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Old 11-12-2012, 05:29 PM   #11
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If you're using factory ammo only, flip a coin.

If you hand load, the .30-06 by a mile!
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[QUOTE="Txhillbilly"]

The military uses 7.62x51 nato not 308. They're almost identical cases,but way different operating pressures.

I knew that they used the 7.62x 51 NATO as well, but I thought a lot of our snipers used the 308? I was never in the military, but two of my buddies at church that I shoot with were military, one of which was a sniper, shoot the 308 cause they said that's what they used. That is also what my local swat team uses. Are the terms just that interchangeable? I don't personally own either.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:41 PM   #13
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Sorry, only the 1st part was supposed to be in quotes.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:57 PM   #14
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It depends on what you mean by "better." Better for one person might not be better for another. I personally think there are more advantages of the .308 over the .30-06 and I believe that the shorter length action and the shorter easier to carry cartridges are better. Thus the .308 would be better for me, but not necessarily better for someone else. I like the .30-06 only for it's brass. I use the '06 brass to make .25-06, 7x57, and 8x57 brass.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:45 PM   #15
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Wirth hand loads at equal pressures the .30-06 beats the .308/7.62 by 150-200 FPS.

The .30-06 is also more amenable to bullets over 175 grains.

All of which is moot, of course, if you handcuff yourself with factory ammo.
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I have both, Huscavarna 30/06 bolt action w/3X9 scope, BLR .308 lever action and a single action Rossi combo .308 w/3X9 scope. All 3 are tack drivers and all 3 have custom loads that I put together myself. In heavy wooded areas I use the BLR, open sights and because its a little shorter. Either 30/06 or .308 is perfect for big game with the right loads. Be careful mixing .308 and 7.62X51 CUP (chamber) pressure is a lot higher in commercial .308 rounds.

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I am debating between the same calibers before I buy my first hunting rifle. I plan on hunting more paper then animals so was leaning towards 308 and because the biggest animal I might hunt is moose. Can anyone tell me if stnd. 308 chambered rifles can shoot the NATO round since it has the higher pressure as noted above. I was looking at bulk ammo and assume the high qty. bulk ammo is the NATO
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You can shoot NATO surplus in a 308,but shouldn't shoot 308 in a barrel marked 7.62 x 51 NATO.
It's just the opposite of the 223 vs 5.56 x 45 issue.
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My main hunting rifle in the continental U.S. is my Remington 700 BDL chambered in 270 Win.

I have taken elk, bear, deer, antelope, and even a moose with it. Now that was a lower 48 moose.

I did hunt, and shoot an Alaskan moose. There I used my .338. And I am glad I did. I hate my .338. Chriorpractors are exensive.

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Ok. Thanks for all your input. I found a rifle I want. Remington xm2010 300 win mag.
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