Since the invention of gunpowder there has been endless debate over the mythical “best all-around cartridge.” There are all sorts of contenders, but one can make a really convincing argument for the .30-06 as that cartridge.
The 9.3x62 Mauser came about as an affordable way to tackle Africa's dangerous game. And it continues to be one of the world's most versatile medium-bore cartridges.
The .270 Winchester is a red-hot round and has become one of the favorites of hunters. Building this cartridge's popularity was famed outdoor writer Jack O'Connor, who used and wrote extensively about the .270.
For years, the .30-30 was North America's most popular cartridge. It's acclaim, in part, was driven by its usefulness as a deer hunting round and as a top performing cartridge in lever-action rifles.
When it comes to pistol ammo, there is perhaps no more renowned cartridge than the .45 ACP. The heavy round earned its stripes and grew in popularity after nearly three-quarters of a century of service as the U.S. Military's sidearm.
Renowned British firm Holland & Holland came up with the .375 H&H more than 100 years ago. But to this day, the medium-bore cartridge is among the most versatile hunting rounds available.
The 7mm Mauser, also known as the .275 Rigby, was an influential cartridge. Paul Mauser's creation went on to hold sway over the design of both military and sporting cartridges in the 20th Century.
There is perhaps no more ubiquitous round than the .22 rimfire. It is a pretty safe bet that the first round most shooters sent down range came from the petite, yet practical cartridge.
There are all sorts of cartridges, with all kinds of applications. But when the rubber hits the road, what makes a great cartridge? Well, dear readers, that is a complicated subject, but not one devoid of an answer.