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Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Cumberland/Franklin Line
It's All About Personal Preference
I think it's pretty interesting that on the under rated and over rated cartridge threads some people think the same cartridge is over rated while others thinks it's under rated.
I think to say for sure, you would have to hunt with or at least shoot with various different calibers to form an opinion. You can read all about them and know how fast they go and how many foot pounds of energy they produce, but numbers arnt everything. Just because you don't like it or are jealous because you don't have one doesn't make it overrated. Over rated to me means that they get more hype than they maybe deserve.
People have to remember, that cartridges aren't designed specifically for them. The people that designed them were trying to achieve something with their cartridge. Maybe try to fill a gap, maybe one that didn't need filling. Maybe try to compete with another company for the same customers. Maybe they just came up short, or maybe they hit the nail on the head and produced a real good one.
Everybody hunts differently, everybody hunts in different surroundings. Some people hunt different species. Sometimes there isn't a right or wrong caliber, often there are many choices that in the end will do the same job.
I think that the gun, the caliber, the scope, even the sling on the gun, says a lot about the hunter.