.308 for deer hunting?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by running_fool, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. running_fool

    running_fool New Member

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    So how well will a .308 work for deer hunting? Or would a 270 or 30-06 still be a better choice? Opinions please
     
  2. NotMormon

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    Where do you live FOOL:D? 308 is fine for deer. 30-06 is more versatile if you reload but a 308 is good medicine for Mulies.
     

  3. running_fool

    running_fool New Member

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    I live in central Utah. I plan on mostly using it for mule deer. How do you think it would do with an elk?
     
  4. NotMormon

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    It will do fine on Elk as long as you hit em in the engine block with a good bullet. 150grain and up.... preferably a bonded bullet and keep your shots 200yrd or less.
    What rifle are you looking at?
     
  5. AR10

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  6. running_fool

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    Not sure yet just starting the process. Once I decide on caliber I will select the rifle. Thanks for the input.
     
  7. JTJ

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    The 308 is a very versatile round. With the proper load it will work on prairie dogs to big bears. The 30-06 can be loaded a little higher but requires a long action. The 308/7.62x51 was designed to replace the 30-06 with a full power round that would function better in automatic and self loaders. New rifles are available from $250 on up. New economy bolt actions are running in the $300-$400 range and are very accurate. I have a Browning BLR in 308.
     
  8. RUG3R44

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    We don't have mule deer or elk where I live but I'm a big fan of the .308win for whitetails. I load a 150gr bullet at arounf 2700fps and they work just fine. Next season I'm dropping to a 125gr. psp at the same 2700fps and give it a try. Should work just fine.
     
  9. running_fool

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    I haven't ventured into reloading yet so with that said is the .308 readily available (usually readily available). Everything seems to be hard to find right now. I am debating between the.308 and the 270 win short mag.
     
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  10. 95sniper

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    Generally 308 is easy to find, but nothing is right now...
     
  11. running_fool

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    No kidding. I went in this morning to three different stores and none had what I needed.
     
  12. JimRau

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    Amen to that!!!:eek:
    But if you do go with the 308 or the 30-06 stick with 165 gr bullets. The 150's are ok for small deer and antelope, but the 165's make for a GREAT 'one load' for all!!;)
     
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  13. running_fool

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    Very good. Thanks!
     
  14. RUG3R44

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    Excuse me, but did you really mean to use the word NOT in that sentence?
    I've been using 150's for 4 decades and never had a problem. BTW 165's are great also.
     
  15. 95sniper

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    I don't think there is that much difference between the two grains to make it that big of a deal. I would be more concerned about which one shot more accurately out of the gun I was using.
     
  16. JTJ

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    I had a 308 rifle that would not shoot the 165 grain with any degree of accuracy. It just did not like them. Every gun has its likes and dislikes. Mine liked the 150's.
    I have not had trouble finding 308 150 grain hunting rounds.
     
  17. JonM

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    The difference between 308 and 30-06 shows up when you go from 165-168 grain to 180-220 grain bullets. Thats where the 30-06 goes from being the exact same as a 308 to stomping the 308 into the dirt.

    180+ in 30-06 is typically used for elk sized critters up to moose grizzly caribou. While 150-168 in a 308 will do it the 30-06 in the heavier weights does it waaaaaaay better. If your talking whitetail mule deer there is no real advantage to a 30-06
     
  18. Curlyjoe_99

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    I totally agree with most all that has been stated.

    However, IMHO, for hunting, like JonM just posted about no advantage, 30 caliber is what I prefer to use. It just gives me more bullet wt options of what you used to find on the shelves. I hunt hogs and white tail with three different cartridges, all 30cal. I have an SKS (7.62x39) for brush country-short shots, a browning BLR-80 in 308 which does excellent out to 250yrd and a Savage110 in 30-06 that I've target hit to 500yrd and hog shot at 400 (from resting position of course :) ) what I guess I am getting at is that either 308 or 30-06 will do fine for the majority of four legged medium (deer) sized game. So with all of this in mind, choose your caliber with the other being a second choice, then find the make and model of rifle that you want. If you can't find the exact match, maybe the rifle will be available in the other caliber, which is still a win. I hope this makes sense.

    good luck in what you choose,
     
  19. running_fool

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    Thanks I guess I have a lot to think about.
     
  20. JimRau

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    My bad, a typo. I corrected it.:eek: