.308 Win for whitetails?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by deermaster, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. deermaster

    deermaster Member

    Dec 26, 2010
    I am trying to decide what I want to get. I want to start practicing to extend my range for whitetail hunting. 99% of my shots will be under 400 yds, but I would like the cartridge to be capable of a 500 yd clean kill if I put in the range time to do so.
    I do not handload right now, I wont be able too for a couple more years so I am stuck with factory loads right now, so I want to choose a caliber is has alot of factory choices.
    I am looking at .270 Win, 30/06, and .308 Win.
    For under 500 yds, would the .308 have the power to cleanly kill large whitetails? Our mature bucks run 175-200 normally, but a 250lb deer is not that strange. Will the .270 or 30/06 do anything under 500 yds that the .308 wont do?

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2008
    Yes 308 win will be more than ok at 500 yards. Its a good choice with the factory loads out there.
  3. mikebob

    mikebob Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2006
    I shot a deer this year at 880yrds with my 308 win. It dropped after 25yrds but I would say that is the max yardage limit or maybe even a little over.

    For the 308 I would try the new hornady superperformance ammo if you are not going to reload

    The 270 is a good rifle too I shot one for years it wouldn't have any problems at 500 yards.

    Never had a 30-06
  4. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    All 3 will serve you well and equally at 600 yards and under. Take your pick. I have all 3. I have loads for all 3 that I'd shoot any deer on the planet at 500 yards. Go find some factory Hornady ammo with the SST bullet or Remington with Accutip, or you could use any factory ammo with Btips or Accubonds. Lots of good choices in all 3 calibers.

    I didn't see where you mentioned whether or not the rifle will also be factory or is it custom/semi-custom built?

    search youtube. The .06 is more than capable of launching a bullet accurately to 1000 yards and making a clean kill. Here's a target example:

    On this one, the hit isn't until the end of the video:

    900 yards:


    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011
  5. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    for me i see, the more important question is not caliber. it is, if the choosen rifle has the accuracy the shoot that distance. a rem r-5, a remington sendero. a vanguard moa, weatherby accumark a tikka varmint. remington 700 vs , vssf.
  6. ScottB

    ScottB Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2010
    The US Army considers the .308Win a 800 meter effective weapon(the Marines go a little further on distance). But I'm thinking their intended game animal is a little different then a whitetail....

    I've use a Savage 10fp with a 20" tube on whitetails out to 550yards. That whitetail was only in the 150lb class(we don't have gaint deer here in Arkansas). The Berger hunting 175gr went completely through with a good sized exit hole, so some expansion must have happened(never found any projectile in the animal). White staggered about 20 feet from where he was standing and laid down.

    Good luck with your choice.
  7. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2010
    I'd go with the 270 and use 130 grain bullets. Better yet would be a .280 Remington, or a 30-06. A good rule of the thumb for deer is that you want 1000 ft. lb. of energy on impact ( I think it should be 1200 ft.lb.). I don't see a lot of difference in power between a 165 grain 30 caliber and a 100 grain 25-06, and all are pretty much done at 450 yards when it comes to the 1000ftlb. minimum. Of course if you used a .338-06 with a Speer 225 grain bullet at 2600 fps you'd be good for 650 yards or maybe more, and you'd also have a good elk gun to boot!