The Best Big-Game Calibers

Whitetail
Whitetail
Minimum Caliber
.243 Win., 6mm Rem. Recommended
.250 Savage, .257 Roberts, .25/06, .260 Rem., .270 Win., 7mm/08 Rem., .280 Rem., .30/30, .308 Win., .30/06, .35 Rem. Jim's Favorite
.260 Rem.
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Mule Deer
Mule Deer
Minimum Caliber
.250 Savage, .257 Roberts Recommended
.25/06, .260 Rem., .270 Win., 7mm/08 Rem., .280 Rem., .308 Win., .30/06 Jim's Favorite
.280 Rem.
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Caribou
Caribou
Minimum Caliber
.25/06, .260 Rem., 7mm/08 Rem. Recommended
.270 Win., .280 Rem., .308 Win., .30/06, any of the 7mm or .300 magnums Jim's Favorite
7x57 and .280 Rem.
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Mountain Goat
Mountain Goat
Minimum Caliber
.257 Wby. Mag. Recommended
.270 Win., .280 Rem., .30/06, any of the .270, 7mm or .300 magnums Jim's Favorite
.270 Win. and .280 Rem.
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Sheep
Sheep
Minimum Caliber
.25/06, .257 Wby. Mag. Recommended
.270 Win., .280 Rem., .30/06, any of the .270, 7mm or .300 magnums Jim's Favorite
.280 Rem.
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Elk
Elk
Minimum Caliber
.25/06, .260 Rem., 7mm/08 Rem., .308 Win. Recommended
.270 Win., .280 Rem., .30/06, any of the 7mm, .300, or .338 magnums, .325 Win., .338 Win. Mag. Jim's Favorite
.338 Win. Mag.
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Moose
Moose
Minimum Caliber
.270 Win., .280 Rem., .308 Win. Recommended
.30/06, any of the 7mm, .300 or .338 magnums, .325 Win. Jim's Favorite
.338 Win. Mag.
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Black Bear
Black Bear
Minimum Caliber
.30/30 Win. Recommended
.270 Win., .280 Rem., .308 Win., .30/06, .338 Fed., .35 Rem., .444 Marlin, .45/70 Jim's Favorite
.308 Win.
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Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear
Minimum Caliber
.30/06 (with 180-gr. or heavier premium bullets) Recommended
.300 and .338 magnums, .340 Wby. Mag., .375 H&H; Mag. Jim's Favorite
.338 Win. Mag. (with .250-gr. bullets)
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Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear
Minimum Caliber
.30/06 (with 180-gr. or heavier premium bullets) Recommended
.300 and .338 magnums, .340 Wby. Mag., .375 H&H; Mag. Jim's Favorite
.338 Win. Mag. (with .250-gr. bullets)
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Here are Jim Carmichel's picks for the minimum, recommended and best calibers for ten different big-game species. Are you using enough gun on your hunting trips? Find out.