whats your hands down favorite centerfire rifle cartridge and why
Same here! I love shooting my M44 and 91/30. .308 is a very close second!
Just a slight correction, there was a African big game hunter in the 20's who used a 30-06 to take elephants and lions. Although I personally wouldn't use it for that, it has been done. That being said, it is an excellent cartridge for any game in North America.30-06 Springfield. America's cartridge for over 100 years. Will kill anything but the largest game. Can be found worldwide.
2nd choice would be the 30-30.
You will LOVE the 17hmr! It is one I usually keep inthe Jeep,truck,tractor well you get the point..lol The 50 is fun to shoot but wouldn't be on the top of my list. Although it is on there lol.. You don't get the same terminal ballistics but the 338 LM and the 300 Norma are great long range calibers that have less recoil than the 50 and not quite so expensive. As for people in the military shooting over 1000 yds. Unless they were a sniper, I doubt they were shooting at a grand. I'm not saying it didn't happen but it sure wasn't a regular thing. I know I never did.Great question and a lot of great answers. My first gun (probably like most of us) was a BB gun, and I loved shooting it. Soon I moved up to a .22lr and loved shooting it. Then as a young teen most people in my area of the south graduated to what we called "deer rifles"...centerfire rifle calibers, .243, .270, 30-06 and I loved shooting them. Didn't think much about the .223/5.56 until I bought my first AR and I really loved shooting it and was amazed at the fun I had with it. When my buddies let me shoot their .308 or 7.62 I loved shooting them. Unlike many of you I don't have military training and I wish I could take a 1000 yard shot and will one day. Would love to shoot the .50 but will probably never own one. Will probably buy a .17 HMR soon and although it is not a centerfire, I think that would be a fun caliber.
So of the centerfire calibers that I own or shoot regularly, the 223/5.56 is probably my favorite. It may be the weapon and magazine options that I like as much as the caliber.
As a side note, my young nephew shot his first centerfire rifle this weekend, .270 Win and the look on his face was fantastic!