If the 300 is his “1” hunting rifle, then I would take it to the class. I don’t see any benefit in taking a new setup to learn with and then have to adapt what he learns to a different rifle. I would learn with the one I was going to use, then, if/when I bought a new setup, I would learn to use it from previous experience. Just my opinionI was reading this thread and couldn’t find a better place to ask my question. I hope i didn’t de-rail your thread. A buddy of mine just contacted me yesterday about the best caliber for going on a 3 day mountain shooting class. All the shooting will be done in hunting scenarios. The class is said to bring 250-300 rounds. His only hunting rifle is a 300 Win Mag, Savage with a HS Precision heavy barrel rifle and a blue diamond Huskma scope probably 11 lbs. His question was should he buy a 308 for the his class? The range is from 200-1000 yards. My first comment was why not just give in and buy a 6.5 Creedmore or a 6.5 PRC. I have had 2 very accurate 308. One was a Remington 308 with a 26” barrel and the HS PRECISION stock and the other was a Savage 308 ftr rifle. I used both in ftr the Savage was far superior because it was made for that type of shooting. I know how accurate the round is but with that much shooting and across canyons and the recoil and lack of bc in the 308. It’s not like he will have a customer chamber for a 200 hybrid or 215 with a 32” barrel in ftr. He only would spend $1300.00 on a new rifle did I steer him in the right direction. The rifle needs to be a traditional hunting rifle that he can use to hunt deer with. My recommendation was a Bergara or a Savage. For the scope he will just use his Huskma scope on the new rifle.
Thanks for all the advice.
If you truly like your two rifles, then why mess with them ?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
Second the drama free part…people prefer warp speed and the bonded or monometal bullets required to ensure adequate penetration at said velocity. The thought of a cartridge that can reliably drill through a moose with cheap heavy soft points at moderate velocity that still shoots much “flatter” than people believe possible at the ranges 95% of game animals are taken at is abhorrent to many….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.
Anyone following me for any time will know I talk up our old Savage 99 in 308. If we'd a put a notch in the stock for every deer it has killed, we'd have no stock left. I wouldn't try an 800 yard shot with it, but anything under 300 yards is going to be dead. With proper optics and some good loads, the 308 is very good out to the long ranges also. We have 3 of them now in the family.I have an old Savage 99 in .308 Win and a Remington 722 in .308 Win. I won't be getting rid of either one of them. I bought a new barrel for the Remington and am looking at a new stock. But it will still remain a .308 Win. There will always be room for one in the safe.
I presently own four .308 Win. rifles. Everything from two tactical rifles to a 7400 Rem and a Ruger American. Love 'em all. I have a lot of other calibers as well but I've been hunting with a .308 since I was 20 years old, and I'm 74 now and still goin' strong!!! Gotta love it!I have an old Savage 99 in .308 Win and a Remington 722 in .308 Win. I won't be getting rid of either one of them. I bought a new barrel for the Remington and am looking at a new stock. But it will still remain a .308 Win. There will always be room for one in the safe.