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  • There are some great rifle calibers whose merits are debated on the forum. Here is a different perspective on choosing the best.

    There are some great rifle calibers whose merits are debated on the forum. Here is a different perspective on choosing the best. The 7mm Mauser, the .375 H & H Magnum, the 30-06 and the .308 have all sponsored the development of successful rounds based on their cases. Based on that criterion, which one is the winner? Perhaps, I have neglected a round that you feel should be included in this list?

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    Last year another magazine conducted an online survey and the 30-06 was chosen by the readers.

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    • #3
      I'm not really sure on what you are asking, but from your list as an all around caliber I would choose the .30-06.

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      • #4
        Based on the number of different cartridges based on the original case listed above, I would say it is either the 308 or the 375 H&H. The 375 was used to develop most of the belted magnums being used today and the 308 has it's own legitimate offspring and a number of wildcats.

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          I don't do a lot of rifle hunting, but as far as an all-around round, I would say the .308 is probably the winner. Although you can't go wrong with the .30-06 either.

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            I am not sure how many of the belted magnums came be way of the 375 H & H but as Birddog mentioned most have derived from that great old cartridge. The 30-06 spawned the .270, 25-06, .280, 35 Whelan, and 8mm06. I guess if you chose to rate the winner you might look at the overall sales of the original round and its related rounds. I would say the 30-06 and its offshoot rounds would easily score the highest as hunting rounds sold. I have the .375 H & H Magnum and a 300 Winchester Magnum, I have a 30-06 and a 25-06 and I have a 7 X 57 MM and a .257 Roberts .. so it is a tie between those three originals for me.

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              I also find it interesting that these great cartridges were developed over 100 years ago and remain effective and successful rounds today. The 7 X 57 in 1892, the 30-06 final version in 1906 and the .375 H & H Magnum in 1912. It says plenty about the knowledge of the men who invented these rounds.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by NM View Post
                Last year another magazine conducted an online survey and the 30-06 was chosen by the readers.
                It's hard to beat the .30-06

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JM View Post
                  I'm not really sure on what you are asking, but from your list as an all around caliber I would choose the .30-06.
                  Again, It's hard to beat the .30-06

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DSMbirddog View Post
                    Based on the number of different cartridges based on the original case listed above, I would say it is either the 308 or the 375 H&H. The 375 was used to develop most of the belted magnums being used today and the 308 has it's own legitimate offspring and a number of wildcats.
                    Now that's the way I read the question too.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
                      I don't do a lot of rifle hunting, but as far as an all-around round, I would say the .308 is probably the winner. Although you can't go wrong with the .30-06 either.
                      For years, I used the .308 exclusively on deer and pigs with no complaints

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Kody View Post
                        I am not sure how many of the belted magnums came be way of the 375 H & H but as Birddog mentioned most have derived from that great old cartridge. The 30-06 spawned the .270, 25-06, .280, 35 Whelan, and 8mm06. I guess if you chose to rate the winner you might look at the overall sales of the original round and its related rounds. I would say the 30-06 and its offshoot rounds would easily score the highest as hunting rounds sold. I have the .375 H & H Magnum and a 300 Winchester Magnum, I have a 30-06 and a 25-06 and I have a 7 X 57 MM and a .257 Roberts .. so it is a tie between those three originals for me.
                        Not bad choices.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Kody View Post
                          I also find it interesting that these great cartridges were developed over 100 years ago and remain effective and successful rounds today. The 7 X 57 in 1892, the 30-06 final version in 1906 and the .375 H & H Magnum in 1912. It says plenty about the knowledge of the men who invented these rounds.
                          That's a great point too. And don't forget the 6.5x55

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                            Here's something you may find interesting on this topic

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                              Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
                              Here's something you may find interesting on this topic
                              The .30-06 also inspired the .308 which is essentially just a shorter version

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