help me choose a new Sako cartridge


February 13, 2014, 10:40 AM

I am looking for a new cartridge and would like to hear your opinions on which to choose.

I shoot cal 308 win and I am looking for an alround bullet for roedeer in Denmark and occatioanally wild boar in sweden.

I want to use Sako Super Hammerhead and have to decide between 9,7 grams and 11.7 grams loads.

I assume that both bullet weights will do the job?

I also want the cartridge with the least recoil, but I do not know enough about cartridges to determine which has the least recoil.
The ballistics can be found here:

The 9,7 gr is a faster bullet but both cartridges seem to have the same energy.

which would you choose in terms of lowest recoil?

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February 14, 2014, 06:44 AM
So, because I had to break out my conversion tables (Google) a 150 grain or a 180 grain bullet. In a .308 (7.62mm) the 180 (11.7 gram) is going to be harder on the shoulder. The 150 (9.7 gram) is what you want and will work just fine. Just be sure you use a quality (non-polymer tip) bullet.

February 14, 2014, 10:43 PM
In addition to lighter recoil than the 180 gr you will find the 150 gr shoots flatter.

The point blank range of the 150 gr will be much longer than the 180. For the relatively small game you are shooting a 150 is more than enough bullet.

February 15, 2014, 06:21 AM
Both bullets would do the job. I doubt you would notice any difference in perceived recoil between the two bullet weights. Being of higher sectional density, the 11.7 gram bullet would be expected to have a little better penetration; this wouldn't be of any consequence with roedeer hunting but could be with a large wild boar.

I wouldn't be expecting you to take very long shots in the terrain you would be hunting so I don't think point blank range would be a necessary consideration. Trajectory calculations with either bullet out to 300 meters would be fairly easy.

February 15, 2014, 06:33 AM
As others have said use a good quality bullet. I use either Norma Oryx 180gr or the Remington premium bonded 180gr bullet. My local gun shop had a buy one get one free on the Remington ammo so i bought a load.

Roe deer you can kill with a .222 but if your coming over the bridge to Sweden
then the .308 with 150-180 grn bullet is good for boar and moose.

The ranges you shoot boar here in Sweden will very rarely be over 100mtrs

Andrew Leigh
February 15, 2014, 02:32 PM
Essentially they calculate out at the same, the 180's will come across as having a better recoil as the heavier bullets tend to push and not snap. I would take 180's if not past 200m.

150gr. 15.32ft/lbs recoil
180gr. 15.63ft/lbs recoil

Have fun.

February 19, 2014, 02:00 AM
300wm or 300wsm

February 19, 2014, 09:27 PM
6.5x55, about the same power as a .308 but with less recoil and blast. So far my Sako in that caliber has killed seven hogs, one Barbary Sheep, and a cow elk, all DRT with factory ammo.

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