308 win still worth having

SamuelBerryhill308

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Hello all like the title says is the 308 win still worth having for long range hunting I my self do not hear anyone using one any more.i have two as of right now one with 20 inch barrel and one with 24 inch barrel.ive been kicking the idea a round of rebarreling one to 6.5x47 but just can't seem to talk my self into it yet.but anyways with all the calibers out now adays and all the different bullets with high bc and all there's not alot of talk about 308 anymore.but for some reason I just keep on loving that old caliber for some reason I guess mostly to it being the first caliber I reloaded for and the first rifle I ever bought new was chamber in it as well and I've hunted and taken alot of deer with it as well..if any of yall are still a firm believer in the 308 and still hunt long range with it.what are some of yalls rifle set ups and what is your longest shots harvesting an animal? And maybe what your load was...I'm really thanking about building a semi custom out of my remington 700 with a 22 or 26 inch barrel but I'm not sure what the optimal barrel length is on 308 for bullets from 152s to 185s so any info on that would be appreciated as well.thanks in advance
 

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Hello all like the title says is the 308 win still worth having for long range hunting I my self do not hear anyone using one any more.i have two as of right now one with 20 inch barrel and one with 24 inch barrel.ive been kicking the idea a round of rebarreling one to 6.5x47 but just can't seem to talk my self into it yet.but anyways with all the calibers out now adays and all the different bullets with high bc and all there's not alot of talk about 308 anymore.but for some reason I just keep on loving that old caliber for some reason I guess mostly to it being the first caliber I reloaded for and the first rifle I ever bought new was chamber in it as well and I've hunted and taken alot of deer with it as well..if any of yall are still a firm believer in the 308 and still hunt long range with it.what are some of yalls rifle set ups and what is your longest shots harvesting an animal? And maybe what your load was...I'm really thanking about building a semi custom out of my remington 700 with a 22 or 26 inch barrel but I'm not sure what the optimal barrel length is on 308 for bullets from 152s to 185s so any info on that would be appreciated as well.thanks in advance
You could have both have you ever thought of a 6508 replace the barrel change a die bushing and you’re in there then you still have the dies and barrel for the 308 as well
 

Orange Dust

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If the .308 ever goes away it will be a real shame. Barrels last forever, and most of the folks on this site have at least one. Not only is it a great hunting cartridge, it is my go to rifle for the range. Really good for learning wind. You have to be on your game to shoot it long range when it is windy. Cheap to shoot and one of the best practice rifles ever. Within its limitations it is still one of the best Whitetail cartridges, and a real hog hammer in an AR10. What's not to like?
 

Tiny Tim

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If the .308 ever goes away it will be a real shame. Barrels last forever, and most of the folks on this site have at least one. Not only is it a great hunting cartridge, it is my go to rifle for the range. Really good for learning wind. You have to be on your game to shoot it long range when it is windy. Cheap to shoot and one of the best practice rifles ever. Within its limitations it is still one of the best Whitetail cartridges, and a real hog hammer in an AR10. What's not to like?
Agreed. Same lessons as a 223, but with more recoil and big game capabilities. Great cartridge. Just doesn't get the love it deserves anymore. Its apparently lost its "shine". When the right one comes along, I'll buy another!
 

badthirtyone

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If the .308 ever goes away it will be a real shame. Barrels last forever, and most of the folks on this site have at least one. Not only is it a great hunting cartridge, it is my go to rifle for the range. Really good for learning wind. You have to be on your game to shoot it long range when it is windy. Cheap to shoot and one of the best practice rifles ever. Within its limitations it is still one of the best Whitetail cartridges, and a real hog hammer in an AR10. What's not to like?
^^^ All of this, and then some.

Well said, Orange Dust.
 

dogz

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Agreed. Same lessons as a 223, but with more recoil and big game capabilities. Great cartridge. Just doesn't get the love it deserves anymore. Its apparently lost its "shine". When the right one comes along, I'll buy another!


For sure, to me this question is kind of like asking is a F150 still a good truck.......

On the real a question to the OP and that is to what ranges do you regularily take game when you're hunting? And what kind of game do you hunt yearly?
 

Dave in WI

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Sorry I sold this one. Gotta build another.
 

Wolf76

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This is almost always my first recommendation for a first rifle. The versatility and drama-free nature of the cartridge is IMO second to none. The only issue is that it isn't new and sexy. If they called it a 7.62 creedmoor/WSM/RSAUM/Etc, it would magically outperform a 50 BMG.

Fads come and go.... the 308 has stood the test of time for good reason.
 
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