.308 vs. .300 Savage


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WNC Seabee
January 7, 2011, 05:13 PM
Help me decide if I should keep this new .308 I just traded into.

I have a .300 Savage (Remington 760) that was my grandpa's and is not going anywhere. I traded into a very nice condition Browning BLR Model 81 (steel receiver) in .308 last week. This rifle is in great condition.

With the ballistics being so close between the cartridges, what reason would you cite for keeping the BLR?

Note: I also have .30-30 and .44 Rem Mag in the deer rifle arsenal.

"You can't have enough guns" or similar reasons for keeping the BLR aren't all that helpful and will force to me call into question your parentage.

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375shooter
January 7, 2011, 05:19 PM
All four guns you own are perfectly adequate for taking deer. The reason I would keep the .308 is to own another excellent caliber in another excellent rifle (BLR). As far as I'm concerned, you can't have enough guns.

sappyg
January 7, 2011, 05:38 PM
i can't vote in the poll. say keep them all. they are all great and need to be shot often.

Jake1996
January 7, 2011, 05:40 PM
The 308 was deprived from the 300 savage and offers no advantage.

bpl
January 7, 2011, 08:18 PM
variety is the spice of life! :D

littlelefty
January 7, 2011, 10:21 PM
I voted that you should keep the BLR. But I must admit that it is a subjective, biased opinion. My opinion is that the .308 is just a darn good cartridge, very widely available in a variety of bullet weights, and good for darn near anything you'd hunt in the lower 48 states. I also admire lever guns; so again that is a subjective, biased opinion.

LeverGunJunkie
January 7, 2011, 10:27 PM
Keep the BLR. Great cartridge in a great rifle. Since I can't say "you can't have too many guns"... I'd say the .308 can be your versatile "go-to, do it all rifle", especially if you reload. The .300 while almost as capable, can be your sentimental once a year deer hunter in memory of Gramps.

hogbody74
January 7, 2011, 10:33 PM
If you roll your own maybe let the blr go. But .308 is such a much easier cal to find ammo and componets for. Here in the PRK the only .300 copper you can get has to be custum loaded.(very expensive). Good luck but I think the .308 rounds out a collection. hogbody74

ritepath
January 7, 2011, 10:33 PM
Never sell a gun that works...

You can never have enough guns...

308 is every where...

It's always nice to have a beater...

One of these days like with my grandfathers savage 99 you'll not want to shoot it, but just look at it as a piece of art.

Ky Larry
January 8, 2011, 10:55 AM
Keep the .308. After our latest ammo Obamanation, it's nice to have a very common option.

Jim Watson
January 8, 2011, 11:06 AM
A friend had a .308 BLR. I thought it was notably hard kicking even for the caliber and weight. Something about the stock shape, I guess.
There are a lot of other things I'd rather have than a BLR.

earlthegoat2
January 8, 2011, 11:10 AM
I would be rid of it and focus on your 300 savage which is also a classic rifle (Rem 760) and cartridge that I find a better liking for.

BLRs have nice lines but I have found them to be unsatisfactory performers compared to a Savage 99 or Wincester 94.

wankerjake
January 8, 2011, 11:33 AM
Well yeah in theory you can't have too many guns, but you can have guns you don't want or need. If you aren't going to use the .308 and you'd rather have something else then go for it. Trade for something else or if you want money then sell it. Without looking I think the .308 has a little better ballistics that the .300 Savage but if you aren't shooting long distance then it really doesn't matter. If you aren't going to use it then you might as well get something you will instead.

redneck2
January 8, 2011, 11:45 AM
There's nothing the .308 will do that the Savage won't.

I used to have a crap load of rifles and pistols. Got rid of over 20 that I never shot. Personally, I'd pick one or two you'll actually use for a specific purpose.

Owning guns just to own guns ends up being a PITA. Too many to store, too many to insure, too many you never use, too much different ammo.

You could take the money and buy a GOOD scope if you don't have one. Buy reloading components since ammo as we know it will most likely be gone in a few years, and you can save a LOT of money and get better results in the meantime.

I worked in a gun shop. Saw a LOT of gun owners. Saw very few shooters. If you haven't fired at least 1,000 rounds within the last year, sell the gun and buy ammo and/or reloading equipment. If you're covered there, pay off any bills and buy some physical silver (pre-63 silver coins). They've gone up over 300% in the last few years.

jpwilly
January 8, 2011, 12:25 PM
Sell it use doe to get an EBR if you don't have one.

FredT
January 8, 2011, 12:29 PM
Your whole post reeks of dissatisfaction. Sell that ugly Browning and get something that you are excited and proud to post about!

BrocLuno
January 8, 2011, 12:55 PM
I voted to keep the BLR as they are a classic in their own right. BUT, if you are going to get rid of it (?), trade it off for a Savage 99 in .300 Savage. That way you still have access to a lever gun and it's common to you Grandpa's rifle as far as ammo storage.

Do you hand load? Is .300 Savage too expensive to shoot? Do you have a truck load of .308? Does that BLR chamber and shoot NATO 7.62 OK (some do, some don't - I know it's only a few thousanths, but ...)?

WNC Seabee
January 9, 2011, 12:27 AM
I used to have a crap load of rifles and pistols. Got rid of over 20 that I never shot. Personally, I'd pick one or two you'll actually use for a specific purpose.

Owning guns just to own guns ends up being a PITA. Too many to store, too many to insure, too many you never use, too much different ammo.

This is where my mind is regarding the BLR. Yeah, it's nice. And .308 wouldn't be the worse caliber to add...but I really don't need it and would rather spend the time with the .300 Savage. There's an old saying, "beware the man with one gun, he probably knows how to use it.". That's what I aspire to.

I have the reloading a taken care of and am pretty well set on other firearm needs, so I'll hold on to the BLR and wait for an attractive trade or cash it in.

brandon_mcg
January 9, 2011, 12:42 AM
if you are happy with your current set-up and feel that the .308 may be a duplication of services so to speak, then i would trade that bad boy for something that will fill a gap for you. i have a .308 and have a hard enough time finding time to shoot it. it's a shame for guns to collect dust.

Snowdog
January 9, 2011, 02:49 AM
I have the reloading a taken care of and am pretty well set on other firearm needs, so I'll hold on to the BLR and wait for an attractive trade or cash it in.

Being from the same area (H'ville), I would have made you an offer for it if it weren't for the dental bill that I was recently blindsided with.

eastbank
January 9, 2011, 07:26 AM
a friend uses a rem. 722 in 300sav. and he kills deer just as well as the bigger guns. i have gotten him about 500-600 cases over the years at flea markets and gun shows as he reloads for it useing 150gr nosler BT,s with 39grs of imr 3031 for 2650fps. eastbank.

Paul47
January 9, 2011, 12:08 PM
I thought it was notably hard kicking even for the caliber and weight. Something about the stock shape, I guess.

I have the BLR with a straight stock and aluminum action in .358. Even with max loads using 250gr bullets, I don't consider the recoil objectionable; and I'm not a glutton for punishment either.

While I agree with the notion that you CAN have too many guns, there is a lot of utility in having a backup gun, especially in .308, even if you don't shoot it much. Might need to loan it to a relative or neighbor some day, if things get as bad as the Austrian School economists predict they will. It would be silly to trade it and buy silver, because it is a trade good at least as good as silver, and protects your family better. Buy a case of ammo for it, stick it in the back of your gun safe, and be happy.

Harley Quinn
January 9, 2011, 12:18 PM
The 308 is a shootable unit, much more so than the 300 Savage IMHO...The two rounds are similar, since the 300 Savage is the parent of 308:) The 300 being sort of a keep sake and all...

I did not vote in the poll:what:

BigN
January 9, 2011, 12:21 PM
Never compare a 300 Savage with a 308, it just ain't fair. Two birds of a different feather. Keep the 300 for sentimental reasons for sure but DO NOT part with the 308 :-)

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