Cartridge X Vs. Cartridge Y
Except, It Doesn’t Matter. What Really Matters Is… Well, Read On
Reviewing hunting and shooting forums on the Internet, I learned: (1) no one wants to read cartridge-comparison articles (contemptuously known as .270 vs. .30-06 stories), and (2) cartridge comparisons are almost always the most popular threads on the forums. People are funny.
Actually, the only .270 vs. .30-06 articles in my extensive magazine files date to around 1950. Today, you have to go to Internet forums to find them. Well, it’s all good clean fun.
If what you want is to use a centerfire rifle to kill big-game animals, cartridge choice is one of the least important issues. Here’s what matters (let’s take it for granted that safe gun handling precedes all else).
Shooting ability: I know, we all shoot sub-MOA groups from the bench. A hunter also needs to be able to hit a reasonably-sized target, say 6″ to 8″ in diameter, in a reasonable time frame, while out of breath, cold, hot, tired, maybe a wee bit excited and with your hunting partner hissing “Shoot! Shoot!” in your ear. As an old African professional is supposed to have said, “I don’t care if you can hit a pea at 300 yards. Can you hit a buffalo from 6′?”
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