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.308 or 7mm-08
« on: July 16, 2011, 12:37:05 PM »
I am trying to decide on which caliber I want my new rifle to be.  I am looking at either a .308 or a 7mm-08.  I already have a .300 win mag and a .270.  So any thoughts of which one and why or is there another caliber I should be looking at?  I am just looking for another all around good gun that I can use on deer, elk, bear, and hopefully moose, big horn sheep sometime in my lifetime.

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Re: .308 or 7mm-08
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2011, 12:40:11 PM »
Since elk, bear, and moose are on the menu........I'd go with .308.  Both will work, but I think you will get a little better performance out of a 30 caliber for the larger game. 
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Re: .308 or 7mm-08
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2011, 12:42:56 PM »
I'd go 308. Ammo is cheaper and easier to find, and you gain nothing by going to the 7/08.

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Re: .308 or 7mm-08
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2011, 01:32:26 PM »
BOTH! Then they can play with each other :)
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Re: .308 or 7mm-08
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2011, 02:20:39 PM »
Both can do what you want them to do.  I have a 7mm-08 and love it but there isn't much different between the two.  Out of the rifles you have it looks to me like you need a light long range gun.  I would look at a 25-06.

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Re: .308 or 7mm-08
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2011, 02:25:33 PM »
7-08 . . . everyone needs at least one 7mm! PM me with your email address. I have a couple articles I can send that show good examples of the 7-08 on elk and moose.

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Re: .308 or 7mm-08
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2011, 03:34:16 PM »
I own both and prefer the lower recoil and higher BC with the 7mm-08.  :twocents:

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Re: .308 or 7mm-08
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2011, 03:39:04 PM »
both are awesome ..either one will do the work ! :tup: over the last few years I think alot of hunters are discovering the 7mm-08 to be an awesome round .. not to little and not to big ... perfect all around gun ... :twocents:

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Re: .308 or 7mm-08
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2011, 03:45:26 PM »
Both can do what you want them to do.  I have a 7mm-08 and love it but there isn't much different between the two.  Out of the rifles you have it looks to me like you need a light long range gun.  I would look at a 25-06.
yeah see ...thats funny , thats exactely what I did with my son ... first bought him a 7mm-08 then last year I stepped him up to a 25-06 but he still kills with both ...I prefer the 25-06 for reaching out their alittle further .. but the 7mm-08 will do justice for sure out to 300 and 400 yrds ... :twocents:

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Re: .308 or 7mm-08
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2011, 03:54:20 PM »
I'm going to change my answer.  I'm going to say .280 Rem.  I realize you already have a .270 Win (which is practically identical to a .280) but since sheep is also on the menu, I think maybe a mountain rifle in .280 Rem would fit the bill.  Better ballistics than the -08 and would do nicely on sheep.........not that the 7-08 wouldn't be good for sheep too, but you'll get a little better velocity with the .280 and flatter trajectory.
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Re: .308 or 7mm-08
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2011, 04:43:16 PM »
I'm going to change my answer.  I'm going to say .280 Rem.  I realize you already have a .270 Win (which is practically identical to a .280) but since sheep is also on the menu, I think maybe a mountain rifle in .280 Rem would fit the bill.  Better ballistics than the -08 and would do nicely on sheep.........not that the 7-08 wouldn't be good for sheep too, but you'll get a little better velocity with the .280 and flatter trajectory.
  Curly I agree there to .. I myself am a .270 fan hands down ... BUT I do not own a 280 rem but I  have loaded up many loads for my friends who do own one ... seen many bear rolled with a 280 ... awesome rifle too...yes .270 & .280 are so close to each other no sense in arguing over it .. :tup:

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Re: .308 or 7mm-08
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2011, 11:54:55 AM »
Thanks for all the opinions.  I have always wanted a 25-06 but didn't know if they have the range or the knock down power at 300-500 yards.  The .280 is definitly on my list to get down the road. What are your guys opinion on the 6.5 creedmoor and the 30 tc?

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Re: .308 or 7mm-08
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2011, 08:27:02 PM »
7mm-08 hands down.
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Re: .308 or 7mm-08
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2011, 08:32:52 PM »
7mm-08 is a fine cartridge. Accurate, easy to reload, and easy on the shoulder. 7mm-08!
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Re: .308 or 7mm-08
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2011, 01:40:06 AM »
with what you already have, and what you want to do with it...

i would go 338Federal. It is in the .308win family, just necked up. it has the smack for bear and moose and retains the good manners of a short action.
http://www.chuckhawks.com/338_federal.htm

you have a flat light bullet shooter,  and a flat medium weight bullet shooter.

now for a medium trajectory heavy bullet shooter.

if you must insist on 308 or 7mm08.... i would say 7mm08.  I own both of these and really don't see much that the 308 can do that the 7mm cant, but the 7mm is a bit flatter on trajectory.  Better for having the kids shoot too since you can generally go lighter with bullets and reduced frontal area.
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