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308 vs 30-06 for deer and hogs again

Question by 784512. Uploaded on April 13, 2012

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Both are .30 cal. They come in the same bullet weights. Either will accurately hit at ranges beyond your capabilities as a shooter. Both have velocities well above 2500 fps. Either has, can, and will kill deer and hogs. So the question again is what?

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Strictly for deer and hogs, any difference in performance should be inconsequential. For larger game, there would be a preference for the '06 in heavier bullet weights.

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from 784512 wrote 2 years 3 days ago

what do you use

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from 784512 wrote 2 years 3 days ago

deer and hogs and smaller

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from country road wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Yes, they will work fine.

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from country road wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Yes, they will work fine. I doubt if you could look at a hog or deer carcass and tell if they were killed by one or the other.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 3 days ago

I believe that Remington still makes 125-grain "Managed Recoil" ammo that has 50% less recoil than their regular 125 grain ammo, while retaining 35% more energy than the .30-30.
That would be suitable for smaller game and coyotes, and the 55-grain Accelerator would be preferable for jackrabbits, prairie dogs and woodchucks.

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from squirrelgirl wrote 2 years 3 days ago

All I know is the thirty ought kicks like a mule. The 308 was more manageable for me. But maybe different makes feel different...

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from captaind77 wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Both will do the job well. But if you're hunting adult hogs, a little more powder is never a bad thing I'd say.

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from ncbe4chbum wrote 2 years 3 days ago

They are both near identical but i would go with a 06' its tried and true (so is the .30-30) but i just enjoy my 06' more

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from ncbe4chbum wrote 2 years 3 days ago

hell its like trying to chose between a .223 and a .222 same damn thing hahaha

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from LeVan Goodey wrote 2 years 3 days ago

I have shot an -06 for years, so I am partial. Honestly, Flip a coin.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 3 days ago

I like my 7MM/08 W/140Gr Hornady PSP on Hogs and 139Gr SST/Lm on Deer.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Dead is dead anyway you look at it. Hogs and deer are not really hard to kill. And have been and are killed with .223, 22/250 etc Both .308 & 30/06 are overkills on small animals. I got all psyhc'd up the first time I hog hunted and bought a .270 WSM after I saw a couple hogs over 300# shot with a 22/250 I knew I was over gunned. My shot was through both shoulders and blew half the opposit side lef off, @ over 300 yards. Too much gun for a meat hunter. JMO

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 2 days ago

Both quite similar in terms of impact on deer and hogs. Most hunting for these animals is done in timber so the .308 is just fine and has lower recoil making it easier to shoot accurately.

If I were deer hunting on the prairie, I would prefer the 30-06 for a little more speed. If I ever thought I was going to hunt elk, I would also opt for the 30-06 to support larger bullets and longer range. I also prefer the 30-06 for coyote and antelope hunting using 110g bullets at around 3350 fps.

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from mauser78 wrote 2 years 6 hours ago

Both are nearly the same, ballistically speaking. Though there are many different opinions as to which is the superior round. I personally think that the .30-06 is the better, but I can't say anything bad about the .308 either, both shoot the same bullet weights with similar velocities. You really only get just a little bit more range from an -06 than with a .308. It is really up to the shooter's preferences in rifles, recoil, and action type.

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from tgillie wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 3 days ago

I like my 7MM/08 W/140Gr Hornady PSP on Hogs and 139Gr SST/Lm on Deer.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Both are .30 cal. They come in the same bullet weights. Either will accurately hit at ranges beyond your capabilities as a shooter. Both have velocities well above 2500 fps. Either has, can, and will kill deer and hogs. So the question again is what?

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from squirrelgirl wrote 2 years 3 days ago

All I know is the thirty ought kicks like a mule. The 308 was more manageable for me. But maybe different makes feel different...

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Strictly for deer and hogs, any difference in performance should be inconsequential. For larger game, there would be a preference for the '06 in heavier bullet weights.

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from country road wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Yes, they will work fine.

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from country road wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Yes, they will work fine. I doubt if you could look at a hog or deer carcass and tell if they were killed by one or the other.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 3 days ago

I believe that Remington still makes 125-grain "Managed Recoil" ammo that has 50% less recoil than their regular 125 grain ammo, while retaining 35% more energy than the .30-30.
That would be suitable for smaller game and coyotes, and the 55-grain Accelerator would be preferable for jackrabbits, prairie dogs and woodchucks.

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from captaind77 wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Both will do the job well. But if you're hunting adult hogs, a little more powder is never a bad thing I'd say.

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from ncbe4chbum wrote 2 years 3 days ago

They are both near identical but i would go with a 06' its tried and true (so is the .30-30) but i just enjoy my 06' more

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from ncbe4chbum wrote 2 years 3 days ago

hell its like trying to chose between a .223 and a .222 same damn thing hahaha

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from LeVan Goodey wrote 2 years 3 days ago

I have shot an -06 for years, so I am partial. Honestly, Flip a coin.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 3 days ago

Dead is dead anyway you look at it. Hogs and deer are not really hard to kill. And have been and are killed with .223, 22/250 etc Both .308 & 30/06 are overkills on small animals. I got all psyhc'd up the first time I hog hunted and bought a .270 WSM after I saw a couple hogs over 300# shot with a 22/250 I knew I was over gunned. My shot was through both shoulders and blew half the opposit side lef off, @ over 300 yards. Too much gun for a meat hunter. JMO

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from 784512 wrote 2 years 3 days ago

what do you use

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from 784512 wrote 2 years 3 days ago

deer and hogs and smaller

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 2 days ago

Both quite similar in terms of impact on deer and hogs. Most hunting for these animals is done in timber so the .308 is just fine and has lower recoil making it easier to shoot accurately.

If I were deer hunting on the prairie, I would prefer the 30-06 for a little more speed. If I ever thought I was going to hunt elk, I would also opt for the 30-06 to support larger bullets and longer range. I also prefer the 30-06 for coyote and antelope hunting using 110g bullets at around 3350 fps.

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from mauser78 wrote 2 years 6 hours ago

Both are nearly the same, ballistically speaking. Though there are many different opinions as to which is the superior round. I personally think that the .30-06 is the better, but I can't say anything bad about the .308 either, both shoot the same bullet weights with similar velocities. You really only get just a little bit more range from an -06 than with a .308. It is really up to the shooter's preferences in rifles, recoil, and action type.

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from tgillie wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

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