Posted By maad on 11 Feb 2012 11:44 AM
Glad to see so many comments I don't have much experience with rifles other than .22s had a .222 for about two years. Sold it because was starting a family, now the kids are out of the house and have a little more time and money so I was hopping do more hunting. I was looking to buy one rifle that would work almost everything, but from the comments I think I will need to buy at least two. One for prairie-dogs to mule-deer probably mostly coyotes, and the other for large elk and moose and possibly larger game if I get the opportunity. Would like both rifles to be deadly out past 300 yards thanks for your help.
A two rifle combo makes more sense, and is better suited to taking a variety of game I think.
I've hunted with various calibers and have selected the 25/06 as my "go to" rifle for deer/antelope, coyotes, and varmints. Larger game, elk, black bear, moose, bison, and other large game get the .300 Win Mag with a 200 grain Accubond. Both calibers are more than enough out to 300+ yards if you can shoot that far.
The 30/06 would be able to do it all but is a little too much on the smaller animal end and not quite enough, IMHO, on the larger animal end. The same can be said about the .270 I think. Yes, a .270 will work, quite well, with a premium bullet but if you're going to a 2 Rifle Battery then the .270 doesn't make sense to me.
If I could have only one rifle it would be a .300 but I like the 2 Rifle Battery idea better. Truth be told the 25/06 is a pleasure to shoot. The .300 Win Mag, not so much.