Most underrated caliber?

Discussion in 'Modern Firearms' started by Ash12, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. Kylongrifle32

    Kylongrifle32 Spike

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    I would have said 7mm-08 but will now lean towards the 38-55 now that I have hunted with this cartridge.
     
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  2. 1wildcatfan

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    How many guns are made and sold in that caliber?
     
  3. aaronc

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    For deer I'm assuming? I'm a .243 man,...my model 7 has been killin horn for over 30 years,...in KY woods I would have no other. I think most prefer larger calibers,...I have them,...got a model 700 in 7 mag that is a great rifle,...bought it to take out to the mid-west for more punch down range. It does that and then some,...but I have no use for it in a hills and hollar deer hunt,...I don't even enjoy it for that. I do love a 22-250 for my varmints.,.......and others for other reasons. I'm not really into all the newfangled calibers.
     
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  4. Riflelooney

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    Man. Where to start. So many greats have faded from the limelight.

    22WMR, 221fireball, 222Rem, 250savage, 7x57mauser(.275rigby for you proper folk),
     
  5. CRFmxracer

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    .35 Remington. Very versatile with the leverevolution load.
     
  6. CRFmxracer

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    Funny you say this, because the 6.5 creedmoor is one of the most popular new rounds currently and from a hunting standpoint the .270 performs almost as good if not better
     
  7. High Rack

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    6.5 Creedmoor ......hands down the best all around caliber ever invented, second IMO is the 22 mag.
     
  8. JDMiller

    JDMiller 12 pointer

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    The 270 is a fine caliber for Ky whitetails .. carried one too long and can attest to that. But any critter above deer / pronghorn sized... theres not a lot of versatility to go much heavier than 150 gr bullets. Which there’s just much better choices with more versatility concerning elk, moose,ect.

    This is where I’d give the nod to a
    30-06 or 308 as the most versatile caliber with off the shelf ammo.

    Which in my opinion concerning trajectory and ballistic trajectory... the 6.5 is more akin to the 308 than the 270.
     
  9. Riflelooney

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    270 will be flatter outta the gate to a few hundred yards or so. 130s leaving the spout at 3100 vs 140s leading at 28-2900. However when the ranges get out there the high BC of the 6.5 will out perform the .270. Nosler just released some new super high BC bullets for the .277 bore that could be a game changer. Although it will require a super fast twist rifle and idk any manufacturer building fast twist 270s. Inside of 300 yards which is where most game is shot anyway there’s hardly a whit worth of difference. But if you plan to shoot way out yonder. The 6.5 is a better mousetrap.
     
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  10. xbokilla

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    I’ve gun hunted with a 270 for years. However, Got one of the inexpensive Axis 6.5 I have never got out of the box. True story, I know a guy who just loves long distance shooting, doesn’t even hunt much. He took the Axis 6.5 with the cheap scope that came with it and drilled pie plates at 450yds right after sighting in. He changed his scope to some type of Leupold I can’t afford and he can wear out a 4x4 circle at 700yds. This is the Savage Axis, not the high end stuff. I don’t have much experience with it so far but the 6.5 must be a good caliber.
     
  11. 1wildcatfan

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    koolaid drinker. If this was an overrated caliber thread, the creedmore would be at the top unless you're a long range silhouette shooter, where the 6.5s and heavy 6s really shine because if their BC. Within 4-500 yds Theresa a minimum of two dozen calibers that will do everything and more than the creedmoor. Now it would an upgrade from a 223 in an AR platform.
     
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  12. High Rack

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    Opinions vary. I was a GMG in the Navy, so I had access to a plethora of different calibers. Not saying that there is not others that would outperform the 6.5, but for North American hunting and general use, the 6.5 will do anything you need it to do. I have killed many deer with 270, 7mm mag, 308, 30/6, which are the general go to rounds, but when I shot the 6.5, all my other rifles suddenly became safe queens. Short range to long range, it's just a better round that keeps getting better as more ammo and gun manufacturer companies innovate.
    Koolaid take the heat off........ The Creedmoor puts the flavor on!
     
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  13. 1wildcatfan

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    :)
    If you haven't already, check out the ballistics on the 6.5 PRC. I see one of those in my future.
     
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  14. Drahts

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    I'll go along with 1Wildcat on the 25-06 and Riverboss on the 22mag. Creed is a Kool-Aid Facebook caliber. But shoot what you want and makes ya happy. In KY there ain't nothing the 22mag won't kill. Same for the 25 but it's a touch large on twitchy squirrels to not ruin meat. :) The 25, You can take one out of the box with factory ammo, sight it in and blast targets at 450 all day long. You can shoot ground hogs with the 25 and watch em flip before feeling the light recoil of the gun. That's fast. Can do that in a lot of guns. It all comes down to what you want and like. I have 2 30-06, a 300RUM, a 25-06, a 243, a 220 (that is a fave of mine), 223, 17HMR (it is responsible for the demise of the 22mag I believe) and several 22s. I bought the 30-06s because I was hunting out west a good bit and wanted a caliber that if I forgot my ammo, I could find some easily. I didn't know then how good that cal was but as I truly learned to shoot and reload I found out what this gun could do in capable hands. Next up for me 308 why? Why not!
     

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