View Full Version : Choosing a Caliber for needs

06-28-2011, 6:32 PM
hey ,

if you were to choose one type of caliber for range purpose only . what would it be ?

I wont be reloading .. I havent picked out what kind of bolt action rifle i wanted to get .. but first i need to choose which caliber i should go with ..

I recently checked out wally price on these , and not much difference when it comes to pricing ..

thanks for the help

Peter W Bush
06-28-2011, 6:43 PM
.308 or 30-06. They're both great calibers.

Full Clip
06-28-2011, 6:49 PM
I shoot 30-06, but .308 may be better choice.
Both are available everywhere...

06-28-2011, 6:55 PM
+1 on 30-06.

However while the 30-06 is a great multi use round for strict range plinking the 308 would be a better choice.

06-28-2011, 7:05 PM

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06-28-2011, 8:20 PM
.308WIN is vastly popular for this reason - it fits well under a large umbrella. The only reason I'd chose a .300WM over it would be if that umbrella included targets out to 1400 yards.

06-28-2011, 8:24 PM
.308 is the winner, it is the most popular and thus easiest to find ammo for.

06-28-2011, 8:24 PM
MY boss raves about how great the .270 round is, overall equal if not surpasses the 308 in ballistics. he says they are hotter and flatter shooting. im not sure about the pricing, IIRC they are bout the same per 100. AS an added plus, if you go hunting they are pretty good, less of a "meat thrasher" than the 308/30-06 for north american game.

06-28-2011, 8:43 PM
308 has the most options by far

06-28-2011, 8:58 PM
I couldn't make the choice either...so...I eventually bought both...but my "range/target rifle" is a Remington 700P in .308.

For hunting I use a Remington 700 CDL in .30-06...because it is much lighter.

06-29-2011, 12:39 AM
308 due to the mil surplus ammo being easier and cheaper to get for fun shooting. Plus the 308 will do what the 30-06 will do.

06-29-2011, 3:59 AM

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06-29-2011, 6:44 AM
for range purpose only. 308win.

for hunting. .30-06

06-29-2011, 7:02 AM
Well, honestly...nothing frog lube can't handle! Jk!! Haha

I'd say .223 for 0-600 yards...308 for further, but if you want to get to 1000 a caliber in 6mm will be better IMO.

06-29-2011, 10:04 AM
Though I don't do a ton of hunting, I opted for a M70 in 30-06 for when I do. Still fun to shoot at the range too.

Might have to get a .308 AR someday though...

06-29-2011, 10:57 AM
If you don't reload now get a .308. It has a ton of match grade ammo available but I think you will get sick of sending $1.25 down range every time you pull the trigger. Plus hand loads can be tuned to your rifle.

I chose the .30-06 for my target rifle. It has better ballistics than the .308 and better barrel life than the .300 Win Mag. I use the 208 A-Max and can seat it into the lands with plenty of room in the mag. The bullet barely reaches the shoulder/body junction of the case so there is plenty of room to cram Re22 in there.

06-29-2011, 11:58 AM
There are so many types of .308 ammo available, and available in so many places, that it makes for an obvious choice.

Peter W Bush
06-29-2011, 1:13 PM
If you will ever use it for hunting, get a 30-06. Should have said that earlier.

06-29-2011, 1:17 PM

HK Dave
06-29-2011, 4:23 PM
308 is the cheapest, most readily available, most options. If you want easy... go 308.

06-29-2011, 5:32 PM
For dedicated range shooting .308 is the way to go. It'll do the trick in the field but 30-06 would be a much better choice, as far as the 300..unless you plan to drop BIG game out past 500 or 600 stay away from it IHMO.

06-29-2011, 5:57 PM
Depends on how much experience you have shooting. To learn .308 also good for out to 100 with no issues and ammo is everywhere. For past 1000 I would say a .300 WM.

06-29-2011, 6:45 PM
Three O Eight it is =)