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Old 07-19-2004, 08:21 AM
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.308 or 300 win mag?

I'm considering a fairly basic and "inexpensive" setup...Rem 700 VS in either 308 or 300 Win Mag. Purpose will be mainly target shooting...300-600 frequently and 1000 (or whatever I can get out to!) when possible. Hunting, maybe, but not so much.
My buddy has the 308 setup and I really like it. The advantages I see are low recoil and cheaper ammo. However with the Mag 1000 yards (from what I've gleaned here) is more realistic with this cartridge however. But the ammo will cost more until I reload, and I'm curious how bad the recoil will be in this setup.
I've searched and read much from past posts on this, but I'm specifically interested in what people have to say about choosing between these two rounds. I really want to stick with .30 caliber, and these are my two top choices.
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Old 07-19-2004, 08:34 AM
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Re: .308 or 300 win mag?

You really need to get into reloading for the type of shooting you want to do, will have a lot more enjoyable time with it.
The 300WM is the better choice of the two for long range work. Now if you get into reloading, there are much better options for serious long range cartridges than those you mention. One example is the 30/338, there are many more. Recoil is not bad, use a Pachmayer Decellorator pad, and or have a muzzle break put on. Good shooting.


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Old 07-19-2004, 12:24 PM
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Re: .308 or 300 win mag?

I personally don't like breaks either. A good recoil pad works fine. The 308 will have better barrel life, and the 30/338 doe's better than the 300WM. I have one breaked rifle and it works great, but the noise is very obnoxious. I am thinking of putting a break on my 1000K BR rifle, to get less travel back in recoil, try to get better tracking. Anyway good luck and good shooting.

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Old 07-19-2004, 01:23 PM
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Re: .308 or 300 win mag?

The barrel life is a major consideration.
300WM about 1K - 1200
308 anywhere from 4500 - 8000
That is the main reason I would recommend a 308 if your on a budget reloading or not.

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Old 07-19-2004, 05:43 PM
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Re: .308 or 300 win mag?

You'll learn more shooting the 308 at 1000. I'd shoot the hell out out of it and then step up to the 300 when you are ready.
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Old 07-19-2004, 06:40 PM
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Re: .308 or 300 win mag?

Ditto what Chris said...Cut your teeth on the .308... the .300 is too much gun for most beginners.
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Old 07-19-2004, 11:33 PM
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Re: .308 or 300 win mag?

Another ditto, I started with the 308 and still have 2 or 3 laying around and one I use more than any other rifle. Even out to 1K.

The 308 will do fine with the right bullet. Learn its pathe and wind and youre good to go.
Originally Posted by Broz View Post
Please just answer one very simple question. Why would anyone shooting long range load a low BC , low SD 168 gr offering in a 300 win???????

My answer to this is. The only reason is to make the 7 RM look good. There is no other reason.

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