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Making A Case For The 308 Winchester By Michael Eichelle

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Unread 07-09-2011, 02:10 PM
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Re: Making A Case For The 308 Winchester By Michael Eichelle

thanks for the help.

I found a stability calculator that seems to agree, but you really can't use it without the exact bullet length, I'll have to find my calipers. A 168 VLD should do will I think...
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Unread 07-10-2011, 09:21 PM
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Re: Making A Case For The 308 Winchester By Michael Eichelle

Geez, you guys are killin me! I have been wavering between a new .308 and .270. The object is to have an extremely accurate bold for deer, pig, and maybe larger like elk. I already have a Browning BAR 270 that I have reasonably accurate loads for and was thinking a really accurate bolt would be good to have in the same cal because I reload for it and already have inventory & dies. I get 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 fliers that are 1" + away from cloverleaves on the BAR.

But the .308 is a very compelling round! Accuracy is #1 consideration along with very similar terminal force (ft lbs) to a 270 is (#2). Bigger hole in the target. Good range in bullet weights, though it seems everyone at the range shoots the 168s. I gotta think the 180s are going to thump harder on large game than anything the 270 throws out there. But then I have a lot of fun loading the 270 with everything from 110gr to 150. The 110s scream out at 3200 fps+ and the recoil is very light.

OK, but then the venerable 30-06 steps in. Not as univerally accurate as the 308, but I have heard enough stories of very accurate 06s. 100+ fps faster but not as efficient. Seems like kick is disproprotionately more than the 308. Or is that just my perception?

I'm sure thousands of others have gone down this road trying to decide between these. The cost of new dies is not a major issue. But I have bullet, powder and case inventory for the 270.

What to do!? Like I said, you guys are killing me.
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Unread 07-20-2011, 08:40 AM
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Re: Making A Case For The 308 Winchester By Michael Eichelle

I once read an article that talked about how American's shooting skills got suddenly better when the .270 came out. We went from 180 gr. bullets to 139 gr. bullets. Recoil matters. In my old age, I've started shooting much reduced loads, with very good results on game.

A few years ago I ran across this advertisement for the 6 mm and 7mm BR.
Trajectory, Meat Damage, and Knock-Down

I have found it to be true. I use all 7mm because I like the bullet selection and the ballistics. I loaded my 7mm WSM down to 7mm-08 speeds with Berger bullets and got great accuracy and quick kills. One shot kill on elk (two steps and a roll down the hill) at 350 yards convinced me.

The rifle I shoot the best is my little 7-30 Waters in a Thompson Contender with 120 grain Barnes bullets. I shot a Barbary sheep (notoriously tough) at 230 yards, with complete penetration and dropped it in its tracks with a broken shoulder. I wouldn't hesitate to shoot any deer sized animal with that load out to 250 yards, and probably further. I'm convinced that the lighter recoil is what makes it so much easier to shoot off-hand.

I also use limbsaver butt pads on my heavy recoil rifles. They make a big difference.

Take a look at the recoil calculators and you'll see a difference. Less is more.
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Unread 07-20-2011, 02:43 PM
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Re: Making A Case For The 308 Winchester By Michael Eichelle

the discussion of sectional-density and 'slow' bullets over at eabco.com is starting to make sense to me. There really is something to this 'hit them with a slower bullet and you'll knock them on their ass' theory isn't there ??
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Unread 11-15-2011, 01:25 AM
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Re: Making A Case For The 308 Winchester By Michael Eichelle

I know this is a rather old thread but I just read it. The .308 winchester has killed everything from grizzly bears to the taliban. I have total confidence that If I can get close enough for an 1800 fps impact speed, I can kill anything that walks. Depending on bullet weight and powder burn rate, that 1800 fps can be achieved as far out as 500 yards.
.308 Howa 1500, varmint supreme. 24" .820 barrel, Roedale precision brake.
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RRA 20" predator pursuite, Magpul PRS, ALG trigger,
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Unread 11-15-2011, 07:39 AM
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Re: Making A Case For The 308 Winchester By Michael Eichelle

It's a good old thread though, about one of my favorite cartridges. Just took a small buck with my .308 a few days ago. Not a long range shot, but accurate, and the buck dropped instantly. I still think very highly of it.

Load closely duplicated my match ammo:

Once fired Federal case, neck sized w/Wilson dies.
45 gr Varget
CCI BR2 primer
Nosler 165 gr Ballistic Tip

Bullet struck high on the shoulder, exactly where I aimed. Punched through the deer which was angling towards me, and exited with a 4" wide, 1" high wound. Lots of blood, but no need to track as the buck simply collapsed in place.

Semper Fi, Guy
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Unread 12-28-2011, 02:58 PM
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Re: Making A Case For The 308 Winchester By Michael Eichelle

Is Anybody shooting the Sierra 165 HPBT GK in there .308s? They shoot pretty decent in my rifle out to 700 yds or so. My rifle just dosent seem to like any of the AMax bullets.
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