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#6004201 - 11/01/15 12:00 AM Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge?
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#6004272 - 11/01/15 06:34 AM Re: Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge? [Re: no-guts-no-glory]
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#6004285 - 11/01/15 06:56 AM Re: Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge? [Re: no-guts-no-glory]
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I hunt with both a 30/06 and a .308 Winchester. I've never been able to tell much of a difference between the ballistic performance of the two. Nor have the animals I've harvested! Every hunter has his/her "perfect" caliber; that's one of the reasons why there are so many different calibers available to us. Our objective should be to get a rifle chambered in ALL the calibers and learn to shoot each one of them very well.


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#6004322 - 11/01/15 07:24 AM Re: Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge? [Re: no-guts-no-glory]
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This should get good pretty quick. I'm a big fan of the .308, shoot one now, and have shot them for years. However, I think using the word "perfect" is very subjective and generally serves as a great argument starter.

IBTH (in before the haters).
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#6004355 - 11/01/15 07:38 AM Re: Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge? [Re: no-guts-no-glory]
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#6004360 - 11/01/15 07:41 AM Re: Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge? [Re: mikei]
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Originally Posted By: mikei
I hunt with both a 30/06 and a .308 Winchester. I've never been able to tell much of a difference between the ballistic performance of the two. Nor have the animals I've harvested! Every hunter has his/her "perfect" caliber; that's one of the reasons why there are so many different calibers available to us. Our objective should be to get a rifle chambered in ALL the calibers and learn to shoot each one of them very well.


The last sentence of that statement is some very good advice IMO.
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#6004365 - 11/01/15 07:43 AM Re: Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge? [Re: no-guts-no-glory]
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Now that I roll my own, I'm a big fan. grin

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#6004369 - 11/01/15 07:44 AM Re: Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge? [Re: no-guts-no-glory]
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The 308 is a very efficient cartridge. I don't own one, but should get one. Ready the post in deer hunting, on what gun are you going to be shooting this year, the 308 was near the top.

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#6004496 - 11/01/15 09:09 AM Re: Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge? [Re: kry226]
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Originally Posted By: kry226
Now that I roll my own, I'm a big fan. grin

It's perfect enough. up


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#6004515 - 11/01/15 09:29 AM Re: Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge? [Re: no-guts-no-glory]
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There is no such thing as the perfect cartridge. It would be like saying this is the perfect wrench. Well if you're talking about a 3/4" and the job calls for a 1/2", then the 3/4" isn't perfect.

The .308 is a good one, and will do lots of jobs. So will a very long list of other cartridges.
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#6004520 - 11/01/15 09:34 AM Re: Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge? [Re: FiremanJG]
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There is no such thing as the perfect cartridge. It would be like saying this is the perfect wrench. Well if you're talking about a 3/4" and the job calls for a 1/2", then the 3/4" isn't perfect.

The .308 is a good one, and will do lots of jobs. So will a very long list of other cartridges.

But a .308 is like a good pair of channel locks; it'll do what a bunch of wrenches can do in a nice compact package.

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#6004537 - 11/01/15 09:43 AM Re: Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge? [Re: no-guts-no-glory]
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Originally Posted By: no-guts-no-glory


Yes, I believe it is... one reason that no one has mentioned, is that it is readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to shoot. All those lead to more practice in the average hunter, and increased proficiency.

I think 308's are shot more than all others in this category, leading to more hits, and happier hunters.

Remember here on the THF we have way more than our share of snipers, olympic marksmen and Navy SEALs who can shoot every caliber at every distance. But think about a rookie, average, shooter/hunter, and the 308 climbs even higher.
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#6004577 - 11/01/15 10:08 AM Re: Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge? [Re: no-guts-no-glory]
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One cartridge for all NA big game? .300 WM

One for all NA medium sized game? .308 is as good as any.
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#6004589 - 11/01/15 10:16 AM Re: Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge? [Re: no-guts-no-glory]
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I have used a .308 and other calibers for many years. It may not be perfect, but is as close to it as anything out there.

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#6004599 - 11/01/15 10:22 AM Re: Is the .308 the perfect North American big game cartridge? [Re: no-guts-no-glory]
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I'm convinced that hunting magazines are the reason these discussions happen, and whey there are so many different calibers out there that do the exact same thing. If I was a conspiracy theory type of guy, I would guess that the ammo and gun manufacturers encourage the magazines to write articles about best calibers and why one is better then the other, regardless of what they wrote last year, or even last month. They might even pull a caliber out of a hat and then write why that one is the best just so people will buy more guns in that caliber that month. If they write an article about the good ole days and how that was the best caliber, they will sell more guns in that caliber.

I'm convinced that the difference between calibers is so small that everything in the world could be taken with just two rifles. And if there where only two calibers available, nobody would even know the difference. I enjoy having options and choices, but over the years, I've found that caliber arguments and discussions revolve around what we already have and what we've read about by those who are paid to sell guns and bullets.

The real question is what else shoots just the same as the .308? The list would include at least a dozen calibers, maybe twice that if you get into wildcats!!!

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