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redbone91284 09-11-2009 05:18 PM

need some input
 
was thinking about going with a 308 4 my deer rifle.whats evreyone think about this caliber?

BarnesX.308 09-11-2009 05:23 PM

Hard to beat. For deer, you need no more.

redbone91284 09-11-2009 05:26 PM

i was looking at the mossberg atr does anyone have any dealings with them?

sauer06 09-11-2009 09:30 PM

I have hunted for many years with a lever action 308 and you can belive me when I say it is more than enough for any deer, elk , or black bear. How ever I would not recomend this gun for brown bear. I reload and using bullets in the 150-165 it is just as potent as a 30.06 and the cartage is shorter than the 06 and it uses less powder, in other words it is the perfect gun for whiteails!
Happy hunting!

timbercruiser 09-12-2009 05:45 AM

The question is, can you consistently hit an 8" target at 150 yards (or whatever is your maximum shooting range)? Using a good bonded bullet the .308, and many other calibers, are very capable hunting calibers.

Teach Deer 09-12-2009 08:22 AM

The .308 is an excellent deer hunting round...especially in a compact rifle...my favorite being the Ruger M77II compact.

It has long been known for amazing accuracy, and it has nearly the power of the .30-06. It is fine for whitetail, pronghorn, sheep, etc. For elk or moose, I would also go with a 165 grain bullet in the Nosler partition or Swift A-frame line...Hornady also loads "Light Magnum" versions which are similar to the .300 H&H Magnum performance.

Its only weakness comes when you try to load heavy for caliber rounds, e.g. 180-220 grain bullets, because of the seating depth/case capacity...that is where the .30-06 and .300 Winchester / Weatherby Magnum has advantages because of larger case size.

Personally, I would avoid the 150 grain Winchester Silvertip...several bad experiences with that specific load...though I really like the Winchester Ballistic Silvertip...

redbone91284 09-12-2009 08:36 AM

what about knock down power?

srwshooter 09-12-2009 09:35 AM

308 has all the knock down power you will ever need. learn to shoot accurately on paper before hunting anything.

redbone91284 09-12-2009 01:49 PM

i hunt a lot of mixed hardwoods and usally dont shoot no farther than a hundred yards or so i think it would be a good choice!

redbone91284 09-12-2009 01:50 PM

i just wanted 2 see what evreyone thought about it.


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