It is now time for us to issue final recommendations for the best rifles cartridges to pick for 2011, specifically when looking at pricing and availability: which are the most cost effective and available cartridges in each category?
In order to have a good look at how these cartridges compare, we selected cartridges that got picked as best in kind in the ammunition survey and in the chamberings survey, and superposed their pricing and availability for ammunition and their availability as chamberings.
Recommendations by Cartridges Categories
- Most cost effective overall cartridge: 22LR
- Best rimfire varmint cartridge: 17HMR
- Most cost-effective centerfire cartridge: 223 Remington (5.56mm NATO)
- Best varmint cartridge: 223 Remington
- Best 6mm medium game cartridges: 243, 25-06
- Best 7mm medium game cartridges below .30: 270 Winchester, 7mm-08, 7mm Remington Magnum
- Best .30 caliber cartridges: 308 Winchester, 30-06 Springfield, 300 Winchester Magnum
- Best Medium Bore cartridge: 338 Win Mag
- Best Big Bore cartridges: 375 H&H Magnum, 45-70 Government
Recommendations by purpose
- Most cost effective training and plinking: 22LR
- Most cost effective centerfire training and plinking: 223 Remington
- Best long range varmint hunting: 204 Ruger, 22-250
- Best low recoil deer hunting: 243, 25-06, 7mm-08
- Best all around US hunting: 270, 308, 30-06, 7mm Remington Magnum
- Best large US game hunting: 300 Winchester Magnum
- Best all around low recoil rifle cartridge: 7mm-08
- Best long range all around cartridge: 7mm Remington Magnum
- Best dangerous US game hunting: 45-70 Government
- Best dangerous African game hunting: 375 H&H Magnum
Next we review cartridge selection FAQs... So come back soon!