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.308 vs .308MX

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Hooptie, Mar 14, 2008.

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  1. Hooptie

    Hooptie Member

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    I'm eventually going to get into larger caliber rifles, and have a good idea what I want too (I love leverguns).

    What is the advantage to the MX? It seems most of the lever action repeaters I come across new are chambered for the MX .308.

    Then again, I may just get another .22 mag rifle, they're just too much fun!
     
  2. Regolith

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    The .308 MX was designed to work in a lever action rifle that had a tubular magazine while matching the ballistics of the .308 Win. It comes fairly close to to the ballistics of a .308 Win, but it's not quite as good. Previously, if you wanted a lever action in something that matched the ballistics of the .308, you had to use a box or a spiral magazine, as the pointy bullets of a .308 could detonate the primar of the bullet in front of it if they were put in a tubular magazine.

    The .308 MX is a rimmed case in order to prevent someone from loading one into a .308 Win or vice versa.
     
  3. R.W.Dale

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    Actually the MX is SHORTER to prevent this, you must be thinking of the 307win which is essentially a rimmed 308

    The marlin express has a rim to satisfy that silly notion people have that levergun cartridges need a rim.

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    in my opinion the 308win's biggest advantage over the MX is it WON'T be extinct in 3 years:banghead:
     
  4. Hooptie

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    Thats my issue with special one off stuff like that. How long will ammo be available?

    I think I've talked myself into another .22mag anyway. They kill most all of the little stuff I target anyway.

    Unless someone makes a reasonably priced .243 levergun, or even a reasonably priced .45 version. I think I just want a good medium sized game levergun.
     
  5. CBS220

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    Why not look for a Savage 99 or Browning BLR?
     
  6. Eb1

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    if you want a good medium sized game lever gun get a Marlin 336 in 30-30.
     
  7. Hooptie

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    Ironically I was looking at the .308MX in the 336a's
     
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    just get something that shoots the Leverevolution rounds, you will increase your range with the plain old 3030's by about 100 yds.
     
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