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Seeing as we don’t have a “caliber corner,” I figured this forum was a good place for it...what 3 rifle cartridges are your all-time favorites and why? (I chose three for the sake of forum discussion as I could easily list several others)

243 Winchester- unbelievably versatile, highly accurate, fun to shoot with little felt recoil, and ammo is common. 

30-30 Winchester- after hunting deer with belted magnums as a young twenty-something I realized that yes, the 30-30 WILL do most everything on East Coast whitetail. My 94 is a joy to carry, I’m proficient with it and ammo is abundant

308 Norma Magnum- I love this cartridge that won’t die. Everything a 300 Win Mag can do and more if you’re a handloader. Purchased a cheap, used Model 70 7mm Mag in HS and had it rebarreled to 308 Norma as a family friend had tons of ammo and components he didn’t need anymore. 

What about you guys? 

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.223 cause AR15

7.62x39mm cause Kalashnikov  

.30-06 cause M1 Garand 

 

those are the rifle cartridges I own. I hunt with a .270, but only shoot a few rounds a year out of it. 

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30-06  Good for anything in North America

7.62x39  I'm an AK guy

.308  Just because

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7.62x39 - it’s cheap, compact and comfortable to shoot.

7.62x54R - It’s design is unique . It’s also quite capable.

5.45x39 - it’s cheap and easy to shoot.

 

For me the 5.56x45 is about a tie with the 5.45x39 for the same reasons.

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2 hours ago, Collim1 said:

.223 cause AR15

7.62x39mm cause Kalashnikov  

.30-06 cause M1 Garand 

 

those are the rifle cartridges I own. I hunt with a .270, but only shoot a few rounds a year out of it. 

Almost the same except I don't have a 7.62x39 yet.  I'd substitute 22lr - cause I shoot a lot of it.   Love the 270 too.

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If I had to pick three

22 LR for small game and fun plinking

25-06 for medium game 

338 win mag for large game

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I have a hard time with this one, what I shoot the most verse my top 3 would be different. So top 3 rifle cartridges;

 

.308, its versatile accurate and readily available. 

30-06, when .308 isn't enough and well, M1 Garand. 

6mm BR, fast and accurate and bit easier on you for a long day. 

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For no particular reason other than I just like the cartridges and/or the rifles they were chambered in:

.450 Marlin

7x57

.350 Remington Magnum

s45

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It’s hard to pick just three calibers.  If I had to choose

1.  300 blackout

2.  300 Winchester magnum

3.  243 Winchester 

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.270, .243 Win., and 30-30.  The 30-30 is my fun gun and when we couldn't get .22 LR ammo, I downloaded the 30-30 for farm pests and small game.

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.308 = I get free brass for this from local swat team.

.223/5.56 = get free brass for this

300 blk = converting .223/5.56 brass that I got for free, and cast bullets to shoot subsonic.

 

22LR gets an honorable mention

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30.06-M1 Garand and Model 1917-Great American military rifles, from a time  when America still won wars. 

.223-Bushmaster AR and Howa 1500-Bought my Bushy back in the 90's.  It has a fixed carry handle and 20" barrel.  My Howa was purchased used. 

.17 Remington Center fire-Remington 700.  I have been fascinated with the cartridge since the 1970's.  The idea of super speed superlight projectiles.  I finally purchased the Remington when I found one in my lgs-it was used, had very few rounds fired.  Its fun to blow up plastic milk jugs fill of water at 200 yards with hollow points. 

 

I am not a hunter, but a range shooter.  I shoot because I love to do it, not for any other reason.  Been at it more then 50 years. 

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