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Old 10-24-2012, 05:17 AM   #11
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Funny, I have a Win. M 100 in .308 and my new Win. 1895 in 30/06. The '95 kicks like a mule! I have a new Ruger 77 Gunsight Scout Rifle in .308, but haven't had the chance to fire it. The '95 is much harder than the 100, figuring it's an autoloader has something to do with it, but none of them are a .22

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The kudu bulls we hunt are in the 300lbs range with trophies exceeding 400lbs but i do realize where you coming from.

I think people have spoken so negatively of the recoil of a 30 06 that i feared it without even shooting one myself.

Never thought of handloading lighter loads (might just give ghat a try). Plus i spoke to a guy who is a collector and he says i can get a chamber adapter for the 30 06 to fire 308 rounds. So all that is left is to test fire someones 30 06 this weekend if the weayher holds and if i like it, make the purchase. Will keep you guys updated and thanks for the help

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Old 10-24-2012, 01:10 PM   #13
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308 is a safe bet. Lots of reasonably priced ammo for practice. If you handload 308 is very versatile as well. 243 is a good round as well but I'm not sure If I fully understand the meat damage issue. Any of the calibers you mention will do some damage at close range.
Unless you're taking shots out past 500 yards, I'd go

with .308, for reduced recoil.
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Wow how did our soldiers handle those Springfields and M1 Garrands with all that badass recoil? 30-06 baby!

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The .30-06 is one of those legendary rounds, like the .45-70 and .30-30 that just gets better with age.

Especially if you live in an area such as Africa where handloading is difficult or restricted.

Factory ammo can be obtained in bullet weights from 1120 to 220 grains easily. Semi custom ammo can be had up to 250 grains.

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... Pro for 30-06 is the versitile loads but con is recoil...
Ps I will be handloading mostly and looking at a Howa with synthetic stock.
I have a Howa 1500 30-06 with the Hogue OverMolded stock; the "super cushion" recoil pad works wonderfully!
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30-06, especially if you handload, you can load them down. Go with the 308 if you want the slightly faster short action. Recoil? My grandpa carried a Springfield '03, with a steel buttpad, he was around 120 pounds at the time.

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Go with the 30-06. If your worried about recoil, put a good buttpad on it. They are a pleasure to shoot, have really good range, and are very accurate.

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Please help!
I currently own a Parker Hale 303. She is a beaut and has sentimental value. Have not hunted much with her as im so scared I damage the rose wood stock. Im looking at a 2nd caliber (hunting work horse) to use. Im gonna be hunting duiker, bushbuck, kudu, warthog and bush pig mainly. Terrain is open with lots of thickets we will be having to walk through. Im stuck between choosing a 308, 30-06 /7x64. Pro for 30-06 is the versitile loads but con is recoil. I like a 243 due to little recoil but afraid of meat damage at close ranges. Please share your experience and wisdom in helping me decide.
Ps I will be handloading mostly and looking at a Howa with synthetic stock.
Sounds to me like you already have the perfect rifle for the job, but if you are afraid you might get a scratch on her, get your self a Savage in .308, I don`t think you would go wrong with the .308................
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Another possibility is to get a working stock for the 303. Some regiments used to have parade stocks for their 03's and field stocks for maneuvers.

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