Boddington's Top 10 Picks for Big Game Bullets
June 28, 2012
Campfire cartridge controversy is lots of fun, and we all have our favorites, but there are lots of popular calibers that are actually pretty darned close in diameter. It's a very subtle progression as you go from, say, .257 to .264 or from .277 to .284. How many of us can tell at a glance a bullet that is just .007 inch fatter than another? (Wait, let me get my glasses on!)
With diameters so similar, there are a lot of calibers- and cartridges within the calibers- that are virtually identical in effect on game. Most of our campfire arguments are based largely on personal preference (based on limited personal experience) and, from a purely objective viewpoint, are pretty thin. But there is one irrefutable concept: Regardless of the caliber or the cartridge, it's always the bullet that does the work.
I've hunted with virtually all of the popular bullet diameters, generally multiple cartridges in each. My word isn't law on the subject, but my purpose here is to offer my preferred big game bullet weights in the popular hunting calibers.