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.308 Shooters

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by gallogiro, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. gallogiro

    gallogiro Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Ok, I just got a T/C icon in 308. I've never owned or shot a .308 so I need some help deciding what ammo to use. I do not reload so what is your factory ammo of choice for deer?

    Is a .308 good on elk? I've read of some guys loading some ammo for elk but since I don't reload yet, what are my options?

    Thanks!
     
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    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    You need to reload!

    I 308 is a fine elk round, within certain limits. You can stretch those limits if you roll your own. Don't plan on shooting across a canyon or any 'quartering away' shots. Do your part and you'll easily kill a bull. I think the sweet spot for any 30 cal is 165 grains, but you may want to shoot a heavier pill when out for elk, like 180 gr if you can find them.
     
  3. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    The quirkie Belgiums at FN discovered that the shortest barrel that retains the maximum ballistics of the .308/7.62 NATO is something like 17.3", so if you are shooting a .308 out of a T/C handgun you are already at a disadvantage and chances are you are shooting within 50 to 75 yds anyways, I would go with a 180 grn to 220 grn Nosler Partition or REM Core Lokt.

    My $.02

    SF-
     
  4. erslll

    erslll Hermiston OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Shouldn't be a problem. According to T/C's website, the shortest barrel they make for the Icon in .308 is 22".
     
  5. old_heli_logger

    old_heli_logger Hillsboro, Oregon Member

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  6. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    I don't know why but I had it in my head that yours was a T/C handgun :huh:

    too much coffee.

    SF-