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What can't you do with a .308?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Blakenzy, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. Blakenzy

    Blakenzy Well-Known Member

    Just wondering, for use in the American Continents, for what activity exactly would you absolutely need another caliber for? Or put differently, what does the .308 suck at?
  2. The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    killing squirrels to eat.

    well, unless you can pull off head shots. no pun intended.
  3. Titan6

    Titan6 member

    Rabbits, ducks, geese any small game animal or bird you want to eat or keep a pelt from. I heard they are marginal for Kodiak Griz but don't really know since I never hunted one.

    If you are trying to round out a hunting arsenal that will be good for just about everything get a 12 ga smooth bore and a .22.
  4. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    Good all-around cartridge. Adequate for much, excels at little.

  5. LarryS.

    LarryS. Well-Known Member

    In certain circles, IIRC, it is regarded as less than optimum for angular penetration of auto glass........
  6. Hoppy590

    Hoppy590 Well-Known Member

    i wouldnt want to try using .308 against a bull moose or alaskan grizzly.

    can .308 take it? yes. would i want to be armed with a 308 when i find the "man killer" bear or a charging bull moose? NO. kinda a situation where id want the literal Over kill
  7. azredhawk44

    azredhawk44 Well-Known Member

    I was just playing with this idea, since I got drawn for elk in a very wide open grassy area of Arizona. My best hunting rifle is a .308.

    I figured out that at around 250 yards, the 165gr .308 has as much velocity as a 170gr 30-30 at the muzzle. I would gladly take a shot at an elk at 100-150 yards with a 30-30, so my effective kill range with my .308 (granted I can acccurately account for wind drift and bullet drop) on an elk is nearly 400 yards.

    If you need to shoot a 3500fps laser-gun to hunt with and absolutely have to have that 300 Remington Ultra Mag to make that 300 yard shot because you were a bad math student, then the .308 won't do what you need.

    If you need to push anything heavier than 180gr bullets, the .308 won't do what you need.

    If you need to shoot to drop immediately, to crush thick bone in a manner best served by 45-70 or 12guage magnum slugs, the .308 won't do what you need.

    Other than that, it is a good all round cartridge. It doesn't leave much left of a body-shot rabbit.:eek: Guess I'll use my .22 for that from now on.
  8. Inexpensive plinking.
  9. Titan6

    Titan6 member

    Gollee Jorg isn't that the truth. No more decent quality cheap .308 ammo to be had anywhere and believe me I have looked everywhere. Even the places that advertise it can not deliver. I have been lucky a couple of times and scored a few cans here and there but it is just not to be found...
  10. MD_Willington

    MD_Willington Well-Known Member

    Take down a 747..

    just ask the terrorists and the gun grabbers... only a .50 can do that :rolleyes:
  11. absolute0

    absolute0 Well-Known Member

    .308 is a nice round but...here it comes:

    30-06 is far superior if you're looking for a versatile round (ie "what's a 30-06 not good for?") due to the ability to through heavier bullets down range and slightly greater case volume.

    This is coming from a guy with a couple .308's and only one 30-06.

    my $.02
  12. RockyMtnTactical

    RockyMtnTactical Well-Known Member

    I can't shoot it out of my AR15's... :(
  13. Uenoparker

    Uenoparker Well-Known Member

    If you're a Jeff Cooper fan, you already know that he was a big fan of any caliber that started with a '3' for a rifle. His Scout concept was focused on .308 as well.
  14. hksw

    hksw Well-Known Member

    .308 WIN is not very good at shooting in rimfire competitions. You can't win when they kick you out after the first shot.
  15. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    Pretending to be a short 30-06:evil:
  16. Old Time Hunter

    Old Time Hunter Well-Known Member

    Load 'em in .45-70 cases....they just fall to the bottom.
  17. 4fingermick

    4fingermick Well-Known Member

    Pretty much anything in the states and here, albiet with premium quality bullets for quartering shots on big animals. Barnes triple shock or Woodleighs, I used to use 165Gn Woodleighs. I now use a 300WM, mainly because my friend finally wore me down by throwing money at me for my 1959 vintage 308W Model 70. Now that I have a crappy Remington700 with a mint bore and a Ruger Mk2 in standard trim, I might get some peace:D . The one that shoots the most accurately will stay as a 300WM, the other will be sold or converted to a 338WM. I kinda prefer the feel of the Ruger though.

    Back to the 308, I might hesitate to carry one where I'm likely to get harrassed by a bair though! I can't imagine grinnning one down like Davy.
  18. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    As of late, feed it.
  19. wayne in boca

    wayne in boca Well-Known Member

    And you can't roller skate in a buffalo herd with it .Or wear it as a hat.
  20. Hoppy590

    Hoppy590 Well-Known Member

    oh man, that one takes the cake.

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