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    whats your least favorite commonly used cartridge?

    out of calibers that are commonly used in handguns and rifles and considering what there commonly used for, what one would you pick as your least favorite or usefull. for example id probably say .243 because its considered a youth big game rifle and I don't think necking down a 30cal brings the proper quality's of a youth big game rifle, id favor a 357 or 30-30 rifle in that situation. of course almost anything CAN be viable this is mostly for fun.

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    .270 Winchester, no use for one.

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    I'd have to agree with Randy, .270 Win

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    You spelled 300 Blackout wrong

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    Pretty much any cartridge that is "rifle only". My shooting range will not accommodate a .223 or anything larger. If a cartridge cannot also be fired from a handgun, I have no use for it.

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    223/5.56.

    Its not a bad round, just does not do much for me. If I am hunting men..i want a 308. if I want to go light...model 94. If I want to hunt...same answer...
    I find shooting a run of the mill 30-30 (knowing I will find brass near my feet, and not in the next zip code) makes more sense. I know there are ways around it, but there are OTHER Rifles besides the AR.

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    .308...my 2 recoiled too much for what they were...


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    .357 magnum and any magnum rifle below .358 Norma.

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    223 i don't hunt squirrel and you can't shoot tin cans at my range. I really feel that is what this caliber is good for. i know i will catch flack but thats the way i see it.

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    Lots of choices, 300blackout and 45 gap are my picks.

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    'Nother vote for the .223/5.56 which originated as an ill-conceived compromise and still doesn't do anything particularly well.

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    I would say 300 black out would be my least favorite. 30-06 full power next although reduced load is looking up with cast and pc will give that a try.

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    I have to disagree with 223... It is a very fine varmint round, although I like the 222 Mag better. Least liked round... maybe 40 S&W or 38 Super. I have both and would rather shoot my 10mm's any day.

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    Belted magnums, one and all. Most everything marketed in the past 30years is just a rehash of ballistics already available. Frequently making up for case capacity deficiency with high pressure spec, ie more muzzle pressure therefore LOUD. You asked for opinion, that’s mine
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    22 lr, underpowered and costly. There is also the trash issue that virtually no one polices their brass.
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    not the poor 22lr

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    Common calibers? Hmmmm. Every caliber has a niche.

    Probably the WSSM line of cartridges. Too much of a good thing (short and fat) I suppose.

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    .41 MAG, .40 S&W, 10mm? In a front stuffer 40 cal, fine.
    So when is this "Old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?

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    Interesting thread.

    Not sure how you define “common”.

    I find most calibers are rather useless...just too many that offer little but a theoretical advantage.

    Simpler for me to list my favorite calibers. Rifle - .308, .223, and .38/.357. Pistol .38/.357 and 9 mm. And of course the .22LR in both.

    I own more, but those cover all my needs. After owning 50+ guns, and shooting for 50+ years, I have learned to stop listening to the “experts”.
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    I own a 40 S&W. It was the first pistol I ever bought. I have no use for it since discovering 1911s. I cant’t even trade it away unless I am willing to tape a $100 bill to it.

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