Dislike for certain calibers?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by cottontop, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    I hate to post a negative thread (well, not that much), but I was wondering if there is a particular caliber that you completely dislike for no real logical reason? Here is my story: When I was about 14 years old, my Dad bought me a used but nice looking Model 94 in .30-30. We went deer hunting that year and on opening morning, I shot at and missed several times the largest whitetail buck I have ever seen in the wild. I was too upset to blame myself, so I, in my 14 year old immature manner, blamed the gun and the cartridge for my innability to hit the deer. I immediately became a fan of high velocity bolt action rifles, and still am. Logically I know that there was nothing wrong with the gun and logically I know that the .30-30 is an adequate deer cartridge. But to this day, I cringe at the thought of hunting with a .30-30. I will never own one, not because it is not a fine cartridge, which it is, but because it always reminds me of that years ago opening day and the buck that got away.

    I know there are lots of .30-30 fans on this forum and I mean no harm or disrespect. I don't hate the cartridge, I just hate the memories it conjures up. Anybody have a dislike of a cartridge for no logical reason?
    cottontop
     
  2. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Lie down on the couch and get ready for some serious intervention. :D
     

  3. tomingreeneco

    tomingreeneco New Member

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    Back in the early 70's a friend of mine had a Weatherby chamber for the .460 magnum. He always had to have the biggest gun in town. First time I shot it damn took my shoulder off. Have no desire to own one. Don't hate it, just not expecting to see any elephants in my backyard.:D
     
  4. kaido

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    I'm going to say I've got some disliking of the 7mm Rem Mag.
    Only logical reason I've got is the recoil is a little to much for my liking, but still do-able.

    Now for my un-logical reason, it's what the first rifle I've had an accidental/random discharge was chambered in.
     
  5. 007BondJamesBond007

    007BondJamesBond007 New Member

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    I hate 22 shorts. I want to hear the real big bang. JK:D
     
  6. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Can`t think of one that I just dislike................
     
  7. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    .40. Ugh hate the .40
     
  8. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    Ok get ready for a tree branch better yet u go pick the switch!!!! Just messin. The caliber I hate the most an I have 2 of the is the .458 win mag. My fam an I go to africa every other yr an thats what I take tons of smack down an does every thing I ask it to but damn after 8to14 shots my neck is killin me my shoulder hates me. No real reason to hate the caliber when it does its job at a very good rate, but I just hate shootin it
     
  9. Marlinman

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    30-30 and the 30 carbine round. 30-30 cuz i have shot 3 different deer repeatedly w one and had to put em down w a different caliber. All within 100 yards and all were heart/lung or front shoulder shots. 3 different types of ammo. Lile lever actions though. Might be why i have several-not one in 30-30 though. Have a special edition remake of a '73 winchester in 32-20 thats fun. Just not good for anything.

    God didnt make all men equal colonel Sam Colt did
     
  10. unclebear

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    I hate the .40 the only reason is when I was 16 I was at a friends house and his dad was a heavy drinker he was unloading his gun in the living room while I was talking to my friend near the front door about 10ft away. He accidentally discharged his pistol (he was drunk) into my stomic the bullet went through my lower body at an angle, after a while I woke up idk how long the doc said that if I was standing at a different angle I might not be able to walk at this point. The bullet past within 1" of my lower spine, that's the reason I hate the 40...

    on the up side his dad hasn't touched alcohol since...
     
  11. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I have yet to find a round I didn't like. My favorite is (and may always be) the 30-06.
     
  12. Marlinman

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    Its a good caliber. I dont HATE any caliber but i dont particularily like 30-30 but thats bc of bad experiences

    God didnt make all men equal colonel Sam Colt did
     
  13. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Yeah, bad experiences can ruin a caliber for you. Luckily, I haven't had any bad experiences where the problem was the caliber. :D
     
  14. Marlinman

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    I dont miss often and when i can punch 5 180 gr winchester super x bullets into a trottin deers ribs/front shoulder and neck between 50 and 25 yards away then have her still be alive an hour and 190 yards later it ruins that. The other two were shot in the same day. One i shot 3 times at 75 yards and had to trail her for half a mile w three 150 grains federal powershoks through her lungs. The other i hit through one lung and the offside shoulder with a federal 180 gr vitalshok. i didnt find her till 3 days later. I shot her at 90 yards. Out of 9 bullets and 9 solid hits only 3 exited. All on the second doe.

    God didnt make all men equal colonel Sam Colt did
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2012
  15. Tackleberry1

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    Damn...sorry you went through that.
    Was it a Glock .40?
    ...and did he wear dreadlocks and a DEA tee shirt?
     
  16. Jstrong

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    I don't really like .40 either,I feel like its got as much felt recoil as a .45 with all the snap its got. So I'd rather just have a .45 and have a bullet that hits like a .45 on BOTH ends. And if I was going for a smaller bullet than .45,I'd rather Just skip the .40 and go straight to a 9mm for the full compromise and get the the lighter recoil and faster return to POA in return for the downgrade in caliber.
     
  17. jpattersonnh

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    Dislike, not really. I just feel some are redundant to what I already use. So many overlap uses. I find it is more of the firearm I dislike.
     
  18. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    the .30-06


    I don't hate the .30-06 at all; but, I do love it only for its brass. I make my 7x57 and .25-06 from .30-06 brass. :D
    cottontop
     
  19. BlueTurf

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    Same here. Many years ago I shot a friend's Rem 700 BDL in 7mm mag and I did not like the recoil. Since then I have shot rifles that kicked even more but still have some dislike for the 7mm Rem Mag. It is a nice flat-shooting cartridge but I would probably go with the 300 Win Mag instead.
     
  20. 007BondJamesBond007

    007BondJamesBond007 New Member

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    I don't have any dislike for any caliber. If it goes bang I love it.