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    • #23886
      Labradigger1
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      Mine would be the old 6.5×55 swede. Good case life, good bullet weight selection, fast twist and incredible sd.
      You can load it light, load it heavy for anything from woodchucks to moose.

    • #23889
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      You just had to go there didn’t you. I can’t decide.
      I keep 308, 300 WinMag, 358Win and 45-70 close to hand. Each have their place, and the situation determines which is my favorite. If you were to boil me alive for an answer, I suppose I’d cuss and say 308 Winchester.

    • #23890
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      As Col. Whelen said… ” The .30-06 is never a mistake.” It was my first centerfire and you can always count on it. I always stick with it among many others that come and sometimes go. It can fill all my hunting needs. It might not be what is always at the range, but it can do most anything I need if I had to chose one cartridge. I hope It would never come down to just one choice.

    • #23891
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      .257 Roberts–Showing my age, but this was my first centerfire rifle (1958) and is still my favorite. If I had only one this would be it–have taken whitetails, muleys, black bear, elk and lots of smaller game with one of my Rob’s and the love affair continues. I like others especially the 30 Govt (30-06) and have many different cartridge rifles. Everyone has an opinion, but I will stick with mine as I am too old to change now.

    • #23893
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      I have a a love for the 7×57 i don’t know why it is really a passion for 7mm as a caliber . The x57 has the low pressures and case capacity 2 common twists 8.5 and 9.5 and has weights from 120 to 175 moulds have eluded me beyond 130,135 ,140,155,168. 270 moulds make good paper patch cores as cast. You get most of the 30 cal weights and higher BC for when you need that. The high twist rates are a draw back .

    • #23894
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      I like them all, 223 Rem for plinking, wish I had a Hornet. For deer hunting when it’s raining and really nasty, wet I grab one of my 338 Win’s. If I’m sitting a big cutover I carry my 7mm Ultra Mag. For most normal hunting it’s a toss up between my 8mm Mauser 308, 30/06, 30-30, or 45/70. Oh and every once in a while I’ll carry my dad’s old Browning 300 Win just for old times sake.

      If I just had to have only one it would be a big toss-up between the 30/06 and the 338 Win. The only reason I pick the 06 over an 308 is its advantage with the 180 grain + bullets.

    • #23895
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      This is an easy question for me, 30-06. It can do it all and you can find ammo for it anywhere.

    • #23896
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      I would say he 30-06. I’ve owned 4 of them, 2 Rem 700 ADLs, 1 BDL and I currently own a Win mod 70. I’ve never shot anything heavier than 165s but I have good loads from 165 jacketed all the way down to the Speer 100gr plinker including several diff cast bullets of various weight. The ’06 was my first centerfire rifle so maybe that’s why I’m partial to it.

    • #23900
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      Whichever one I happen to be holding…….wait….unless its that one…..

    • #23910
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      The .303 British holds a special place in my heart. It was the first rifle cartridge I ever loaded. So I’ll go with it…Close second is the 7.62×39.

    • #23911
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      So yesterday I took out some toys – I have favorites but like a good parent I try to give them all some trigger time.
      I shot a 45 Colt, 45 ACP, 308 and my little Rossi 92 copy in 357 magnum with iron sights and a suppressor mounted.

      Guess which one I claim as yesterdays favorite 😉

    • #23913
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      oh man!!! it might be 7×57 or 7-08 or 270 or 30-30 or ’06 or 45-70 or 44 mag or……

      right now its either a 1898 springfield armory in 30-40 krag or the tc encore with a 23″ MGM barrel in 444 marlin, but next one might be a 6.5 creedmoor or a 20 vartarg or….

    • #23918
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      Well my 250 Savage is my favorite, but I have a 375 Marlin that I hope to play with when I have some time.

    • #23920
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      That’s like asking me what my favorite fishing lure is? The one that I’m catching fish on right now and that might change in a couple if minutes! I like them all they all have a job to do whatever I’m holding in my hands is my favorite at the moment. Big, little, short, long, fat, skinny as long as I can stuff a cast bullet in them they are my favorite.

      RB

    • #23927
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      Easy 30-06, although the 6mm Remington and 308 Win is pretty close behind that

    • #23949
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      .308. Brass is reasonably priced. Case is efficient. Will shoot cast or jacketed.

      For sheer number of rounds down range, the .38/.357 lever actions are the ones I shoot most.

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      My favorite is the. 243 Winchester. Good bullet selection from 55 grain up to 115 ish grain (can make heavier swaged bullets if needed). Great cartridge for varmint to medium deer-sized game.

      Not to mention the low-drag bullet selections make the 6mm a very efficient bullet.

    • #24022
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      Favorite cartridge? 7×57 Mauser with the 250 Savage coming in at a very close second.
      I must admit that the venerable old 30-06 cannot be beat but I cannot say it is my favorite.
      Fact is I love them ALL!

    • #24041
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      Easily the 30-30. It’ll pretty much do it all here in Alabama. Cheap to shoot, too.

    • #24116
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      Semi Auto is a 6.5 Grendel, then 458 socom
      Bolt Action is a 358 Win , then 308

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      rhbrink;n2021 wrote: That’s like asking me what my favorite fishing lure is? The one that I’m catching fish on right now and that might change in a couple if minutes! I like them all they all have a job to do whatever I’m holding in my hands is my favorite at the moment. Big, little, short, long, fat, skinny as long as I can stuff a cast bullet in them they are my favorite.

      RB

      Got to agree with this

      Larry Gibson

    • #24149
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      Noticed some Fine calibers thrown out there.

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      So far I have not found any rifle more fun or interesting to shoot than my H&R Handi rifle in .357 mag, shooting .360dw brass .358 158 gr round nose boolit over 4.6 grains of Red Dot. Accurate, fun, just enough thump on my shoulder to tell me I ain’t shooting feathers, with a darn good thump down range.

      Easy to cast and load and extremely economical to shoot, Biggest single expense is primers, lead and powder both add penny to 1.5 cents. The .360dw brass lets me put my boolit just kissing the rifling. It just plain shoots.

      It shoots better than I can hold it. Doesn’t do it fast, but I don’t do much of anything fast these days.

    • #24173
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      I like my 308 Win. with a real strong runner up being .223 Rem. I have others with my only cast boolit rifle being a 30-06, as a matter of fact the 30-06 I got is a Winchester 70 to be my dedicated cast boolit shooter.

    • #24191
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      Well, I can’t decide on a favorite. But here’s what I think in general:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TC2xTCb_GU

    • #24234
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      Favorite 30-06 but I shoot and enjoy a lot of others , handgun and rifle. The Winchester m70 featherweight is the first to go deer hunting each fall.

    • #24241
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      Been stuck on the 7×57 since I bought my first Mauser over 40 years ago, but the 6.5 Swede and the 358 Win hold spots also. When it comes to handguns, it starts with the 41 Mag and then swings to the milder 44Spl.

    • #24412
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      I got into Sweed’s back when surplus hit the market in the 90’s I guess. Since then I have 9 of them, 94’s 38’s and 96’s along with a couple encore barrels. One of them made in 1900, cut to 22″ restocked and with buris glass is a one hole gun. Don’t hot rod them but deer don’t know 2400 from 2600. My new challenge will be a Remington 700 in 6mm.

    • #24487
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      .30-30 (Winchester 54)

    • #24680
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      Hmmm……. 22 LR and .308 Win. and .338-06.

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      6.5×55 and 260 Rem.

    • #24918
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      I also side with col. Whelen.

    • #24919
      Fishman
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      My favorite cartridge would have to be the 30/30 and I have more molds for .30 caliber guns than any other. However, variety is the spice of life and my favorite at the moment may be different depending on what I am trying to do.

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      Looks like a lot of hits for the 30 cals, 30-30,308…. Both great calibers and rightly so imho. If there is a more American caliber than .308 I would be surprised.
      At the moment I’m still sticking with the x55, maybe different next week.

    • #24928
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      For me, It’s got to be metric….

    • #24972
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      .308 Win
      35 Whelen

    • #24974
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      right now its 308 Win but the more I play with the 358 Win……

    • #25586
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      My favorite all time caliber??
      As far as most rounds down range and most enjoyment would have to be the 22LR hands down.
      For Deer, I have always liked the 25-06, it hits them like a lightning bolt. Boom and they are down in there tracks. I have probably only shot 2 deer that didn’t just go straight down after the shot, and those 2 probably only went 15-20 feet before pileing up.
      My favorite Elk caliber is the 30-06. I’ve taken somewhere around 13-14 Elk with my old Mauser and all but 2 have been with the 165 Rem PSPCL and all but one of them only needed one shot. (I’d like to thank Tim for finding me a couple hundred more of them. ) That should keep the ol girl happy for several more years 🙂

    • #25662
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      Paul Mausers 7mm , then the 8mm!

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      Hard for me to say…..six ’06s, six .308Ws, six 223s, four 45-70s, three 6.5x55s, four 7.65 Argentines, three 30-30s, four 7.62x54Rs, ……etc……..etc…….

      Larry Gibson

    • #25693
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      I’ll go with the good old Thirty Ought-Six. Primarily as it is the round chambered in my favorite rifles to shoot, the 1903, 1917 and M1 Garand as well as a couple of Pre-64 Model 70 Winchesters. I certainly won’t argue that others are just as much fun, but the Ought-Six just seems to do it all pretty well from cast bullet shooting and plinking to National Match and 1,000 yard shooting. From rabbits with cast to Elk with jacketed slugs it’s all in the realm of the aging, but still capable Ought-Six.

    • #25702
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      For North and South America, I would stay with .30-06 A close second is the .30-40 Krag. and my 1895 Win rifle in that caliber. Wish I had the same rifle in -06.

    • #26052
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      This is a very subjective topic 😉
      I will have to agree with others, it depends on what I am doing at the time. For a cast rifle, right now is the 6.5×50 Arisaka, an absolute pleasure to shoot with 14.5g of 2400 under a 266469.
      For plinking and just general all around fun, M1 carbine. Havent tried cast in it yet I have taken a few jack rabbits with it, one out to 90 yards DRT. I actually thought I missed, didnt see it fall but didnt see it run either.
      For hunting, depends on the game, whatever Im packing is the other half of my team.

    • #26064
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      I have to say 30_06, my first one was an ancient Husqvarna with an equally ancient 4 x Weaver scope. As far as second place, I would have to choose between 222, 25_06, 30_30. Never owned a .308, but probably should have.

    • #26094
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      i ve used and own now 22lr, 22h, 222rem ,243win, 308win, 303-270, 3006 spr ,250sav,303brit ,the only one I didn’t like was the 243win and I had two and wont have another ,too much bark and not enough bite ,first packed for any trip is the cbc122 rimfire followed by m77 in 250sav ,I haven’t a 222r at the moment but there is room in the gun safe ,roo

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      I have to say the 30/30 only because I love to load it down. .311 round balls and 2.5 – 3 grains of Green Dot at 35 yards are tons of fun. And I can load it up and kill anything on my side of the country. I do love the 6.5×55 and the 7×55 but nothing fits my hand like a model 94.

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