bore does not mean its more powerful. The 50GI is 50 caliber but it is a pretty weak round compared to other handgun round even more so when you include rifle rounds.
Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.

all 26 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple. Wish my wife did as well...
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