Originally Posted by stalkingbear
It looks like yall left out THE best non-magnum, out to 250 yard cartridge-the good ol 35 Whelen. I call mine Ol Thumper-because it thumps the game without killing my shoulder.
Good one brother. Another following that line of thought is the 9.3x62mm Mauser. Ballistic signature of the 375 H&H without the recoil or blast.
I'm partial to the large capacity "Super Magnums" in both .300 and .338 caliber, but don't like the recoil. The incorporation of a 1" Pachmayr Decel Pad, an Edwards Magnum Recoil Reducer, and a muzzle brake tame down these powerhouses to where they can be shot accurately. I can't shoot a rifle accurately if I'm being pounded on by the rifle every time I touch off a round, and I've never seen anyone else who could either.
Out here in southwest Montana most of your shots will be at extended ranges, and you want to deliver enough terminal ballistic energy on the target so that it doesn't run away after being hit if you make a less than perfect shot. It will likely have to travel a long way to suitable concealment before it will bed down which will increase the chance of you losing the game to predators