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Unread 04-02-2007, 10:33 PM
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Re: .308 good for hunting?

I shoot my .300 a lot with no muzzlebrake. Not saying that I'm some kind of tough guy or anything, just that the recoil is not that bad. I have shot 50 rounds in a session, any more and I'd probably be sore. The reason I don't like a muzzlbrake is the noise and secondly the whirlwind of dust or snow caused by the venting gas. It is something that you can get used to. That said, I also like a .308 but I have never killed an elk with it.
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Unread 04-03-2007, 07:26 PM
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Re: .308 good for hunting?

Hey Parlnan, I have a few different rifles in 30 cal with different muzzle brakes. It took me a while to find the one I liked best. I still want to try OTT Fish-gill on a big kicker. I have the Holland Brake on my Rigby, and use Weatherby's accubrake on my 30-378. I almost use exclusively the multi-port brake, cut down to barrel diameter. My 300 with 180's recoils less than my 270 with 140's (no brake). My 15" 308 Encore with it on recoils about like a S&W M19 shooting 357 magnums; not much at all. They are loud and not always recieved well at covered ranges-the 30-378 usually makes people wait between shots. I do have a unbraked Rem 700 SPS in 300 win mag and to me it is brutal, and my 700 in 300 RSAUM kicks about like my '06. I usually pick up one of my 30-338's instead, but they're all fun to wring out.
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Unread 04-04-2007, 07:49 AM
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Re: .308 good for hunting?

Buy either one...because you'll be like a lot of guys here who eventually just bought's inevitable. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Actually I might lean towards the 300WM. I like my .308 for the range and for whitetail hunting though. Highly recommend a brake though. It makes the experience much more enjoyable on the big magnums.
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Unread 04-04-2007, 02:47 PM
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Re: .308 good for hunting?

I second that. I now have both. A custom 300 short mag and a 308. My 308 started as a howa heavy barreled action and I picked a laminate stock and fit them up. It shoots .25 to .4 at 100 yards. It has been my opinion that the 308 is just one of those catriges that shoots. Here is my advice if you haven't done a ton of longrange shooting. Buy a factory 308 or 7mm/08 and shoot the heck out of it. You will then know exactly what you want for a custom long range hammer. For me, if I did it all over again I would like to play with the 7mm's. Just way better bc over the 30 cals. As for elk, I have never shot one but I can tell you I wouldn't have a problem whacking one at 600 with a 308. That would probably be about the limit though with energy dropping off.
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