When I went home to Montana to hunt Elk a few years back & hunted with the old friends most of them were 60 Plus crowd. all but two of them were shooting 300 H&H, 1 was shooting a 30-06, & old Sweed always packed his Savage 99 in 300 Savage. So many years ago I switch to the 300 H&H (about 21 years now ) great smooth push for recoil, stock ( no modifcations but a old Redfield Wide angle scope ). & that is what will be shooting until the last one falls.
Ha! This probably has nothing to do with why you've asking Gary, but I"ll be 66 in a few years, and I'm having my beloved .300 Winchester Magnum coverted to a .308 Norma Magnum for sentimental reasons. You see, when I was 16 I had a girlfriend whose dad had a .308 Norma Magnum built on a pre-64 Model 70 action. I remember more about that beautiful gun than I remember about that guy's daughter. I've wanted a .308 Norma Magnum ever since, and now that I'm able to afford it, I'm going to have one. Not that a .308 Norma will do anything my .300 Win Mag won't - even the gunsmith asked me WHY??. :lol:
Welcome to the forum by the way, Gary.
I've found, over the years, that belted (and non-belted) magnums don't do anything for ME, that standard chamberings won't - so I still pretty much shoot every standard offering I can get my money & my mitts on,
I have also learned, however, to limit myself to no more than 300gr of bullet weight, whatever the caliber. :roll:
My favorite CF's are the .30-06 (NEVER a mistake ), the 6.5x55, .444. 45-70 & .356Win/.358Win; with the .22 Mag rimfire getting the nod when I'm not hunting with a .22LR or .22Short.
I have no use, nor love, for any of the .17 cals.
Ditto, the larger shotgun gauges.
I gave up the 12ga over 15 years ago, and use one of my 20's or .410's mostly, with a 16ga every once in awhile for nostalgia trips.
I like both big & little muzzleloaders, but not the mediums (like .45 or .50 cal), currently shooting a .54 and a .32 - and have gone back to traditional side-hammer cap & rocklocks after a 10 year affair with modern inlines.
For me, basically, it's not so much about gathering game anymore - as I feel that I've certainly had my share.
It's more about getting out afield, with good companionship, with a firearm I admire.
YMMV, of course. 8)
Not 66 yet. Five years from it. But, I like mostly the classics: 22 LR, 9MM Luger 357 Magnum (mostly in rifles), 223 Rem, 6.5x55 Swede, 270 Win, 280 Ackley Imp., and 308 Win. I could care less about SSM's, SAUMs and the like.