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Old 07-13-2010, 12:09 AM
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Re: Stretching the 308

I've had a few questions as to where I got that target bracket. I figure I'll just list it here to save you guys the trouble of PM'ing/emailing me.

I got the bracket as well as the target from Big Dog Steel.

Ryan is a class act, and he knows how to make a target. I wanted a portable solution, so the 4x4 bracket was of interest. I just took a 5ft length of 4x4 and cut 4 1-1/2ft 2x4's which I then screwed to the bottom. The 4x4 bracket just slips over the top and sits the full size IPSC at 6ft high. You can cut the 4x4 to whatever length you'd be comfortable with. The bracket tilts the target at a nice down angle, so the bullet fragments go right into the dirt. I'm quite impressed with the setup. Big Dog waterjet's all their AR500 too. No welding or torch/plasma cutting. Big time +1 from me.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:04 AM
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Re: Stretching the 308

Thinkin about building a Browning A bolt m1000 .308. Trying to find out if this is a good foundation LR rifle. I shoot the M40 and i swear by it. problem is i cant take it home. But im still trying to make the decision of whether I should start with a WSM. Such as the 300WSM or any in the WSM family. if you guys could give me some feed back it would be greatly appreciated, Semper Fidelis
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:53 AM
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Re: Stretching the 308

I guess it depends largely on what its purpose is. One big vote for the 308 always comes from cost. The 308 is extremely cheap to shoot, especially so if you reload. I can reload a box of match grade ammo for about half the cost of the cheapest crap on the shelf. This affords you the ability to shoot it very frequently. Frequency results in proficiency!

Its definitely not the end-all be-all however. The 300 win mag is still pretty affordable, and will do the job at 1000-1500 much MUCH better than the 308. The WSM's get a little pricey.

Then there is recoil to contend with. A suppressed or braked rifle will take care of that. A straight unbraked, unsuppressed win mag will rock you pretty good.

So my recommendation would be like this: If you are just getting into long range shooting, and on a limited budget, go with a nice 308. If you have worked at extended range with the 308, and find it to be lacking, and have bigger funds available so you can feed a more expensive cartridge frequently, then go with a 300 win mag.

If money isn't an object in your shooting, maybe you want to step up even further. 338LM or edge maybe? 375CT? Gotta pay to play though, and I start to feel sick if too many days go by without having pulled the trigger. ;)
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:03 PM
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Re: Stretching the 308

What about the old middle of the road 30-06?
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:12 PM
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Re: Stretching the 308

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What about the old middle of the road 30-06?
30-06 is an under rated caliber for the .308 bullet. It will definitely push the 175's up to 190's with authority. I would say a 180 or 185 grain bullet would be perfect for that rifle. Set up properly, it would be a real shooter. Served well in WWI and WWII with distinction. Just not a lot of guys have them set up due to recoil, and better calibers to offer a little better ballistics. For about 10 more grains of powder you can really push the same bullet much harder in a WSM, then you can always go with the old standby 300WM. SOOOO, it is a matter of preference.

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Old 07-13-2010, 09:19 PM
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Re: Stretching the 308

My thought is that if you are going to contend with the recoil of the 30-06, then why not have the 300WM's added power? ;)
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:33 PM
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Re: Stretching the 308

My thought was, I already have a 30-06.
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