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Cartridge X Vs. Cartridge Y

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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  1. I agree. Reading the “.270 vs. .30-06″ stories becomes redundant. Too, the magnum articles also. The average American
    hunter remains over gunned anyway! So what is wrong with declaring
    the venerable, historical, and versatile 7mm Mauser (7×57) as a
    dual purpose deer/elk caliber. Of course, the 7mm Mauser was
    developed in 1892 as a military caliber. Being adopted by the
    governments (Armies) of Spain, Mexico, Central America, and half
    of South America and seeing action in the Spanish American War in
    Cuba (1898), the South African Boer War (1899-1902), Spanish Civil
    War (1936-1939), and many other armed conflicts, the 7mm Mauser has
    demonstrated itself in both combat and in the huntings fields
    world wide now for well over a century. Loaded with modern ammo
    the 7mm Mauser, and even the .300 Savage, still makes alot of sense. Being over gunned and having “magnumania” remains no substitute for competency, common sense, accuracy, and practical
    shooting.

  2. I appreciate you sharing this article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  3. I whole heartedly agree that cart. X Vs cart. Y is good for fireside conversation. I have found though 60 some years of shooting/hunting that any well made cartridge in any caliber from 6mm up can be satisfactorily used IF one knows his shooting capabilities and only takes reasonable shots. Placement is far more important than cal. or vel. I own and have used about 35 rifles for deer, antelope, and elk and have only had to fire a follow up shot two times. The follow up was not the rifle/cal fault but my own fault as I tried to make a quartering away shot with a .243 and a 7 x 57 respectively. Both times the Bulls were knocked down but got up to run. I found out that both bullets had not reached the “boiler room”but had been stopped by the chewed grass in the gut as I had hit about 6 inches too far back. My currect “go too” rifle is a Parkerhale 1200P in .300 mag with 165 gn Hornady w/Interlock bullets. I have killed 2 deer and 5 Bulls and still have 1/2 a box left. The “Make It Count” article by John Barness is dead on!! Regards, Ray

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