What caliber does /k/ think is the best for small game to deer/medium game hunting. I.e. Possum to mule deer. I would say .243
I feel like you guys are going a little into the beefier side. Let's get some lighter calibers in here that still have enough power for whitetail or other. Maybe get off the .30 caliber rounds
Mule deer can get pretty beefy. 30-06 would cover that. But with the advances in hunting rounds any of the smaller rounds mentioned could be just as viable for all I know.
When I think of a .243 I don't think mule deer I think Southeastern white tail as the max.
If you plan to actually eat most of what you kill, 30-30 or any other intermediate rifle cartridge will work fine. If you don't want to eat the little critters, .308 is a good choice because ots not too expensive and will work on almost anything in north America
What about 8mm mauser? Most heavy bullet American loadings put it on par with 30-30, the 180gr stuff is usually comparable to 308, and the really good European stuff is just over 30-06 in power with the same weight bullet.
.25-06 will do it all and leave some tasty morsels for the grill.
If I was a better shot I could have probably eaten the rabbits I shot with it in my youth. I switched to .22lr because I couldn't pull off <50 yard head shots on little critters with the .25-06
Doesn't exist. However, there are rounds to match what you want.
Wanna kill varmints? 22-06
Wanna kill varmint at 4000fps? 22-250
Wanna remove durr? 243, 30-30, and 308
Wanna remove bacon? 308, 6.5 Grendel, and 30-06
Wanna remove burr? 308, 300 rem mag, and 7mm mag.
Wanna kill everything more deader with much fastness? Modern 45-70.
.280 has, arguably, the best terminal ballistics of the .30" and smaller bullets. It's a shame everyone here thinks of it as a youth round.
Neat. Learned something new today.
>best for small game to deer/medium game hunting.
Use what's nearby.Necessity is the mother of invention.
Id probably go for 6.5 swede if I had to choose only one rifle round for the rest of my hunting days. Light loads are good for whitetail/boar/coyote removal, heavier loads can handle mule deer/elk/blackbear/bigfoot from range just fine.
... compared to a centerfire rifle pushing a bullet close to 3000fps?
Have you ever hunted small game with a shotgun? The mess has less to do with the gauge and more to do with your choke and shot size.
>I would like to hunt small game and large game with the same gun
The answer is always 12ga shotgun. You can get into a 3" chambered pump with a field barrel that takes screw in chokes and a rifled slug barrel for under $400. I could do 90% of my hunting with a gun like this. You can be hunting grouse on the edge of a meadow one minute, and making a play on a deer the next, just by swapping your shells out. I always carry a few foster slugs while I'm bird hunting, just for this reason.
My niggah. I've been looking into this round, and have been hoping it catches on in popularity. Dr. Matt even did a video about it on Demolition Ranch