In between 7mm-08 & .308

dogz

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Is there something in between a 7-08 and .308? My son wants bigger, but the .308 has too much kick.


Just to be clear, you already have a .308 and it kicks too much? Or, are you stating that in general you feel that the .308 will kick too much?

Also, are you a reloader?

If a loader, then get some 125's-130's and some Tac and run them at 2800 to start with and work up. Also what kind of game will he be hunting and to what ranges?
 

Cowboyblaster

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Is there something in between a 7-08 and .308? My son wants bigger, but the .308 has too much kick.
If its just recoil thats holding him back from a 308 try an aftermarket stock. My 308 varmint barrel used to kick like a mule with 180's untill i put the MDT ORYX on it now it recoils like my light little 223 savage
 

ducky

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It would help us if we knew a little more about your son. How old is he, what experience does he have, and his reason behind wanting "bigger" than 7-08? My daughter shoots a Howa Alpine in .308 usually 125 grain Nosler NBT or AB bullets, but she can handle up to 165 grain bullets pretty well from a 7 lb all up rifle. She's been shooting a .308 or .300 Savage since she was 11.
 

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I would stick with the 7-08 as it has proven to be a very good game round. With proper loadings, it comes very close to 270 winchester performance and being a .284 bullet, there are many options available. I load the 120 Barnes TTSX for deer sized game at 3100 FPS for myself and two of my friends and it has done a very good job on deer and pigs. And i am working up a recipe for the Barnes 145 Long range bullet now for bigger animals. One of my 7-08s weights 7 1/4 lbs with scope, sling and ammo and the other weighs 6 1/4 outfitted.
 

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