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308 vs 30-06 and other rounds? WHY is a 308 better?!?

 
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Old 11-28-2009, 04:30 PM
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308 vs 30-06 and other rounds? WHY is a 308 better?!?

guys this guestion has bothered me for a LONG time.

How come people say they'de take a 308 over a 30-06 or 7mm or some of the other more common hunting rounds? I havent read anything that makes the 308 a better caliber than a 30-06... at least I havent found anything that makes it a superior round to a 30-06? It obviously a little more effecient to be pushing similair velocities i guess.

I just can't see how it gets put up there as one of the best calibers out there. You can go to any forum and ask somebody to recommend a caliber MOST likely the 308 will be mentioned at least once in the first 5 replies?

I'm not trying to knock it but I just don't see where its soo great?
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Old 11-28-2009, 06:01 PM
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Re: 308 vs 30-06 and other rounds? WHY is a 308 better?!?

excellent brass availability, efficient round, inherently accurate round, match grade ammo available, looong barrel life, good selection of bullets available for it.

It all depends on what you want to do with it. It is an excellent rifle for someone who doesn't reload since the match grade ammo is available, and it is an economic round to shoot. It isn't the best long range round out there, but it is OK at best.
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Old 11-28-2009, 06:36 PM
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Re: 308 vs 30-06 and other rounds? WHY is a 308 better?!?

the barrel life and brass availibilty is probably the only 2 reasons I see that you mentioned that makes it more desired. MOST people that shoot long range reload anyway and you can load anything you want for a 30-06.

I agree the 308 is an OK round but one of the best rounds on the market I wouldnt think so, and I have heard this before.

I'de like to see what other people say.
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Old 11-28-2009, 06:37 PM
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Re: 308 vs 30-06 and other rounds? WHY is a 308 better?!?

Ditto with what Britz said. With the exception of maybe match ammo, the same can be said of the 30-06. On occassion with the buying frenzy 308 sometimes isn't available locally, I've haven't had that problem with 30-06. 45 plus years ago the 30-06 was the buzz...as time rolled on the 308 became the buzz.
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:33 PM
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Re: 308 vs 30-06 and other rounds? WHY is a 308 better?!?

I wouldnt say the 308 is better. Better is a subjective term. It may be better in some regards and not as good in other regards.

the 06 isnt much faster than the 308. Why sacrifice a longer overall rifle, longer bolt throw, heavier all around weapon with added recoil and less barrel life to get another 100 FPS? The sacrifices dont justify the small gain. If youre going to use a long action then you should utilize a cartridge worthy of a long action. In other words get some bang for your buck. Granted, you can gain more than 100 FPS over the 308 when bullets over 200 grains are used but again, it still doesnt gain that much. The inherent accuracy of the 308 is extreemly good, coupled with a long barrel life, minimal powder consumption, and mild recoil it is a good all around caliber.
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:51 PM
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Re: 308 vs 30-06 and other rounds? WHY is a 308 better?!?

I get what you guys are saying. I just hear that the 308 is one of the best rounds out there and I don't believe that most people that say it even know WHY they say it b/c all they know is "the military has used it for years" therefore they believe it is the best around.
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:12 PM
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Re: 308 vs 30-06 and other rounds? WHY is a 308 better?!?

The link below is an article about the 308. It may shed a little light on the 308 for you.

Making A Case For The 308 Winchester

If you dont grasp why the 308 is such a popular round it is probably because you have not owned one or at least a good one.

The short answer is that it makes hitting very small targets consistently and long range easy. Its accuracy potential is outstanding as is its consistency (I attribute this to less barrel/throat wear and subsequent consistent performance). The only real draw back is that at really long range in high winds, it has no where near as windage resistant as other calibers. So it is either a more cumbersome caliber or more practice in the wind or both. The point of the 308 (IMHO) is that the barrels last a long long time. This equates to LOTS of trigger time before the barrel cooks. This affords you to become married with your weapon. When you are married with your weapon, good things happen. As far as energy and terminal performance you just have to select the right bullet for the job. There are more good bullets to choose from now then ever.

After you have owned large 7 mags and large 300 mags, and a modest 308 you will "understand".

Hope that helps!
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