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Old 06-20-2016, 01:42 PM   #1
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What IS a big bore?

.30/06 caliber and above? Where does that leave the 7MM Magnum? .338 Magnum and above? Maybe big bore would start at the .45/70, but then how about the .444 Magnum? Confusing, isn't it?
 
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It's almost like asking "what's a saturday night special", "what is an assault weapon", etc. The answer is likely to vary with the experiences, emotions, and even hypocrisy of the person responding. I know that to my dad & his friends, a .30-06 was actually considered a small-bore cartridge. Not that they considered it weak, because he used even smaller guns for deer; but because the 'big' rifles of his early days typically ran from 45 to 56 caliber, and by comparison a .30 caliber bullet was indeed 'small'.
 
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if you have to ask, there's no hope for you. Google it.
 
 
Old 06-20-2016, 03:06 PM   #4
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I was asking for opinions. I have my own.
 
Old 06-20-2016, 04:10 PM   #5
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To me Terry anything .40 and up would be considered a big-bore.
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Old 06-20-2016, 04:59 PM   #6
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the standard has always been above 30 cal, and there's been no point in such since the advent of the BAR in 300 win mag and Nosler Partitions. It's far, far more important to have rapidfire vs dangerous animals. I'll take 5-6 300 mags over one 458, any day, vs a big, charging animal and normally, 308 is plenty. If hunters would just boycott african nations for a year, over the laws vs auto-rifles, those laws would change!
 
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Nice article. thank for share with us
 
Old 09-04-2019, 06:48 AM   #8
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The biggest bore I currently own is a .338 WinMag. I really like it and find it to be a really accurate rifle. I have it in a McMillan stock.

I've taken everything from coyotes to elk with it.
 
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If we are talking about the left leaning media in this country, I believe that to them a "big bore" is anything above the size of a .22LR. For me it starts at .40 cal.
 
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If we are talking about the left leaning media in this country, I believe that to them a "big bore" is anything above the size of a .22LR. For me it starts at .40 cal.
I received a text from one of my sons today that walmart has announced it will stop sales of handgun ammunition and 'short barrel rifle' ammunition.
 
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I received a text from one of my sons today that walmart has announced it will stop sales of handgun ammunition and 'short barrel rifle' ammunition.
True. It's all over the media. Handgun ammunition and 5.56MM and I would assume 7.62X39MM. Wal Mart will sell out it's stock and then no more. Didn't mention .22 LR, and will continue to sell "Hunting" ammunition.?? I really don't care because I can never find a clerk with the key's anyway, but I don't like the implications. The world's biggest chain say's this ammunition is BAD.
 
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it's a wasted fantasy, Guys take cape buff, rhino, hippo, tuskers all the time with SKS's, AK's, and in Nam, guys took tigers with M16's, even without softpoints. When you can get 6-7 repeat hits per second it's not nearly as necessary to hit with 4000 ft lbs, per hit cause what youve got is a stupid bolt action. you cAN miss with that one shot, or get a poor hit, you know. doing so is quite common.



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Old 09-09-2019, 09:06 PM   #13
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True. It's all over the media. Handgun ammunition and 5.56MM and I would assume 7.62X39MM. Wal Mart will sell out it's stock and then no more. Didn't mention .22 LR, and will continue to sell "Hunting" ammunition.?? I really don't care because I can never find a clerk with the key's anyway, but I don't like the implications. The world's biggest chain say's this ammunition is BAD.
Sports academy will appreciate the extra biz. These people are stupid. they are taught in the first semester of biz management to never allow politics to be a threat to their profit margins. Anyone who does so is a fool. when you piss off the hunters and shooters, they dont by anything from you, if they can find it elswhere, and there's almost always a tractor supply store, an atwoods, or a sports academy, target, kmart, or some such competitor. They'll be sorry for having done this. Gillete is probably going to go out of biz over their stupid anti man add. Dicks lost a billon $ worth of sales. Serves them right, for not knowing who and what their customer's are

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Old 01-27-2020, 08:04 PM   #14
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.30/06 caliber and above? Where does that leave the 7MM Magnum? .338 Magnum and above? Maybe big bore would start at the .45/70, but then how about the .444 Magnum? Confusing, isn't it?
Far as I've been taught, anything under .30 cal is small bore, .30 cal-.40 cal is medium bore and .40 cal and up is big bore.

Remember, it refers to BORE, not power.

So, for instance 7mm would be a powerful small bore.
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it's a waste of time and money, is what it is. Nostalgia bs, unless you hunt big stuff in africa on a regular basis. I'd rather have a suppressed 308 auto for that, actually, than any bolt action or lever action, in any caliber. I'd aim the first one at his temple, or top of his head (if facing me, head down, feeding), and put several more into his body if he is able to flee. Wait an hour, have the boys follow his spoor to his dead body. Then if we run into some clowns with AK's, or a pack of hyenas, herd of wart-hogs, or a troop of baboons.
 
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you cAN miss with that one shot, or get a poor hit, you know. doing so is quite common.
Melvin, you are NOT Jerry Miculek! Again you display your lack of tactical knowledge or of even history. The early years of both the wars in Viet Nam & Afghanistan were fought successfully with bolt action rifle. Not all owners of bolt action rifles are so unskilled that they shoot "1 minute of barndoor".
If you don't think that a practiced shooter can't take you down with a 120 year old surplus bolt action military rifle if he gives himself the tactical advantage, your life expectancy will be extremely limited.
 
Old 03-23-2020, 08:46 AM   #17
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You can miss with any rifle. An autoloader doesn't make you a marksman. And if you have to rely on having an autoloader to make a kill, you aren't much of a shot or hunter.

Followup shots aren't hard with a bolt action either, if you need them. They are also easier to suppress, if you want.
 
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