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Old 04-08-2009, 12:58 PM
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.308 or .300 For Hunting Pigs & Deer

Hey everybody, newbie here...I am wanting to get a new rifle. I am set on the Savage 10fp and cannot decide if I want a .300 or .308. I will be using the gun to hog hunt and deer hunt. I'm not worried about recoil, I would like to be able to kill in the 400 - 500 yard range(with lots of practice first). Does the .308 have plenty of knockdown power for hogs? I know the .300 does. Thanks for any advise
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Old 04-08-2009, 06:49 PM
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Re: .308 or .300 For Hunting Pigs & Deer

In my opnion at the range you stated the 308 will kill most anything in North America. That being said I would go with the 300.
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:21 PM
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Re: .308 or .300 For Hunting Pigs & Deer

The 308win will meet 95% of your needs. However, if you want to reliably take biggame at 400-500yds then the 300win would clearly excel here for a variety of reasons:

Flatter trajectory - more velocity with any given bullet
Easier to dope the wind - heavier, higher BC bullets at greater velocity
Better terminal performance when shot placement is not quite what you anticipated - @ 400-500yds the point of impact is much harder to call then it is at 100-200yds.

Just my 2 cents
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Re: .308 or .300 For Hunting Pigs & Deer

personally I would go with the .308with say a 175grn bullet. For that matter a 168 would work just fine. 4-500 yards is a drop in the bucket for the 308.They're killing people in Iraq at 800 plus. Snipers use both calibers. As far as cost efficency when reloading the .308 is better hands down.
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Re: .308 or .300 For Hunting Pigs & Deer

DFA,
The Savage is a fine platform to start with. I've owned two 110FP's (7Mag & .223Rem) and both were sub 1/2" rifles and that's being conservative. The only LE model I found on Savages website that comes in .300WM is the 110FCP-K. Are you looking at one of the older 110FP's?
Anyway, I have owned, shot and hunted with both calibers before and prefer the .300WM. I like the extra energy, velocity and range. I can't see stepping back down to the .308 now. JohnnyK.
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Re: .308 or .300 For Hunting Pigs & Deer

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The 308win will meet 95% of your needs. However, if you want to reliably take biggame at 400-500yds then the 300win would clearly excel here for a variety of reasons:

Flatter trajectory - more velocity with any given bullet
Easier to dope the wind - heavier, higher BC bullets at greater velocity
Better terminal performance when shot placement is not quite what you anticipated - @ 400-500yds the point of impact is much harder to call then it is at 100-200yds.

Just my 2 cents

I agree completely....nothing to add.

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Re: .308 or .300 For Hunting Pigs & Deer

For 600 yards and less for deer size critters I will grab a 308 over ANY other cartridge any day.

Dont be fooled by "paper ballistics"

I know that magnums offer less drop and less drift ect....but with the cost of operation, barrel life, recoil ect.....You can practice with the 308 more often and without learning to flinch. When you practice regularly with a given weapon you become familiar with it enough to make clean kills regardless of drop and wind. Dont get caught up bigger is better. With its accuracy and my knowledge of it, I was able to drop a bull moose in his tracks at 438 yards with the 308 using ONE shot. My buddy had shot at him at 390 yards near dark and missed him. He was just getting ready to nose into the brush and stopped for a quick look. This is only one story of many that I give credit to my 308.

I do not "know" any other of my rifles like I do my 308. That is because with the short bbl life and HUGE amounts of powder burned along with the need for well constructed bullets which are expensive, I cannot afford to shoot my 300's the same amount as my 308. You may ask, then why do I own 300 mags? Because I need the retained velocity to reliably open bullets beyond 800 yards on game. My 308 will not do that. However for 600 yards and less, it does just fine. The all around accuracy and practicality of the 308 more than makes up for a minor energy loss. You will enjoy owning and shooting a 308 more than a magnum. Unless youre making up for something!

Now if you want to shoot bigger critters or deer at LONGER ranges than you specify, then it is time to concider a mag. There is always a price to be paid when doing something extreme. An elk at 800 yards is extreme. You will have to pay the price. That price is more recoil, less bbl life, more expensive powder ect....But if you stick to the critters AND the ranges you specified, the 308 is more than you will need.
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