I personally use a Winchester model 70 in 30-06. I like the gun and have a lot of confidence with it. I think that the best gun is whatever you are comfortable with.
The 30-06 was made famous by the 1903 Springfield followed by the 1937 M1 Garand. Thus this is the caliber that great-grandpa and great-great grandpa from The Great War and from WW2 used. Grandpa probably used the M-14 or M-16 in Viet Nam. And dad is probably too young to have ever fired a shot in anger.So wierd. you here more about the 06 but more people prefer the 270. So do I, but i hunt with both. no reason why i just pull out the first gun i see. from the closet.
I use to have a .280, very light weight gun but I got rid of it some years ago for a .270 WSMhey you forgot .280! its a rare round these days, aka 7mm...(not mag). its basically a 30-06 cartridge but with a 7mm bullet. Pretty dman flat, very accurate, good punch, and pretty lightweight gun. My brother used to use a 243. It worked pretty good, but where we hunt a 300-350 shot can easily happen and a 243 just won't cut it out that far, IMHO past about 250. a 280 looks very similare to 270, except longer casing, not as stubby. 270 is a good round too. To someone 'new' picking a cartridge, i'd say have them shoot all of the above and see what they like best. Some guns may be heavy and a pain to pack around (eg 20lb 7mm mag) and provide too much power (baseball hole) or kick, or too little.
I love that gun, browning BAR 280. 7 blacktails, all made it less <30yds. Some just dropped (spine/close range). So it really depends how the shooter shoots with it. You could hand me a 30-06, 243, 270, 7mm mag, 25-06, 270 and i would still probably shoot best with my 280.
As long as you can shoot consistently, IMHO < 2" groups @100 your good. I like having the comfort of knowing i can reach out and knock one down. (again, my opinion; you could maybe get away with 3" groups if your hunting in country where you would never even see anything over 150 yds, like timber).
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