I bet I’m not going to shock anyone reading this when I tell you that the .270 Winchester, .30-06 and the .300 Win. Mag. are all versatile, dependable cartridges that will work on a wide variety of game. Everyone knows that because just about everyone who’s ever hunted big game with a rifle has, at some point, been carrying one of these rifles. Every rifle company builds guns chambered for these popular rounds, as well as other stalwarts such as the .243 Win., the 7mm Remington Magnum and the .308 Win.
Sometimes, however, you just want to step away from the guns of the masses for a moment, to explore new territory in the world of sporting rifles. Maybe you want to walk into the local hardware store and see that there aren’t 15 boxes of ammo for your particular rifle. Perhaps you want to draw a crowd at the range, the same crowd that’s used to you dutifully dialing in your trusted ’06 every fall as you prepare to head to the deer woods. Maybe it’s the rifle shooter’s equivalent of a midlife crisis, the ballistic counterpart to the yellow Porsche convertible.
The good news is that there are several rounds as versatile, powerful and accurate as the popular .270, .30-06 and 7mm Rem. Mag. Are they better than these tried-and-true game getters? No, but these underrated hunting cartridges are worthy alternatives.