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The 12 Hottest Cartridges for Hunting and Shooting

The 12 Hottest Cartridges for Hunting and Shooting

If you desire a gun that gets the job done with a bit of flair and panache, then these 12 cartridges are for you.
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from O Garcia wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

the .270 Weatherby is the only smallbore Weatherby cartridge that Lazzeroni hasn't yet surpassed. in fact, his company has yet to produce a round in .270 caliber.

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from Kiko wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

The 7mm-08 is another of those rounds that deserve respect as a good all-around round. It is gaining quick popularity among hunters and shooter.

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I'm the proud owner of a colt combat commander in 38super. Accurate & deadly. Love that gun.

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from hmmmAnd wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Every time I read the .280 will do everything the 7mm RM will only with less recoil I have to laugh, recoil on the 7mm RM is slight, and considering it'll keep pace with the 300 RM out to 500 yds it's a gem.
I can load a 7mm RM down or buy the managed recoil ammo and you'd swear it was a .243, on the other hand a .280 just doesn't have the room to truly match a 7mm RM standard load, much less an optimized hand load.
About the only down side to the 7mm Rem. Mag is the longer barrel, but hey that's why the 30/06 is the ultimate brush gun.

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from Kody wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

So many cartridges to choose from and so little time. The .257 Roberts and the 250 Savage are the little brothers to the 25-06 that I have favoured for deer for years. Having the 250 Savage and the .257 Weatherby would make for a beautiful pairing. One light bush and short range rifle in 250 and the magnum .257 for reaching out and slamming that distant mule deer. Great article... I suggest generating the best of the old timers in cartridges. The 250 Savage and the 7 X57 Mauser would belong in that category and the 6.5 X 55 would also deserve consideration. In the bigger bore end of the spectrum the 375 H & H would be a no brainer. What about the other 7 entries OL?????

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from Mosquito Lake Raff wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I have a Browning 223 WSSM. It's the most accurate rifle I own. A 55gr.Combined Ballistic bullet @ 3976fps; .57" @100yds. It beats the 220 Swift (50gr.@3850fps) 223WSSM is [(was) it's no longer made]the King of the Hill. The problem I believe was Winchester rushed the rife to market with limited testing. The 1st rifle had bad chrome in the barrel; It was recalled. I think if anyone was interested B/4 that, they would chane their mind. Based on the performance,I'm glad I stuck it out. Long live the 223WSSM!

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from -BrushDog1- wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Calling the '06 boring isn't an insult. I have two and I'll never get rid of them. But everyone and their dog either owns one or has carried one. My dream gun is a Remington 700 BDL in .280. Love that caliber. It'll do anything practical that a 7mm will, with less recoil. I'd also love to have a Colt Operator in that .38 Super. Sure I'm biased, but I'll take a .38 caliber over a .45 ACP any day.

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from Montanagyrene wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

How DARE you call the 06 'boring'!! I'll give mine up when I can't pick it up any more, which may be SOON-it's a military surplus that weighs 10 1/2 lbs unloaded!! I've been looking for an excuse to buy a 280...Does Ruger still make them?

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from goredsox wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

You had me until 6.5 creedmoor. A 6.5x55 Swedish loaded to modern tolerances is a beautiful thing.

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from Outsider wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Where is the 300 Remington Ultra Mag...

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from 25-06 guy wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Great list, its good to see the Warbird on it, I have read alot about. What about the 240 Weatherby its a hotrod? Or the 264 WinMag?

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from bootleatherdog wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

If your looking for a "bit of flair and panache" one wildcat needs to be on the list. Several years age Nosler made the head stamped brass in anticipation of the 257 STW being tamed, close but no cigar. It shoots close to the same speed as the 220 Swift, but with twice the weight bullet. It's a powder burning fool, but it is FLAT OUT FUN.

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from Deerhunter138 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I reload my 308 and I love what it does for me. I have used it for more than 40 years I know what it can and can't do.

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from thins28 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Let's see who do you guys kid, a lot of these calibers are unique but what gets me is you don't consider cost of shooting at all just like when you evaluate the guns. How many people grew up pounding out 400 rounds of .17HMR hammering gophers or crows vs shooting .22lr at a fraction of the cost? And if I couldn't kill it with my .22lr I didn't need to be making the shot. Same with a lot of the other calibers have to have a stash of money to buy the gun to shoot it. Good luck on your list.

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from MazPower wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Pretty good list John, but I gotta say the 'Bob' is weak sauce. I thought you'd have the .25-06 along with the .257 Weatherby, we sell a lot more of that where I work than we do of the .257 Roberts.

I do love me some .17 HMR and .280 though.

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from Buckshott00 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Interesting article until the .35 Rem, that cost you a lot of respect. Gained it back with the .416 Rigby.

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from bootleatherdog wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

If your looking for a "bit of flair and panache" one wildcat needs to be on the list. Several years age Nosler made the head stamped brass in anticipation of the 257 STW being tamed, close but no cigar. It shoots close to the same speed as the 220 Swift, but with twice the weight bullet. It's a powder burning fool, but it is FLAT OUT FUN.

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from Deerhunter138 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I reload my 308 and I love what it does for me. I have used it for more than 40 years I know what it can and can't do.

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from 25-06 guy wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Great list, its good to see the Warbird on it, I have read alot about. What about the 240 Weatherby its a hotrod? Or the 264 WinMag?

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from Outsider wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Where is the 300 Remington Ultra Mag...

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from goredsox wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

You had me until 6.5 creedmoor. A 6.5x55 Swedish loaded to modern tolerances is a beautiful thing.

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from MazPower wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Pretty good list John, but I gotta say the 'Bob' is weak sauce. I thought you'd have the .25-06 along with the .257 Weatherby, we sell a lot more of that where I work than we do of the .257 Roberts.

I do love me some .17 HMR and .280 though.

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from Mosquito Lake Raff wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I have a Browning 223 WSSM. It's the most accurate rifle I own. A 55gr.Combined Ballistic bullet @ 3976fps; .57" @100yds. It beats the 220 Swift (50gr.@3850fps) 223WSSM is [(was) it's no longer made]the King of the Hill. The problem I believe was Winchester rushed the rife to market with limited testing. The 1st rifle had bad chrome in the barrel; It was recalled. I think if anyone was interested B/4 that, they would chane their mind. Based on the performance,I'm glad I stuck it out. Long live the 223WSSM!

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

I'm the proud owner of a colt combat commander in 38super. Accurate & deadly. Love that gun.

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from Buckshott00 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Interesting article until the .35 Rem, that cost you a lot of respect. Gained it back with the .416 Rigby.

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from thins28 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Let's see who do you guys kid, a lot of these calibers are unique but what gets me is you don't consider cost of shooting at all just like when you evaluate the guns. How many people grew up pounding out 400 rounds of .17HMR hammering gophers or crows vs shooting .22lr at a fraction of the cost? And if I couldn't kill it with my .22lr I didn't need to be making the shot. Same with a lot of the other calibers have to have a stash of money to buy the gun to shoot it. Good luck on your list.

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from Montanagyrene wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

How DARE you call the 06 'boring'!! I'll give mine up when I can't pick it up any more, which may be SOON-it's a military surplus that weighs 10 1/2 lbs unloaded!! I've been looking for an excuse to buy a 280...Does Ruger still make them?

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from -BrushDog1- wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Calling the '06 boring isn't an insult. I have two and I'll never get rid of them. But everyone and their dog either owns one or has carried one. My dream gun is a Remington 700 BDL in .280. Love that caliber. It'll do anything practical that a 7mm will, with less recoil. I'd also love to have a Colt Operator in that .38 Super. Sure I'm biased, but I'll take a .38 caliber over a .45 ACP any day.

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from Kody wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

So many cartridges to choose from and so little time. The .257 Roberts and the 250 Savage are the little brothers to the 25-06 that I have favoured for deer for years. Having the 250 Savage and the .257 Weatherby would make for a beautiful pairing. One light bush and short range rifle in 250 and the magnum .257 for reaching out and slamming that distant mule deer. Great article... I suggest generating the best of the old timers in cartridges. The 250 Savage and the 7 X57 Mauser would belong in that category and the 6.5 X 55 would also deserve consideration. In the bigger bore end of the spectrum the 375 H & H would be a no brainer. What about the other 7 entries OL?????

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from Kiko wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

The 7mm-08 is another of those rounds that deserve respect as a good all-around round. It is gaining quick popularity among hunters and shooter.

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from O Garcia wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

the .270 Weatherby is the only smallbore Weatherby cartridge that Lazzeroni hasn't yet surpassed. in fact, his company has yet to produce a round in .270 caliber.

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from hmmmAnd wrote 2 years 32 weeks ago

Every time I read the .280 will do everything the 7mm RM will only with less recoil I have to laugh, recoil on the 7mm RM is slight, and considering it'll keep pace with the 300 RM out to 500 yds it's a gem.
I can load a 7mm RM down or buy the managed recoil ammo and you'd swear it was a .243, on the other hand a .280 just doesn't have the room to truly match a 7mm RM standard load, much less an optimized hand load.
About the only down side to the 7mm Rem. Mag is the longer barrel, but hey that's why the 30/06 is the ultimate brush gun.

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