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Thread: What’s the smallest caliber/cartridge you’ve hunted big game with?

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    Re: What’s the smallest caliber/cartridge you’ve hunted big game with?

    223 53gr TSX and 62gr TTSX

    Deer and bear.
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    Re: What’s the smallest caliber/cartridge you’ve hunted big game with?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bustercluck View Post
    No, I’m very confident in his shooting abilities as long as he doesn’t get the old buck fever. He comes out to the range with me quite often and shoots out past 500metres with my 6.5 creedmoor. He definitely understands trajectory and seems to be quite a natural at shooting in general. He’s been shooting .22 and pellet guns since he was 5 or six, but this will be his first trip carrying a rifle after his own game.

    I personally think a double lung shot or head with a 100 grain 6mm partition or Barnes ttsx will do just fine. As long as he waits for the right shot everything should go off without a hitch. So that means I have to do my job too and get it in close enough and broadside.

    Awesome , good to hear .

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    Re: What’s the smallest caliber/cartridge you’ve hunted big game with?

    Moose are very easy to kill. My son has taken I think 3 with his 243 using the 80gr ttsx. I think the furthest one made it was 75 yards and the other two pretty tipped over on the spot.

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    Re: What’s the smallest caliber/cartridge you’ve hunted big game with?

    223/223AI personally and first hand for a lot of deer and black bears, 45/50/53/62 tsx/ttsx/gmx, and 75 Amax. Deer/black bears/elk/moose personally and first hand with 243/6mm Rem/243AI, 80gr TTSX, 100gr psp and 105 Amax.

    Good bullets in good places do good things.


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    Re: What’s the smallest caliber/cartridge you’ve hunted big game with?

    Whenever my Dad or I get a mulie doe draw its head shots only with a .223 or .22 hornet.

    I've also got an old safe queen that I'm looking to dust off and try out on a deer soon. It's a 6x45, gonna load it with 85g Nosler partitions once I get my hands on the dies.
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    Re: What’s the smallest caliber/cartridge you’ve hunted big game with?

    Shot the biggest WT I have ever got with a .223...did the job (neck shot)

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    Re: What’s the smallest caliber/cartridge you’ve hunted big game with?

    Quote Originally Posted by chilko View Post
    Congrats on the moose draw and good luck on the hunt.

    Perhaps it's just your writing style but you don't seem 100 % confident of your son making a good shot ? I have read dozens of threads about youth hunting cartridges and the emphasis is always on low recoil because we don't want to scare our kids away from hunting. The emphasis , it seems to me , should be a quick clean kill not a long drawn out tracking job or an animal in obvious distress...those things could actually turn off a kid from hunting.

    By the way , I'm not saying the smaller cartridges can't work ( although they did invent larger cartridges for a reason ) .

    Well said and exactly as I feel !

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    Re: What’s the smallest caliber/cartridge you’ve hunted big game with?

    Are you on the draw ?

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    I shot a 45” moose with a 6mm rem and factory blue box ammo and it dropped in one step. I was 10 at the time
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    Re: What’s the smallest caliber/cartridge you’ve hunted big game with?

    I hunted island deer unsuccessfully with a 250 savage. Never got a shot at one when I was younger. I have used a 25-06 on whitetail with 100 gr etips.

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