The Best Big-Game Calibers

Here are Jim Carmichel’s picks for the minimum, recommended and best calibers for ten different big-game species. Are you using … Continued

Whitetail

<strong>Minimum Caliber</strong><br /> .243 Win., 6mm Rem. <strong>Recommended</strong><br /> .250 Savage, .257 Roberts, .25/06, .260 Rem., .270 Win., 7mm/08 Rem., .280 Rem., .30/30, .308 Win., .30/06, .35 Rem. <strong>Jim's Favorite</strong><br /> .260 Rem.

Mule Deer

<strong>Minimum Caliber</strong><br /> .250 Savage, .257 Roberts <strong>Recommended</strong><br /> .25/06, .260 Rem., .270 Win., 7mm/08 Rem., .280 Rem., .308 Win., .30/06 <strong>Jim's Favorite</strong><br /> .280 Rem.

Caribou

<strong>Minimum Caliber</strong><br /> .25/06, .260 Rem., 7mm/08 Rem. <strong>Recommended</strong><br /> .270 Win., .280 Rem., .308 Win., .30/06, any of the 7mm or .300 magnums <strong>Jim's Favorite</strong><br /> 7×57 and .280 Rem.

Mountain Goat

<strong>Minimum Caliber</strong><br /> .257 Wby. Mag. <strong>Recommended</strong><br /> .270 Win., .280 Rem., .30/06, any of the .270, 7mm or .300 magnums <strong>Jim's Favorite</strong><br /> .270 Win. and .280 Rem.

Sheep

<strong>Minimum Caliber</strong><br /> .25/06, .257 Wby. Mag. <strong>Recommended</strong><br /> .270 Win., .280 Rem., .30/06, any of the .270, 7mm or .300 magnums <strong>Jim's Favorite</strong><br /> .280 Rem.

Elk

<strong>Minimum Caliber</strong><br /> .25/06, .260 Rem., 7mm/08 Rem., .308 Win. <strong>Recommended</strong><br /> .270 Win., .280 Rem., .30/06, any of the 7mm, .300, or .338 magnums, .325 Win., .338 Win. Mag. <strong>Jim's Favorite</strong><br /> .338 Win. Mag.

Moose

<strong>Minimum Caliber</strong><br /> .270 Win., .280 Rem., .308 Win. <strong>Recommended</strong><br /> .30/06, any of the 7mm, .300 or .338 magnums, .325 Win. <strong>Jim's Favorite</strong><br /> .338 Win. Mag.

Black Bear

<strong>Minimum Caliber</strong><br /> .30/30 Win. <strong>Recommended</strong><br /> .270 Win., .280 Rem., .308 Win., .30/06, .338 Fed., .35 Rem., .444 Marlin, .45/70 <strong>Jim's Favorite</strong><br /> .308 Win.

Grizzly Bear

<strong>Minimum Caliber</strong><br /> .30/06 (with 180-gr. or heavier premium bullets) <strong>Recommended</strong><br /> .300 and .338 magnums, .340 Wby. Mag., .375 H&amp;H; Mag. <strong>Jim's Favorite</strong><br /> .338 Win. Mag. (with .250-gr. bullets)

Grizzly Bear

<strong>Minimum Caliber</strong><br /> .30/06 (with 180-gr. or heavier premium bullets) <strong>Recommended</strong><br /> .300 and .338 magnums, .340 Wby. Mag., .375 H&amp;H; Mag. <strong>Jim's Favorite</strong><br /> .338 Win. Mag. (with .250-gr. bullets)

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.