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.30 calibre

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by tikkat3, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. tikkat3

    tikkat3 Well-Known Member

    Waht is THE .30 calibre to go for? It is for hunting (deer / boar) not target shooting. The main standards I have contemplated are .30-06 and .308. I am more inclined towards the .30-06 as a shooter (and reloader) of .25-06. What other good suggestions would you give in the general .30 / 7mm ranges?
  2. critter

    critter Well-Known Member

    Either of your first choices are top of the line. .300 Win Mag is also fine as are any of 100 other calibers. Hit 'em in the right place with the '06 or '08 and you OWN them.

    The '06 has a small advantage with really heavy bullets (not needed for deer IMHO) while the '08 has a small advantage in recoil and cost of reloading. It also fits in a short action if that is your cup of tea.

    Good luck-enjoy.
  3. cdrt

    cdrt Well-Known Member

    I've always been a fan of the .280 Remington. I have one of Remington's Mountain rifles in that cartridge with a 24" barrel and it's a tack driver. Never had a chance to shoot an elk with it, but it has taken lots of mule deer and hogs.
    Of the .308 and .30-06, I'd go for the .308 unless you really need to load 200 grain bullets for something.

    Navy Vet & SWIFT Boat OIC
  4. Paul "Fitz" Jones

    Paul "Fitz" Jones Moderator - Emeritus

    Hi, I have some once fired .280 have to dig them out and think around 60-70.
    You have made some good responses and questions on our list.
    Info: At the top of each section and our whole list is a search function and you can see whit the list history is of all the messages on a thread or individial post and also see all posts any member has made as I found this .280 mention by reading your posts. Always nice to hear from someone not shy to say they are a veteran. Korea Vet USAF Radar Missile Control Mechanic

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