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Old 04-17-2012, 02:15 AM   #1
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Hey guys I'm getting a new .308 in the next week or two and I already have a 30-06 I'm starting to set up for long range target/hunting witch one should I use my shots will be pushing about 300 350 and I trying to decided what one I want to use lol thanks for your help

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400 yards and less? id say the .308, it wont punish you as much for practice time and can be very effective at those ranges

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I have a 30-06 and love it. However, I have to agree with above. For the ranges you're looking at, you won't gain anything but recoil from the 06. The two calibers are very close in performance.

But if it were me, I would keep and shoot the 06 and get the new rifle in a different caliber to meet a different demand. The 06 is great for hunting deer to elk sized animals. Why not something smaller for the smaller critters? A .223? a .22-250? Of course you can still use the 30-06 to blow away the little guys when the situation calls for it, but for the most part, I try not to have two rifles that do the same thing. I like each of my firearms to have and fulfill their own specific purpose.

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Ya thats what I'm thinking to cuz my 06 can put a whipping on me lol but it don't bother me but I'm wanting to take it out farther once I get comfortable at that distance

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Long range and hunting? 30-06 all the way. Yes the .308 kicks less, but the -06 doesn't kick hard enough to really have a conversation about it.

400 yards a .308 with a 165 gr bullet has about 1400 lbs of energy.

400 yards a 30-06 with the same bullets has 1500. Not a lot more, but when hunting, any advantage you can get helps.

I don't buy into the "inherent accuracy" bit either. Has a lot more to do with your barrel and bullet than it does one case vs another.

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I have a 30-06 and love it. However, I have to agree with above. For the ranges you're looking at, you won't gain anything but recoil from the 06. The two calibers are very close in performance.

But if it were me, I would keep and shoot the 06 and get the new rifle in a different caliber to meet a different demand. The 06 is great for hunting deer to elk sized animals. Why not something smaller for the smaller critters? A .223? a .22-250? Of course you can still use the 30-06 to blow away the little guys when the situation calls for it, but for the most part, I try not to have two rifles that do the same thing. I like each of my firearms to have and fulfill their own specific purpose.
Ya I have a 22-250 and two 30-06s Lol and i wanted something to fit in the middle of them so the other day I went my lgs looking for a 22 mag to go with my 250 but i seeing a marlin x7 308 for 325 and I couldn't pass it up plus it fits in the middle so it's a win win lol

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.308 is plenty good out to past 800 and to 900. Many shooters use .308s in our sniper challenges at those ranges. The 06 would give you a slight advantage in speed and ability to handle heavier bullets, but probably not enough to measure.
There are other calibers that will get you out there as well.
Longer distances will require a bigger rifle such as .300 WM.
For your 300 to 500 yard shots either will do quite well.

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Ya I have a 22-250 and two 30-06s Lol and i wanted something to fit in the middle of them so the other day I went my lgs looking for a 22 mag to go with my 250 but i seeing a marlin x7 308 for 325 and I couldn't pass it up plus it fits in the middle so it's a win win lol

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Disregard previous post. In light of new information, I've changed my response.

In this case, Hell yeah! You need a .308! What took ya so long???
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Long range and hunting? 30-06 all the way. Yes the .308 kicks less, but the -06 doesn't kick hard enough to really have a conversation about it.

400 yards a .308 with a 165 gr bullet has about 1400 lbs of energy.

400 yards a 30-06 with the same bullets has 1500. Not a lot more, but when hunting, any advantage you can get helps.

I don't buy into the "inherent accuracy" bit either. Has a lot more to do with your barrel and bullet than it does one case vs another.
Ya I love both rounds that's y its a hard decision to make lol

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Ya I have a 22-250 and two 30-06s Lol and i wanted something to fit in the middle of them so the other day I went my lgs looking for a 22 mag to go with my 250 but i seeing a marlin x7 308 for 325 and I couldn't pass it up plus it fits in the middle so it's a win win lol

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needs some pics and a range report when you can. ive been thinking of getting that rifle
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