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Default 7mm~08 vs. 308

What are the differences? Which do you prefer for long distance shooting? I have heard that the 7mm~08 shoots flatter but is not as versatile as the 308. Looking for your opinions.

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Old 01-21-2013, 05:02 AM   #2
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What are the differences? Which do you prefer for long distance shooting? I have heard that the 7mm~08 shoots flatter but is not as versatile as the 308. Looking for your opinions.
i have both. if you reload, the possibilities for both are huge to say the least. IMO for target shooting the 7mm-08 has a slight edge due to it's ballistics. here is some information pulled from Hornady's website. ballistics comparison between the two.

7mm-08 using a 139 gr. SST bullet.
MV/ME 2950/2686 using a 200 yard zero

100 yrds. +1.50" 200 yrds. 0.00 300 yrds. -6.80 400 yrds. -19.70 500 yrds. -39.60

308 Win. using a 150 gr. SST bullet.
MV/ME 2820/2648 using a 200 yard zero
100 yrds. +1.50" 200 yrds. 0.00 300 yrds. -7.90 400 yrds. -23.10 500 yrds. -47.00

very close but just a slight edge with the 7mm-08. now reloading, there are many more options and variables to consider as well. both my 7mm-08 and my 308 are Marlin XS7's and both are used for target shooting. but hunting uses, they are pretty close as to be interchangeable.
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i have both. if you reload, the possibilities for both are huge to say the least. IMO for target shooting the 7mm-08 has a slight edge due to it's ballistics. here is some information pulled from Hornady's website. ballistics comparison between the two.

7mm-08 using a 139 gr. SST bullet.
MV/ME 2950/2686 using a 200 yard zero

100 yrds. +1.50" 200 yrds. 0.00 300 yrds. -6.80 400 yrds. -19.70 500 yrds. -39.60

308 Win. using a 150 gr. SST bullet.
MV/ME 2820/2648 using a 200 yard zero
100 yrds. +1.50" 200 yrds. 0.00 300 yrds. -7.90 400 yrds. -23.10 500 yrds. -47.00

very close but just a slight edge with the 7mm-08. now reloading, there are many more options and variables to consider as well. both my 7mm-08 and my 308 are Marlin XS7's and both are used for target shooting. but hunting uses, they are pretty close as to be interchangeable.
Good info axxe but if you dont reload the 308 needs to be your choice, 7mm-08 is not on every ammo shelf. Where the 308 is very common.
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i have both. if you reload, the possibilities for both are huge to say the least. IMO for target shooting the 7mm-08 has a slight edge due to it's ballistics. here is some information pulled from Hornady's website. ballistics comparison between the two.

7mm-08 using a 139 gr. SST bullet.
MV/ME 2950/2686 using a 200 yard zero

100 yrds. +1.50" 200 yrds. 0.00 300 yrds. -6.80 400 yrds. -19.70 500 yrds. -39.60

308 Win. using a 150 gr. SST bullet.
MV/ME 2820/2648 using a 200 yard zero
100 yrds. +1.50" 200 yrds. 0.00 300 yrds. -7.90 400 yrds. -23.10 500 yrds. -47.00

very close but just a slight edge with the 7mm-08. now reloading, there are many more options and variables to consider as well. both my 7mm-08 and my 308 are Marlin XS7's and both are used for target shooting. but hunting uses, they are pretty close as to be interchangeable.
Thanks for the info I think I'm going to go with the 7mm~08 then. I reload so I dont have to worry about finding ammo in stores.
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260 Remington beats em' both.
http://www.snipercentral.com/260.htm

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The 7mm 08 is softer on the shoulder and 7mm has a higher BC.

The 6.5 family is very popular in Europe and a 1,000 yd tgt rifle that doesn't kick as hard as a 308. Becoming more popular in US.

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[QUOTE="Gonzilla;1103945"]The 7mm 08 is softer on the shoulder and 7mm has a higher BC.

The 6.5 family is very popular in Europe and a 1,000 yd tgt rifle that doesn't kick as hard as a 308. Becoming more popular in US.[./QUOTE]

I dont have any place to shoot at 1000yds yet. What is BC?

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BC= ballistic coefficient.

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BC= ballistic coefficient.
Thats what I thought, wanted to confirm.
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Good info axxe but if you dont reload the 308 needs to be your choice, 7mm-08 is not on every ammo shelf. Where the 308 is very common.
very true Mulie. if a person reloaded, and it were to make a choice i would suggest the 7mm-08. if they didn't reload the 308 would have the advantage of better factory ammo selection.

i thought that 95Sniper reloaded, was the reason i didn't really specify that choice. i own, shoot and reload both myself. personally i like both of mine.
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