Calibers you didn't like?

wildfowler.250

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Having read the 'best caliber' thread with interest, I was wondering what the opposite situation would be? I've always thought that a standard caliber like .270/.308/30-06 with a decent bullet and sensible ranges would work. So are there any calibers out there that you've regretting going for?
 

tackb

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6.5x55 massively over rated
270 massively over rated
22.250 , it is not as flat as a lazer FFS
30/06 , overated old fashioned 308 that is not the hammer of thor that it's fans would have you believe!
 

Lateral

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Having read the 'best caliber' thread with interest, I was wondering what the opposite situation would be? I've always thought that a standard caliber like .270/.308/30-06 with a decent bullet and sensible ranges would work. So are there any calibers out there that you've regretting going for?


I looked at the other thread, but decided I was in no position to comment, after all, just how many different rifles/calbres do you need to shoot, before you can give an opinion based on wide ranging experience, and not just "I shoot xxxxx, and it's great".............

To me, "calibre" is just a small part of the equation of how a rifle shoots. How a rifle fits, it's weight, with or with out a mod, barrel length, ammunition/bullet/load, will in my limited experience have far more influence on the outcome, than the "calibre".

Positively the WORST rifle I ever bought/shot, was a 7mm-08, but what does that tell you ? Two parts, of sweet FA !

The calibre had nothing to do with how it shot. It was a Remington Titanium Mountain rifle, and it looked great. Problem was, it kicked worse than my 9.3 x 74r side by side, and shot about 2" at 40yrds, and having spent way too much trying to find something it would shoot, it was returned a unfit for purpose, and refunded.

So I think it's more about poor rifles, and miss matched ammunition, than bad calibres, although I'm sure the likes of Muir, and one or two others, with his experience, may well have a few to avoid !
 

bogtrotter

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Had the use of a .270 old BSA Majestic (estate rifle) really did not like it excessive recoil and I do mean excessive this was in the days prior to moderators, no doubt a mod would have helped, also the fit was not the best for me which may have been a contributory factor, whatever it put me off the caliber for life.

In my line of work I have fired most stalking calibers and other than the aforementioned I can't say there are any really dislike, do have a few issues with 30.06 on Roe fine on Reds but meat damage can be unacceptable,I know this is contrary to what has been posted on this site previously, but I have had a lot of Roe shot be clients whith 30.06 that have been unfit to go to the game dealer due meat damage, bullet choice may also play a part here.
 

Ranger22

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An old Remington 270, like BT's this one kicked like mule. No recoil pad, just wood in your shoulder. Shot loads of different cals and as mentioned before it's more the rifle than cal that makes things nice or not nice to shoot
 

plumber01

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well for my shout a .17hmr, i tired one, excellent, and good for beyond 120 meters, then i tried using one on a hilly farm in wales, where it rains a lot, and its always windy, utter ***** in my hands, although Im sure many people will tell me they shoot bears at 1000 paces with one ,(always in the left eye) zeroed at 50 meters without adjusting thier sights!
 

scrumbag

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Not a fan of .243W for deer. Was not a fan of a super light, short stocked "mountain rifle" in 300WM I shot once. Anything with "Weatherby" in the title is usually unpleasant to shoot.
 

Woodsmoke

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I guess it's such a subjective topic that there are no real definitives for this question? For the 'recoil-sensitive' (ahem) I guess any of the overbore calibres might be seen as a bit punchy, while bench-rest guys might hate anything with a loopy trajectory. Similarly, dedicated foxing guys might swear by the likes of the .22 CF ranges, and woodland stalkers may want a heavy bullet in something like the 30-06. Doesn't necessarily make any of the calibres themselves worse than another, it rather highlights the massive benefits of having so many to choose from, and the fact that each has its own strengths and weaknesses depending on the use you want to put it to :thumb:
 

sikamalc

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300 win mag, cant stand em, loud, over sized calibre for this country, and having been nearly shot by an overseas client using one about 25 years ago I suppose that makes me biased but non the less cant see the need for them in the UK. And if you think a 270 kicks try a 300.
 

JockStalk

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12.7x284.

The hours I've wasted trying to find a decent used example in this chambering.

And as for factory ammo.....

FFS how hard can it be.
 

wildfowler.250

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Always interesting reading people's opinions. I've used a .270 a lot, does the job. Would I notice a benefit going to .308? Probably not. The only gripe I've ever had was with the .17hmr,(which I love). Had a hangfire with it which wasn't fun and the split necks on the cases are slightly disconcerting.
 

bogtrotter

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300 win mag, cant stand em, loud, over sized calibre for this country, and having been nearly shot by an overseas client using one about 25 years ago I suppose that makes me biased but non the less cant see the need for them in the UK. And if you think a 270 kicks try a 300.[/QUOTE

Shot Reds with a .300 Weatherby Magnum while it kicked a bit it was a pussy cat compared to that old BSA .270
 

6pt-sika

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I honestly haven't found any that were bad . But ........................................ !

I do not care for the 223 , 270 , 308 or 06 just to plain vanilla !

Now with that being said I have a pair of 308's in a Mannlicher Schoenauer and a DPMS AR-10 .

I honestly haven't met a 6.5mm that I didn't like . And I can honestly say I'm not a 30 cal person (kinda strange almost since I am an American). I'm pretty happy with all the 7mm cartridges and the only 338 I don't care for is the Lapua offering .
 

6pt-sika

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I looked at the other thread, but decided I was in no position to comment, after all, just how many different rifles/calbres do you need to shoot, before you can give an opinion based on wide ranging experience, and not just "I shoot xxxxx, and it's great".............
For you guys I suppose thats pretty true !

But for those of us in the middle country in North America it's not that difficult to shoot and or field test a large number of rifles chambered for many cartridges .

And I suppose I've wasted the last 40 years doing just that LOL's !
Must say I enjoyed 101% of it as well ;)
 

Dorsettaff

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For me.....

.308...just because its an "unsexy" cartridge....no scientific basis in my opinion!
.270 because EVERYONE when you are starting told you "its the best" or "it kicks" or "its laser flat" or "you don't need anything else".....So I stayed away and have done to this day...skipping from a .25-06 to a .30-06 to a .300WM to a 9.3 and back to a .243 and now a 6.5

So MANY calibres and so little time!!!!!

Malc.......So its OK if I bring the .300WM cannon when I come up for those cute little fluffy CWDs then in Feb? :rofl:
 

bobjs

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well my penny's worth.

dislike the following as these are the ones that I have actually used/shot more than once if you know what I mean.

22lr more dangerous than the wife with a blunt veg knife.
17 mac 2 just pants
22 hornet
22.250 has had more hype said about it than Donald trump. flat my Rs. even a apfsds travels at 1,740 m/s (5,700 ft/s). and its still not flat :)[SUP][/SUP]
223
30.06
270
308


I have fired a 300 min mag and it was pants and the 50 cal I used in the gunnery school was ok but I have not fire a non mil spec one, but I guess its still pants.


I have fired a few rounds down range of many rifles and pistols but none that I can truly say I like or dislike them,

bob.
 

levigsp

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300 win mag, cant stand em, loud, over sized calibre for this country, and having been nearly shot by an overseas client using one about 25 years ago I suppose that makes me biased but non the less cant see the need for them in the UK. And if you think a 270 kicks try a 300.
Shot Reds with a .300 Weatherby Magnum while it kicked a bit it was a pussy cat compared to that old BSA .270
I'm with you on that one, I have tried one or two 270s and hated them all, my 375hh is better!
 
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