Here we go again with this topic...seems to always start a fuss with everybody's different opinions. Just pick the caliber that fits the size game your're hunting and go with it. When you get the size even close, Shot Placement is the KEY...Not caliber.
I started a ruckous(sp?) on the last thread topic like this about the .243 caliber...I won't go there again...too many .243 homers on here. My favoritesare the30-06 and 7mm-08. Again, shot placement!
7mm-08, i was saying it when nobody knew what it was. now i got a lot of others but this is probably my all around favorite. wait a minute, what did i shoot those 2 nice 8 pts. with during the first week, did i forget (.257 weatherby mag). i like it also.
Everyone has their favorite that work best for them. The key is to pick one that works best for what YOU are hunting. Do some research, google searches, public opinion polls, etc. and you will get a dozen different answers. If you only plan to hunt deer locally then your choose may not be the same as someone looking to travel hunting bigger game. Again, do some research and base your choose on your target.
I'm a big fan of the new .408 CherTec, that's for hunting a different beast altogether though, I hunt four legged critters with a 30.06, switch up the grain depending on what I'm going after, pretty versatile round IMO
Depends on what I'm doing, but my favorite all around deer, elk rifle is my 30-06. My buddy had a 7mm mag that was quite impressive also. For long shots at small game I love my 220 swift with the bull barrel, had a lot of fun shooting prairie dogs in Montana with that one. This year I got a 50 cal muzzle loader for my B-day I'm using that until I kill something with it, it's a blast to shoot and is super accurate. I'll have to give it to the 50 cal Muzzy most fun to shoot!!
I have to go with Heartofdixie on the fact that it's shot placement not caliber. JMO
Deer. I had a 270 that I won in a raffle and traded for the 7mm08. I haited the 270. 7mm08 was a youth gun and it kicked like a mule. So I bought the 7mmwsm and love it. It is a perfect all a round gun. Also I had a 30/06 six and loved it too.