View Full Version : Is the .308 a good hunting round?

October 26, 2000, 11:03 PM
Is this considered a good hunting round for deer? Would it be too small for elk? I was curious as to the limitations of this round for North American game. Thanks.

Jay Baker
October 26, 2000, 11:39 PM
IMO, .308 Win. is ONE of the best, for deer hunting, and not a bad all around round, either.

As for elk, I've seen quite a few who've fallen quickly to the .308, and my cousin, who is a good shot, practices, and is a good hunter, has not only killed quite a few elk with his Mdl. 70 Featherweight in .308, but pulled an Idaho permit for Shiras moose several years ago, and killed a really nice bull near Island Park, Idaho. Two shots, factory Fed. Premium 180 Nosler Partition.

The key is practice, being a good hunter and using the proper bullets.


October 27, 2000, 12:08 AM
agree with Jay. Great for deer and not a bad choice for elk (shot placement!). The .308, I would dare say, will take any game animal in N America (know your and the rifles range limits, proper bullet selection and placement). Take a look at factory ammo variety and you'll see one of the reasons the .308 is so popular.

Al Thompson
October 27, 2000, 06:40 AM
Dave, truthfully, I don't see much practical difference in any cartridge from .270 through .30-06. The .300 Win Mag has some difference, the .300 Weatherby and above start to get into truely more effective cartridges.

I have both .308s and '06s and defy any critter to tell the difference.

Practice is the key, as usual.. :D


October 27, 2000, 11:19 AM
And the .308 has the advantage in that it can use a short-action, resulting in a slightly shorter, lighter rifle.


October 27, 2000, 02:36 PM
.308 surplus ammo is also much cheaper than 30/06 and it is a more economical cartridge to reload for. That price difference translates into more practice and better shot placement making it, in a sense, an excellent game cartridge!

Ron Ankeny
October 27, 2000, 07:24 PM
I agree with Gizmo, the critter can't tell the difference. It puzzling to me as to why the .308 is not at all popular in the western states. I guess the old .30-06 has just been touted as the best all around rifle for a long, long time.