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Old 01-21-2019, 12:25 PM   #1
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Out of these calibers which is the best in your opinion and why or your preferences?
1. 7x57mm Mauser
2. 8mm Mauser
3. 7mm-08 Remington
4. 30.06 Springfield

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Old 01-21-2019, 12:32 PM   #2
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To go along with this you should post what your purpose is the the round, that will give better insight as far as which is better.
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Old 01-21-2019, 12:34 PM   #3
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All are good calibers, but the 7mm-08 is a light weight in my opinion

The 8mm is hard to come by!

The 30.06 is a work horse and readily available.

I don't have any experience with the 7X57
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Old 01-21-2019, 12:34 PM   #4
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.308.....ya, you forgot to list it.
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Old 01-21-2019, 12:37 PM   #5
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I have shells for a 7x57mm and cant find a single person to sell to or make a trade. Like said above, your plans for the gun will help determine which caliber would be best suited for your needs. With no other information, assuming you're just hunting Texas I would go with the 7mm-08
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Old 01-21-2019, 12:39 PM   #6
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Old 01-21-2019, 12:41 PM   #7
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.308.....ya, you forgot to list it.
Well I have hear to much that 30.06 and 7x57mm are very similar to 308 I chose not to include it I tried to use classic older caliber

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Old 01-21-2019, 12:44 PM   #8
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I have shells for a 7x57mm and cant find a single person to sell to or make a trade. Like said above, your plans for the gun will help determine which caliber would be best suited for your needs. With no other information, assuming you're just hunting Texas I would go with the 7mm-08
Let's say most game in North America and go to rifle for just about anything out of these 4 caliber. But tbh I should have used 7x57mm or 7mm-08 because they are very very similar

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Old 01-21-2019, 12:49 PM   #9
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Let's say most game in North America and go to rifle for just about anything out of these 4 caliber. But tbh I should have used 7x57mm or 7mm-08 because they are very very similar

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If that's the case I would go 30.06. Extra knock down power would good for elk and such.

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Old 01-21-2019, 01:05 PM   #10
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.308.....ya, you forgot to list it.
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Old 01-21-2019, 01:15 PM   #11
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Reloads of factory ammo only, it makes a big difference.
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Old 01-21-2019, 01:22 PM   #12
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Reloads of factory ammo only, it makes a big difference.
Factory loads

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Old 01-21-2019, 01:22 PM   #13
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Personal preference is 308. They r all good rounds. 8mm good for bout 100 to 150 yds. My uncle had one that he had sporterized.love to shoot that gun. knocked down some deer and hogs with it. Can get shells at academy for it. 30-06 great round. Can kill most anything with it.
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Old 01-21-2019, 01:24 PM   #14
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Out of these calibers which is the best in your opinion and why or your preferences?
1. 7x57mm Mauser
2. 8mm Mauser
3. 7mm-08 Remington
4. 30.06 Springfield

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Whattya mean "best"? Is this a troll or something?
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Old 01-21-2019, 01:25 PM   #15
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Personal preference is 308. They r all good rounds. 8mm good for bout 100 to 150 yds. My uncle had one that he had sporterized.love to shoot that gun. knocked down some deer and hogs with it. Can get shells at academy for it. 30-06 great round. Can kill most anything with it.
Personally I like 30.06 over 308 but it's probably just be it's a classic old caliber and I like the history over not really bc one has an advantage over the other bc Idk if there is a huge difference

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Old 01-21-2019, 01:26 PM   #16
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Whattya mean "best"? Is this a troll or something?
What do you prefer or think is better statistically or in your opinion for hunting or just overall use , price of caliber ,ect.

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Old 01-21-2019, 01:29 PM   #17
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30/06
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Old 01-21-2019, 01:34 PM   #18
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7-08, but I’m partial to the lighter calibers.
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Old 01-21-2019, 01:46 PM   #19
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'06. Load it up or down to suit your needs.
If I'm not mistaken, the 7x57 and the 7mm-08 is about the same ca'tridge.
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Old 01-21-2019, 01:52 PM   #20
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I once had an 8mm. Not a long range gun but for hunting in the woods it is great. Ammo availability is why i got rid of it.
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Old 01-21-2019, 02:50 PM   #21
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So this threat and seeing the responses I got from it made me do a bit of research on the calibers and I am making a new thread with the ballistics of some calibers and some new ones all pre world war 1 thank you all for your comments

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Old 01-21-2019, 03:06 PM   #22
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pre ww1 =45-70! or 405 Winchester!, if you want a light round the 30-30 is it!

30-06 is the best all around non magnum made,, also pre WW1

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Old 01-21-2019, 03:09 PM   #23
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With factory ammo its either the 7mm-08 or 30-06 with the 30-06 being slightly better. Ammo is available anywhere you go, you can get light 125 grain loads all the way to 220 grain.
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Old 01-21-2019, 03:57 PM   #24
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6.5x55 Swede. Wait, that wasn’t an option.
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Old 01-21-2019, 04:11 PM   #25
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solocam_aggie, what are you looking for in trade? What grain shells?
I have 7X57 Mauser that I prefer all day everyday over my Ruger M77 .270,killed every deer I have ever shot at with it, low recoil.
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Old 01-21-2019, 04:21 PM   #26
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pre ww1 =45-70! or 405 Winchester!, if you want a light round the 30-30 is it!

30-06 is the best all around non magnum made,, also pre WW1
I agree

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Old 01-21-2019, 04:22 PM   #27
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With factory ammo its either the 7mm-08 or 30-06 with the 30-06 being slightly better. Ammo is available anywhere you go, you can get light 125 grain loads all the way to 220 grain.
I have seen Remington 65 grain bullets

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Old 01-21-2019, 04:52 PM   #28
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Old 01-21-2019, 05:39 PM   #29
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:26 PM   #30
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:42 PM   #31
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:51 PM   #32
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1. 30-06. Reason: bang flop
2. 7mm-08. Reason it doesn't ruin yours and the deer's shoulder and saying 7mm-08 is cool. And you don't have to sport a man bun to own one
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:59 PM   #33
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For factory made ammo, the 3006 is the one...you can buy 06 ammo everywhere reasonably...708 ammo is more expensive and not available everywhere. I have both...if I'm travelling and have to buy ammo, the 06 gets the nod.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:42 PM   #34
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:50 PM   #35
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the 30-06 ammo is easy to mind and will kill anything in north ameica.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:56 PM   #36
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:07 PM   #37
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7mm08 for the reasons mentioned above. Lighter on shoulder, no man bun required, and cool to say.
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:11 PM   #38
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6.5x55 Swede. Wait, that wasnít an option.


Thatís what I was thinking as itís my go to round.

From the list Iíll say 7-08 as the rest are just overkill if you are a decent hunter with good aim


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Old 01-21-2019, 09:25 PM   #39
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The 7mm-08 is a great round and my favorite on your list. It’s a great whitetail round.
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:42 PM   #40
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The 7mm-08 is a great round and my favorite on your list. Itís a great whitetail round.
Unless you hacksaw the barrel off...
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I have seen Remington 65 grain bullets

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I have a box of original 1980's 55 grain accelerators.
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:56 PM   #42
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30-06.
You can find Ammo for it at any small town Walmart and it’ll kill anything you run across
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:01 PM   #43
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I have a box of original 1980's 55 grain accelerators.
Wow I wonder where I could get my hands on some of that

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Old 01-21-2019, 10:33 PM   #44
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Wow I wonder where I could get my hands on some of that

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Old 01-22-2019, 02:11 PM   #45
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06 out ones listed
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Old 01-22-2019, 02:28 PM   #46
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I have a box of original 1980's 55 grain accelerators.
I used to have some of those. I threw them away when we moved. That was a mistake.
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Old 01-22-2019, 02:33 PM   #47
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whichever one is in my hand at the time
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Old 01-22-2019, 02:34 PM   #48
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I have shells for a 7x57mm and cant find a single person to sell to or make a trade. Like said above, your plans for the gun will help determine which caliber would be best suited for your needs. With no other information, assuming you're just hunting Texas I would go with the 7mm-08
Whatcha got?

To the OP, out of your original 4 choices, 30-06 get my vote.
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Old 01-22-2019, 02:35 PM   #49
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By far the .30-06

Stated above load it up or down to suit your needs. Has the knock down to use for moose and big bears, can be loaded to shoot long range, can also be loaded down for whitetail without doing too much damage.
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