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Whats the best big game hunting caliber? Im going to be hunting mostly deer maybe some moose and caribou so i was think the 30-06. what do you guys think? thanks

Question by thunderdog512. Uploaded on January 09, 2010

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

IMO thats the best round!

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from jsobrien wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

No, I would go with a 22 the cartridges cost a lot less money and have plenty of knockdown power.

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I think you are on the right track with the .30-06 because of the wide variety of bullet weights in factory ammunition. The newer, hotter calibers might not be around at all in a few years.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

30-06 or 35 Whelen are pretty nice for these.

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

.30-06 is the best North American big game cartridge. It can take down anything from a deer to a moose to a black bear.

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from gatorb8t wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I would look at the 308,it's very versatile round for loads n weights and will take any animal in North America.It also has less recoil allowing you to shoot more accurate and that's were it counts no matter what round you use,if you can't put it where you are aiming,you are gonna spend alot of time walking and looking.But,I do like the 35 Whelen for nostalgia,model 94 but would not try more than 100yrds.with mine. Open sights.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

For Caribou, a 270 with a 13 grain realy works good!

For Moose the best bang flop was a teenager with 180 grain Remington Core-Lokt® 30-06. Even hit wth 458 and 460's, I've assisted in many times to find there wounded Moose.

Got to able to hit "MOP"!

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from Vinny69 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

i have a 300 weatherby mag. i love this gun. it brings down all my animals and i have shot alot and none have ever gotten away this gun will take down a moose fast, this gun is made to hunt really big animals!!!

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from Tohopka wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

How many times has this question been asked? And everyone always has their own opinion on what's the best cartridge. I guess there is no "REAL" answer, but just whatever you feel like is the one cartridge, that is the one for you.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

.270 WIN. is my all time favorite caliber for everything up to elk. However once you throw moose into the mix you will need to step up to .30 caliber and the most versatile .30 caliber is .30-06.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

i love the 30-06 one great cailber all around use but great for deer

also like my 3oo win mag for biger game

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from TJ wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

338 is the way to go, big knock down power and high sectional density

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Laying all the jokes aside, the 30-06 is by far the best cartridge especially in the hands of a beginner and especially for the advanced shooters!

ken.mcloud said it best!

“So, I think that the superior killing power of larger rounds is largely in our heads.(likely testosterone induced) A flat-shooting round that you can accurately place will produce as many if not more "bang-flop" kills as a heavy caliber round.”

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I wish I had a dollar for beating every 300 Magnum topped with a extraterrestrial scope on the 1000 yard line with my open sighted M1A chambered in 308 formally known as the 7.62 NATO!

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from deerslayer1234 wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I would use a .270, it is just my personnel favorite.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

I have found the 300 WSM to be a versitle round. There are so many 30 caliber bullets that a hunter has a hard time picking one because there are so many. I have a Tikka T 3 Lite in 300 WSM and have found it to be an easy gun to carry and an easy gun to shoot. I put Simms Limb Saver pads on my rifles and they make the rifle a pleasure to shoot. I bought a 338 Federal and have killed a deer with it and I love it, but the 300 WSM gives you more range and a flatter shooter. I have sound the Hornady SST's are a great bullet. Most people are confused, the SST's are not a balistic tip but an interlock bullet with a plastic tip to help it cut through the air better.

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from Mustang wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I live, breath, and sleep big game hunting! For you, I would recommend a 7mm Remington Ultra Mag. To start with the runners up:

The .270 and 30-06 which are both amazing designed calibers but they both lack crucial features for taking elk, moose or caribou. The .270 is a flatter shooting round than the 30-06 but the .270 lacks that added bite needed if the bullet wasn't put perfectly on target. the 30-06 has just enough bite but the projectile has a different size casing than the .270 which makes it not as flat of a shooter as the .270 so distance is the problem. The 30-06 springfield or 7.62x63mm cartridge was introduced in 1906 and has been one of the best cartridges to this day. The .270 Winchester was based off of the 30-06 and was revealed in 1925 was the 30-06 bullet with all shortcomings fixed. Both designed for greatness.

Now right to it, the 7mm Remington Ultra Magnum is a 7mm rifle cartridge introduced by Remington Arms in 2001. By using the 404 Jeffery Remington case they developed the .300RUM, .338RUM and the 7mm RUM. By necking down the .300 RUM to suit the .284 or 7mm projectile, Remington produced a non-belted case with a head diameter that is somewhat larger than belt diameter of original belted numbers. Remington managed to introduce a case that has significantly more capacity than any conventional belted magnum. Compared to the 7mm Remington Magnum, top 7mm Ultra loads deliver 25% more energy at 300 yards. This gun demands performance and is without a doubt the cartridge that best fits your needs.

I hope this helped! Happy Hunting!

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

30-06 or 35 Whelen are pretty nice for these.

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

IMO thats the best round!

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I think you are on the right track with the .30-06 because of the wide variety of bullet weights in factory ammunition. The newer, hotter calibers might not be around at all in a few years.

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

.30-06 is the best North American big game cartridge. It can take down anything from a deer to a moose to a black bear.

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from Vinny69 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

i have a 300 weatherby mag. i love this gun. it brings down all my animals and i have shot alot and none have ever gotten away this gun will take down a moose fast, this gun is made to hunt really big animals!!!

+4 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

For Caribou, a 270 with a 13 grain realy works good!

For Moose the best bang flop was a teenager with 180 grain Remington Core-Lokt® 30-06. Even hit wth 458 and 460's, I've assisted in many times to find there wounded Moose.

Got to able to hit "MOP"!

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

i love the 30-06 one great cailber all around use but great for deer

also like my 3oo win mag for biger game

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from gatorb8t wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I would look at the 308,it's very versatile round for loads n weights and will take any animal in North America.It also has less recoil allowing you to shoot more accurate and that's were it counts no matter what round you use,if you can't put it where you are aiming,you are gonna spend alot of time walking and looking.But,I do like the 35 Whelen for nostalgia,model 94 but would not try more than 100yrds.with mine. Open sights.

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from Tohopka wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

How many times has this question been asked? And everyone always has their own opinion on what's the best cartridge. I guess there is no "REAL" answer, but just whatever you feel like is the one cartridge, that is the one for you.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

.270 WIN. is my all time favorite caliber for everything up to elk. However once you throw moose into the mix you will need to step up to .30 caliber and the most versatile .30 caliber is .30-06.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Laying all the jokes aside, the 30-06 is by far the best cartridge especially in the hands of a beginner and especially for the advanced shooters!

ken.mcloud said it best!

“So, I think that the superior killing power of larger rounds is largely in our heads.(likely testosterone induced) A flat-shooting round that you can accurately place will produce as many if not more "bang-flop" kills as a heavy caliber round.”

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mustang wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

I live, breath, and sleep big game hunting! For you, I would recommend a 7mm Remington Ultra Mag. To start with the runners up:

The .270 and 30-06 which are both amazing designed calibers but they both lack crucial features for taking elk, moose or caribou. The .270 is a flatter shooting round than the 30-06 but the .270 lacks that added bite needed if the bullet wasn't put perfectly on target. the 30-06 has just enough bite but the projectile has a different size casing than the .270 which makes it not as flat of a shooter as the .270 so distance is the problem. The 30-06 springfield or 7.62x63mm cartridge was introduced in 1906 and has been one of the best cartridges to this day. The .270 Winchester was based off of the 30-06 and was revealed in 1925 was the 30-06 bullet with all shortcomings fixed. Both designed for greatness.

Now right to it, the 7mm Remington Ultra Magnum is a 7mm rifle cartridge introduced by Remington Arms in 2001. By using the 404 Jeffery Remington case they developed the .300RUM, .338RUM and the 7mm RUM. By necking down the .300 RUM to suit the .284 or 7mm projectile, Remington produced a non-belted case with a head diameter that is somewhat larger than belt diameter of original belted numbers. Remington managed to introduce a case that has significantly more capacity than any conventional belted magnum. Compared to the 7mm Remington Magnum, top 7mm Ultra loads deliver 25% more energy at 300 yards. This gun demands performance and is without a doubt the cartridge that best fits your needs.

I hope this helped! Happy Hunting!

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from TJ wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

338 is the way to go, big knock down power and high sectional density

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I wish I had a dollar for beating every 300 Magnum topped with a extraterrestrial scope on the 1000 yard line with my open sighted M1A chambered in 308 formally known as the 7.62 NATO!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

I have found the 300 WSM to be a versitle round. There are so many 30 caliber bullets that a hunter has a hard time picking one because there are so many. I have a Tikka T 3 Lite in 300 WSM and have found it to be an easy gun to carry and an easy gun to shoot. I put Simms Limb Saver pads on my rifles and they make the rifle a pleasure to shoot. I bought a 338 Federal and have killed a deer with it and I love it, but the 300 WSM gives you more range and a flatter shooter. I have sound the Hornady SST's are a great bullet. Most people are confused, the SST's are not a balistic tip but an interlock bullet with a plastic tip to help it cut through the air better.

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from deerslayer1234 wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I would use a .270, it is just my personnel favorite.

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from jsobrien wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

No, I would go with a 22 the cartridges cost a lot less money and have plenty of knockdown power.

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