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what's so great about 308

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mainecoon, Oct 3, 2012.

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  1. mainecoon

    mainecoon Member

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    I am thinking of picking up a 308 bolt action for distances out to 600 yards. First priority is the gun should be fun to shoot. Any suggestions on great 308s? Or someone want to convince me otherwise?
     
  2. savanahsdad

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    I'm a Savage fan , so there's my vote , out to 600 yards ! make sure you don't skimp on glass ! Is this going to be a target gun or hunting gun ?or both? , a good 600 yard gun will be heavy , thats not to say you can't tune a hunting gun to do that, it can be done , it is just eazyer with a good heavy target gun , and yes a 308 will do the job , I'd go with a mag, or 7mm (284) for those longer shots , but first we would need to know what your getting it for.
     
  3. mitchz

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    Savage 10FCPS. It has an excellent stock, fluted barrell with a muzzle break and an awsome trigger so you can shoot all day.
     
  4. C-grunt

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    308 is just beginning to stretch its legs at 600 yards. I'm a Remington fan myself but any of the target rifles wi serve you well. I had a Savage 10FP that was very accurate. My Remington 700 LTR was the best I've had so far.
     
  5. thezoltar

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    I shoot a Savage 10PC in 308. 600 yards is still in the easy zone. It's a good inexpensive caliber to get started with.
     
  6. Redlg155

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    Savage offers a great bang for the buck. Great accuracy and triggers.
    My only complaint is that the stocks on some models are crappy. Still, replace it with a Bell and Carlson Medalist and you bave a great rifle.
     
  7. mainecoon

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    Thanks, this will be mostly for paper punching and occasional groundhogs. I was considering a Ruger Gunsite Scout for the fun factor, but imagine the Savages would be better target rifles. I have a Remington 700 varminter but have never shot a Savage.
     
  8. browningguy

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    For accuracy in a factory gun I would also go with a Savage, it's what I use but in .243. But for a fun gun I am really liking my FNAR, and with 20 round mags you could chew through some PD's in a hurry.

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  9. lefteyedom

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    The 308 is a well balanced cartridge that has stood the test of time in combat, target range and the hunting field. Few cartridges are so well proven.

    It is a heck of a bang for the bucl
     
  10. PapaG

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    Savage 99, ruger 77, rummy 788, all shoot better than my per-64 70, my post 64 70, and with less powder, recoil, and fuss. I love the 308 which violates all the rules I was taught as a neophyte.....short neck, bad. 788, poor design. 99 savage, 2 pc stock bad. BS. Try 'em all, find what works and enjoy em.
     
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    If you can't do it with a .308, it's unlikely you can do it with anything else.

    I would cruise the pawn shops and look for a rifle that someone sold when their wife got pregnant. I think ANY of them could do the job out to 600 yards.
     
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    It isn't a bolt action, but I can't think of a funner 308 than a M1A using iron sights and a good sling.
     
  13. solvability

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    If you reload there are other options, but if you want to buy good ammo at Walmart it is hard to beat the 308 for versatility.
     
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    Nothing really but there aren't many hi-cap autoloaders in 7mm mag either.:)
     
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    'Nother vote for Savage. For an accurate rifle at a good price, they're pretty hard to beat. My deer rifle has been a Savage .308 for over a decade now.
     
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    I think that 308 could serve well for what you mentioned. Some other fun ones would include 260 Rem and 270 WSM.
     
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    I vote savage as well. Have an 11FCNS with the DBM. Mainly for hunting but do punch paper. Best group with 168 gr SMK's was .437 at 200 yards. Do t do much shooting further than that but with the right load I a sure it is capable
     
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    I will agree with Savage also. Get some Black Hills ammo and you are good to go.
     
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    I run hand loads in mine but I love shooting it. Mine is built up 98 Mauser
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    Put a 20x super sniper on it
     
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    There's better cartridges out there for sure, esp if you are willing to handload. The various 6.5 and 7mms with their high effeciency match projectiles can smoke the .308 Win. Look at the .260 Rem and 6.5 Creedmore, as well as the .284 Win and the 6.5-.284 Win. Any of these stoked with a heavy for caliber VLD will leave anything you can push out of a .30 cal in the dust very shortly and never look back.

    The benefit of the .308 is that it is available, and we know pretty much everything there is to know about it. With match bullets it's no slouch out to about 800 bullets and it's been confirmed one-shot one-kill lethal at 1200+ yards. If you're not interested in handloading, finding quality match ammo for the .308 Win is much easier than just about anything else. And if you do handoad, you'll have a lot more data available for the .308 Win than pretty much anything else. The .308 has been used successfully and studied intensely for decades and there is just nothing left to learn about it. It's a known quantity, and that counts for a lot to some people.
     
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    I to am a Savage guy & I can`t say a whole lot more than the guys ahead of me has said, the .308 Win. is a proven round, all I can say is if you want to stretch that 600 out some, you might go with a 06, be it a .25. .270, or .30...............
     
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    Bolt gun = Savage
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    .308 is a great caliber for long range (1200yds) due to the quality of factory match ammo out there and reloading components.
     
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    Winchester Model 70's always get my vote. LaRue Tactical OBR 7.62 or KAC SR-25 EM semi-auto's are awesome but pricey. Whatever you get plan on paying for a really good scope. You may already know this or it may have already been stated, but the .308 Win. is basically the same round (Although not exactly identical) 7.62X51mm NATO that our military forces use in their sniper rifles and machine guns and our snipers are shooting targets out from 100-600 yds on avg. the .308 Win. can actually reach 1,000 yds. if attempted by an experienced individual with the right setup.:)
     
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    .308 isn't the most efficient round ballistically, but it is popular because it is common and widely available, you can get cheap surplus, lots of good factory loads are available, and because you have more options for reloading than any other caliber. Plus you can kill any game in North America with it, other than the big bears.
     
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    If you want versatility, .308 is hard to beat. That's what it really comes down to. It's a very well-rounded cartridge that is suitable for a variety of hunting and sporting purposes, is readily available in many forms for different tasks, is relatively easy on equipment and shooters.

    If i could have only one rifle to do anything i might ever need a rifle for, it'd be chambered in .308
     
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