opinions saught - best all round cartridge

#2
I personally think you would have a tough time beating the 30.06 for thin skinned animals anywhere in the world. If I had to choose one caliber for hunting anything in North America it'd be an '06. Recoil is managable and it can be loaded to safely and efficiently handle the largest animals on our continent.

I'm sure a lot of guys will recommend one of the new short magnums and the 300 Win Mag, but from a hunting perspecitve I see no advantage of these calibers in the field. Gun writers hype them and salesmen push them, but from an objective perspective they offer little when it comes to putting game on the ground.
 

John Dude

Learned skills from George Dickel
#6
Game up to elk sized:
30.06 or its family (280 Rem, 270 Win, 35 Whelan)
308 Win

I love the 6.5x55 Swede, but its a little light for elk. Swedes use even up to moose.
I also use the 7mm-08.
 

Leroy Laviolet

Aint no nookie like chinookie
#7
If you think you want/need a magnum, get a 300 win mag( not the short) (I shoot a 300 H$H , badass old school cal.)

Non mag , get a .270 ...
Lots of feller's been re- inventing the wheel the last 10 years or so, but these two old horses continue to get the job done despite there lack of "excitement".

This old boy got it with the 300 H$H

 

Charlie S

Confrimed Reprobate
#8
In the last four years, with a 300 WSM I've taken one shot kills on five elk, two mulies, and eight blacktails. I use it because it extends my range, but then again I shoot a LOT, practice out beyond 500 yards and try to work within 100 yards. Sometimes you just can't. But a 30-06 is still one of the greatest as well.

Most important factor for a rifle, considering you will be using the proper load and bullet for the game hunted (I use a 168 gr Barnes TSX for everything), is that you practice, practice, practice so you can confidently put three bullets from field shooting positions at whatever range from which you are comfortable shooting at game within an 8" circle. A 5" circle would be better and a good practice is to put balloons blown up to about 8" on wire coat hangers at various yardages and get to the point where you can break them on every shot.
 

martyg

Active Member
#11
J -

Maybe. I have considered the .308, but ballistically it doesn't look like it carries enough energy to kill an Elk much beyond 100 - 200 yards. Mind you that I have never hunted with one, so it am just pre-supposing.
 

John Dude

Learned skills from George Dickel
#13
J -

Maybe. I have considered the .308, but ballistically it doesn't look like it carries enough energy to kill an Elk much beyond 100 - 200 yards. Mind you that I have never hunted with one, so it am just pre-supposing.
Keep in mind, the 308 carries the exact same ballistics as the 30-06, with a 1/2" shorter case. That's why the US miltary switched to it in the 1950's. That applies with the standard 150 gr bullet wts they used. The difference at other bullet wts is only about 1-3%
between the 30.06 and the 308, up to 200 gr bullets, where the gap widens a little.

You can always get a wildcat improved version and do better. That what I did with my 280 Rem, and so its ballistics now exceed the 7 mm Rem Mag, with 1/3 less powder burned.
jd
 

Upton O

Blind hog fisherman
#14
A couple of the primary reasons I chose the 30.06 is the availability of ammo and the large array of bullet weight options available.