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I'm a big believer in the venerable 30-30. The ballistics of the 7.62x39 are similar, but they were designed for different purposes. The 30-30 was designed to hunt and the x39 was designed for combat. Plus, the 30-30 has been around a lot longer. As such, ammo variety and availability favors the 30-30.

Some interesting info:

30-30 Ammo Performance
 

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North, what is your definition of an "all round caliber"?

To be "best" must a cartridge work in a Model 94 Winchester?

Why would the .30-30 be a better all around cartridge than the .30-06 or .308 Win.?

Heck, why not the .270 Win.? Jack O'Conner considered the .270 Win. and .30-06 "all around" cartridges.

Then there are all the new short versions of the old classics.

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.44 Mag:D

It's available in auto pistols,revolvers,all actions of rifles,has loadings ranging from SD 165gr JHP's to hard cast 325gr,most guns can also use .44 special,it's inherantly accurate,easily found at any ammo stocking dealer,can be used on any game in the "lower 48" at least,and properly loaded,can handle just about any situation.:cool:
 

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.308, hands down. With the right loading it will handle everything from varmints to all North American game and rifles run from MBR's to supremely accurate tactical rifles.
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Aside from being a troll challenge and being completely trumped by Mus' reply, what a really stupid challenge. The stupidity is in the vagueness of the challenge. What is best all around refer to specifically? Is this for hunting, warfare, home defense, numbers and types of weapons that can handle it, recoil, follow-up shots, plinking, teaching a child to shoot, expense, or what? My 'all around' is going to differ hugely from somebody else's.

The bottom line is that caliber and cartridge are nothing without a gun to fire from. So before you can even begin to consider the caliber and cartridge, the platform from which it is delivered must be considered as well. Otherwise all you have is a box of expensive man made rocks.
 

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7.62X51 Hands down, end of discussion.
 

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(Preferably in a FAL...)
 

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Double knothead Spy,

You seem to be the Troll. Everyone else is having fun with the topic.
 

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