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Does a .308 kick less than a .30-06? I have heard that it does and only kicks slightly more than a 20 gauge with certain ammo, probably a smaller grained round. Is this correct?

Question by smallgamehunter25. Uploaded on October 19, 2010

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Shooting the same weight bullet the 308 will kick less than the 30-06 because of the size of the powder charge.

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from libertyfirst wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

The 308 does have less recoil than the 30-06 but in my opinion not by a great deal.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

It is hardly noticeable.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

It's less but not noticeably. Neither have much recoil. Have you been practicing with a .22, you need to start before you go bigger. I think shotguns are a bit different but if you can shoot a 20gauge shotgun then you can shoot a 150gr bullet from a .308 or a 30-06. They are basically the same.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

I've shot both 308 (7.62 NATO) and 30-06 by the thousands both hunting and in High Power Rifle Competition and thinking about it, I cannot tell a noticeable difference!

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

DITTO!!!LIB.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

The 30-06 is capable of launching bigger bullets at higher speeds and therefore will have more recoil with some of these bigger bulelts or hotter loads. With a 150 grain bullet being launched at 2900 fps, they will both feel about the same given the same weight of rifle. The .308 is a short action cartridge and therefore is often sold in a lighter rifle. If you are shooting a .308 in a very light rifle you may feel more recoil than with a heavier 30-06 at the same speed.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

There is a bit of a difference, and the .308 is a smidge milder.

Since I fire them both out of the same rifle, I can tell. A previous poster above is right. It's the 8-10 grains of podwer difference.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

I've shot both 308 (7.62 NATO) and 30-06 by the thousands both hunting and in High Power Rifle Competition and thinking about it, I cannot tell a noticeable difference!

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Shooting the same weight bullet the 308 will kick less than the 30-06 because of the size of the powder charge.

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from libertyfirst wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

The 308 does have less recoil than the 30-06 but in my opinion not by a great deal.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

It is hardly noticeable.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

It's less but not noticeably. Neither have much recoil. Have you been practicing with a .22, you need to start before you go bigger. I think shotguns are a bit different but if you can shoot a 20gauge shotgun then you can shoot a 150gr bullet from a .308 or a 30-06. They are basically the same.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

DITTO!!!LIB.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

The 30-06 is capable of launching bigger bullets at higher speeds and therefore will have more recoil with some of these bigger bulelts or hotter loads. With a 150 grain bullet being launched at 2900 fps, they will both feel about the same given the same weight of rifle. The .308 is a short action cartridge and therefore is often sold in a lighter rifle. If you are shooting a .308 in a very light rifle you may feel more recoil than with a heavier 30-06 at the same speed.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

There is a bit of a difference, and the .308 is a smidge milder.

Since I fire them both out of the same rifle, I can tell. A previous poster above is right. It's the 8-10 grains of podwer difference.

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