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    .30-06

    When younger and raising a family, I used .30-06 because of the do everything capabilities with bullets from 100 grain to 220 grain which were readily available. As my career progressed, there was a bit more money, so I usually had a .243 as well. It handles varmints to deer size rather well, if, one selects the correct bullets. For me, that was the 100 Nosler Partition for deer and I still use them. Then I went through a period of trying different things .270, .257Wby., .338-06. I hunted for about five years with the .338-06 exclusively. A great cartridge. I had a run of many years where I always had a belted magnum or several: .257 Wby., 7mm, .300 win., or Wby., and I almost always had a .338 WM. I noticed that I was hauling them to the hunt but never using the magnums with two exceptions, the 24" Weatherbys with their #1 contour barrels were light enough to use. The rest were heavier than my .270, .308, or .30-06 rifles, so they stayed in the truck. About twenty years ago, I started selling off the magnums. The last one left five or six years ago.

    Today i I have come full circle. My first deer fell to a borrowed .30-30. Today I own four. They are generally enough gun. I can recall only three deer that I ever took that a .30-30 would have not been appropriate. Those three were really long shots and had I been using a .30-30, I would have gotten closer or passed up the shots.

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    7mm Rem Mag and .338 Win Mag
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    Quote Originally Posted by elkhunter76 View Post
    7mm Rem Mag and .338 Win Mag
    Ive seen pics of some of the game you have shot. good choice!

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    300 Win Mag.
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    .375 H&H, deer- moose- bear. I don't know why, I just like it. You have to like a rifle that bails a 300gr bullet at about the same
    trajectory as a 150gr from a 30/06. I have never had to shot anything twice. Use 235gr on deer, 300gr on bigger stuff.
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    I have to say the 7mm mag. and .50 cal muzzle loader have taken the most large game for me. .35 Remington second and .44 mag. 30/30 coming in a close third. I have used others like .41 GNR, .357 maximum, .270 win and .243.

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    Used a 243Win for a lot of years. Went to a 270 for
    awhile, then to 7mm08. Id say ive killed more deer and
    hogs with 708 and 243 than anything else.
    Past several years I have use avariety of calibers-
    308MX 300Savage and 35Rem mostly.
    Lately i been carrying a 338MX.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M700 View Post
    I'd guess ol' Texas Shooter has been doing some traveling...
    Yup, my "light rifle" in Africa is my Winchester model 70 CRF in 375 H&H. I have killed more large game with that rifle than any other by far. As Drm has found, it's a great all-around cartridge suitable for all game without beating up the shooter. Of course, a proper safari rifle is going to weigh around 9+ lbs. or more.That helps a lot with recoil. My heavy rifle is a Ruger Safari Magnum in 458 Lott. If I had to choose one rifle for all hunting, it would be my 375 H&H.
    Here are just a few my 375 H&H has accounted for. The zebra and Lichtenstein's Hartebeest were running full tilt - but not fast enough. :-)
    Kudu.jpgZebra.jpgAfricaHartebeast.jpgImpala.jpg
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    I've used a 30-30 or 30-30 Ackley for most of the big game I've taken. The second most frequently used for me would probably be the 7mm Rem Mag.


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