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Since I was already counting our H&R/NEF guns in another thread, results so far surprised me.

1 10.1% 45-70 Government
2 7.4% 223 Remington
3 6.6% 20 Gauge
4 5.8% 410 Gauge
5 5.5% 30-30 Winchester
6 5.5% 12 Gauge
7 5.2% 35 Whelen
8 4.4% 500 S&W Magnum
9 4.4% 357 Magnum
10 3.3% 7mm-08 Remington
 

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Spanky, that is exactly what I was thinking. I woulda thought the .357 Mag/Max 'd be up there as well as the .30-30. If ya delete the shotguns, it improves somewhat. That's comparing apples and oranges.

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A lot of people buy the smaller gauges and calibers for women and youth. I did, and I have family members who did. Most average people who do not reload do not know you can make a 357 max out of a 357, so they buy the 30-30. I figured the 243 would be in the top 10 because of youth's first deer gun, but I guess the 30-30 was it. Single shots for youth is good, because it makes them count and not spray a semi-auto, or lever. Safer gun to start with.
 

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I can't believe any rimless cartridge would place in the top 5.
 

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The .500 surprises me as well. The 45-70 was no surprise at all. No telling how many were sold in Mississippi alone when MDWFP made it legal for primitive weapons season. Now, Louisiana has followed in our footsteps, to a degree. Even before that, it was gaining popularity.
 

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Update 10 NOV @ 1300

Most Popular Cartridges

Centerfire

1 8.5% 45-70 Government
2 7.6% 223 Remington
3 7.0% 30-30 Winchester
4 6.6% 7mm-08 Remington
5 5.5% 357 Magnum
6 4.0% 35 Whelen
7 3.6% 500 S&W Magnum
8 2.7% 243 Winchester
9 2.3% 30-06 Springfield
10 2.1% 22-250 Remington
11 2.1% 22 Hornet
12 2.1% 308 Winchester
13 1.9% 204 Ruger
14 1.9% 357 Maximum
15 1.7% 44 Magnum
16 1.5% 38-55 Winchester
17 1.3% 45 Colt
18 1.3% 7.62x39mm
19 1.1% 270 Winchester

Shotgun

1 5.9% 20 Gauge
2 5.1% 12 Gauge
3 4.4% 410 Gauge
4 2.1% 28 Gauge
5 1.1% 10 Guage

Rimfire

1 2.5% 22 Magnum
2 1.7% 22 LR
3 1.1% 17 HMR
 

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This is a neat topic for me as I would never give any thought to owning a single shot rifle in anything but a large caliber rimmed case IE 45/70 and up or any rimmed case I guess I am old school ;D Note I said rimmed case they go hand in hand so a 30/30 is still fine with me plus I have seen yotes busted at 300yds with one using 130 gr hollow pionts and a hefty load of 748.
But I can't help it I don't like the idea of shooting say a 280 Rem out of one,just the way I am.
 

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Ditto
 

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Grampa Mike.

You left out my 257 Roberts :'(Too bad how sad! It's the only one on this forum. I am going to take it hunting tomorow.

I fixed that gap again with that Goop Super Weld the stuff Tim send me. tried a 0.005" shim but when I started to hone it, it was very close to being a tight fit the shim came lose, so I tried the Super Weld so far so good.

How long it will last? But it is very hard at 34000psi. The back thrust is quite a bit less. This stuff is very easy to use. My Devcon Steel Putty works about the same and lasts for 150 rounds.

This 0.005" gap has been a pain alright.
 

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Grampa Mike.

You left out my 257 Roberts :'(Too bad how sad! It's the only one on this forum. I am going to take it hunting tomorow.

I fixed that gap again with that Goop Super Weld the stuff Tim send me. tried a 0.005" shim but when I started to hone it, it was very close to being a tight fit the shim came lose, so I tried the Super Weld so far so good.

How long it will last? But it is very hard at 34000psi. The back thrust is quite a bit less. This stuff is very easy to use. My Devcon Steel Putty works about the same and lasts for 150 rounds.

This 0.005" gap has been a pain alright.
The .257 is the best of the .257 guns but too me it has to be fed through a mauser bolt gun. I have a older Ruger in .257 Roberts AI and would not worry about it puting down a Elk with NP 120 grain bullets, yet when Elk hunting the only rifle I carry is a BRNO 602 in .375 I am a bit of hiporcrate, I know spelled it wrong.Yes the mod 77 took a bit of work to get to the way I like a gun to to be but what a gun for a .25 cal much better than a 6mm, yet my 6mm stopped a bull moose with one shot when my brother had it lol. Just goes to show you can kill anything that walks with a center fire over .24 if you put the bullet in the right place.Oh my 6mm is a 788 best Gun remington ever made
 

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Well I have two of the 257 Roberts neither is is a Mauser bolt gun. I shot a lot of deer with the 257 Handi a couple of years ago I droped a Bull Moose in his tracks. The handi makes a fine 257 Roberts. The only trouble with it is the soft steel in the under lug.

The other 257 Roberts is a Ruger #1 a fine rifle and super acurate like the Handi. It seems though the 257 Handi gets perferential use when the gap is fixed up. I have quite a collection of Ruger#1 and my first doe I toke with a 7x57 #1 last week Nov 5.

On the 4th I toke a shot at a doe late pm with my new 6.5x284 Ruger #1 and missed. She was standing in high grass with only the head visible. A clean miss? That shot ended the bad luck day
starting with a dead Jeep at day break. More than 1/2 the opening day was used to find an electrical problem.
 

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Hi Fred M I am in Alberta too, got to love them hot .257 and 6.5 cals. but my fav is the good old 7x57 with a stout load of H450 no longer can get that powder :mad:So I make due with my .280 and IMR4350 lol.
where in AB do you come from? I am from the calgary area and hunt in the S.W ie 305/304 and 400/402 zones the most, but stray and hunt 214 and other areas close to me inclouding the 400/ 412 zones. plus my foothills deer season with Black powder that's like shooting fish in a barrel.
 

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45/70... ;D
 

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Spanky said:
No surprise the 45-70 being at the top but I am surprised that the 357 isn't higher on the list. Come to think of it I would have guessed the 30-30 would be closer to the top too.



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The .357mag would be if you could actually find one aside the barrel program and those already done sold in our classifieds..
 
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