| | Brush cartridges, take a pass on them
I wish someone a long time ago had said don't ever say you can shoot through brush. Even the big bore magnums that are used in Africa can be deflected if shot through brush. As a rule I will NOT shoot through any brush. I really want a clear view of were I want the bullet to go. I haven't had it happen to me but several friends tell stories of missing a sure shot only to walk up and have a small tree basically cut in two by their bullet on the way to the deer they were shooting at. The brush calibers that people like to recommend are usually large bores with heavy weight bullets. I would love one of the Marlin 1895 in 444 Marlin. The only problem with this rifle is that it will kick like a mule from the bench at the range and will not do anything better than the 30-06s I have. Plus the 30-06s give the shooter options that the 444 Marlin could only dream about. If you want to do a little test, go to a small Mom and Pop gas and snack station near where you plan to hunt. If they offer ammo for sale and most will if the area is popular with hunters during the season ask what calibers they stock for. I will bet that you will find 30-30, 30-06, 270, .308, .243, 7mm Rem mag, and 12 ga slug. What this tells you is these are what 95% of the hunters are using and looking for when they forget their ammo at home.