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Old 01-24-2012, 02:45 AM   #1
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Default .308 vs. 30-06

What are the differences which is better in your mind.
Also I read that some 30-06 will shoot a .308 as well just wondering what u guy thought.
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:51 AM   #2
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As far as I know, there is no .30-06 rifle on the market that will chamber and fire a .308, unless it's an interchangeable barrel system. They are entirely different chamberings.

The .308 is, to my knowledge, basically a reduced .30-06 in power and size. Both can take pretty much any game on the North American continent, although there are some animals I wouldn't try for with the .308, it would just be a little too iffy for my tastes, like moose and bear.

Both are exceptionally accurate and not too bad on recoil. Between the two, the best would be the one that you shoot the best. For a new shooter (I don't know if you fit the bill or not) I would recommend starting with the .308 for it's much milder recoil. Heavy recoil breeds bad shooting flinch.
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The 30-06 has a longer cartridge. It will not shoot .308 (well, you ain't supposed to- caught one dingbat at the range trying it- blows out the shoulder)

Folks argue accuracy back and forth- unless you are a Camp Peary 1000 meter finalist, I doubt that one truly has an edge over the other in accuracy.

Due to a difference in rate of twist, the 06 can handle longer, heavier bullets than the .308.

EDIT: Yes, Trip- both use a .308 bullet.
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I believe they also use the same diameter projectile, but don't quote me on that, the reloaders amongst us would know much better than I.
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The .308 is .30-06 lite.................& yes they both use the same bullet. O & the same primer. LOL
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Anything a .308 can do, a 30-06 can do 100-200 fps faster. They use the same bullet, so does the 300 win mag, 300 weatherby mag, 30-378 weatherby mag, yadda yadda yadda... Only thing that changes is how much powder they use.

I should point out that the .308 will fit in a short action, were a 30-06 takes a standard length action.
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I perfer the 7.62x54r. Im just sayin
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I perfer the 7.62x54r. Im just sayin
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Anything a .308 can do, a 30-06 can do 100-200 fps faster. They use the same bullet, so does the 300 win mag, 300 weatherby mag, 30-378 weatherby mag, yadda yadda yadda... Only thing that changes is how much powder they use.

I should point out that the .308 will fit in a short action, were a 30-06 takes a standard length action.
Now I realize that all 30 caliber bullets have a diameter of .308 but doesn't the length of brass from caliber 2 caliber effect bullet chambering?
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Now I realize that all 30 caliber bullets have a diameter of .308 but doesn't the length of brass from caliber 2 caliber effect bullet chambering?
Short answer yes with an if, long answer no with a but. Most 30 cal bullets will work in most 30 cal rifles. Long as they are with in maximum case over all length.

If you really want to dive into it, I suggest the hornady reload manual. I like it the best.
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