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308--the Rodney Dangerfield of hunting cartridges

Old 12-31-2005, 05:25 AM
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Default 308--the Rodney Dangerfield of hunting cartridges

Why doesn't this round get more respect as a hunting cartridge?
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Old 12-31-2005, 06:07 AM
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The .308 is a great hunting round.But i know what you mean when you hear its too big for deer but too small for larger game.Sure some with better balistics ,but the .308 with all the ammo choices ,avalibility,short action,proven itself plenty.Dont be too concerned about the negitives you hear from others.
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Old 12-31-2005, 06:51 AM
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naconst, I have just got to know where in this country do they say its too big for deer?
 
Old 12-31-2005, 07:37 AM
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I've used a .308 for the last 18 years. Only recently have I started looking at other calibers for whitetail, I have even bought a couple. No matter what though, I always carry my .308 the most, like 95% of the time. Great round in my book, and most of the deer I've hit with it have dropped in their tracks.

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Old 12-31-2005, 08:11 AM
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Believe it or not on this forum and on others,there s been quotes of the .308 too big for whitetails.mostly by those who will only use smaller cals. or just anti .308 guys.
.308 is a great all around cart.
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Old 12-31-2005, 08:51 AM
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I do not think there is a finer "light rifle" short action cartridge out there. The 308 has withstood the test of time, and will be here long after the short fat magnum craze of this world have faded to"oh-yea" memories. (I think the only one of those that will remain standing is the 270 WSM.)

I started my youngest son target shooting with my 223 bolt action varmit rifle so he would get used to the loud noise and no recoil. When he "came of age"he moved up to a 308 without flinching problems or a fear of recoil.

My youngest son shoots a Remington Model 600, it has an 18.5 inch barrel and it has a Leupold Vari-XII 3x9x40 mounted on it.

This year he was itching to "step-up" to his big brother's custom M98 chambered in 280 since he was not able to come hunting this year. The younger son ditched the longer barreled rifle in the cabin after1 day of hunting and having to work harder to get thru the timber and brush than he did with the M600. He figured out for himself that the "big long guns" are not all that they are cracked up to be.

During Christmas shopping trips to GI Joes, we looked at some of the 22 and 24 inch barreled bolt action rifles out there, and he was not interested, he liked his 308 as is. Personally I was drooling at the mouth over a Rem M700 CDL in 308. What a beauty.

The 243 has demonstrated that it will withstand the test of time; I presume this is because it heavily marketed in the youth hunter models and popular with short armed ladies too. But if we are honest, many of us hold our breath when we with someone taking a shot with a 243 and pray for good bullet expansion and performance.

I have found that I never worry about this when my son is taking a shot with a 308 150gr Spitzer. It is a very efficient deer killing machine. If the deer is broadside and within 300 yds, it is there for my youngest son's taking if he so chooses. No doubts - no worries.
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Old 12-31-2005, 06:28 PM
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308 is an excellent round. A solid performer. Larry
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Old 12-31-2005, 07:00 PM
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Myu gun safe has a lot of different cal. in it. The 1st rifle was a HOWA 308 and if for some reason I ever empty them out, the last rifle left standing will be my HOWA 308, great gun great caliber, My son asked me awhile back if I had ever missed with the HOWA, had to really think about it, but yep once
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Old 12-31-2005, 07:25 PM
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Default RE: 308--the Rodney Dangerfield of hunting cartridges

The .308 Winchester is my personal all-time favorite!
I haven't heard it being called "too big," for deer, but I get a real chuckle when I see the .270 being touted as a great Elk caliber, and the .308 is too weak!
i know its just a matter of personal choice, but the .308 will do anything the .270 will do!
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Old 12-31-2005, 08:10 PM
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I'm young and don't have many guns at all. I give alot of respect to it. Some of my "I WILL own" list include: 30-30 .308 & 6.5X55(in a modern gun) and a 44 or 41mag rifle
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