Best Caliber for Western Big Game Hunting

Best Caliber for Western Big Game Hunting

What’s you’re preferred caliber for big game hunting? Guy Eastman highlights his recommendation in this short video.

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  1. Bill Peirce on January 27, 2023 at 4:14 am

    7mm mag does to.

  2. Deadrift89 on January 27, 2023 at 4:16 am

    I love the 30, but the 7mm has almost the same weight range and you’ll get flatter trajectories with a 185 gr 7mm than you will with a .30, which means you can reach out further with it, if you need to. I always try to get as close as I can before I take my shot, so I rarely need this, but still.

  3. Darren Davis on January 27, 2023 at 4:18 am

    I have paired it all down and streamlined for me its 260 Rem 280 Rem and 300 Win do it all. I have taken moose elk deer and bears will all three proper bullets put in the right place do the job. I am going to build a 9.3x 62 on a 98 based action in the near future and that will be the mid range thumper with 286 partitions.

  4. mike hobbs on January 27, 2023 at 4:18 am

    300 win mag is my number one all round cartridge…lots of new calibers have come sense that rival it in some areas but as far as commonality in rifles chamber for and ammo found on shelves it’s the best IMO🇨🇦👊💪

  5. NorthWestHome on January 27, 2023 at 4:18 am

    30-06 All Day

  6. Alek Popoff on January 27, 2023 at 4:19 am

    .303 British is a pretty good one for most game.

  7. Bill Needham on January 27, 2023 at 4:19 am

    This is what I learned to hunt deer bear ECT when I was 15. I’m 67 and still have one. It has never failed me. I have others for smaller game.

  8. Mason Witte on January 27, 2023 at 4:21 am

    I live in montana. I use a 30-06 300 win or I have a 375 I use them for elk. Use my 30 30 or 30 06 for mule and whitetail. And use my 45 70 to protect my property

  9. Donald Anderson on January 27, 2023 at 4:23 am

    270 nosler partitions all day

  10. R.A Williams on January 27, 2023 at 4:25 am

    For deer and black bear, the 7-08 or 7×57. For elk, the 30-06 or a .300 Magnum. For Alaska, a .338 Mag. For hunting in heavy cover or straight-wall states, the .45-70 is the answer.

  11. Jeffrey Hall on January 27, 2023 at 4:26 am

    All around one gun, I’d choose a 7mm Rem Mag. Flat shooting for deer, heavy enough for elk and bear.

  12. JJ on January 27, 2023 at 4:26 am

    Both of those Elk shots looked like spine hits

  13. toadamine on January 27, 2023 at 4:27 am

    270 for the Win 😜

  14. Sara Brown on January 27, 2023 at 4:27 am


  15. William Kister on January 27, 2023 at 4:31 am

    Any .30 Caliber Magnum is hard to beat. I like the 300 Weatherby. 30-06 is never the wrong answer for big game hunting either. I just prefer the flatter trajectory of the extra horsepower.

  16. notgonnadoit on January 27, 2023 at 4:35 am

    Although I have numerous choices, I routinely grab my 30-06 with 165gr Barnes TTSX bullets. At 2950fps, it performs well on whitetail, muleys, black bears, and even elk out to 400 yards. I don’t practice beyond 400 yards, and have only taken a hunting shot beyond that one time. So, I rarely need my 7mm or 300 mags.

  17. Lee Matrix on January 27, 2023 at 4:37 am

    Any of the rifles listed in the comments are effective if you know how to shoot. It simply comes down to personal preference. My Remington 308 is my number one choice. Followed by my 12 gauge shotgun with 3 inch magnum shells and then my 4570 Henry. As I said, it’s all preference. If you need A 100 grain difference in your rifle round, you’re doing something wrong. You can kill a bear or a deer with a 22 rifle. It’s all about placement!

  18. Aaron on January 27, 2023 at 4:37 am

    Does anyone here actually only use one gun for everything? (varmints to elk or moose) I’m not a fan of the argument that the .30-06 has the widest bullet weight range therefore it’s the best cartridge. In my opinion it’s a great medium range big game cartridge.

  19. Rob on January 27, 2023 at 4:37 am

    This may be the dumbest hunting video on Youtube. "30 caliber" is best?
    That is useless information. There are at least four commonly used cartridges in .30
    They all have different ballistics. Make a useful video or don’t bother.

  20. Sheila Mclaughlin on January 27, 2023 at 4:38 am

    I wish they had 90-100 grain bullets for deer and antelope, I use 85-100 grain in a 243 with one shot drops

  21. sc928porsche on January 27, 2023 at 4:38 am

    lthe heck with factory ammo reload you will get much better responce with your ammo

  22. Thomas Westermin on January 27, 2023 at 4:38 am

    30-06 full metal jacket

  23. two .02 on January 27, 2023 at 4:38 am

    Not the damn 6.5 screem more.

  24. Sean White on January 27, 2023 at 4:39 am

    308 Win Loaded with 165g Nosler Partition or 180g Accubond is my go too

  25. patriot 1776 nemisis on January 27, 2023 at 4:41 am

    I like my 300 win mag for all around .

  26. Forrest W. on January 27, 2023 at 4:41 am

    .280 Remington. Prove me wrong

  27. Roland Chardon on January 27, 2023 at 4:42 am

    I am outraged by what I saw in this video.
    To shoot a big stag during the slab period what stupidity! In my country you would be banned from hunting for life. (BELGIUM)
    The slab precedes the very close mating period, reproduction is important for good management of the hunting herd.
    Are American hunters all that stupid?
    Je suis outré par ce que j’ai vu dans cette vidéo.
    Tirer un grand cerf en période de brame quelle stupidité! Dans mon pays vous seriez interdit de chasse à vie.(BELGIUM)
    Le brame précède la période d’accouplement toute proche, la reproduction est importante pour une bonne gestion du cheptel de chasse.
    Les chasseurs américains seraient-ils tous aussi cons?
    Я возмущен тем, что увидел в этом видео.
    Какая глупость стрелять в большого оленя в период слябов!
    Плита предшествует очень близкому периоду спаривания, воспроизводство важно для хорошего содержания охотничьего стада.
    Неужели американские охотники такие тупые?

  28. bs431980 on January 27, 2023 at 4:44 am

    280 Remington 140 TSX or 150 Partitions

  29. pabuffa Buffa on January 27, 2023 at 4:45 am

    Every time I see one of these videos, I think, 30-06!

  30. Capt. America on January 27, 2023 at 4:45 am

    I ll take a 7mm all day, everyday.

  31. two .02 on January 27, 2023 at 4:47 am

    Holy shit. Woooooo!

  32. Michael Brannin on January 27, 2023 at 4:47 am

    308 from smaller Florida deer to the Elk out west. This one has you covered, really how many shots are taken over 400 yards. The 308 can carry brush shots. That a 270 will dance a jig in. 3006 a lil overkill on smaller Fl bucks. I’ve smoked from 120 lb Florida Trophes to 400 lb Barr.

  33. Mr.Speedyboi B.S on January 27, 2023 at 4:48 am

    He’s talking BS my 27 nosler 168gr will drop anything short of alaskan moose and black bear dead in its tracks at 300 yards

  34. Bjorn O'Conner on January 27, 2023 at 4:50 am

    If you don’t want the magnums, the 270 or 30-06 would be fine. Availability of rounds should be a consideration. I personally love my 270 wsm for longer ranges. But most of the time I use my 270 winchester.

  35. JRD on January 27, 2023 at 4:52 am

    I’ll always take a 7mm rem mag

  36. skiz on January 27, 2023 at 4:52 am

    spine shots

  37. Appalachian Outdoorsman on January 27, 2023 at 4:55 am

    I’ll just stick with my 308 win. I can kill any big game animal in North America with it. Plus its light weight, light recoil and very accurate.

  38. mark warnberg on January 27, 2023 at 4:55 am

    308/7,62 NATO is #1 in my hunting book, it will take down pretty much anything, + as long as there is a military you will never run out of ammo!

  39. Nick on January 27, 2023 at 4:56 am

    I’d say 45-70 hornady ftx 325gr, inside 200 yards its unbeatable, and as we all know most of us never shoot past 200 yards. Obviously circumstances are different for everyone and the scenario your in. Happy hunting!

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  41. Busta Bass on January 27, 2023 at 4:56 am

    6.5-284 Norma with 130 gr bullets is potent on just about anything l hunt out west. I have the. 30 and. 338 caliber Magnums as well. I just love the way puts that .264 caliber bullet where I want it to go.

  42. Grumpy ole silverback on January 27, 2023 at 4:57 am

    30-06 for me primarily. 308 as well. Just remember please. Shot placement is everything. Taking an ethical shot only. If the shot is outside of your honest capability, don’t take it. I’ve taken moose with the 30-06. Best all around round in my opinion. No need for 5 different caliber rifles.

  43. jd carter on January 27, 2023 at 4:58 am

    I say a 8mm is pretty versatile so say u take a hunting trip to the west with some 150 to 160 grain bullets there’s ur pronghorn round with 200 all the way to 250 grain bullets there’s ur elk round same for up north really any were and there’s story’s all over the internet about this cailber and some I’ve done that it can take grizzly bear moose African game really anything just my thoughts

  44. Daniel Ethier on January 27, 2023 at 5:00 am

    28 Nosler

  45. Randy Sandberg on January 27, 2023 at 5:03 am

    Yes, but what’s the best caliber? I’d say it’s the one you shoot that’s the most accurate.

  46. Jim Truscott on January 27, 2023 at 5:04 am

    7 mm RemMag or Weatherby Mag( my favorite in Montana) will do it all.

  47. Nick B on January 27, 2023 at 5:06 am

    I have a 300wsm but man I just the 7mm wsm I have better. Flatter higher bc means more energy retention and still plenty heavy enough bullets

  48. Jay DeMay on January 27, 2023 at 5:07 am

    I’ve been shooting a custom 300 win mag built on a Remington 700 action for over 30 years. I shoot 180 grain Swift Sirocco bonded bullets. I’ve killed nearly as many elk, cows and bulls out to 400 plus yards, here in Colorado. 30 cal with bonded bullets hammer elk. I’ve tried several bullets none match the bonded for on game performance. I have recovered over a dozen of these bullets. Bonded stay together and dump all their energy on target. Not a single one went more than 40 yards. You place that shot where it belongs and that combo will fill the freezer!

  49. Grizzly Country on January 27, 2023 at 5:08 am

    *Gotta love how everyone is like… "I like my .50 bmg for everything." There is such a thing as overkill and wasting meat. If people are routinely taking same game with a caliber smaller than you use then you might want to rethink your caliber. Are you a hunter or just a shooter? A hunter is gonna creep up and wait for that perfect shot. A shooter will just get a overkill caliber and try shooting as soon as they have visual.*

  50. Henry Parent on January 27, 2023 at 5:09 am

    300 Weatherby mag with 180 gr Nozzler petition..

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