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running_fool 02-07-2013 04:33 AM

.308 for deer hunting?
 
So how well will a .308 work for deer hunting? Or would a 270 or 30-06 still be a better choice? Opinions please

NotMormon 02-07-2013 04:39 AM

Where do you live FOOL:D? 308 is fine for deer. 30-06 is more versatile if you reload but a 308 is good medicine for Mulies.

running_fool 02-07-2013 04:45 AM

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Originally Posted by NotMormon
Where do you live FOOL:D? 308 is fine for deer. 30-06 is more versatile if you reload but a 308 is good medicine for Mulies.

I live in central Utah. I plan on mostly using it for mule deer. How do you think it would do with an elk?

NotMormon 02-07-2013 04:51 AM

It will do fine on Elk as long as you hit em in the engine block with a good bullet. 150grain and up.... preferably a bonded bullet and keep your shots 200yrd or less.
What rifle are you looking at?

AR10 02-07-2013 06:24 AM

.308 is one of the most used hunting rounds for large game. It will work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.308_Winchester

running_fool 02-07-2013 01:53 PM

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Originally Posted by NotMormon
It will do fine on Elk as long as you hit em in the engine block with a good bullet. 150grain and up.... preferably a bonded bullet and keep your shots 200yrd or less.
What rifle are you looking at?

Not sure yet just starting the process. Once I decide on caliber I will select the rifle. Thanks for the input.

JTJ 02-07-2013 02:20 PM

The 308 is a very versatile round. With the proper load it will work on prairie dogs to big bears. The 30-06 can be loaded a little higher but requires a long action. The 308/7.62x51 was designed to replace the 30-06 with a full power round that would function better in automatic and self loaders. New rifles are available from $250 on up. New economy bolt actions are running in the $300-$400 range and are very accurate. I have a Browning BLR in 308.

RUG3R44 02-07-2013 02:23 PM

We don't have mule deer or elk where I live but I'm a big fan of the .308win for whitetails. I load a 150gr bullet at arounf 2700fps and they work just fine. Next season I'm dropping to a 125gr. psp at the same 2700fps and give it a try. Should work just fine.

running_fool 02-07-2013 02:36 PM

I haven't ventured into reloading yet so with that said is the .308 readily available (usually readily available). Everything seems to be hard to find right now. I am debating between the.308 and the 270 win short mag.

95sniper 02-07-2013 02:40 PM

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Originally Posted by running_fool (Post 1127748)
I haven't ventured into reloading yet so with that said is the .308 readily available (usually readily available). Everything seems to be hard to find right now.

Generally 308 is easy to find, but nothing is right now...


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