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the 30-06 and a .375 Ruger
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Ive used them all at one time or another, its part of the fun and the game, but over those some 70 plus years of hunting, I realized that the 30-06 would do for about any creature out there, even elephant, but that said if you have a .375 to back up the 06, you don't need anything else, your just still playing the game.. sofa


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Ray is correct on this !


Anyone who claims the 30-06 is ineffective has either not tried one, or is unwittingly commenting on their own marksmanship
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Posts: 3897 | Location: Bristol Bay | Registered: 24 April 2004Reply With Quote
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Well, I'm still playing as Ray said, but I'm having a lot of fun playing the game. I agree with Ray on the 30-06 and 375. Super combo that will cover all the bases, plus ammo is no problem to find in Africa.

But, I've used (9) different cartridges so far in Africa and I plan to add two more to the list the next time I hunt DG + PG: 416 Rigby and 338-06. Two more that I need to add are the 375 Ruger and 9.3x66.

But I've stated before, that if limited to only three cartridges for the rest of my African hunting, it would be the 30-06, 375 H&H, and 458 Lott. I would be good for all animals, in all situations, that I will be hunting.
 
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If I could only have two, that would be my choice, but fortunately I get to play Smiler
 
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I think both are outstanding cartridges, and have more than one rifle in each of them. The 375 Ruger has been a favorite shortly after it was available. I still have 375 H&H’s. But, the Ruger version is what I pick. The 30-06, cannot add any praise that has not been stated thousands of times by many.

I can barely stomach the thought of only 2 cartridge scenarios for myself. I have attempted unsuccessfully to apply such logic before. Though those two would definitely work for me. I still like playing with different cartridges and rifles.
 
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I knew my 06 was/is a all around cartridge.

But there is something satisfying about using something new.

There something satisfying about thumping something with a bigger bore.

For those and other reasons I rather thump bigger critters with a big bore than my 06.

Heck I have shot some smaller critters with big bores just because I could.
 
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in most cases in the hands of a good hunter and shot, these are more or less interchangeable - .. the edge cases are important - especially for questions of legality --

great rounds --

though, to make it more fun, i'll say 308win and 375 ruger


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Posts: 35602 | Location: Conroe, TX | Registered: 01 June 2002Reply With Quote
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Ya'll know Ive played the game for 70 years, with a house full of every caliber imaginable, but as I age the numbers have dwindled to the 30-06 and the 375 Ruger, now if I could just sell my 8mm06 Ackley; 4 30-30s, a 25-35, a 222, a 220 swift, a 250-3000, a 7x57 or two, and a dozen more scattered around here, and just stop buying!! hammering jumping

Trust me Im trying to cull the herd, its just not that easy faint


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Ray, I agree with you. But I doubt I could have limited myself to those two rounds, even now that the lesson is clear. Rifle loonies gonna loonie.
 
Posts: 811 | Location: Central California Coast | Registered: 05 May 2007Reply With Quote
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Culling, or thinning the herd, would break my heart I'm afraid. All my rifles, and all of the interesting different cartridges/calibers bring me great joy.

I'm always looking for more joy in my life vs. less. As soon as I sold some of my favorite rifles, I'd regret it immediately.
 
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We should all be lucky enough to have Ray's problem of too many guns.


Anyone who claims the 30-06 is ineffective has either not tried one, or is unwittingly commenting on their own marksmanship
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Told the wife to have a auction after I die.
 
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I've never been without a 30/06 in my adult life and god willing, never will be.
That said, I've gotten awfully comfortable with the 270 over the past 15 years and haven't fired a shot at a game animal with the '06 in 16 years. I'll admit some distraction with a few other cartridges during this time too.

There's room in my life for the 375 Ruger and the 375 H&H. I can't and won't play favorites on that one.


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Culling get easier as you age, and your hunting gets harder to do and recoil gets more painfull, and most of all it gives you extra cash to buy more guns!! jumping hammering


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I've traded just a few guns, and gave one away, but I've never sold one. It'd be like selling my dog; ain't gonna happen.


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Originally posted by Atkinson:
Culling get easier as you age, and your hunting gets harder to do and recoil gets more painfull, and most of all it gives you extra cash to buy more guns!! jumping hammering


HA! Perfect Ray.
 
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Originally posted by jerrymontgomery:
I've traded just a few guns, and gave one away, but I've never sold one. It'd be like selling my dog; ain't gonna happen.


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Ray, sounds like you only need two rifles... a 30-06 and a backup 30-06.


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Posts: 524 | Location: Middle Georgia | Registered: 06 February 2011Reply With Quote
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Uncle,
At my present age I could do very well with a 30-06 and a 30-06 back up.. tu2

My whole life Ive sold my guns to buy good rope horses, ands sold my good rope horses to buy guns, both sometimes required culling the herd..Loved every minute of it. beer


Ray Atkinson
Atkinson Hunting Adventures
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208-731-4120

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Posts: 37836 | Location: Twin Falls, Idaho | Registered: 04 June 2000Reply With Quote
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Totally agree on the .30-06 as a light rifle. It's been my choice for a few years. I agree the .375 would be adequate, but prefer a .416. This year, I'm only carrying my .416. No light rifle. Not much light stuff of interest this year and .416 will do it all. Has in the past.
 
Posts: 7929 | Location: Houston, Texas | Registered: 26 December 2005Reply With Quote
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I have given away several rifles to grandsons, son on law and only regret giving one away. It was to an ex son in law and my regret is not that he is an ex, I still like the guy, but he doesn't use it is basis of regret. I've posted several times about the Win 88 in .308 I gave my grandson, has he ever put it to use and he still loves the rifle. Despite never practicing, he is a very good shot. That .308 might be the only rifle he ever owns, except a .222 Remington 600 I gave him. We are using that one teaching his twin sons to hunt.
 
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I've been seriously involved with killing multiple big game animals every year, mostly on this continent but also the African continent and the Asian continent for well over 5 decades and I can proudly (or sadly) say that I've never killed a single animal with either one of those two rounds.
I have constantly studied and shot above and below those two enough to respect what they'll do but never had the desire to go that route.
There's just something alluring about "playing the game"

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