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What caliber for new hunter

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by shevrock, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. shevrock

    shevrock Well-Known Member

    Well I'm thinking about getting an all around hunting rifle. So far I think either .308 or 30-06 will do nicely. what do you think would be better. I figure it'll be hunting anything and everything in Tennessee. That includes the occasional Big cat [not exactly sure what they are, besides massive]. Also would would be better price wise?
  2. yenchisks

    yenchisks member

  3. atlanticfire

    atlanticfire Well-Known Member

    Love the good old .308. It always does what i ask it to. If you hand load its also a great cali!
  4. rklessdriver

    rklessdriver Well-Known Member

    I like the 30-06. IMO Anything the .308 will do the, 30-06 will do better... except fit in a short action rifle.

    The 30-06 has a clear advantage when handloading, espc with bullets 180gr and heavier (which the .308 can't take). Plus it's a classic US rifle caliber and store bought ammo is availiable anywhere.

    Anything bigger than the .270Win will adequately take any game in the US if you know what your doing shot placement wise. .270Win, .280Rem, 7-08, 30-30, 30-06, .308, You really can't go wrong with any of the classics. Pick one your comfortable with and go hunting.
  5. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    If you're only going to be hunting in the South, you would do fine with a lighter cartrdige like the .30-30, .243 win, .257 Roberts, .260 Rem, etc. Lighter recoiling cartridges promote better accuracy. However, if you plan to come out this way and take big mule deer bucks or Elk, the .30-06 would be a wise choice. It is the most widely available rifle cartridge in the US as well.
  6. snakeman

    snakeman Well-Known Member

    25-06, 7mm-08, 308, 30-06, 308 marlin express
  7. aimbotter

    aimbotter member

    i like .308..
  8. chriso

    chriso Well-Known Member

    I would go with a .243 or if you want a little more oomph a 308 or 30-06...
  9. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    30-06 Is the best all around rifle cartridge made.
  10. 357sigRog

    357sigRog Well-Known Member

    I hunt mainly in west Tennessee and my 270win has always served me well.
  11. woof

    woof Well-Known Member

    What kind of big cats are in TN? At least acknowledged by the state?
  12. shevrock

    shevrock Well-Known Member

    Okay between all of the above cartridges which is the best price wise. as soon as i get a chance I'm going to start reloading.
  13. AKGuy

    AKGuy Well-Known Member

    308 or 30-06...both are excellent. I'd say that the 30-06 gets the nod for larger game at greater distances, but the 308 is practically the -06s twin and can be used even more accurately and reliably than the -06 for medium and small game over great distances.

    BUT...don't listen to that baloney that someone posted ahead of me about 308 bullet size limitations at only 180gr....I personally handload 200gr Noslers and Barnes TripleX for my Browning BLR (lever gun) 308 and it "takes" the stuff spectacularly IE there ain't no problem getting yourself a 200gr bullet and handloading it for your 308 if you need something heavier for something...well...heavier.

    If you are only going to use factory storebought loads, then it's true that you can't currently get anything heavier than 180gr for the 308, though.

    I chose 308 over -06 years ago and have been nothing but pleased. If you really need something with bigger whack than 308 in 200gr then you probably need more than the -06, too. Which is why I have a BLR in 358 W, too, as well as a 7mm Rem Mag and a 338 WinMag...

    But if I were to pick a great all around caliber it would be 308 or 7mm Rem Mag.
  14. rimshot25tn

    rimshot25tn Member

    I would say the .308 ive had a win model 70 youth about 12 years and it has slain many a varmites over the years and will still drive nails at 100 yards !
  15. AKGuy

    AKGuy Well-Known Member

    You can handload 308 up to 200gr bullet weight with Barnes TripleX and Nosler Partxns. I know because I do it myself (so ignore the preceding poster who said you can't get bigger than 180gr for the 308)....it is true, though, that in storebought factory ammo the heaviest bullet for the 308 currently available is 180gr.
  16. WVMountainBoy

    WVMountainBoy Well-Known Member

    I'm going to throw my opinion towards a 30.06, not because its so much better than the .308 but because of the round availability and many platforms available. Its nice to be able to chuck 220 gr if anything with claws is the target. Thousands of bolt actions available, a few levers, several semi's, not to mention ballistic charts and such for long range work. I'm not a huge fan of the recoil 30 caliber rifles give, but I do like the results.
  17. qajaq59

    qajaq59 Well-Known Member

    I use my .308 more then the 06 but that's only because it is a lever action. Otherwise there is really not much difference twix the 2. And there is nothing in TN that either one wont drop.
  18. Shawnee

    Shawnee member

    Gotta agree bigtime with "Yenchisks"... the .30/30 and the rifles it is chambered in have "Tennessee" written all over them like cheese on pizza.

  19. woof

    woof Well-Known Member

    If I were new and I was buying one rifle what I'd like (and doesn't exist so someone should make it), is a Remington 760 carbine, stainless, in 7mm-08. Maybe a good synthetic or laminated stock. Let's see... ghost ring sights and when needed a compact scope like a Burris Short Mag. Why isn't that being made, would I be the only buyer?
  20. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    Hunting in the East or West, a 270 Win. is hard to beat. 7MM-08 a close second.


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