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Old 03-17-2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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in the market for a bolt-action and have been trying to decide between .308 and 30-06 for the caliber. I am planning on using it for hunting (deer) and some medium range target shooting (100 - 400 yards). I have heard that the 30-06 has a flatter trajectory, but that the .308 is a better round over all. opinions, anyone??

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Old 03-17-2013, 04:52 PM   #2
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This is just my opinion
I've used both. I own both. Hunt with my 3006. And long distance shoot with my 308
The way the ammo is going now. I'd go with the 3006. Lot easier to find usually because there aren't to many 20 rd mag semi autos already. So usually people don't stock pile on it.
As for performance. They shoot alot alike. All on your weapon system and if you know how to use it
Hope this helps a little

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The 30/06 has the advantage of more power(about 200 fps) and with that a slightly flatter trajectory. Obviously they use the exact same bullets. The 308 can be had in a short action which makes for a lighter handier gun(though not much). In the big picture there is very little difference.

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Ammo supply right now would make my mind up.

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.308 is a better round if you are hunting various game that are different sizes. Also, I have noticed less damage to the meat when compared to my friends 30-06 bullet holes. Of course, I shoot for the neck if I can so there is no damage to the meat.

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I own both, shoot both and hunt both. Normally, I would say go with the .308 Win., but these are not normal times, .308 is hard to find right now. So get a 30-06, you'll be pleased with it in a quality rifle.

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I reload for 30-06 and I personally think the 06 is better all around than the .308. Factory ammo in 30-06 is loaded down so the power is on par with .308.

I dont see how a 1/4'' difference in the length of a bolt matters in the long action short action debate.

Honestly at 400yrds and in its not going to matter which one you choose.

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ballistics and pressure are identical on 308 and 30-06 up to the point you hit 180grain and up bullets. 168 and down they are identical neither shooting flatter than other.

150grain bullets in either cartridge are deer slayers.

either cartridge is more than capable of taking everything that walks in north america. in the case of elk moose and grizzly the 30-06 gets the edge because of better performance with heavy bullets. other than that they are exactly the same.

performance of a cartridge is highly dependent on the gun that bullet is coming out of.

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JonM, how interesting that the current ballistics show them identical(you are correct, I checked ). I always remembered it with the 30/06 at higher velocities. I just checked some old Remington catalogs from 25 or 30 years ago and I was correct, it showed 30/06 faster. I guess my knowledge is too old just like me.

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even though i own, shoot and reload for both, if given to the fact i would have to make a choice, i would have to choose the 30-06. for the most part, when you go above around say 175 gr bullets, and larger, the 30-06 does have the advantage due to larger case size. up to a certain point they are pretty close in ballistics. the advantage of the 30-06 also if you reload, you can load at reduced power levels, where with the 308, you can only go so high before it becomes dangerous.

if only were going to own one and had to make the choice, even though it would be a hard choice, i'd go with the 30-06 pretty much hands down.

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