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  • April 6, 2012

    March Madness: Remington Model 700 is the F&S All-Purpose Whitetail Rifle Champ

    By Dave Hurteau

    Well I don’t think any of us can pretend to be surprised. (If we did a shotgun tourney, the 870 would surely win, too.) But getting here was fun, and in the end it came down to mystique vs. legendary accuracy.

  • April 9, 2010

    Hurteau: .30-06 Wins National Whitetail Cartridge Championship

    By Dave Hurteau

    The polls are closed. There are no hanging chads (WA Mnthunter). And we have a winner. You can still argue the point at deer camp if you want, but on this site the old .270 vs .30-06 debate is over. The longstanding question is answered, once and for all. And the .30-06 is our National Whitetail Cartridge Champion

    With a final score of 57 percent to 42 percent,* it wasn’t even all that close. It started out tight, but as the ’06 fans began making their points—better versatility, longer history, more bullet options—the old military vet started pulling away. By the time someone finally got around to the most salient point: “Aught-6. Just because I like to say the word “Aught” (Papa B.),  you knew it was over. How you going to argue with that?

  • April 6, 2010

    Hurteau: The National Whitetail Cartridge Championship

    By Dave Hurteau

    After four rounds of play and some 3,700 votes from you, we have our final matchup. Are you sitting down? ’Cause you’re not going to believe it….

    It’s .270 vs .30-06. Shocker, right?

    Okay, maybe not. But I’ll admit to being a little surprised at the absolute thumping these rounds put on the venerable .308 and the all-the-rage .270 WSM, respectively. It speaks to the enormous popularity of our finalists—and cements the fact that the .270 and .30-06 are the Titans in the category. The real heavy hitters. And now they go head to head.

  • April 2, 2010

    Hurteau: The Final Four of Whitetail Cartridges

    By Dave Hurteau

    The Final Four is finally here! On one hand, you have Michigan State vs. Butler and West Virginia vs. Duke. On the other, it’s .270 WSM vs. .270 Win. and .30-06 vs. .308. And it’s all going down over the same weekend—almost like we planned it that way.

    What we didn’t plan is to have all chalk in our Final Four. (I originally started this post with a rant about all this chalk.*) But, on the upside, what we do have is a true battle of the big guns (except that they are cartridges, not guns), in terms of seeding (all one- and two-seeds), popularity (no surprise there), bullet diameter (everything under .277 inches is out), and firepower (with two of the three most-powerful original rounds still in). So we should have a couple of barn-burners. Here are the contenders, as originally seeded:

  • March 31, 2010

    Hurteau: The Elite Eight of Whitetail Cartridges

    By Dave Hurteau

    Now things should get interesting.

    It’s been clear sailing for the top seeds so far, as the .30-06 (1), .308 (2), 7mm-08 (3), and .30-30 (4) all advanced easily in the first round of Division II. Now, with only eight cartridges left standing, the matchups get far more compelling.

  • March 29, 2010

    Hurteau: Sweet Sixteen of Whitetail Cartridges, Division II

    By Dave Hurteau

    With nearly 600 votes cast, we have our first-round Division I winners. And unlike this weekend’s basketball games, the results are all chalk. The closest match (I don’t mind pointing out) was between the 1 and 8 seeds, in which the .260 Rem (claimed by one prescient commenter to be radically under-seeded) gave the .270 WSM a mild scare, but couldn’t pull out a win (with such a blatantly unfair draw).

    Moving on to the Elite Eight with the .270 WSM are the .243, .25-06, and .270 Win, which pretty much embarrassed the .257 Weatherby. Now we shift to the Division II matchups, featuring some very heavy hitters in the .30-06, .308, and .30-30—not to mention the sleeper 7mm-08. SHOT Business contributing editor Christopher Cogley has seeded the contenders as follows:

  • March 26, 2010

    Hurteau: The Sweet Sixteen of Whitetail Cartridges

    By Dave Hurteau

    Last night, the NCAA college basketball Sweet Sixteen tipped off with Syracuse vs. Butler. Today, our own sweet sixteen gets started with .270 WSM vs. .260 Rem.

    I am talking about the March Madness of whitetail cartridges. The Final Four of deer rounds. Bullet bracketology. (Okay, bullet-case-powder-and-primer bracketology, but you get the idea.)

    We start with16 contenders for the title of Best Whitetail Round, which have been split into two divisions and seeded by SHOT Business contributing editor Christopher Cogley. We chose Mr. Cogley to help us because he is highly qualified and so I have someone to throw under the bus if necessary. His seeded selections (which you are free to take issue with, as my @$$ is covered) are: