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Old 12-26-2020, 02:32 PM   #1
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Default One caliber/gun...for North America?

Saw a commercial on the pursuit channel, something like 7 states one caliber...looked like they went from Texas and up to Montana.

I am bored and was curious if you could only have one rifle/caliber to hunt all of the US what would it be? Everything from Javies and Coues deer to Elk, Moose and grizzly.

I am a serious .308 fan down here in Texas but, I believe I would go with a 7 mag with a really heavy bullet.

What's your pick?
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:33 PM   #2
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.308 is the option the solution the ideal situation
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:36 PM   #3
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:38 PM   #4
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:38 PM   #5
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:39 PM   #6
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:39 PM   #7
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:40 PM   #8
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:43 PM   #9
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6.5 prc, or 7 mag would be my top choices. But would be fine with 6.5 creedmoor or 7mm-08, 284, 270 and many others.

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Old 12-26-2020, 02:46 PM   #10
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Here's some fun reading:

https://www.rokslide.com/forums/thre...-moose.130488/


Elk, deer, moose, black bear all killed with the lowly 223
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:46 PM   #11
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:52 PM   #12
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:53 PM   #13
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:54 PM   #14
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Here's some fun reading:

https://www.rokslide.com/forums/thre...-moose.130488/


Elk, deer, moose, black bear all killed with the lowly 223
Thanks for the link! I have a problem with the statement that .223 terminal performance is the same as .270 or 300 mag. But to each his own.
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:54 PM   #15
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.300 Win Mag with 180gr Barnes TTSX would be my choice without hesitation.
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:58 PM   #16
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:59 PM   #17
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300 win mag without hesitation. Have a few and love them.

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Old 12-26-2020, 03:01 PM   #18
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:02 PM   #19
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Any .300 mag , H&H , win , PRC , Roy
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:05 PM   #20
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:05 PM   #21
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I change rifles depending on the stand I'm sitting. 1 gun for all?? Helllllll nah

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Old 12-26-2020, 03:08 PM   #22
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Am I crazy. 280
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:10 PM   #23
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My choice too, but then I'm an old guy
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:11 PM   #24
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300 Wsm or 300 win mag. Lots of options out there now.
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:14 PM   #25
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Thanks for the link! I have a problem with the statement that .223 terminal performance is the same as .270 or 300 mag. But to each his own.
You won't catch me chasing a Grizzly with a 223, but there are some folks that post on that thread that know their stuff. I've become a believer.
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:16 PM   #26
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Holland’s .375. One rifle; one planet.

Or a .338 Win Mag or .340 Weatherby or 8mm Remington Magnum.

But I think bigger is better.
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:18 PM   #27
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Am I crazy. 280
If I was a young man knowing what I know now 280 with
hand loads would be my go to caliber . Too old to start over .
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:22 PM   #28
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hand loads would be my go to caliber . Too old to start over .
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:24 PM   #29
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Lately Iíve been on a .270 Winchester kick and it has yet to disappoint.

However, if I were limited to only one rifle to get things done I would choose either a 30-06 or a .338 Winchester Magnum.


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Old 12-26-2020, 03:25 PM   #30
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If you take bear and moose off the hunting menu you can use a lot less gun. Without those on the list, I’d my .30-06 with a 168 TSX. But any .30 cal with good bullets will do.
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:25 PM   #31
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:26 PM   #32
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My choice too, but then I'm an old guy
This is my choice as well... very large selection in ammo, easily available and Iím old too.
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:35 PM   #33
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:37 PM   #34
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For one gun do all in the lower 48 300 win mag would be hard to beat sure there are faster 30’s but they come with added recoil cost of ammo and ammo availability.
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:38 PM   #35
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This is my choice as well... very large selection in ammo, easily available and Iím old too.
Here too. Although the .308 would work for me as well.

I don't discount any of the mentioned calibers. Even the diminutive. 223/5.56. You can kill with it. Just the amount of blood leaking is also something I look at with calibers.

If you're going to brain pan shoot all of the critters caliber can become a much less critical choice.

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Old 12-26-2020, 03:41 PM   #36
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308 and call it a day
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:43 PM   #37
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:59 PM   #38
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I change rifles depending on the stand I'm sitting. 1 gun for all?? Helllllll nah

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You are in good company! I am the same way!
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Old 12-26-2020, 04:04 PM   #39
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Am I crazy. 280
If the question was a non-belted standard round, I'd say .280 AI all day long.
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Old 12-26-2020, 04:05 PM   #40
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Old 12-26-2020, 04:12 PM   #41
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I'm a big .308 fan, it's a popular caliber and ammo is easy to find and it is a very accurate round. There is a reason the olympic big bore shooters use the .308.
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Old 12-26-2020, 04:14 PM   #42
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Old 12-26-2020, 04:16 PM   #43
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Nothing wrong with the 30-06, been around for a looong time. It can be loaded with 110 gr to 220 gr bullets. And by the way, ammo can be found everywhere (well maybe not right now) but you get the point.
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Old 12-26-2020, 04:17 PM   #44
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Old 12-26-2020, 04:21 PM   #45
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Old 12-26-2020, 04:52 PM   #46
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Some of you boys are crazy. I ainít chasing grizzlies with anything less than a 300. Take that off the requirement list and itís a different ballgame.
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Old 12-26-2020, 04:56 PM   #47
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6.5saum and up would be plenty good for me
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Old 12-26-2020, 05:03 PM   #48
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Well I'm reading all the posts and it seems to me that alot of you guys aren't actually thinking about the actual question, One gun for ALL of NA. from Javies to Moose and Griz. Don't think I would be going after Javies or Coues deer with a 30 cal you waste too much meat. A big coues deer will weigh around 80lbs. My go to caliber would be a 7mm mag.
No flaming this is MY opinion.
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Old 12-26-2020, 05:23 PM   #49
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30-06/308 on the low end, and 7mm Rem Mag or 300 Win Mag on the upper end.
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A bow.















Next would be my Remington 7mm mag.
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