Choosing one rifle cartridge might seem to be a difficult decision. The key to making the choice easy is to remove all emotional attachment to the cartridges you love to shoot, roll between your fingers and pontificate about. I really enjoy the .30 Remington AR, like the .250 Savage and it seems I cannot live without a .35 something. Truth is, these cartridges are fringe cartridges. Yes, they are great but ammo is hard to come by.
Here are some rules to keep it simple:
If you can only have one cartridge, you don’t want one you have to handload for.
You’d want one for which ammo is easy to come by.
You want a cartridge anyone in your family or that you might be with can shoot well.
You want a cartridge that could do as much of what you might ask a rifle cartridge to do for the rest of your life.
For me the choice comes down to two cartridges; the .22 LR or the .223 Remington.
As much sense as the .22 LR makes its has two main detractors; it cannot be handloaded and it will not work very well for large game. The .223 Remington on the other hand can be handloaded; will work for large game and it also meets all the criteria listed above.
For me the only remaining question would be which rifle? If it was just one rifle it would have to be an AR which could be used by shooters of most any size for every thing from hunting to personal protection.
50 years ago the choice would have probably been a lever action .30-30 but times have changed and America’s new multi-purpose rifle is the AR and the new multi-purpose cartridge – thanks to new ammunition like Remington’s 62 grain Core Lokt Ultra Bonded – is the .223 Remington.
What would be your choice?