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#5859165 - 08/01/15 10:15 PM 308 or 30-06
doogie Offline
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Registered: 07/17/08
Posts: 315
Loc: Hill County
going tomorrow to pick up Tikka T3
I have hunted with 30-06 since I was a kid.
I was thinking of getting a 308 but was wondering if it really matters.
the only reason I was thinking of the 308 was the following
1. Does a 308 have less recoil (significantly)
2. Is ammo cheaper and always in stock

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#5859169 - 08/01/15 10:18 PM Re: 308 or 30-06 [Re: doogie]
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Registered: 03/11/12
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what are you hunting and how far?

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#5859180 - 08/01/15 10:24 PM Re: 308 or 30-06 [Re: doogie]
Nivlac Offline
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Registered: 03/11/13
Posts: 217
I find that 308 has SLIGHTLY less recoil but the 30-06 wasn't all that bad. Factory 30-06 ammo isn't loaded to its full potential and so typicaly your only looking at about 100FPS difference between it and 308. I have noticed a lot more 30-06 ammo on the shelves around here. Especially during the ammo crisis when all the 308 was GONE.

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#5859182 - 08/01/15 10:27 PM Re: 308 or 30-06 [Re: doogie]
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For sure the 308 for me. In that rifle any less felt recoil is a plus

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#5859183 - 08/01/15 10:27 PM Re: 308 or 30-06 [Re: doogie]
doogie Offline
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Registered: 07/17/08
Posts: 315
Loc: Hill County
99% whitetail at around 100 yeards
may have a slight chance of elk maybe around 100 yards
never more than 200 yrd shot

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#5859195 - 08/01/15 10:40 PM Re: 308 or 30-06 [Re: doogie]
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Registered: 12/02/09
Posts: 1102
Loc: Lubbock Area
You won't go wrong with either one. It would be 308 for me - strictly based on personal preference...

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#5859199 - 08/01/15 10:45 PM Re: 308 or 30-06 [Re: doogie]
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Registered: 09/01/04
Posts: 5139
Loc: The Dogwood Capital of Texas
Is this choice going to be made in the Tikka T3 next purchase?

Do you own other Hunting rifles in 30 cal or larger? Smaller? Why?

How much does recoil affect your buying decision?

Hunt Texas Only? or in the Rockies more than you hunt in Texas?

Do you reload your own ammo ?

How many rounds a year do you shoot for practice?,
shoot past 400 yrds for long range practice?
Max distance you shoot regularly?
how many rounds do you shoot to prepare for and to hunt with ?
Is ammo cost important enough that you wil base a byuing decision on it , If one caliber was double the cost of ammo than the other calibers cost, would that affect you buying decision?

Got lots more nit picking ??'s I could ask, but you get the drift.

To ME, the way I'd fill out that questionaire...I'd buy the 308...you might NEED to buy the 30'06 though. Just Sayin' We all have different needs wants desires...and in this case there really is NO Bad Decision One Way or the Other.

308 is about 10%+ less: MV, Recoil, Maybe even cheaper to shoot in Commercial ammo, effective on Elk sized game, lighter to carry up a Mountain all day...yadda yadda but I always beleived that if I was going to shoot a 30 caliber rifle it would either be a 308 and a swamp proof hog & Crittter killing machine shooting Mil Surp ammo...or a 300Wmg ...or I might just own both of them...and no other calibers to simplify my reloading bench...and that hasn't happened so far, but then it ain't over yet either.
JMHO & YMMV
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#5859202 - 08/01/15 10:49 PM Re: 308 or 30-06 [Re: doogie]
syncerus Offline
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Registered: 12/01/08
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Loc: Dallas, TX
No bad choice, but I'd never buy a .308 for a long action rifle. If you're undecided, then flip a coin. I'm sure this thread will go on for 5 or 6 pages, but there's really no "better" here, only preference.
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#5859264 - 08/02/15 12:52 AM Re: 308 or 30-06 [Re: doogie]
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Buy either.. won't matter.
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#5859269 - 08/02/15 01:41 AM Re: 308 or 30-06 [Re: doogie]
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Registered: 04/05/10
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I have a T3 in .30-06.

Love it. Most accurate factory rifle in '06 I've ever had (and I've had a few). Very reliable, no problems.

EXCEPT for the fact that I've developed shoulder issues in my advancing age. Switched out the factory stock with a B&C and it completely changed the feel of the rifle for the better. Still kicks pretty hard for me, next mod will be a muzzle brake.

Mine REALLY likes 165 grain SGK's over IMR 4350. rifle
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#5859289 - 08/02/15 04:23 AM Re: 308 or 30-06 [Re: doogie]
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Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 5150
Loc: Germany
I'm more of a .308 man myself. IMHO, any extra performance of the .30-06 (especially for your intended use) doesn't justify the extra recoil. I'm not overly recoil sensitive, but I like to shoot guns that don't beat me up too bad.

The only downfall of the .308 is its popularity. It was harder to find than 5.56/.223 back during "the dark times".

But like others have said, you can't go wrong with either.

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#5859554 - 08/02/15 10:21 AM Re: 308 or 30-06 [Re: doogie]
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Registered: 12/14/08
Posts: 16319
Loc: North Texas - God's Country
The 30-06 is, of course, the superior round. Especially if you hand load. I cherry picked a Win70 CRF 30-06 off the used rack in Cabella's. It came with a BOSS and a black synthetic stock. First time at the range with factory 180's that thing knocked me off my shooting stool. I shelved it and bought a 80% Boyd's laminated stock for it. It took me a year to get the stock fitted and finished but next time at the range it behaved. The heavy stock plus the decelerator pad completely tamed the recoil. If you can get it tamed, the 06 is the clear winner over the 308.
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#5859596 - 08/02/15 10:47 AM Re: 308 or 30-06 [Re: doogie]
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If you handload, then the 30-06 is the obvious, no-brainer choice.

You can load a 30-06 down to .308 levels if you want reduced recoil - but if an elk hunt or a pronghorn hunt comes up where a few hundred extra fps would be nice to have , well then you have it.

You can load a 30-06 down to .308 (or 30-30) levels - but you can't load a 308 up to 30-06 performance.

I would never limit my options with a .308 if I could get a 30-06, instead.
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#5859610 - 08/02/15 10:53 AM Re: 308 or 30-06 [Re: doogie]
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Loc: Azle,Tx /Hunt Jack Co.
popcorn Is this all? The 30.06 / .308 threads usually go at least 10 pages~!
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#5859647 - 08/02/15 11:19 AM Re: 308 or 30-06 [Re: doogie]
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Registered: 09/05/07
Posts: 777
Loc: The Bayou City
In a light rifle like that I'd take the .308 to keep recoil down, but if that's not a concern the 30-06 cartridge handles a bit heavier bullet better (180ish) grain. A .308 with 150s is pretty mild shooting and plenty effective with the amazing range of bullets available these days.

If there's another ammo shortage 30-06 will likely be more available, but if you stay stocked up, as everyone should, or handload, that should never be a real concern.
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