Two haven't changed in almost 55 years, the 22 and a shotgun. Ok, the guage has bounced around a little, 12, 20, 28, back to 20, currently looking for a 410 double; but there's always a shotgun in the list. For over 45 years anyway.
The 3rd would be a moving target, so to speak . The latest infatuation usually fills this slot for awhile; the current one being the 45-70. Started with the 30-06 many moons ago. Gone through a variety of 20somethings and 30somethings. Looking promising to become the 9.3x74R soon. Or maybe another 450 caliber. THe change can happen for almost any reason, like somebody gives me a box of shells for something I didn't have...., yet.
I have been using the 300 Winchester magnum extensively in Europe, Newfound land, Central Asia. But in Africa depending where I Hunt , in Savannah or forest, I use a 375 HH with 350 grain bullet or a 416 Rigby with 400 grain bullet.
I discovered the 270 winchester in Scotland two Years ago and was surprised with its effectiveness on red deer, its mild recoil favors a good accuracy.
Although, I tend to agree with William Faulkner when he said: "There is no such thing as a bad whisky. Some whiskies just happen to be better than others." Also applies to cartridges. Having a lot of fun with a 500 Jeff these days.
My all-purpose rifle is a Remington 700 in 300 Win Mag. With my handloads I brew up everything from 110-220gr rounds and use it for woodchucks to bear. A super accurate, reliable, and strong all-around rifle/cartridge combo in my opinion. If you dont reload the 30-06 probably would be a better choice with a wider range of factory loaded bullet weights for versatility.
Leopard Legend....................Hi John.............I see that you have not visited AH in awhile. Hope all is well. I am looking for a hunt in Namibia..............would like to ask a few questions about your hunt.............all the best..............................Bill
Hi Bob, how's things going in Wyong?. Down your way a couple of years back but haven't been in NSW since Ebor for the fishing. just getting over some nasty storms up here in Qld, seeing the sun for the first time in a few days. I'm going to NZ in the spring and hope to clean up a few buns while there and perhaps shake the spiders out of my old .303LE (currently owned by my BIL). Cheers Brian