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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

Lynn wrote:
August 15, 2014

You state 300 Win Mag in your write up and then at the end 300 short mag. I's agree with you list. But for varmit hunting I might want something different, say 7x57 or 6mm or 223.

Bob wrote:
July 29, 2014

I am guessing most popular from the quantities sold rather than opinions of gun writers. It matters little which caliber as long as the shot is true.

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