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How far will a 308 kill?

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Old 03-14-2013, 05:48 PM
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Re: How far will a 308 kill?

The distance depends on a lot of things not just the cartridge. For elk, my max distance would be the distance a 180 bullet reached 1800 fps. That would be on the very edge of minimum performance. 1800 fps is the minimum opening velocity of a lot of bullets and that's one reason I say 1800 fps. For an elk, I would pass on 1800 fps with a smaller than 180 gr bullet. So it depends on your load and the BC of your bullet. One bullet and load may perform a good bit farther than another. Elevation will be a factor as well. With a good load of RL17 your 308 could become a 30-06.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:48 PM
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Re: How far will a 308 kill?

Look at your energy and velocity at the intended ranges for the size of the animal. 400-600 yards should be in the ball park. You can always practice up to 1K if your bullet retains enough velocity.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:00 AM
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Re: How far will a 308 kill?

Could you say what load your shooting? These guys will be able to give a much more accurate answer.
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