The only rifle I own is a Savage 110 Storm in .223 for informal target shooting and predators. I like it, but personally wouldn`t use it for deer or hogs although I know some do. Agree with the .243 and up.
.243 shooting 55 grain Sierras for coyotes. Stay off of bone and it looks like they were killed by lightening. Hit hard parts and they'll blow big holes. A bullet change makes it a deer killer. Fastest I've seen an elk hit the dirt was with a .243 shooting 100 grain Core Lokts. I wouldn't normally call for a .243 as an elk round but it can do the work. It is a versatile big little cartridge.
Too many variables with hunting terrain to have one that's the "the best". You put the proper bullet in the right place and it's not hard to take game.... or like me where it's a jungle and a shotgun with buckshot works better than a single projectile.
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