TOP 5 Best Cartridges For Big-Game Hunters – Madman Review

TOP 5 Best Cartridges For Big-Game Hunters – Madman Review

With respect to overall performance and ammunition availability, here are the five best all-around cartridges for big-game species.
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you want to go on a big-game hunting trip? Well, good luck picking a cartridge for the job because there are over 125 of them to choose from. Anyone would be overwhelmed with the number of choices here.

But do not worry, this is what this episode is all about. I have picked five cartridges that I think are the best candidates for big-game hunting. Keep in mind that many of those 125 cartridges are mostly good options. It might hurt to see that your favorite cartridge did not make the list, but trust me, it hurts me just the same because I had to pick only five.

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  1. c preit on January 27, 2023 at 4:13 am

    7mm 08 over 6.5 and 308 but a 7 rem Meg or prc is all u need

  2. Shakoiatenhawitha Cross Jacobs on January 27, 2023 at 4:15 am

    Every time he says “three ought eight” it makes me want to shoot myself

  3. ice 9 on January 27, 2023 at 4:16 am

    "Tear a whitetail in half" ok, tell us you’re a fudd without telling us you’re a fudd.

  4. Dustin Palmer on January 27, 2023 at 4:17 am

    The ole 30-06 is my go to

  5. T Wolak on January 27, 2023 at 4:17 am

    ANYONE and I mean ANYONE Saying anything bad about the 30/06 or the 308 is about as smart as JOY BEHAR , Those 2 alone have probably accounted for 40 percent of all the game animals ever shot. They deliver and that’s all they’re supposed to do. I,d feel totally confident with either one of these in my hands against anything in north america including the big bears. With 180 gr nosler partitions or trophy bonded bear claws IF you put them where they belong the big bears die just like the rest. Hell the new WR brown bear was killed with a bow and arrow.

  6. The Average Fisherman on January 27, 2023 at 4:19 am

    No mention of the .270 Win = a bullshit list

  7. John Quinn on January 27, 2023 at 4:21 am

    One way fight
    Go fight a human

  8. fed up on January 27, 2023 at 4:21 am

    3 aught 8?? The 6.5 creedmoor gives the same performance as the 6.5×55 but with MUCH LESS RECOIL??? Doesn’t help your video at all.

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

    burt gummer is proud

  10. lucky * on January 27, 2023 at 4:24 am

    Do u have any of these guns or cartridges, blowin smoke reading the ad

  11. Wesley Turner on January 27, 2023 at 4:24 am

    My 5 with options- 243/6mm creed for smaller game, women or kids that can’t handle recoil, 7-08/308/6.5prc the short action step up, 270 win/6.8 western/280 ai… the everything cartridge, 300 win mag/wsm/7prc elk/moose bear if you want something more, 338 win mag/375 H&H if your a sadist and want a thumper or are hunting brown bears. I’ve heard the go to for specifically brown bears is the 300 rem ultra with bullets over 200-212 gr.

  12. Peacock Jive on January 27, 2023 at 4:24 am

    300 win mag
    everything else is a waste of time

  13. jj streicher on January 27, 2023 at 4:31 am

    .416 rem mag is not quite the .416 rigby, and the cartridge has been know to give feeding difficulties, especially for fast follow up shots, most rifle manufacturers have in recent years solved this issue, but the cartridge never really recoverd in southern africa due to that initial issue.
    We do see it making a bit of a comeback, as it is a much cheaper alternative to the Rigby Jeffrey and Gibbs

  14. Carl Edgar on January 27, 2023 at 4:32 am

    my daughter and I use 6.5 creedmore and we both took monster bucks this year and the 6.5 hit both deer like fright train. clean swift kills

  15. fed up on January 27, 2023 at 4:33 am

    6.5 creedmoor can handle deer, moose, and brown bears?????

  16. Ann on January 27, 2023 at 4:33 am

    Everyone’s kind of down on the creedmores I have one and I have not had one animal walk away from me shooting it but you need to know how to shoot God bless

  17. Davhuf on January 27, 2023 at 4:33 am

    What no 50 BMG?

  18. Henry Parent on January 27, 2023 at 4:34 am

    What you say is true 👍 but I a Weatherby .mag
    Man in 300 mag I use a 180 gr. Nozzle petition. It does the job little over kill but they drop.right there.

  19. Richard S on January 27, 2023 at 4:35 am

    Bigger isn’t always better. We take all deer with a 100grain round in .243 – lovely to shoot, fast, flat and modest recoil. Nice to reload too.

  20. James Burge on January 27, 2023 at 4:38 am

    I agree with factory ammo .308 is not much weaker than the 30-06. But if you handload, you can get close to FACTORY .300 mag performance with the right powder and 190 grain bullet. Obviously the .300 can be handloaded much higher

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

    6.5 creedmoor for brown bear? I think not. Out of all the cartridges you reviewed. Hell a .22 long will kill a brown bear if you "shoot right". W.T.F? If there are any novices here and wanting to hunt Brown bear or want to walk around where the Brown bear roams, please God don’t carry a 6.5 creedmoor

  22. greg .hannah on January 27, 2023 at 4:40 am

    Your list looks very different than mine. First, I load my own ammo so availibility and popularity of the cartridge is not that important. I do not hunt with anything under .308 diameter unless I am using a 22 rimfire. Big game under 300 pounds I will use a 308 or 30-06. Over 300 pounds 338 win mag or 50 alaskan ( expecting shots under 200 yards). Dangerous game 375 h +h , 458 win mag or 50 alaskan (535 grain woodleigh for the 500 nitro express at 1900 fps). Those are my go to’s.

  23. Christopher Ritter on January 27, 2023 at 4:41 am

    Love my .270 win and 6.5 CM, in fact I sold my .308 and .300 win mag because just didn’t feel the need keep them since all I hunt with a firearm is whitetail and black bear.

  24. WYndy1 on January 27, 2023 at 4:42 am

    .257 wby. – Been living and hunting the west for over a decade and it’s always been more than sufficient from coyotes to moose. Reasonable recoil, flat trajectory and handloads make it economical enough.

  25. jj streicher on January 27, 2023 at 4:43 am

    308 is not a common military cartridge, no more than a 300wm is similar to the 7.62×51 nato, and the nato rounds will fire in your 308 rifle but not the other way around.

  26. B on January 27, 2023 at 4:44 am

    How many elephants have fallen to 7mm?

  27. Be real quiet on January 27, 2023 at 4:44 am

    Didn’t hear 7 mm Remington

  28. David Oakes on January 27, 2023 at 4:47 am

    308 over 30-06.. not in my eye, and 6.5 C over 270 375 H&H agree. And no exp with 416.

  29. polarfly73 on January 27, 2023 at 4:48 am

    When did the .308 start being referred to as the 3.08? It’s not like it has any affiliation with the year 1908.

  30. Dave Linihan on January 27, 2023 at 4:50 am

    Anything the 6.5 can do, the .308 does better

  31. Daniel Kleindienst on January 27, 2023 at 4:51 am

    You include the .416? 🙄 And who says 3 ought 8? And 6.5 Creedmore… 👎.

  32. Chase Landgraf on January 27, 2023 at 4:52 am

    I recently got a 6.5 Creedmoor not very long ago. I haven’t got a chance to sight it in or plink with it yet, but I’m confident it will be a lot of fun.

  33. Jack Bruce on January 27, 2023 at 4:52 am

    Why not mention the 7mm rem mag?

  34. Ron Vanover on January 27, 2023 at 4:53 am


  35. Paul Edrington on January 27, 2023 at 4:54 am

    Excellent review very infomative, keep up the good work!

  36. Mike Cody on January 27, 2023 at 4:55 am

    You missed the 30-06. Video done.

  37. Jimmy Hansson on January 27, 2023 at 4:56 am

    Being a Swede, im a bit biased, but I´d choose the 6,5/55 Swede over the 6,5 Creedmoor. There are very small ballistic differences between the two and the Swede is cheaper (here) and alot smoother kicking (Can honestly not remember the type of Creedmoor I tried, but it kicked harder than the Swe by quite a bit). I do understand that you might not have all the rifles chambered for it as we do here in Norhthern Europe, but here, its a no-brainer.

  38. John Parog on January 27, 2023 at 4:58 am

    The 6.5 Swede is very low recoil and is still doing it on everything from small deer to moose since 1890. All those 6.5s today are inspired from the Swede. I have two and are my favorite white tail round and they can reach out and touch you to as they say. My ruger 308 has mild recoil also ,y 30.06 I have taken more game with it than anything else. These new 6.5s are good rounds, that’s true! But gun makers do ave to find new ways to make money, so they copy the best, and in the end they do the same thing pretty well, after all how dead is dead.

  39. Michael harrity on January 27, 2023 at 4:58 am

    My model 70 in 270 works for me 😊

  40. devon miller on January 27, 2023 at 4:59 am

    You had me agreeing I till the 7mm rem mag wasn’t on here and the 6.5 and 308 were….

  41. Michael Hicks on January 27, 2023 at 4:59 am

    30-06 and done

  42. James Prekeges on January 27, 2023 at 4:59 am

    I have a Steyr Scout chambered in .308. I have used 180 grain Trophy Bonded bullets for over 20 years, and can testify that heavy bullets penetrate and kill, especially the Trophy Bonded tips. On my recent Africa trip I took a Cape Buffalo with it. One shot in the right place and it only ran 30 yards. Giraffe (which is bigger and tougher) also with one shot. American Bison with one shot. African Lion one shot. Elk, moose, red stag, zebra (which are tougher and heavier than elk or moose), etc. The .308 has relatively light recoil but is extremely accurate and just plain deadly. I laugh when I see people punishing themselves with magnum recoil so they can brag about speed or energy.

  43. MOSINxNAGANTx7.62 Häihä on January 27, 2023 at 4:59 am

    4570 and 7.62×54 although 30.06 always get the job done

  44. Brikeswar Debbarma on January 27, 2023 at 5:01 am

    35 whelen, 45-70, 500 auto max, 45 raptor, 338 Lapua. these are my top 5 cartridge

  45. lucky * on January 27, 2023 at 5:02 am

    308 or 30-06

  46. Jason Miller on January 27, 2023 at 5:04 am

    I love the .308, you really can’t go wrong with it. However consider the 7mm-08, which in my novice opinion after some study, is ballistacly superior. It has worked great for me on both mule deer and Elk in the past and doesn’t hurt your shoulder.

  47. T Wolak on January 27, 2023 at 5:07 am

    You guys wanna keep knocking the IMMORTAL 30/06 go ahead cuz it just shows your IGNORANCE. The 3006 has been around forever cuz Its just too good to beat. It’s been through 2 wars ,remains at the top of the list in gun sales and just flat out PERFORMS. My uncle brought the M1 Garand back from WW2 and proceeded to hunt with it for the rest of his life. It served him well in WW2 and served him well on opening day in the deer woods. THE TRUE MEASURE OF A WINNER.

  48. Kenneth Hoffman on January 27, 2023 at 5:09 am

    The 404 Jeffery instead of the 416 Rem. It has less recoil & a long history as an excellent round for the "big five" in Africa. Yes, the 375 H&H ‘nough said. For most hunters in the USA, the 300 Win mag is overkill. The extra cost & recoil are not worth it IMO. In 99% of hunting situations, the 30-06 or 308 will work just as well. It is bullet placement that counts. Your choice, all 3 will work. I can’t argue with the 6.5 Creedmoor. Instead of having two 30-caliber cartridges, I would drop the 300 Win mag & add the .243. It’s an extremely popular round for everything from prairie dogs to deer.

  49. Antonio Serna on January 27, 2023 at 5:11 am

    I don’t know about you gun people cause as fair as i know those animal’s out there are the same like 20 yrs ago no they have not changed only the people change with all those ideas ,animals are the same.

  50. Vern Cook on January 27, 2023 at 5:12 am

    i gave you a like even though you left out my favorite the 7mm mag

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