.308 Good or Bad?


February 20, 2006, 05:30 PM
Does anybody own or ever shot a .308 before. If so what do you think? I'd like to have a spare gun for varmints and deer too, just in case i see a coyote or fox while deer hunting. Let me know.


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February 20, 2006, 05:34 PM
.308 is pretty much a good all around round, I have a savage chambered in the round and I love it, its probably one of the most availible rounds out there. theres not much else to say about it, nothing but praise.

February 20, 2006, 05:53 PM
The 308 is my fav round, hunting and target shooting.

@ 100 yrds 3 shot first 2 hole for hole then that 3rd up to right about a 1/4.

lots of ammo for your shooting needs, and justa darn good all around cal.
and there's a few very accurate right out of the box rifles out there to help in depleating your .308 ammo

February 20, 2006, 06:14 PM
Think of a .308 Win as a shorter .30-06.

You get bullet weights up to 180gr. and can responsibly take pretty much all the game animals in the lower 48 states. (with proper bullet selection)

It's chambered in almost every possible rifle model and action type and has excellent accuracy potential.

One of the few "all-around" calibers.

February 20, 2006, 07:20 PM
Excellent round! As has been said, it will do it all. I have used my issued DM rifle in the woods for deer and the next day hunted 'chucks with a friend. Never had to use the rifle for the purpose it was bought for, but those who have had to fire a shot in anger say the .308 will "Git 'er Done"!


February 20, 2006, 07:28 PM
It's awfully nice.

Very light recoiling in an M1A. Good velocity and accuracy to 300 yards in my experience. Never shot any farther than that.

Economical to practice with, too.

Milsurp can be had for about $30/160 rounds, berdan primed.

Reload? 100 Remington 150gr bullets for under $10 at midway. Primers and powder obviously cost some too, but typically your bullets will be your most expensive component.

Hard to say anything bad about it at all.

February 20, 2006, 07:56 PM
i like my .308 :) i have a Winchester Model 70 Featherweight XTR

February 20, 2006, 08:02 PM
.308 heap good, you betcha.

February 20, 2006, 09:27 PM
My .308 will group five rounds at .362 center to Center at 100 yards. Shoot all day with all gain and no pain. You can't do that with a Magunm! :cool:

February 20, 2006, 09:57 PM
I t might just be the best round ever made.

February 20, 2006, 10:24 PM

February 20, 2006, 11:48 PM
Got an M1A and a Savage 10FP in .308. Probably going to get a RRA AR in .308. Other than .223 for my ARs, it's the only "modern" caliber I own. Good stuff.



February 21, 2006, 12:04 AM
The .308 Winchester is my absolute favorite center fire rifle round!
I have a Savage 10FP-LE2 so chambered and the center to center groups .36" when dirty at 100yds. It is a joy because it's a short action without having a fat case like the short action mags. The inevitable '06 comparisons will come however please note that the center of the 1000yd target at Camp Perry was reduced by nearly half once the .308 Winchester became the competitors caliber of choice! I heartily believe that the performance level of the .308 Winchester is better than it has any right to be but it's kind of like Levi's 501 jeans. There are other jeans but what are they compared to?

February 21, 2006, 12:06 AM
One of my favorites, I own three rifles chambered in .308. Word of warning, feeding my three beast, and hungery beasts they are, (L1A1, FSL, and 1919a4) has gotten very pricey. As far as surplus ammo, South African which is my preference has gone up to $205 for 1280 rounds. I used to be able to get 2000 rounds for that! If all you are doing is paper punching or hunting then it doesnt really matter.

February 21, 2006, 07:38 AM
THE round.

Everyone who has shot my Mauser winds up with a smile on their face.

Its the first rifle I ever owned that everyone who shoots it makes them look good at the range. :D

Can load it up to take big mean critters and load it down to take little varmint critters...


February 21, 2006, 08:03 AM

My folks bought me this Savage 99 in .308 over 30 years ago. It has knocked down many animals for me. I use this Savage primarily for elk, wild boar, and bear each year. But I prefer a shorter and lighter carbine for hunting mule deer.

A hard hitting long range cartidge indeed. The .308 cartridge shoots very flat with 165 grain Sierra or Hornady bullets. 150's will drop a deer in its tracks while the 180's are quite effective for much larger animals. My rifle shoots all three bullet weights well.

.308 is commonly compared to the 30-06. But after over 50 years of use, I feel the versatile .308 can stand up and be recognized on its own merit.

Master Blaster
February 21, 2006, 08:46 AM

1911 guy
February 21, 2006, 09:21 AM
The .308 Winchester can be loaded with 110 grain bullets for varmints, 150-165 for deer, 180's for black bears. If you don't go to Alaska, it's the only caliber you'll need. You may WANT others, but won't need them. A good bolt gun with a pet load will drive tacks and many short action rifles are built lighter than ever before, making for easy carrying. Others are built heavier for bench work. Pick your poison.

February 21, 2006, 09:23 AM

Ranger J
February 21, 2006, 10:04 AM
.308 Handi rifle, two hanloaded 150g, and two dead in their tract whitetails. Great caliber, it's what U.S. military uses for sniping. That should tell you something.

February 21, 2006, 10:58 AM
I have owned two rifles in .308 - a 700VS and a 700P. Both were capable of excellent accuracy. If I were to get a 30 cal rifle again it would be a .308.

Average Joe
February 21, 2006, 02:22 PM
The 308 is my favorite all around round.

cracked butt
February 21, 2006, 02:50 PM

February 21, 2006, 06:30 PM
You can't criticize a .308. Accurate, plenty of muzzle energy for medium-sized animals, does not kick like some calibers, and almost every bolt action manufacturer chambers in .308.

February 21, 2006, 07:50 PM
The 308 is my fav round, hunting and target shooting.
+1 on that i love it, lake city ammo is nicely priced for target shooting and there are so many loads worked up for the .308 it is crazy, so no matter what you want it for, hunting target shooting or even long range rifle comps you can't go wrong with the .308.

Malone LaVeigh
February 22, 2006, 01:01 AM
I agree with all of the praise, but I wouldn't think of it as a varmint round, though. What the heck are you using on the game?

February 22, 2006, 01:35 AM
I can't think of anything bad that you could say about .308 and be honest about it.;)

February 22, 2006, 01:50 AM
The only commercial rifles I own are chambered in .308 (well, save for my AR-15s).

February 22, 2006, 02:51 AM
I have HK G3 and building an FN FAL. The .308 is a great round. Capable of being a very accurate medium range round and can be bought in bulk mil-surp.

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