Favorite Rifle Cailber?

Discussion in 'Rifles & Shotguns' started by GeorgiaRedfish, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    What's your favorite rifle caliber?
    Self Defense-
    Long Range Work-
    Short Range Work-

    any other application. What rifle rounds do you love?
  2. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Hunting .270
    Self defense .45
    .338 lappua

  3. Chris

    Chris YOU ****!!!! Supporting Addict

    Aug 17, 2011
    Not a rifle hunter, but I do like to shoot though. Top three would be .22 lr, .223/5.56, and .308.

    DRYHUMOR Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    I don't know if I've got a favorite....

    I plink with 223, hunt with 257 Roberts, target with 308.

    I have a rebarrel in the works, going to a 260 Remington. Prob target with that, more than hunt.
  5. Joe C

    Joe C Custom Pistolsmith Sponsor

    Sep 11, 2011
    For huntin' I'm kinda partial to my 7mm Mag but I like the venerable .308 as well...for deer sized game.

    Long range work, depends on what I'm shootin' at or for...the above two apply pretty well. Although I have a new rifle in the works that will be chambered in .240NMC that is a 1000 yard cartridge wildcat.

    Short range? We are talking rifles right?...LOL! .22lr I guess. Got a bunch of them. Also have become a fan of the .223 in a heavy bolt gun thanks to my friend DRYHUMOR. Lots of fun to shoot and super accurate.
  6. Mechanized

    Mechanized He's a large "member" Supporting Addict

    Sep 24, 2011
    22-250 Hunting
    50 M33 ball for self defense Linked preferably
    Long range work 308
    Short range work 22LR It's Cheap

    Please define work.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011
  7. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    50 bmg for self defense?
  8. Mechanized

    Mechanized He's a large "member" Supporting Addict

    Sep 24, 2011
    Yeah was editing it. Yes it gives me a warm and fuzzy with the butterfly trigger.
  9. Sir Guy

    Sir Guy Sharpening Ockham's Razor Supporting Addict

    Aug 20, 2011
    5.56 mm for work.

    .22 LR for play.

    .45-70 for hiking/camping. (Marlin lever-action guide gun.)


  10. EdS

    EdS Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    Hunting... 6.5x55 or .45-70

    Self defense... 7,62x39

    Long range.. 6.5x55
  11. Carolinaboy

    Carolinaboy Aim Small Miss Small Supporting Addict

    Sep 17, 2011
    Hunting: .270 & .308
    Self Defense: .45

    Long Range: 338 Lapua (dream rifle round)

    Short Range: .223
  12. ajstrider

    ajstrider Active Member

    Sep 15, 2011
    My dad was always a big fan of the .308 for everything, it is a great caliber for North American game, including two legged critters who come calling in the night. That sort of rubbed of on me. I also love to hunt squirrels and rabbits with my .22 rimfires and recently I am becoming a big fan of the two .17 rimfires. I've started to branch out a bit and have a .243 and .270 now, I am going to hunt with the .243 for deer this year (this weekend is opening weekend!)

    Defense work, I guess I really prefer my Remington 870 Tactical model with some 12 gauge 00 buckshot loads stuffed in its tube. Hard to argue with that for home defense. If you wanted to look at farther than 25 yards or make me actually choose a rifle, I would move on to a .223 or .308, AR platform.

    Short Range and Long Range work go to the .308. The variety of accurate rifles and loads in this caliber is unlike any other. It will do everything from 1 yard to 1000 yards. I sure can't do much with it out to 1000 yards though, I will leave that to better riflemen than myself.
  13. t0kie

    t0kie Lock 'n Load

    Nov 12, 2011
    I love the .308 for long range.
  14. Cerebrus

    Cerebrus Push to test, release to detonate

    Aug 17, 2011
    .30-06 for hunting..
    .45-70 for SD
    I don't shoot at much over 100m so both calibers I have work remarkably well.. (namely because I am lazy and don't like walkin that far to check targets) :thumb:
  15. Rob Alderman

    Rob Alderman Member

    Oct 24, 2011
    Hunting - 30/30
    Long Range - .308
    Plinking - .22LR

    CRAZY JOHN New Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    260 Rem. for Deer and Antelope, 515 yard kill last year on an Antelope Buck with Hornady 129 Gr. SST's
    300 Win. Mag or 300 WSM for Elk, Moose and Black Bear
  17. bw210

    bw210 Active Member

    Aug 23, 2011
    Hunting: 44mag lever... yea, yea, I know. With Indiana's screwy rules on brass length, no rifle cartridges... for deer that is. Use a 300 WinMag for squirrels if you like:der: Sad part is I have several of high powered scoped rifles sighted in for 50 yards since I shoot about 65 yards max on private property.

    Plinking: 22lr of course. Cheap and it's pretty hard to blast through 550 rounds in a single sitting. Kids love it and I enjoy it more and more.

    Fun: 7.62x54R since I have several length Mosins and a TIGR. Cheap ammo, accurate and LOUD. What more could you ask for.
    Also shoot the snot out of IMI 5.56 in the AR's.

    Self Defense: Mostly 12ga "00" since we have very close neighbors. They might get upset if I fire a rifle if needed and put ventilation holes in their house.
  18. GoetzTalon

    GoetzTalon Well-Known Member

    Oct 21, 2011
    Varmint hunting-.17 remington out to 300 yards. Long range varmint hunting 25-06 past 500 yards and home defense 45-70 marlin lever gun.
  19. Earlsbud

    Earlsbud Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 28, 2011
    Hunting- .30-06 ,22LR
    Self Defense- 7.62 x 39
    Long Range Work- .30-06
    Short Range Work- Brush gun? Hose down a bedroom doorway? Ground squirrel on the bird feeder?
  20. rukwikenuf

    rukwikenuf Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    wow, you're the first to say 30-30! that's a bit of a surprise to me

    my list is short: favorite cartridge i own? .270 Win. hunting and "long range" (which is 500 yards to me, but it can group a solid 8-10" from a 1972 mfg Ruger M77...)

    defensive ammo for rifle? yeah.... i believe defensive should be shotgun or hand gun
    short range? quite the same as defensive!

    having said that, i'm a fan of many other calibers, but my only rifle is .270 win.
    i like the 5.56NATO for long range (hey, the Corps taught me to shoot that bitch at 500 yards, iron sights). close range, also 5.56NATO. i like the 6.8SPCII, and my favorite that i have shot (from a rifle) was the 300RUM. whoa, that one was fun.
    favorite GUN? probably the MK19 (40mm grenades launched fully auto downrange? good times!)

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