10 Best Big Game Cartridges of All Time

10 Best Big Game Cartridges of All Time

In selecting the ten best big game cartridges of all time, it's important to define what "best" really means. There are cartridges that have a much flatter trajectory curve than other cartridges, and there are those that are extremely efficient. Others are easy to hand load, while some have a reputation for accuracy and thrive in competition.


But in a democratic sense, the "best" American cartridges are those that have won over the masses and garnered the approval of American hunters, withstanding the test of time.


These cartridges must have a long and decorated track record on game, and while I believe that some of the newer cartridges like the 6.5 Creedmoor and the .270 Winchester Short Magnum may prove to be lasting and popular cartridges, they've yet to endure a half century of field testing. The cartridges that made the cut here have all been around for over 50 years, and a few have been around more than twice that long.

While you can argue that other cartridges perform better, the following rounds have become the gold standard by which other hunting cartridges are judged.


Based on history, success, performance and popularity, here is a list of the ten best hunting cartridges of the modern era.

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