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Old April 17, 2012, 05:35 PM   #51
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25-06 it just works for me.
Well, there you go. I just recently picked up a .25-06, an early Ruger 77 tang safety model, and I'm working loads for it. It's shown promise with 117 Sierra Gamekings and Reloder 22, and just this afternoon I loaded some loads for a ladder test.

The more I shoot that cartridge, the more I like it. I don't know if it will ever supplant my .30-06, but I have to admit that I like the cartridge a lot.
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Old April 17, 2012, 09:44 PM   #52
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Old April 17, 2012, 11:41 PM   #53
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.260 remington is my favorite caliber. However if I had to pick just one rifle in one caliber to own it would be a M1 Garand in the original 30-06.
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Old April 18, 2012, 01:21 AM   #54
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.308 for me

Hunting as in deer hunting, mine's .308.

My first .308 was a M88 Win, an heirloom from my Grandad. I've also got a Savage .308 Scout. Not a hunter, but there's a whopping big Savage F-T/R rifle in the safe too!

Really, more power than I need for deer (150 lbs avg), but the reserve is there for bigger game if the opportunity ever arises. The M88 is a classic, the Scout is great for GP, and the F-T/R is much more accurate than I can shoot (consistantly).
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Old April 18, 2012, 03:50 AM   #55
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I'm just a gun nut Myself,I do like my 25-06 & 22-250 & 270win & 300WM the best,Guess i'm a hoe.
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Old April 18, 2012, 05:34 AM   #56
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I haven't found a caliber yet that I don't like. I've killed most of my big game with .243, .277, and .308 calibers. Plus there have been a few killed with .257, .338, and .375 caliber. Shooting prairie dogs and coyotes I prefer .204, .224, and .243 calibers.
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Old April 18, 2012, 06:13 AM   #57
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.300 Savage.

I've got a Savage 99, a Remington 721, and a Remington 81 in that cartridge.
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Old April 18, 2012, 07:47 AM   #58
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What makes a cartridge romantic (to me) is how long it has been in service.

I think any thing built before 1875 automatically is "romantic"
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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Old April 18, 2012, 08:25 AM   #59
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Your questions probably is really asking about modern rifle for North American use. For that my search and discussion begins and ends with 30-06. Not imaginative, I know. But can't be argued, it will take anything on the continent and has a huge variety of loadings available.
But, personally, my favorite hunting rifle is a custom built Jaeger styled muzzle loading flintlock in .54 cal. with a lead round ball and propelled by real black powder. Big grizzlies excepted, it will take anything on the continent quite nicely.
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Old April 18, 2012, 09:24 AM   #60
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Couldn't agree more on the .54 Rifleman, though I cheat a little and use 777 in a Santa Fe Hawken 'cause that's what it's shot best with. Last time I clocked it, it was pushing a 230 ball right at 1840 fps. That'll leave a mark
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Old April 18, 2012, 09:30 AM   #61
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I always enjoy reading about Teddy Roosevelt spending his post presidency prowling Africa armned with his sporterized Springfield '03.

So, therefore, .30-06 is my favorite romantic caliber.

And Jeff Cooper seemed to like it too.
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Old April 19, 2012, 12:31 PM   #62
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You mean other than 7mm Rem Mag loaded with Hornady 154SST?

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Old April 20, 2012, 10:25 AM   #63
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My favorite hunting rifle is a Ruger M77R that is chambered in 300WM.
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Old April 20, 2012, 10:43 AM   #64
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I like the .30 calibers. As for a romantic round (?) I'd choose the 30-40 Krag.
I like a rifle/cartridge combo that will push a 180gr .30 cal at somewhere around 2400fps on up. Not a big magnum fan so I suppose anything from .300 Savage up to 30-06 would be fine for my hunting.
My number one hunting rifle is my sporterized single shot 98 Mauser chambered for 31-40 AI which is, ballistically, more or less a 30-06 that shoots a .315 diam bullet.
If I was only allowed one rifle for hunting it would be an older Savage Mod 99 in .300 Sav.
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Old April 20, 2012, 10:45 AM   #65
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Another for .270 Win, going on forty years now. Shorter range: .30-30.
Of calibers I don't have, 7mm-08...effectively .270 (ok, .280) "lite." Basic same ballistics out to 300 in a short action. Would love to have in a "mountain rifle," Win Feaatherweight,.etc.
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Old April 20, 2012, 11:27 AM   #66
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I don't have a favorite caliber, I have a number of rifles and all have their own application.

my 9mm AR is going to prove it's worth against deer this fall as soon as I develop a good load for it

my 223 AR is my go to coyote gun and has proven it's worth as a deer rifle

my AK clone is more of a plinker but it's great for squirrel, rock chucks, and other pests

22lr is plinkin and cheap practice

my remington 700 in 243 was my go to deer gun for years and if I ever get lucky enough to draw for bighorn sheep then that is going to be my go to gun. it's not bad for wolf either

my enfield NO4 in 303 brit is my favorite rifle to shoot and is probably going to win out for go to bear gun this year.

my springfield 1903 is my latest bolt gun and is perfectly suited to it's role as a safe queen and maybe a deer rifle if I ever get a wild hair someday

my weatherby vanguard in 300 WTBY MAG is my kill anything in north america rifle and is going to serve it's purpose for elk and god willing moose.

my most recent longarm is a mossberg 535 in real tree camo dip and telescopic stock which is my resident turkey splatter.

variety is the spice of life...or something like that
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Old April 20, 2012, 08:42 PM   #67
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.223, I like the variety of platforms as well as cartridge components.
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Old April 20, 2012, 08:52 PM   #68
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.270 WIN!

One of mine is the same Remmy 721 my Maternal Grandfather bought new in 1958 ...... made a deal with the owner of the local hardware store: He could have it and 2 boxes of shells for $100, if he left it in the store window all summer ...... the store is long gone, and Grampa has passed on as well ..... I'm still killing deer with it every fall.

The other .270 WIN I own is also a Remmy 721 ....... just in case I ever need parts.
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Old April 20, 2012, 09:09 PM   #69
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75% of my hunting is small game, so it's .22lr for me.
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Old April 20, 2012, 09:33 PM   #70
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Favorite Caliber

For romance 7x57 (karamojo Bells favorite) I own 3. Also 257 Roberts. I have one, Rem. Mod.722, belonged to my father in law.
I have, and greatly like, my two 6.5 swedes.
Lastly my Ruger No1 in 270.
If I had to pick just one caliber to shoot, and to hunt with in the lower 48 I'd pick the 6.5x55. A choice based on emotion, since the 7x57 and 270 maybe more versital for larger game.
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Old April 20, 2012, 11:55 PM   #71
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6mm Remington

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Old April 21, 2012, 12:41 PM   #72
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.22lr hands down.

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Old April 21, 2012, 01:24 PM   #73
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I've got a couple of favorites.

The .338 Win Mag is an excellent elk rifle. One thing about shooting elk is that you don't want them running into the nasty deep canyons to die. The .338 WM will anchor them with good shot placement. It does kick hard but it doesn't kick too hard for me. When elk hunting it is the go to rifle for me even though all the calibers below would work too.

A light weight .308 is perfect for deer hunting in the mountains. It's accurate, powerful enough and with the new bullets has erased some of the 06's advantages. I shoot lighter bullets than I used too with almost all calibers.

My 30-06 was my favorite for years and I'd be well served by it even if it was my only rifle.

My 45-70 hunts some times but I haven't bonded with it to the level of the ones above.
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Old April 21, 2012, 07:28 PM   #74
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Mine is .270 Win. It's the only hunting rifle I have.
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Old April 21, 2012, 09:20 PM   #75
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