Hurteau: The National Whitetail Cartridge Championship

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.

So on one hand it's no surprise that it boil down to that quintessential question that's been perennially debated at deer camps for decades: Which is the better whitetail round, the .270 or the .30-06? On the other hand, here's our big chance to settle it.

In the last post, WA Mtnhunter suggested that the one-seed .30-06 is the Duke of deer rounds, which doesn't bode well for the .270 given last night's game. On the flipside, plenty of you have argued that the .270 should have been a one-seed to begin with. So our final should come down to the buzzer, too.

Okay, go for it: Vote for your preferred cartridge below to crown our National Whitetail Cartridge Champion.