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Old 12-26-2020, 04:26 PM   #51
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I'm happy to see so many .308 fans on here. I love the round and have used it a bunch in a bunch of different firearms. I have taken some big pigs and a real big red stag with it and didn't feel under gunned.
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Old 12-26-2020, 04:30 PM   #52
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300 Win Mag will do it all. Load it with deep penetrating 225 gr bullets to anchor Grizzly or 150 gr bullets to obliterate javelina

If you include brown bear (1,000 to 1,400 lbs) in the conversation, I’m upgrading to a .338 Win Mag. You do not want to be undergunned and PO a brown bear

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Old 12-26-2020, 04:30 PM   #53
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If grizzly and moose are on the list I'd go .338 Win Mag or .375 H
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Old 12-26-2020, 04:47 PM   #54
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The lowly .308 is one of my favorite calibers. But for anything elk and larger I want more HP so first choice would be 300 Win Mag with a very close second being the 338 Win Mag.


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Old 12-26-2020, 04:49 PM   #55
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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.
Not with a solid copper bullet that holds together. You could have the wrong 7mm bullet do way more damage
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Old 12-26-2020, 04:50 PM   #56
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I’ll be the black sheep! My 22-250 is my go to gun for everything


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Old 12-26-2020, 05:40 PM   #57
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7mm mag for me. Very versatile round.
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Old 12-26-2020, 05:42 PM   #58
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30-06 allows versatility from big game to smaller game with selection in grain sizes.
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:03 PM   #59
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If ammo was available I’d want my 28 Nosler. If ammo was a problem I’d go with .300 win.
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:05 PM   #60
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Probabaly stick with my favorite 7mm Rem mag. Next choice would be a 300 Win mag.

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Old 12-26-2020, 06:08 PM   #61
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.338 win mag hands down. Have used 250gr for africa and carious other hunts but have 160gr that used for sheep.
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:10 PM   #62
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.300 Win Mag with 180gr Barnes TTSX would be my choice without hesitation.
Agreed 100%.

Can handle it all. Flat shooting, accurate, and packs a punch.

Isn’t overkill on smaller game either.
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:11 PM   #63
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7mm STW ... No Discussion for me..
But based on Ammo Availability, 700 5R
In 6.5 cm would probably be next..

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Old 12-26-2020, 06:13 PM   #64
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:19 PM   #65
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Another old person vote for 30-06
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:20 PM   #66
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:29 PM   #67
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30-06 for me.
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:31 PM   #68
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If it was one caliber, I would go 308 as it has lots of variations in bullet eight for the various game.

If it was one gun, I would go with a Savage 24 - 308 over 12ga as that should cover anything I would hunt.


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Old 12-26-2020, 06:40 PM   #69
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Rifle would be a ruger m77 Hawkeye or mk2. 30-06 would be my cartridge.
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:46 PM   #70
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this thread/question again?

.22 LR; known to have killed elephants before.
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:47 PM   #71
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:52 PM   #72
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:55 PM   #73
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Old 12-26-2020, 07:04 PM   #74
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this thread/question again?

.22 LR; known to have killed elephants before.

Yep! My bad. Genuinely interested. Enjoy that grizzly hunt with the ruger 10/22!
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Old 12-26-2020, 07:08 PM   #75
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I’m a 308 fan boy.... but for all of North America a 300 win is tough to beat
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Old 12-26-2020, 07:44 PM   #76
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45-70 with 405’s and Smokeless Powder.

45-110 with 560’s and Black Powder.
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Old 12-26-2020, 08:02 PM   #77
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Old 12-26-2020, 08:12 PM   #78
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Yep! My bad. Genuinely interested. Enjoy that grizzly hunt with the ruger 10/22!
lol.
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Old 12-26-2020, 08:34 PM   #79
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Old 12-26-2020, 08:41 PM   #80
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Grizzly/Moose keeps my suggestion at 30-06 or 300wm; seems a bit much for coues and javelina, though. Both have lots of off-the-shelf and reloading options. There's no shortage of big game animals being taken with smaller calibers over the last 100yrs, but just because something 'can' be done doesn't mean it 'should' be done. If you can handle the recoil, mitigating risk of wind, elevation, and shot placement isn't a bad thing. That especially goes for expensive guided hunts where one trigger pull is the cost of a F-150. For folks that live and hunt in places their whole life, I'm sure there is familiarity of methods, terrain, and shooting conditions that gives the confidence for lighter calibers.
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Old 12-26-2020, 09:22 PM   #81
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I’m a big 308 fan too but if a grizzly bear is a regular I think I’d want a lil upgrade maby a double barrel 308
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Old 12-26-2020, 09:24 PM   #82
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If I had to limit myself to one caliber it would be 28.
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Old 12-26-2020, 09:27 PM   #83
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Old 12-26-2020, 09:34 PM   #84
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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.


On the smaller critters, that’s what head shots are for.


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Old 12-26-2020, 09:45 PM   #85
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And on bigger critters with smaller calibers, that’s what earholes are for.
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Old 12-26-2020, 09:48 PM   #86
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Old 12-26-2020, 09:49 PM   #87
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1st choice for me would be 300wm with 180gr Nosler Accubonds.
2nd choice would be 7mm with 160gr Nosler Accubonds.
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Old 12-26-2020, 10:11 PM   #88
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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.
Meat loss has much more to do with bullet selection than cartridge used. A .300 win mag with a Barnes (or any other bonded bullet) will destroy less meat than a .25-06, .270 etc. with a soft bullet.
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Old 12-26-2020, 10:44 PM   #89
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Meat loss has much more to do with bullet selection than cartridge used. A .300 win mag with a Barnes (or any other bonded bullet) will destroy less meat than a .25-06, .270 etc. with a soft bullet.

I shot one javi with my 300wm through the lungs using 185gr Berger Hybrid hunter, small entry and exit, it seems like bullet just pencil through it.
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Old 12-26-2020, 10:46 PM   #90
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Old 12-26-2020, 11:36 PM   #91
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Old 12-26-2020, 11:57 PM   #92
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Yep! My bad. Genuinely interested. Enjoy that grizzly hunt with the ruger 10/22!
I prefer the .22 cal myself.
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Old 12-27-2020, 12:02 AM   #93
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I prefer the .22 cal myself.
Here's one I developed for elephants


Yup, I'd recognize the .22 earsplitenlöudenboomer anywhere. We used that to kill squirrels in my part of the state. We just like em really really dead and partially cooked!
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Old 12-27-2020, 12:03 AM   #94
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Grizzly/Moose keeps my suggestion at 30-06 or 300wm; seems a bit much for coues and javelina, though. Both have lots of off-the-shelf and reloading options. There's no shortage of big game animals being taken with smaller calibers over the last 100yrs, but just because something 'can' be done doesn't mean it 'should' be done. If you can handle the recoil, mitigating risk of wind, elevation, and shot placement isn't a bad thing. That especially goes for expensive guided hunts where one trigger pull is the cost of a F-150. For folks that live and hunt in places their whole life, I'm sure there is familiarity of methods, terrain, and shooting conditions that gives the confidence for lighter calibers.

Exactly how I feel, but he wrote it much more eloquently!
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Old 12-27-2020, 12:09 AM   #95
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Yup, I'd recognize the .22 earsplitenlöudenboomer anywhere. We used that to kill squirrels in my part of the state. We just like em really really dead and partially cooked!
I have no clue what this is, but it ain't the loudenboomer.
My dad was personal friends with ole Ack so I'm very familiar with the cartridge.
That looks nothing like a. 378 unless it's photography magic.
Friend sent the pic to me awhile back, was just having a little fun
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Old 12-27-2020, 12:45 AM   #96
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300wm. That’s what I recommend to my brother when he asked about a gun that’ll take all of North American game.
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Old 12-27-2020, 08:39 AM   #97
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Don't really matter as long as it's at least .30 cal and NOT subsonic.
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Old 12-27-2020, 08:46 AM   #98
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I could probably get by with my 270 Winchester and handloads, but for a true “all around”, I would have to choose either my 9.3x62 or 9.3x74r.
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Old 12-27-2020, 09:02 AM   #99
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7-08 with the proper pills will tackle anything in North America. Heck , the 30-30 is a popular bear gun in the north east.
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Old 12-27-2020, 09:23 AM   #100
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30-06 is the most versatile round made....period
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