Mauser said:Most definately a 30-06. It will shoot flat enough to cover the abilities of 98% of all hunters and, as was said above, will deliver a heavier, wider bullet. It can be loaded up to be very close to the 7mm energy-wise. I'm one of those who thinks all MEANINGFUL rifle cartridge development ended in 1906. Well, maybe 1912 with the 375 H&H magnum, which has a belt for a legitimate reason.
The "7 mag" is great for the guy who can use a 400 yard cartidge, but if most guys were honest about it, they would admit they don't.
Really, greater than the '06? Nosler data:The "7 mag" is great for the guy who can use a 400 yard cartidge....
Whatever you say, but IME 250 fpe makes no difference at distances shorter than 400 yards, and 1700 fpe is ample for deer-sized game. I guess in order to die, deer must require more killing energy at 400 yards than they do at 250 yards...that's about all that would explain your experiences shooting all those deer at 400 yards. and remember:HYPE? Every extra foot pound that bullet delivers makes a BIG difference at that kind of distance.
Most hunters would never see a difference in the field using similar quality bullets.