308 vs 30-06 for long range

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by bigdaddy573, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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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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  2. jjfuller1

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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
     

  3. ryguy00

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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.
     
  4. bigdaddy573

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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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  5. Model70

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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.
     
  6. bigdaddy573

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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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  7. Silvertip 44

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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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  8. ryguy00

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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???:D
     
  9. bigdaddy573

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    Ya I love both rounds that's y its a hard decision to make lol

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  10. jjfuller1

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    needs some pics and a range report when you can. ive been thinking of getting that rifle
     
  11. bigdaddy573

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    lol make a long story short I had a pre 64 model 70 308 when I lived in California but left it when I moved to Missouri and been trying to get another 308 for a long time but I'm bad about getting sidetracked lol

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  12. bigdaddy573

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    Will do It feels like a good rifle

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  13. bigdaddy573

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    Ya im thinking about getting a 300 Wm some point in time

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  14. KalashnikovBlood

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    You could have the Russian 30-06 which is 7.62x54R. But the 308 is a 7.62x51. They are good for med to large game. I've taken bears with my Mosin chambered in 54R. And the 30-06 is a 7.62x63.

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  15. bigdaddy573

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    I know I'm going to get it but I don't like mosins lol I know they are good guns that shoot a awesome round but it's not on my list to get

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  16. KalashnikovBlood

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    Just a suggestion. But I listed the 54 to show the 308 isn't far below it

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  17. bigdaddy573

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    Lol Ya I know what's funny is I love the 7.62x54r and 7.62x39 but don't like any of the guns that they are chambered in cuz they don't fit the way I would like them to

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  18. jpattersonnh

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    If you are looking into something in the middle, why a .308 caliber? Why not a 6.5 or 7mm? Even a .25 caliber.
     
  19. Axxe55

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    BigDaddy, are you going to hunt or target shoot at that range? because here are my suggestions. if you are going to target shoot, i would go with the 308, because of the recoil and you can use bullets in the 140-155gr weight range for shooting targets just fine at those distances. if looking for hunting at that range i would suggest the 30-06 with a bit heavier weight bullets 160 gr or up should work great. my 308 is built with target shooting in mind, heavy 26" barrel, bedded, have the trigger adjusted to just under 2 lbs. and have added weight to it, weighs in at just over 13 lbs now with the scope. recoil feels like a 204 Ruger now! if wanting use the 30-06 for target shooting and not hunting, then weight definately works in your favor in regards to recoil. heavier stock, heavier barrel, good recoil pad and even give consideration to a muzzle brake.
     
  20. bigdaddy573

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    Manly target shooting tell I get use to it then move to hunting at that distance and I have been thinking about a good muzzle break for my 06 cuz it can get u if u ain't paying attention cuz its really lite lol

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