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By Dave Campbell
July 08, 2014

Dave Campbell offers a look at the most popular all-around sporting cartridges.

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Latest Comments

shootbrownelk wrote:
September 06, 2014

John Thomas, thanks for your service...but you never heard of Dave Campbell? Really? You don't read magazines much huh? As far as the .375 H&H goes, if you reload and I do, you can load 210/235 gr. barnes X bullets and use it for anything. It's been around a long long time because it works.

Terry wrote:
September 05, 2014

I read this article and noticed a couple things. One, four of the five cartridges are of U.S. origin. secondly why include three .30 caliber cartridges? You could argue that the .30-06, and the .30-30 could both be replaced with the .308 Winchester. Granted the .30-06 has a little more versatility than the .308 since it has a wider range of bullet weights available and to include both the '06 and .308 would be redundant. So the '06 should probably get the nod here because it can almost match the .300 Win Mag in performance. But the fact remains that the .308 is a shorter cartridge and therefore fits in shorter actions like the .30-30. It is available in the Browning BLR for lever fans, and there are lots of Savage 99s out there as well. The .30-30 is more versatile than some realize, but the .308 has to be favored here. But again, why include three .30 caliber cartridges. I would suggest a U.S. cartridge that has been around longer than any of the others might be considered too; the .45-70. It has transitioned well from black powder to modern powders. In modern rifles it can be loaded to take any game in North America. So If going with only one .30 caliber cartridge the .30-06 gets the nod. I would go with the .338 Win Mag over the .300. And I would add the .45-70 to the list. Finally I would drop the 375 H & H and add the .25-06 or .243 Winchester for the lower end of the power range. That's my list for what it's worth.

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