Re: which caliber for all around use?
The 30.06 does reach out a little farther with power but nothing you mentioned is going to kill a moose at 2000 yards. And IMO you should never try such a shot because even if you did hit the thing it would likely just be wounded and would wander away in great pain. It's unethical for a hunter to do that. I think you'll find that about 99% of hunters agree with that. There are those that just don't give a rat's rear but IMO those guys give us all a bad name and they should be shunned by the hunting community. In all the time I've been a hunter and all the time I've been surfing the internet gun boards I've never seen anyone mention trying to take that kind of game at that distance. I have seen very few talk about even shooting varmints at that range although there are some people who can do that. In fact the longest kill shot on record is 3120 yards on a p'dog by Kregg Slack. Slack claims to have shot one at 3650 yards but that isn't confirmed. Obviously there is a HUGE difference between a p'dog and a moose. So I'm not saying it's impossible to shoot an animal at that distance. I just don't think you can get enough power at that range with the calibers you mentioned to actually kill a moose or any of the other large animals you mention. And there are dang few people around that can shoot that far period. You may be one. I don't know. But if you want to shoot large animals at that range use a .50 BMG or maybe a 20mm cannon. Do you know how to fire artillery and do you have a good spotter?
Last edited by CJ_56; 09-26-2012 at 10:11 PM..