Craig Boddington on Great Rifles and Cartridges

by
posted on May 4, 2018
boddington_lead.jpg
American Hunter contributor, internationally known hunter, author of numerous books and Weatherby Award winner Craig Boddington today thrilled onlookers in person and fans who tuned in on Facebook live during a special session presented by American Hunter during the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits: “Craig Boddington on Great Rifles and Cartridges.”

Every hunter and “gun crank” loves a campfire argument. “What rifle and cartridge is best” no doubt leads discussion in any hunting camp. That’s the ground Boddington covered in his 90-minute special session in Dallas. What’s so great about the 6.5 Creedmoor? What can it do today that the 6.5x55 couldn’t do in 1891? Why are general-purpose rifles and cartridges—the 6.5s, the .270 Winchester, the 7mms and the .30-calibers—so popular? Boddington also made sure to discuss, of course, special-purpose cartridges: classic varmint rounds like the .17-calibers, the .20s and .22s; the 6mms and .25s that combine the capability to hunt varmints and big game in one rifle; the 8mms, .33s and .35s used for elk, bear and moose; the .375s and 9.3mms, the ultimate versatility champs; and the big stuff like the .40-calibers and the .45s—like an old favorite, the .45-70 Gov’t.

All of these cartridges are used in every rifle design from the lever action to the bolt action to semi-auto platforms including the AR. It’s hard to believe any hunter’s favorite rifle/cartridge combination was omitted. It is, however, safe to assume everyone who attended or watched live via Facebook feed this special session presented by American Hunter did not agree with everything Boddington said. Campfire arguments, after all, are forever destined to only inspire further discussion.

Latest

Terror On The Kenai Lead
Terror On The Kenai Lead

Lessons Learned from a Grizzly Bear Attack on the Kenai

In November 2012, Blake Gettys was tending his trap line in Alaska when a grizzly attacked him. Now, the victim and his storyteller examine the event in detail to determine what, if anything, could have gone better.

Effective Hand Calls for Predator Hunting

Hand calls shouldn’t be relegated to the dust bin just yet. Unlike an electronic call, a couple of calls around your neck provide an inexpensive, lightweight and simple-to-master orchestra of sounds on a predator hunt.

Nebraska: A Mountain Lion on the Eighth Green

The appearance of a cougar on a Nebraska golf course during a high school tournament focuses attention on activists who have prevented earnest hunting seasons for the big cats as their numbers grow.

#SundayGunday: Smith & Wesson Model 69 Combat Magnum

Get a closer look at the Smith & Wesson Model 69 Combat Magnum, the latest addition to our #SundayGunday series.

Member’s Hunt: Double Bucket List Cape Buffalo

This latest Member's Hunt comes from Ellis Brown of Fort Collins, Colo.

Review: Leupold BX-4 Range HD TBR/W

The BX-4 Range HD is an ideal choice for hunters that want great rangefinding performance, practical and accurate ballistic corrections, solid optical performance and rugged durability.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.