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Old July 15, 2010, 07:38 PM   #1
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308 for Large Game

I consider myself to be very big fan of the 308 Win. and since i've heard people push the 308 out of the ring when it comes to taking larger game such as Elk, Moose and Grizzly Bear, what kind of ammunition should i use and what is the maximum effective range.
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Old July 15, 2010, 08:11 PM   #2
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I would use ammo loaded with a 180 gr. premium bullet such as Barnes TSX, Swift A-Frame or Nosler Partition. You could probably use it out to 200 or 250 yards for elk and moose, but not for grizzly. In my opinion it's not really enough gun for grizzly, unless there will be someone nearby who can back you up, in case something goes wrong. Also in that case, the shots should be limited to about 100 yards.
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Old July 15, 2010, 08:26 PM   #3
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Love the 308!

In my view if you can kill it with a bow, you can kill it with the 308!!
Just my view though
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Old July 15, 2010, 08:51 PM   #4
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If your shots are more than 200 yds, I would go with a Nosler partition 165 grain to keep velocity up and flatten trajectory.
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Old July 15, 2010, 08:57 PM   #5
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You can easily kill any of the game you mentioned with a .308. I know of one Elk that was taken with a .223 this past hunting season in Eastern Kentucky. One shot and the Elk dropped to his knees.
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Old July 15, 2010, 09:31 PM   #6
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I vote for it all the way up to....

and including Elk. In fact, a buddy of mine went Elk hunting last year and thought he could use it as an excuse to buy a larger rifle. The guide told him that Elk were not that hard to kill, and a good .270 or 308 would be just fine if that is what you currently deer hunt with/are good with it. Now, IF I was hungry and/or in danger, I would not hesitate to kill a moose or griz with a 308 - it just would not be my first choice. And in the case of that Griz, would be happy to stay back about 200 yards and unload the entire magazine on it.

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Old July 15, 2010, 09:51 PM   #7
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its abour shot placement. with the right shot placement, a .308 will take damn near anything.
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Old July 15, 2010, 09:59 PM   #8
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What I've always heard from experienced hunters is that .308 will take down anything that's found in North America.
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Old July 15, 2010, 10:56 PM   #9
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its abour shot placement. with the right shot placement, a .308 will take damn near anything.
+1 Thats all I've been hearing over the past 31 years.
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Old July 15, 2010, 11:12 PM   #10
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Keep it inside 300 and shot placement is everything. Once you push 500 shot placement will not be the most critical factor. Energy will be. Especially with a Moose.
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Old July 15, 2010, 11:51 PM   #11
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up to..........

I will likely never hunt any of the 3 you mention, but I'm a big .308 fan myself.

Modern powders and premo bullets put all of our game ctgs "up" a notch, including the .308. I'm thinking that a 165 premo will keep the velocity up and the trajectory flat enough to be useful to 300 yds on elk and moose.
Provided you have enough bbl length to guarantee the velocity.

A griz, since he can eat you, is another animal entirely in my book, and maybe the 180 has a place there with the added weight and more of a promise of penetration.

I thought the Failsafe bullet was the ideal, with a hollowpoint and a tungsten heel. Guess there gone now, though there are plenty for sale in my area as components. I've never shot a Barnes but I read good things.

Sure wish I could tell you I've been there and done that.

A modern stoked .308 is the complete equal of an '06 from 10-15 years ago, and that was plenty for elk and moose, and while perhaps not ideal, griz too.
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Old July 16, 2010, 03:22 AM   #12
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When I travelled to Africa on a plains game hunting safari, the outfitter provided me with a rifle - 308 caliber. Dropped everything I shot with one shot including Eland. The hunting guide told me the 308 is very popular in Africa as a plains game cartridge.
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Old July 16, 2010, 03:44 AM   #13
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Any thing the 30-06 can take down the .308win can take down and the 06 can take down anything in North America and lots beyond.
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Old July 16, 2010, 06:07 AM   #14
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no real need to got with 180s in the 308. A good premium bullet like a 150 or 165 nos partition speer grand slam or barns will take care of about any pentration dutys and wont take up so much powder space and reduce velocity as much in a short case like the 308. The o6 is much better at handling 180s.
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Old July 16, 2010, 06:48 AM   #15
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Any thing in North America is fair game to the .308.
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Old July 16, 2010, 07:39 AM   #16
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For Elk and Moose sure, but for Grizzly I say no. You have to think about more than will the perfect shot kill it with game that cand and will eat you. What if he sees you first and decides he doesn't like you? What if your perfect shot gets botched by something? I'd much rather be carrying a little more beef than a .308 if it were my hide on the line.
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Old July 16, 2010, 07:52 AM   #17
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If your shots are more than 200 yds, I would go with a Nosler partition 165 grain to keep velocity up and flatten trajectory.
Hi, most members in the shooting/hunters club to which I belong use the .308 and each season they take large animals like Wildebeest, Oryx and Kudu with this caliber. their bullet of preference is the 165 Gr' Nosler Accubond, but partitions will do just as well (and so will any other premium bullets suitably loaded).

We are in the midst of our hunting season and they have all done superbly well with the .308.

I'd use it for large game such as bucks but for any animal that can stomp or bite me I'd go with something that can fire heavier bullets.

Like with any other caliber, shot placement is critical, but you already knew that.

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Old July 16, 2010, 08:20 PM   #18
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Just to add, .308s are real popular around here in New England as deer rifles, and get used as moose guns too. Moose hunting is lottery-draw in New Hampshire, and I know many deer hunters who put in "just cause" and then use their deer guns to kill a moose.

Moose hunting as I understand it is a close-range affair, typically within 100 yards. They like to live in swampy, wet, dense places. A .308 with something like a 165gr Nosler Partition would work fine IMO. Actually, I think you'll find more than a few killed each season with plain old 170gr .30-30s too...
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Old July 16, 2010, 08:31 PM   #19
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I was once told "You can hunt everything in North America with a .308 and a .45-70."

I immediately went out and bought a Remington 700 POLICE 26" bbl. and a Marlin 1895 22" bbl.


Now, what do I do with my .30-06; 7mm Rem.Mag.; and the .375 ULTRA MAG???
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Old July 16, 2010, 10:07 PM   #20
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I was told the same thing....

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I was once told "You can hunt everything in North America with a .308 and a .45-70
but with a 30/30 and 45/70 as the rifles....I guess they were not shooting much more than 200 yards.
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Old July 17, 2010, 12:46 AM   #21
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I am a big fan of the 308/180 combo.
Max range? How far can you shoot?
I think MPBR for308/180 is ~250 yards but that's further than I would take the shot.
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Old July 17, 2010, 06:56 AM   #22
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Now, what do I do with my .30-06
You can send that 06 to me I need one and will give it a good home.
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Old July 17, 2010, 07:14 AM   #23
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I love the .308 just as much as the next guy, but...were I out in places with animals that might just take an interest in killing me (which pretty much just means Alaska and parts of BC if you're limiting yourself to North America), I'm pretty sure I'd want something with a bit more authority - like a .375 H+H or the like. I'm all for giving myself additional margin of error when it comes to critters with large, sharp fangs and claws and nasty dispositions.
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Old July 17, 2010, 06:31 PM   #24
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Just me 338Shooter is correct.
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Old July 18, 2010, 12:16 PM   #25
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I love my .308s and they will take most any animal found in the lower 48. For large elk, moose, or bear I prefer my .338 Win Mag. It's not that the .308 can't do it, it's just that the .338 will do it. No ifs ands, or buts. Why take a chance when the the proper tool exists?
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