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Old 09-26-2007, 06:50 PM
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New to long range! .308 winchester any good?

Hey people,

new to this forum and have read a lot of the posts, seems like you all know a thing or two about long range hunting .

I am also new to long range hunting which brings me to my question. Looking to set up a nice long range rifle and have the .308 winchester caliber in mind. I figure if its good enough for the US army snipers it should be good enough for a humble little deer and goat hunter down here in Australia.

Does anyone have any input as to wether or not this is a good caliber for this sort of thing. Is this caliber capeable of taking game out to (or close to) 1000 yards (834 meters), accurately and humanely?

thanks all,

take care.
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:13 PM
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Thomas,

The .308 will take game at extended ranges, but that kind of range is really more appropriately done with the Magnum and larger cartridges.

Others will soon be along to give you more ideas.

Bill
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:49 PM
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I personaly think that the 308 is one of if not the best caliber for a new guy to get into LR shooting as its not a realy fast of flat shooting round so it forces you to learn to range finding skills and wind reading skills as well , it will make you apperciate what wind can do at extended ranges.
anothe plus is the amount of great match quality ammo that is available without having to reload. You can get to 1000yds with factory loaded ammo.
I'm not sure what kind of ranges your wanting to shoot goats and deer but I will say that I have killed several deer out to and just past 500yds with the longest being 618 yds with a factory 175gr SMK load from Blackhills.

If your looking for a budget rig to get started the LR game. I have setup a couple guns for guys using a Rem 700 in their varmint model or tactical chambered in 308 , let them shoot it for a while then rechamber to 300WSM and let the lead fly a bit further and hit a bit harder with little cost increase and after a season of shooting that and they have to bug for LR realy bad then rechamber in a good quality barrel
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:30 PM
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+1 on 308. Versatile, easy on the pocket book, readily available, easy to reload, accurate. What more do you want?
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Old 09-27-2007, 01:39 AM
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Thanks for the input fellas.

James Jones, i totally agree with you, magnum cartridges would be a good place to end up but didnt want to head that way straight up. Like you said, using the .308 as a platoform to maybe launch myself into something with more oomph later down the track is what i was thinking.

again, thankyou all for the input.
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:57 AM
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Guys, his question was if the .308 was capable of taking game at 1000 yards!!!

While the .308 is a great platform to learn on, do any of you think it is a 1000 yard game rifle?

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Guys, his question was if the .308 was capable of taking game at 1000 yards!!!

While the .308 is a great platform to learn on, do any of you think it is a 1000 yard game rifle?

Bill
No. Although there is a lot to be said for the .308, 1k isn't one of them.
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