Between the .30-06 and .300 Win. Mag., which is the better choice for the elusive “all-around” hunting cartridge? Contributor Philip Massaro examines the pros and cons of each.
Fifty years ago it was tough to find a mule deer in West Texas, but today it seems like they’re everywhere … unless you’re hunting them, of course. Last year, the author scoured the area’s red rock canyons and mesquite-covered ridges to learn what has led to their abundance.
With respect to overall performance and ammunition availability, here are the five best all-around cartridges for North American big-game species.
While there is a lot of overlap in the .30-caliber cartridge lineup, and many great choices available, you’d be hard-pressed to find a cartridge with a better blend of powder efficiency, low recoil, quick cycling and striking power than the .308 Winchester.