Bushman wrote: On the shelf were the following deer size cartridges:
Six common chamberings for rifles in these parts..What makes any of those others better for your own deer hunting?
For deer only
This is one of those where it’s probably easier to say why any one is “worse” than the rest than why it’s “better”…
The 7 Mag and the ’06 are over the top, power-wise. Most hunters never learn to manage the recoil well at normal deer hunting ranges, which renders the long reach of the 7 mag rather pointless and stupid.
The .30-30 is more than adequate – as a cartridge – for I’d guess over 95% of the deer shot in the US every year, but you can’t buy it in a good bolt action, and there’s really no better tool for the job than a well-made bolt with a good trigger and a better scope.
The .243 is (one might argue “has become
”) a perfectly adequate deer round, provided that you buy good enough bullets… But given the cost and scarcity of such loads, you could find yourself better off with a number of cartridges that didn’t make the short list above. A 7-08, for example…
That leaves the .270 and the horrible, short, fat & dumpy .308….
For my own purposes, the .308 is probably the better option, because I don’t reload and practice ammo can be had cheaply. Also, the lower velocities of the factory loads give it a slight advantage in the tidy carcass department, which is helpful when most of your shots are taken at ranges that are well within reason for an iron-sighted, roundball muzzleloader.
Take the bullet up to 165 grains, and a .308 is still flat enough for Elk hunting at any range that I would be apt to consider without a rangefinder in hand. Whether it would be by any means “better” than a .270…
But for deer only, I’m still curious as to why we don’t have a popular wildcat for the .308 case necked down to accept a 130-grain bullet from a .270…