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the 308 will do everything an 30-06 will do within 100 fps.uses less powder, is inherently more accurate,is somewhat lighter, and cheaper.Don't get me wrong, i love them both, but when it comes to shooting often i can shoot for half the price.
seriously 30/06 is my choice, accuracy is equal to the 308, the ability to shoot a very wide variety of factory loads is a great option. Having the option of using heavier bullets and the ability to find ammo almost anywhere in the world seals it for me.
if ammo cost is your main concern, try bow hunting, or pointy sticks and rocks
I think both are great cartridges. Like so many other things it depends on what you want to do with it. For scrounging ammo worldwide, the 308 would be better because it is a NATO round. I think the 30-06 with a 1-10 twist has more versatility for hunting because you can use a greater variety of bullets.
In rifles prepared equally the 308 has been shown to have a slight accuracy advantage. But I think that 95% of the people on this forum can't shoot good enough to be able to tell the difference. The difference is so slight that I think only a good bench rest shooter would really notice it much. For field shooting the difference is of no practical advantage.
Both are fabulous cartridges. If I had to choose between a Garand and an M14.M1A, I would take the Garand just because I like it better. I have owned, and competed with both. I have won lots more matches with the M1A but I just like the way the Garand handles and shoots better than the M14/M1A. I wouldn't feel undergunned with either one.
I go for Price Versus Power.
If the .308 can do an adequate job then why not?
Its half the price of current market .30-06 and a little more readily available than much of the .30-06 on the market today.