Robert Ray wrote:Trace, I would agree with that being a good caliber, readily available ammo and capable of harvesting any large game in Oregon.Would that be a good choice for a homesteader that was not going to hunt? Jamie. a relative novice might be better served with a shotgun still capable of harvesting large game should it be required. With the many recoil reducing stocks on the market CopStock for example a manageable weapon.
Christopher Shepherd wrote:I prefer the 17 HMR for our farm.
Jack Edmondson wrote:
A midsize caliber like a .243 is also a good versatile tool for the homestead, but one that would be needed less. A .243 will dispatch medium to large size game. It can put a suffering animal out of its pain. It will hunt/forage for game up to deer size. It has low recoil for its energy level. It has a flat trajectory to increase accuracy at range. Ammo is not too expensive compared to other mid range calibers. Most people are comfortable with the recoil. A single shot medium caliber rifle can be had new for under $200. The cost/benefit is a little harder to justify on a homestead budget, so I would give a 3rd place ranking.
When looking at calibers such as .308, .270, 30-06 or even higher, (my opinion only!) is they have little utility to a homestead. They are 'big game' calibers. The recoil is high. The cost per round goes up. It is too much energy for anything below an elk, bear, or ...? These calibers are more specialty tools. Nice to have to round out one's tool kit; but more specialized in nature with limited utility on a homestead beyond hunting or in an area where large predators are not an issue.