Me too HM. I have every caliber mentioned in this thread, like all of them. But there's nothin' better than turnin' on "The Rifleman" at 5:00 Sunday mornin' and watchin' Chuck Connors spin that 30-30 around and then ram somemore rounds into it!!
Anyone you would write that might just be an old-tmer, like me. I still watch Chuck spin that 30/30 almost every night.
Hey, here's my response to ALL the endless
"debates" about what is the best rifle and caliber. Everyone has their favorite(s), but we get into trouble when we start thinking that our
favorite should be eveyone's favorite, or even worse, that it is the best.
What we need to keep in mind is that:
1. just about all the rifle/caliber combinations that are out there can do the job for which they were intended.
2. owning and using a rifle is a very personal experience - the feel, performance, accuracy, perceived recoil, etc. are different for everyone depending on their physical makeup, experience, and their particular hunting conditions.
3. these discussions are never going to go away as long as "newbies" seek the wisdom of the more experienced hunters. (We've had this discussion dozens of times on this site.)
My advice on what is the "best": pick a rifle that is comfortable to shoot and meets your needs, practise, be safe, and don't be intimidated by what other hunters think about your choice, period.