7mm Rem Mag and .338 Win Mag
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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There is not one person I would not take hunting......there are a few that would not make it back though.
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300 Win Mag.
.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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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. :-)
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.