.308 long range capability

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by long range erik, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. long range erik

    long range erik Member

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    what is the capability of a 308. the US army say's 800m but a lot of people shoot past 1000m easy so what is the range of a .308 win gun)
     
  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    The US ARMY say's 800 meters for the M24 sniper system not for the 308win. The issued scope is the deciding factor in the system it lacks the elevation to take the round much past 1000 in most cases. Alot of advancements have been made however.

    The ARMY record for a distance kill with the 308 win in IRAQ stands at 1250.

    US MILITARY machine gun ranges typicaly go to 1200 yards.

    I have seen the 308 win shot to 1400 yards on steel but I know it will go well well past that.

    Its interesting the ARMY rates the M21 at 1000 yards and its barrel is 2" shorter than the M24.

    With all that info in my head I would not push the 308 win on dear sized game much past 800 with out my own testing first.
     

  3. J E Custom

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    Every round has limits and 800 meters is about it for the 308 ,And the military use
    (Killing People) it becomes inconsistent even in the hands of an expert marksman.


    But for targets it is very capable out to 1200 to 1400 yards and it has been used for 2000 yard
    Creedmoor matches all-tho not recomended.

    The best way to answer your question is for you to look at the ballistic charts and energy will
    tell you how far for hunting (1500 ft/lbs for Elk size game and 1000 ft/lbs for deer size game).

    Of course it will kill with less energy but that is recomended for consistant performance.

    For Targets you are limited buy ability and equipment.(Site set up,loads, bullets ETC).

    J E CUSTOM
     
  4. LouBoyd

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  5. Oliveralan

    Oliveralan Well-Known Member

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    I just ran some numbers as well and my 208 A-max .308win load, running 2646fps at my elevation (just over sea level) is supersonic to 1400.

    LouBoyd,
    What ever happened to Lost River Ballistics?? I have numerous heard of their awsome bullets with off-the-charts BCs... Just ran the numbers and one of those 220gr .928 BC pills at 3100 from my 300 ackley mag.. WOW! Is it still possible to get them anywhere?
     
  6. groper

    groper Well-Known Member

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    based on what ive shot at the range and in the field, 800m is about right for an effective range. Beyond this, the 308win can still kill for sure, but the ability to make first shot accurate kills starts to diminish rapidly. Windage adjustments become extreme and the retained energy is low past 800m.

    Personally, i would not try to engage an animal past 800m with my 308. I have already tried an 850yd shot on a feral pig but i missed, i still to this day cannot work out what i did wrong with that shot, my best guess is that the velocity of that particular round was below what it should have been perhaps due to a reloading mistake as i spotted the impact on the ground directly in front of him.

    My goal for my 308 is make a clean kill @ 800. Beyond this, ill be using my bigger rifles.
    Hope that helps?
     
  7. cva54

    cva54 Well-Known Member

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    Ok bigger is better I got that. what about the 7mm R.M. Thinking about selling it for a 308
     
  8. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    7mm REM has a 1000 yard plus killing range on ELK sized game with the right load and shooter.
     
  9. Oliveralan

    Oliveralan Well-Known Member

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    The 7 RM is capable of 1k Elk. However that is The limit of the round, the rest depends on the operator.

    If you are new to the sport. Sell the RM and buy a 308 and practice! That's much much more important than what cartridge you're using.
     
  10. cva54

    cva54 Well-Known Member

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    any one intersted in it it a 700 stainless steel in a wood floated bedded & painted flat green BLD stock had a trigger job done on it. shoots sub moa.
     
  11. Oliveralan

    Oliveralan Well-Known Member

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    Caliber and price? Long action or short?
     
  12. cva54

    cva54 Well-Known Member

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    Thougt about after I singed off short action