Which Cal is More Acurate

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Fisherking, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Fisherking

    Fisherking New Member

    I was just wondering which round is more inherantly acurate the 30-06 or the 308. I know the balistics are about the same.
  2. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

    For the avegage rifle and shooter it would depend on the rifle. 308 is a bit more cost and performance effective as a longe range cartidge but that has little to do with the cartidges accuracy. All about the rifle.

  3. Jake15

    Jake15 New Member

    Neither round is inherently more accurate than the other, the accuracy depends on the quality of the ammunition, rifle, scope, and the skill of the shooter. With the same quality ammo, in rifles made with the same tolerances, with the same quality scope, and the same shooter, I'm almost certain that the size of the groups would be almost identical, although I think the 30/06 would have better ballistics past about 800 yards due to it being a little faster
  4. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

    I have heard that .308 is slightly more accurate then the 30-06, but not by much (they are extremely close). It really depends more on the rifle, and the shooter.
  5. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

    Jake hit it on the head, kinda! The advantage of the .30-06 past 400 yards is heavier bullets. They retain more energy. The 100..200fps factor w/ standard 150gr is not a factor. A 165gr .308 and a 180gr .30-06 are very different animals.
    Accuracy really comes out when you pass 400 yards as the .308 with a lighter bullet looses velosity faster, thus it drops faster. I believe the accurate range, for snipers is 1000 yards for .308(7.62x51), and 1200 yards for
    .30-06(7.62x63). Even if you shoot a 175gr in .308 it still does not match a
    .30-06 w/ a 180gr. Basicly a .30-06 always has a 200fps advantage no matter what the bullet weight using the same bullet.
  6. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

    It would be my thought also that it was the 308. But as has been stated it certainly would depend upon the rifles quality, the ammunition and of course the shooter. I would say the 308 only because of my experience with it using the 168 Gr. Federal Premium GM308M, Lake City Match and other similar ammunition for years. But being open minded about it, I think most think the 308 because most of the precision and tactical rifles are chambered for 308 and not the 30-06. So we get a mind set that the 308 is more accurate. If that is all you have generally used then obviously you think the 308. Obviously the 30-06 has more recoil than the 308 and that could be another factor. But on behalf of the 30-06 it is one fine caliber for all around use and in a good quality rifle is very accurate depending upon the shooter.

  7. plumbernater

    plumbernater New Member

    Im old school . Every high power round is compared to the 30-06, for it has been around longer, and has proven to be a great bullet.
  8. skeniger2002

    skeniger2002 New Member

    There both the same, just the 06 has more recoil than the 308 which makes it more instant follow up shots than the 06.
  9. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    The one that hits consistently where you aim is the most accurate.
  10. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

    I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say for the average

    shooter, firing for accuracy, especially at the range, the .308

    has less recoil. So the average shooter is going to

    shoot better with the .308...
  11. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

    I'll admit, I don't own a .30-06, I use a 8x57, which is the parent case of .30-06. Felt Recoil is based on rifle design and weight. If your rifle weighs more the felt recoil will be equal with .30-06 compared w/ a lighter .308. There are some "rifles" that because of design tend to be more accurate. Drop at comb on a stock can impact felt recoil w/ the same action in the same caliber. The stock plays an important part, more then most realize. If you look at the evolution of the 1903, it started w/ a strait stock, and evolved into a different stock shape. Why? I've had .308's that could not touch an 8x57 w/ open sights. But when it comes to a purpose built rifle, that changes everything. If you are use to shooting a short action, switching to a long, or Magnum action can seem like a lifetime, and that in itself being forign can effect the way you shoot. Just as pulling the bolt back on a short action when you are use to a long action pulls many shooters off target. Trigger time is what makes accuracy. Knowing your rifle, its' limits, your limits.