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I'm looking for the perfect all around hunting rifle caliber. It would be used for rabbits to a trophy deer maybe a black bear.

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  • Ethan James1
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    Originally posted by bayouwoof View Post
    Rabbits AND black bear?

    Gotta make room in your safe for yet another rifle!
    12 gauge.

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  • themadflyfisher
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    Flintlock! That's how they did it back in the day.

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  • DakotaMan
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    Sorry for double post!

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  • DakotaMan
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    25-06! 75g V-Max for p-dogs/rabbits/squirrels to coyotes. (Shoot rabbits 1/4 inch above the skull between the ears - the shock kills them dead with no bullet hole). Shoot squirrels in the foot or shoot the tree beneath them and they die instantly from shock. I've shot hundreds of rabbits and squirrels with mine that way. You can set up on a clearing and smack them out to 300 yards this way if you get a accurate rifle. This cartridge is obviously more intended for larger game but I use mine for everything. You just need to learn how to shoot it for rabbits and squirrels. If you hit them in the chest, you won't even find a foot.

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  • DakotaMan
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    25-06! 75g V-Max for p-dogs/rabbits/squirrels to coyotes. (Shoot rabbits 1/4 inch above the skull between the ears - the shock kills them dead with no bullet hole). Shoot squirrels in the foot or shoot the tree beneath them and they die instantly from shock. I've shot hundreds of rabbits and squirrels with mine that way. You can set up on a clearing and smack them out to 300 yards this way if you get a accurate rifle. This cartridge is obviously more intended for larger game but I use mine for everything. You just need to learn how to shoot it for rabbits and squirrels. If you hit them in the chest, you won't even find a foot.

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  • Happy Myles
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    habben just gave you some sound advice

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  • habben97
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    If I was you I would buy a nice 30-06 and a used .22. spend enough on the 30-06 to get a nice one, and then take whats left and get a .22. rabbits to black bear is very broad, and I don't think that it is a one rifle situation.

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  • Gary Devine
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    Hey Guys, don't throw black bear hunting with shotguns under the bus.

    In New Jersey we can only use shotguns with slugs or a 50 caliber minimum muzzle loaders during bear season. The Jersey bear hunters are knocking the bears down for the count.

    Shotguns and muzzle loaders just don't have the range killing power as rifles.

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  • Hobob
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    Think about 2 rifles a big game rifle and a rimfire. Its better than trying to get one to do it all. If you go with affordable weapons and shop around the price difference is negligible. Or go with NEF and buy two barrels as was suggested by jhjimbo.

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  • C.Hillman
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    Whats perfect for Bear will be Overkill on a Rabbit if You aren't Planning on eating the Rabbit get a .270 or .308 try a .243 if you want to turn the rabbit into Dinner but if you enjoy Disappearing bunnies get a good bear caliber

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  • C.Hillman
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    Whats perfect for Bear will be Overkill on a Rabbit if You aren't Planning on eating the Rabbit get a .270 or .308 try a .243 if you want to turn the rabbit into Dinner but if you enjoy Disappearing bunnies get a good bear caliber

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  • FirstBubba
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    'Bout all I can think is if you handload.
    I would consider something like the .308 Win and build some squib loads.
    Sierra builds a 110 gr bullet. Loaded properly, you should be able to punch a bunny and still have din-din.
    A "squib" load is "antique-speak" for "reduced load".

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  • 31Alpha
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    I don't know if you could find one perfect rifle/caliber that could cover down on all those species, and if you could it would probably be cost inefficient (which I assume you are trying minimize cost). You might be better off buying two guns, maybe .223 for your varmints and a 30-06 for your mid/large game. You can find plenty of quality rifles in both calibers at probably a lower cost combined than finding the perfect wildcat round and rifle.

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  • Treestand
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    WoW all in one Gun...look at the NEW Savage Mod 42
    Combo O/U 20Ga or 12Ga/30-30 That would give you a Small game taker and Deer/Black Bear Taker, you could load a Slug over the 30-30 also!
    or Buy Two Guns one Shotgun and one Rifle in 30/06.

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  • Edward J. Palumbo
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    From rabbits to black bear...that requires considerable versatility! I might recommend the .257 Roberts, the .25-'06, the 7mm-08, the .308 Win, or a few others, but you must understand that a rifle adequate for black bear is going to be a bit excessive for rabbit. Very certainly, there's a number of cartridges that will cover the spectrum, but a median choice won't be ideal for one extreme or the other. For years, I used a .30-'06 for everything, and a gentleman (a better hunter than I, I might add) relied solely on a .270 Win., but both of us had to acknowledge practicality and purchase a .22-250 for varmints and coyotes.

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