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Old 03-29-2002, 10:42 AM
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why .308?

Hello all,
Was just wondering if anyone could tell me why the .308 was chosen by so many marksmen / snipers. It would seem to me that a caliber such as the 7mm Rem Mag would give you a much flatter trajectory and increased energy downrange (comparing ballitics coeficients)while still keeping recoil to a minimum, as compared to the .300 Win Mag. or .338 Laupa Any comments?
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Old 03-29-2002, 02:00 PM
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Re: why .308?

I think it is because the 308 win is a universal round used in dozens of military rifles. And ammunition is widely available for it. If a sniper runs out of ammo in the middle of the battlefield he could borrow some rounds from the M60 machinegunner, they may not be as accurate but they will do the job. Also Snipers like to fire tracers during an ambush so the ground soldiers know where to shoot. Another plus for the 308 win is the longer barrel life.

I shoot 308 win. and my brother-in-law loves the 7mm mag but I think he is a real idiot so maybe I am a little biased.
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Old 03-29-2002, 04:15 PM
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Re: why .308?

Thanks for the input,
I had always wondered about that. Am new to LR but have deer hunted for years with a Win M70 in 7mm Mag. As a result I have loads of once fired brass and figured the if I were to activily pursue this I had better start reloading my own to save money. Just wondering if it might be advantageous, for a starter rifle, to get a Rem M700 in a VS .308 or go with a Sendero 7mm, of which I already have plenty of brass and don't have to start over, plus I'm familiar with the caliber. Any input on that? [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 03-29-2002, 04:25 PM
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Re: why .308?

I think you would be happy with either caliber. Where you have a lot of brass for the 7mm it seems like that would be the logical caliber to go with.

If it were me I would check the ballistics on both calibers with the bullets I was planning on shooting and go from there.

there is a ballistic calculator on this website if you need one.
http://www.lostriverballistic.com
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Old 03-30-2002, 12:48 AM
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Re: why .308?

There is two versions of the .308 Win, the civilan one and the military version. I know this because my neighbor is a sniper for the Navy SEALs. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 03-30-2002, 09:20 AM
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Re: why .308?

About the only difference is the name: .308 Winchester vs. 7.62x51mm NATO. AFAIK they are pretty much interchangeable. Might be some minute differences in the chamber dimensions, but I doubt they are significant; probably more for reliability in full-auto guns. Otherwise, explain to me how you can take once-fired LC arsenal brass for 7.62x51mm (or 5.56x45mm for that matter) and crank out perfectly functional match ammo in .308 Winchester (or .223 Remington).

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Old 03-30-2002, 10:33 AM
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Re: why .308?

They are the same, Just 7.62 nato sounds more militant.
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