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308 or 30-06, your pick?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by MP Sgt, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. MP Sgt

    MP Sgt Eugene, OR Member

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    What do you prefer? Why?

    (Yeah, here it goes)
     
  2. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    .30-06 because it will always be faster. And i can download to .308.
     
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  3. nitestocker

    nitestocker woodland washington Well-Known Member

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    if you want to use it for hunting go with the 06 if you use it for targets and you reload use the 06. if you dont reload you should its cheaper and it makes these rounds shine just to let you know i use the 3006 its the only rifle you need unless your in Africa or your hunting heavy brown bears the 06 would take a brown but id prefer a 338 or 375 HH. but i cant afford ether Africa or Alaska so the 06 all the way good luck on your choice
     
  4. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    for all around hunting 30.06

    For target practice .308 because some under $10 a box stuff can still be found if it was the same price as 30.06 then 30.06
     
  5. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    There's a better selection of gas operated semi auto rifles in 7.62/.308 than in 30.06, so if you are restricted to one choice it was to be 7.62/.308.

    There's no reason not to have both. Too many good 30.06 mil-surp bolt guns to own.
     
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  6. BillyDa59

    BillyDa59 King County, WA Member

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    From my perspective, I'd go with .308. What makes my perspective different and unique? I'm always nearly broke. Cheaper to shoot .308.

    Although it kinda goes without saying that if you want a cheap .30, you just buy a Mosin.
     
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  7. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    30-06 cause 106 years of proof shouldn't be ignored
     
  8. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    30-06, if you can't afford ammo, reload, or try "pointysticks.com"
     
  9. Wood Worker

    Wood Worker Linn County Oregon Active Member

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    My 30-06 works fine for me, and I think it is as large of a rifle as I may ever need, so I keep it around.
     
  10. One-Eyed Ross

    One-Eyed Ross Winlock, WA Well-Known Member

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    Do you want chicken or pork?

    There is nothing the -06 has down the .308 can't, and vice versa. The main difference between the two is that you can carry more .308 than -06 in a combat load, and the recoil is less. For some people, that is an issue.

    The lower recoil was important when the Army tried to make the M14 full auto and realized that a .30 weapon full auto was just a bit much for an assault rifle....

    eh...I have an 06 and can hit what I need to hit with it. It isn't broken, so I don't need to fix it by getting a .308
     
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  11. andreys21

    andreys21 Milwaukie, OR Active Member

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    .308, because it can do anything .30-06 can do, except .308 is more widely available, cheaper, and puts less barrel wear on your rifle. I had hell finding .30-06 for less than $20 a box.
     
  12. One-Eyed Ross

    One-Eyed Ross Winlock, WA Well-Known Member

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    You need to find a better place to shop. I can find more available in -06 and cheaper than .308.... I guess it's like real estate, location, location, location.
     
  13. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    30-06 is available in so many bullet styles/weights, loadings, it's foolish not to have one. The biggest advantage is heavier bullets not available for the .308 can be had in '06.

    I don't plan on acting out some fantasy video game so an '06 bolt gun will work just fine.
     
  14. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    .308...Because i can use it for big game and should a SHTF situation occur, there is plenty of ammo around.
     
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  15. simpleguy

    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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    I don't yet own a .308 but I have 2 .30-06 rifles, honestly, if I'm advising someone getting their first rifle, it would be .308 from a recoil/economics standpoint. That said, I'll echo the others, 106 years of history, manageable recoil, and just a touch more oomph! :) I personally prefer the .30-06, yet both have their place.
     
  16. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

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    I see them as for used in different roles and purposes.

    The 308 / 7.62X51 is the best choice for a MBR or a target rifle. It is also capable of killing a lot of game. I feel that a 308 should be put in a semi automatic as that is what it was designed for. I have heard the 308 is more accurate - I have not been able to prove this. My SHTF rifle is a 308.

    The 30-06 to me is a par excellence hunting cartridge that can do anything and more than a 308 does as far as bullet weights. Very rarely will you fiind 180 grain 308 ammuntion or greater weight not true of the 30-06. Its kind of fuinny that if I only had one hunting rifle it would be a 30-06 but since I have others that are more specific to the type of game I hunt, the 30-06 normally stays in the gun cabinet.

    If you run a 30-06 at the same pressures as the 308 - the 30-06 will out perform the 308, maybe not by much depending on bullet weight. The 30-06 simply has more case capacity 7.62X 51 versus 7.62X63.

    James Ruby
     
  17. Darkker

    Darkker Mesa, Wa Active Member

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    Chocolate/ Vanilla.

    They aren't supposed to run the same pressures. The difference is 1-200 FPS and 7-10 grains more powder, with a longer barrel.
    Unless you are talking technicalities on Match distances, or at the extreme edge of a bullets velocity window; They are the same thing.
     
  18. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

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    There is no reason why in a modern rifles you cant run the two cartridges at the same pressure? If so please explain this to me as I have found no reason not to. Old guns of course should be respected for what they are. I will stick to my contention that at the same pressure a 30-06 will out perform a 308.

    The 100-200 fps is roughly the difference between a 300WM and a 30-06 with many loads.

    James Ruby
     
  19. theguncrank

    theguncrank Columbia County Active Member

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    "But there ain't many troubles that a man caint fix
    With seven hundred dollars and a thirty ought six."

    I'd go with '06 in bolt, .308 in auto loaders, for no particular reason.
     
  20. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    I haven't got a lot to add to this thread except I have a .308 and have killed a helluva lotta elk (and deer) with it.

    Other than that this issue as far as Im concerned is kinda like a Ford vs Chevy thing.

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