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.308 vs .300 Win Mag for long range accuracy?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Mark-Smith, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Mark-Smith

    Mark-Smith Well-Known Member

    For hunting at shorter ranges, and paper punching at 1,000 yards, is there any advantage to using 300 win mag vs .308? (assuming factory match ammo in both cases)
  2. memphisjim

    memphisjim Well-Known Member

    for close range the 308 is better less recoil and half the noise
    1000yards the 300mag will be better
  3. Mark-Smith

    Mark-Smith Well-Known Member

    For boar hunting, does the .308 have enough oomph to do the job properly, or is the 300 win mag a better choice?
  4. Old Time Hunter

    Old Time Hunter Well-Known Member

    A .308 is more than enough for pigs
  5. Afy

    Afy Well-Known Member

    Unless you're shooting boar at 300++ yards the .308 is just fine. I dont believe the boar will notice the difference. The .300 WM comes into its own beyond 600 yards for target shooting. Even then there are better options available for punching paper like the 6.5x47 Lapua, .260 Rem and the 6 BR.
  6. Mark-Smith

    Mark-Smith Well-Known Member

    The Tikka T3 I've been looking at comes chambered in the following - any particular ones that would be suitable for both long range accuracy and larger game hunting at closer ranges?

    204 Ruger 12"
    222 Rem 14"
    223 Rem 8"
    223 Rem 12"
    22-250 Rem 14”
    243 Win 10”
    260 Rem 8”
    7mm-08 Rem 9,5”
    308 Win 11"
    270 WSM 10”
    T3 300 WSM 11”
    25-06 Rem 10”
    6.5 x 55 SE 8”
    270 Win 10”
    30-06 Sprg 11"
    9.3x62 14"
    7 mm Rem Mag 9.5"
    300 Win Mag 11"
    338 Win Mag 10
  7. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    What's with the inches next to the calibers? Surely you aren't buying a Tikka T3 in a 14" 9.3x62mm?
  8. Mark-Smith

    Mark-Smith Well-Known Member

    Rate of twist heh.
  9. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    The myth of the all purpose rifle.
    A rifle heavy enough to be steady from a solid position, and heavy enough to not kick you silly in a nice morning at the range will be way to heavy to carry in the woods.
    My F-T/R target rifle weighs 17 lbs.
    My 788 deer gun weighs less than half that.
  10. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    Well, first, you will not be using match ammo for hunting. Assuming two equally accurate rifles (big assumption, but once again, it's the rifle that is accurate, not the cartridge) in the lower 48, the advantage of the .300 Win Mag in hunting is in extending the range at which hunting can be ethically done. So, assuming you are hunting at shorter ranges for game other than the big bears, the .308 will serve you fine. When it comes to target shooting at 1,000 yards, the .308 is a marginal cartridge, and the .300 Win Mag is clearly superior to it. So, determine what your priority is and go with that cartridge, but again, it's the rifle, not the cartridge.

  11. GunsAmerica Fan

    GunsAmerica Fan Well-Known Member

    The .300 Win Mag has become the new extremely popular round for long range work, but I want to know where everyone is shooting 1000 yards. I laugh about it when I read it now because of that guy on youtube that hso posted it's a riot. I have to drive 4 hours to tampa to even shoot at 500 yards, and a 1000 yard shot in the glades might be possible, but good luck getting a shot at a hog at that distance. OP your question is too diverse to have one answer. For short range pigs well inside of 200 yards, if not 100 yards, a .308 is more than fine. I've tested the T3 and it is pretty accurate, but not a 1,000 rifle by any stretch of the imagination (unless you straightjacket it). You are much better with a Savage or TC Venture.
  12. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    In the Rural South, we do our long range shooting in the pasture! Just got to make sure the cows, horses and goats are out of the way.
  13. Tirod

    Tirod Well-Known Member

    The Army considered the difference significant enough that all the .308 sniper guns are being rebuilt as .300 Win Mag. Apparently the long range benefits are there.

    They do NOT shoot handloads, factory production only.
  14. Water-Man

    Water-Man Well-Known Member

  15. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    Something on the History channel showed them hand loading for .300 WM...at least for the guys shooting matches. They were using a Hornady single stage press.
  16. Water-Man

    Water-Man Well-Known Member

    In answer to your question regarding the Tikka T3 - 6.5X55 SE
  17. vaupet

    vaupet Well-Known Member

    I particularly love 6.5*55.
    used in sweden for heavy game, better at distance than 308, less power then 300wm.
    I'm going with Jim Watson though: for paper: heavy gun, heavy optics (heavy barrel)
    for hunting: everything light
    So you could go in one caliber but best two guns

  18. CowboyTim

    CowboyTim Well-Known Member

    Have you ever considered the .270 Win? Flat shooting round in 130gr should do a number on hogs(I know it'll sure thump a whitetail;)). If you reload you can get 110gr match bullets now. Less recoil than either the .308 0r the .300. Ammo selection, availability, and price is great. I could go on for a lot longer...oh well. If you decide to try one, and you reload, Try a 130gr. Interlock on top of 60gr. IMR 7828ssc(winchester brass, CCI250 primer)
  19. peyton

    peyton Well-Known Member

    270 winchester or 30.06 will cover long range and not wop the snot out of you shooting it. Plus the ammo price is not terrible.
  20. brnmuenchow

    brnmuenchow Well-Known Member

    I agree, the .270Win. is a superb, and good alter. to a .308Win. for hunting. As for the .300Win.Mag. it is a great choice for long distance target shooting, it does have a good kick though.

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