30-06 vs .308
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Long Guns > General Rifle Discussion > 30-06 vs .308

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-13-2010, 06:52 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
LotzORemmies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 187
Default 30-06 vs .308

Your thoughts? I want to do a ".30 build" but have heard lots of positive qualities for both rounds. Care to weigh in?

__________________
LotzORemmies is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 04-13-2010, 10:12 AM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Stafford, Virginia,The state of insanity.
Posts: 14,043
Liked 34 Times on 29 Posts

Default

What the 30-06 does the 308 does as well just in a small package. It is 100 to 200 fps slower but they are both great cartridges. I myself would go with the 308 unless 200+gr bullets were to be used. The 308 being a short action cartridge will save you some weight and offer a stiffer action than the long action the 30-06 needs.

__________________
cpttango30 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2010, 12:22 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 4,900
Liked 2058 Times on 827 Posts
Likes Given: 2706

Default

what tango said

__________________
opaww is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2010, 12:41 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jpattersonnh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: South central,NH
Posts: 5,035
Liked 728 Times on 505 Posts
Likes Given: 756

Default

I am not a .30-06 fan. .308 is as stated above is great for 200gr- bullets. I am a big fan of 165..168gr in my bolt guns and 150gr in my BLR.

__________________

Freedom is not free. The best of us always leave too soon.

jpattersonnh is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2010, 05:36 PM   #5
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CA357's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 19,871
Liked 1175 Times on 510 Posts
Likes Given: 2978

Default

.30-06 is a sentimental favorite with me. However, there's nothing wrong with .308.

__________________
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”Samuel Adams
CA357 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2010, 05:42 PM   #6
Moderator
FTF_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
robocop10mm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Austin,Texas, by God!!
Posts: 10,188
Liked 2857 Times on 1487 Posts
Likes Given: 254

Default

Even though the .30-06 is over 100 years old it is still a fine caliber. It is a "little" better than the .308 in that it gives 100-200 fps more velocity.

It is really now just bridging the gap between the .308 and the .300 Win Mag.

If I was building a rifle for less than 600 yards, I would probably choose the .308. For more than 600, .300 WM

__________________

In life, strive to take the high road....It offers a better field of fire.
"Robo is right" Fuzzball

robocop10mm is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2010, 06:18 PM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Wambli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 947
Liked 46 Times on 28 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LotzORemmies View Post
Your thoughts? I want to do a ".30 build" but have heard lots of positive qualities for both rounds. Care to weigh in?
For the one gun person the 30-06 is tough to beat because you can get just about anything from varmint weight to heavies in commercial loadings... BUT I can't even wrap my head around the one gun mentality so my choice would be..

.308 because I like short actions and there is ammo out there to do anything I would ever want to do with a .308 from great huning ammo to Match stuff that'll make your head spin. The round is well understood, documented, tested and performs flawlessly.

I know that the 30-06 has an edge with heavier bullets but If I need heavier then I just bring a bigger caliber to play so I wouldn't feel shortchanged at all.
__________________

Last edited by Wambli; 04-13-2010 at 06:55 PM.
Wambli is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2010, 06:51 PM   #8
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jbshoots's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 160
Default

i saw a thread about the .30-06 vs .308 in another forum and people were going back and forth about the merits of both so i checked out the ballistics for both rounds and it looks like the .30-06 has a few more bullet choices and a slight edge ballistics wise.

however, the difference in ballistics is pretty slim, most shooters may not even be able to distinguish between the two.

and the .30-06 may have a few more bullet choices, but the .308 can be loaded with a wide enough variety to do just about whatever you want with a round in that size.

so i for me it's just a matter of whether you prefer the short or long action.

i bought a .30-06 because it is what i knew and i am happy with it, but i think i would be just as happy shooting a rifle chambered in .308.

__________________
jbshoots is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2010, 07:25 PM   #9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 3
Default

Theres only one way to putt it. BUY BOTH.

__________________
Hoytman is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2010, 10:56 PM   #10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
LotzORemmies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 187
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wambli View Post
For the one gun person the 30-06 is tough to beat because you can get just about anything from varmint weight to heavies in commercial loadings... BUT I can't even wrap my head around the one gun mentality so my choice would be..

.308 because I like short actions and there is ammo out there to do anything I would ever want to do with a .308 from great huning ammo to Match stuff that'll make your head spin. The round is well understood, documented, tested and performs flawlessly.

I know that the 30-06 has an edge with heavier bullets but If I need heavier then I just bring a bigger caliber to play so I wouldn't feel shortchanged at all.
Def not a one gun guy. Still working on my 22-250 rem 700 (just got new glass), and just finished dialing in my 270 weatherby mag k98 which is an awesome stick. But I need a 30 of some sorts...

Right now it's between an FN FAL and a howa1500/rem 700 VLS.
__________________
LotzORemmies is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes