You all sound like Calvin Rutstrum! In one of his books, and I don't remember which one ("The New Way of the Wilderness" maybe?), he said that the only rifle worth carrying out back of beyond was a lever action .30-30. I agree with that except that some states have this silly rule requiring straight cartridges....
You can shoot factory jacketed loads for big game.
130 gr jacketed for medium game.
Cast for economical practice.
Round lead ball sized 311 over 5 grains of unique for a small game load.
All a guy needs in most of the USA.
O-Mega if you want a good all around cartridge, look no further than the perfect all around North American round... the 338 Federal.I started hunting with a 30-06 in Colorado, when I joined the Army they stationed me at Ft Bragg NC., and right away I knew an 06 was way over kill. I asked around and most said 30-30 was the caliber to have so I purchased a Win 30-30. At first it did well, as most of my hunting was less than 100 yards. But when I was allowed to hunt private land out In Lumberton, NC., I found that the heavy 30-30 dropped way too much at ranges out beyond 150 yards. After missing my first deer which I estimate was at 150 yards, I started researching for a better round. This is pre WWW, so gun magazines, books, and word of mouth was the only way to do it. I narrowed it down to either the 7mm, or 270 win, and went looking at the pawnshops. I happened to be in Jim's Pawnshop just outside of Ft Bragg when a delivery came in of Winchester Ranger models in 270 win, and just so happened to be right in my budget. After zeroing my very next round dropped a 7-point 170 lb buck at around 200 yards or so. For 20 years or so that rifle was the only thing I used, except when hunting shotgun only areas or or black powder season. Now I have added 308 to the rotation and will try a 44 mag pistol too, but if I had to revert back to just one, I would go choose 270 Win.