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Whats the best all around big game caliber for the united states?

Question by Kyle Pountney. Uploaded on August 14, 2011

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

You ask a question that has no definite answer!
Everyone will state their "favorite" caliber! Just like me!

.270 Winchester - scoped bolt rifle

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from AK30.06Guy wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

30.06. the versatility and availability of ammo makes it my first choice. the '06 has arguably killed more game in more kinds of terrain than any caliber out there.

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from dtbc333 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

My personal choice would be a 7mm rem mag, although I'd have a pretty tough time coming up with any argument against many of the other ones as well. I think this one comes down to personal preference.

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from chaslee wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

For all big game in the USA I'd take a 300 wim mag. For most game, I'd go with the 30.06 for the choices in ammo.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

There are lots of great calibers and my favorite is my 300 Winchester Mag, but I would say probably the most popular caliber in the states is the 30-06.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

30-06 or .300 win mag for me, but there are a lot of other options such as 308. and i will not even begin the debate over 30-06 versus .270!

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

My vote goes to the venerable .30-06, with factory ammo available in every town and hamlet from coast to coast.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

To my way of thinking, "all-around" equates to versatility for game in a wide range of sizes. Regular factory ammo for the .30-06 is available in bullet weights ranging from 125 grains to 220 grains.
Remington offers a "Managed Recoil" loading in 125 grains for short-range big-game shooting applications, and they also offer a 55-grain "Accelerator" loading for varmints.

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from mesarich wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

30-06 would be hard to beat. I am also very fond of my .300 weatherby magnum.

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from EGFGboy wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I'd say 30-06 or 270 the cartridges are similar in stopping power and both are available almost anywhere.

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from EGFGboy wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I'd say 30-06 or 270 the cartridges are similar in stopping power and both are available almost anywhere.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

The 30/06 hands down and available of ammo,My personal choice the 8mm/Magnum now that puts the DOWN in Brown Bears!!

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from lyndonavery wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

My vote goes with .30-06 or 300 WM.

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from themadflyfisher wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

30/06 for sure!

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

30/06 unless your in BIG BEAR country, then .375 H&H just in case.

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from shane wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Considering you have to cover the big boys if we're looking for an all around cartridge, I would lean towards the .338 Winchester. It will take anything on this continent cleanly, and isn't so fast that it would blow up deer and antelope.

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from shane wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

That 8mm Remington Magnum would also be a good one.

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from Hobob wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

7mm Rem mag, 338 or 300 Winchester if you can handle the power. If not 30-06

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Mine is the 300WSM.

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from ADK wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

30-06 is my favorite all around caliber

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

.300 weatherby mag can kill anything in the US, is even capable of brown and grizzly bear, though i feel it is just a tad on the light side for those 2. recoil is not bad, lots of different bullet weights. can shoot pretty far with that gun as well.

so thats my ultimate north american big game gun, luckily i have one!!

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from Drew McClure wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Grizzlies soak up bullets and a rip spinal cords- 338 is a good greeting card for hungry beast pressing their noses through your tent- since I hunt in bear hunting territory a 243 Win will do anything I ask it.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

The .375 H&H Magnum will take care of anything in North America.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Looks like the 30-06 is a very popular gun, I agree with everyone though, it is really shooter preferance and depends on the big game being hunted.

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from davycrockettfv wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Plenty of more powerful calibers out there, but the 30-06 has loads that will let you hunt anything in the States and hunt it well, so it's the best all-around IMHO.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

AJM: I have taken only one Black Bear with a M/70 243W
100Gr round,I was NOT hunting for Bears in up-State NY
I was Deer Hunting...Stoped to take lunch at the Base of a mountan, when HE broke through the Heavy Brush and sented my lunch?...3 rounds fired in to his neck stop him at 40Feet from ME! its not a caliber I would use on All BEARS!!...Lunch was (penut butter and jelly)...Lol

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from J4huntfish wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

7mm remington magnum, you can oad it up fo big game but also take 500 yd shots if needed

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from jay wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

If you must take big bears into account; I'd want something in the .30 caliber range. .300 wm, weatherby, rum, etc.

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from pudgexl29 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

30-06 is definatly the most versatile

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Such a caliber does not exist, just ask my wife. Different species ALL require a different caliber and some types of hunting tactics require a different action type in the same caliber for the same game.
This is what I have told my wife for the last 30 years and if any of you Bozos make her think that a person could feasibly get by with a SINGLE rifle or caliber I will hunt you with the same resolve as would be necessary to kill a record Marco Polo sheep.
May this topic never darken these pages again.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

.300 savage is a good one as well.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

+1 res hahaha!!

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from bass bomber wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Theres a reason why the springfield 1903 and the M1 garand were 30-06.

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from BigBboy25 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Not my favorite caliber but if I wanted to hunt everything in north america without hesitation and have one rifle to do it, I'd get a .338 Win Mag. It would be plenty for everything, including the big bears.

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from ranchhandTCR wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

30-06 is proably you most versatile gun to purchase you can buy 50 grain to 220 grain bullets for a 30-06 and you can kill anything in america with it.

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from Clay Smith wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Carbon fiber/titanium .50 BMG it will get the job done. Good luck with the recoil and ammo.

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from platte river rat wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I favor the 300 WSM, but the 30-06 or 270 Win will probably win this poll.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

My vote goes to the venerable .30-06, with factory ammo available in every town and hamlet from coast to coast.

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from mesarich wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

30-06 would be hard to beat. I am also very fond of my .300 weatherby magnum.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Such a caliber does not exist, just ask my wife. Different species ALL require a different caliber and some types of hunting tactics require a different action type in the same caliber for the same game.
This is what I have told my wife for the last 30 years and if any of you Bozos make her think that a person could feasibly get by with a SINGLE rifle or caliber I will hunt you with the same resolve as would be necessary to kill a record Marco Polo sheep.
May this topic never darken these pages again.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

30-06 or .300 win mag for me, but there are a lot of other options such as 308. and i will not even begin the debate over 30-06 versus .270!

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

To my way of thinking, "all-around" equates to versatility for game in a wide range of sizes. Regular factory ammo for the .30-06 is available in bullet weights ranging from 125 grains to 220 grains.
Remington offers a "Managed Recoil" loading in 125 grains for short-range big-game shooting applications, and they also offer a 55-grain "Accelerator" loading for varmints.

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from AK30.06Guy wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

30.06. the versatility and availability of ammo makes it my first choice. the '06 has arguably killed more game in more kinds of terrain than any caliber out there.

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from chaslee wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

For all big game in the USA I'd take a 300 wim mag. For most game, I'd go with the 30.06 for the choices in ammo.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

There are lots of great calibers and my favorite is my 300 Winchester Mag, but I would say probably the most popular caliber in the states is the 30-06.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

The 30/06 hands down and available of ammo,My personal choice the 8mm/Magnum now that puts the DOWN in Brown Bears!!

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from lyndonavery wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

My vote goes with .30-06 or 300 WM.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

You ask a question that has no definite answer!
Everyone will state their "favorite" caliber! Just like me!

.270 Winchester - scoped bolt rifle

Bubba

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from dtbc333 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

My personal choice would be a 7mm rem mag, although I'd have a pretty tough time coming up with any argument against many of the other ones as well. I think this one comes down to personal preference.

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from EGFGboy wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I'd say 30-06 or 270 the cartridges are similar in stopping power and both are available almost anywhere.

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from EGFGboy wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I'd say 30-06 or 270 the cartridges are similar in stopping power and both are available almost anywhere.

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from themadflyfisher wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

30/06 for sure!

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from shane wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

That 8mm Remington Magnum would also be a good one.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

.300 savage is a good one as well.

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from BigBboy25 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Not my favorite caliber but if I wanted to hunt everything in north america without hesitation and have one rifle to do it, I'd get a .338 Win Mag. It would be plenty for everything, including the big bears.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

30/06 unless your in BIG BEAR country, then .375 H&H just in case.

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from shane wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Considering you have to cover the big boys if we're looking for an all around cartridge, I would lean towards the .338 Winchester. It will take anything on this continent cleanly, and isn't so fast that it would blow up deer and antelope.

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from Hobob wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

7mm Rem mag, 338 or 300 Winchester if you can handle the power. If not 30-06

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Mine is the 300WSM.

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from ADK wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

30-06 is my favorite all around caliber

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

.300 weatherby mag can kill anything in the US, is even capable of brown and grizzly bear, though i feel it is just a tad on the light side for those 2. recoil is not bad, lots of different bullet weights. can shoot pretty far with that gun as well.

so thats my ultimate north american big game gun, luckily i have one!!

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from Drew McClure wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Grizzlies soak up bullets and a rip spinal cords- 338 is a good greeting card for hungry beast pressing their noses through your tent- since I hunt in bear hunting territory a 243 Win will do anything I ask it.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

The .375 H&H Magnum will take care of anything in North America.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Looks like the 30-06 is a very popular gun, I agree with everyone though, it is really shooter preferance and depends on the big game being hunted.

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from davycrockettfv wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Plenty of more powerful calibers out there, but the 30-06 has loads that will let you hunt anything in the States and hunt it well, so it's the best all-around IMHO.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

AJM: I have taken only one Black Bear with a M/70 243W
100Gr round,I was NOT hunting for Bears in up-State NY
I was Deer Hunting...Stoped to take lunch at the Base of a mountan, when HE broke through the Heavy Brush and sented my lunch?...3 rounds fired in to his neck stop him at 40Feet from ME! its not a caliber I would use on All BEARS!!...Lunch was (penut butter and jelly)...Lol

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from J4huntfish wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

7mm remington magnum, you can oad it up fo big game but also take 500 yd shots if needed

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from jay wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

If you must take big bears into account; I'd want something in the .30 caliber range. .300 wm, weatherby, rum, etc.

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from pudgexl29 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

30-06 is definatly the most versatile

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

+1 res hahaha!!

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from bass bomber wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Theres a reason why the springfield 1903 and the M1 garand were 30-06.

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from ranchhandTCR wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

30-06 is proably you most versatile gun to purchase you can buy 50 grain to 220 grain bullets for a 30-06 and you can kill anything in america with it.

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from Clay Smith wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Carbon fiber/titanium .50 BMG it will get the job done. Good luck with the recoil and ammo.

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from platte river rat wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I favor the 300 WSM, but the 30-06 or 270 Win will probably win this poll.

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