One of my good friends gave me a .308 this week as a gift. (No reason, just a generous and all around great guy.) It's a Remington 700 in stainless. I like to hunt in all weather and sometimes bivy hunt so it is perfect. I have always used a blued .30-06 and have had some rust spots in rainy weather.
Anyway, I bought a scope for it. I plan to get some ammunition this weekend. Having never fired a .308, I am wondering if anyone has a factory ammo recommendation for deer. I am thinking about getting some Hornady SST in 165 grain. Any thoughts?
I have used Remington core lokt in my Savage Model 99 .308 for 30 plus years with excellent results. I used soft point for a few years , but prefer pointed soft point both were equally effective. I am sure the gun will like a certain kind of ammo as will you. As always it would depend on your hunting situation. I like close shots in laurel mainly. I also have a Remington 700 in .280 and use the same ammo, it is a real tack driver.
I like the 308, like 165 grain bullets in it, but do not like the Hornady SST. The regular Hornady is fine but the SST is just too soft and comes apart. Have shot 4 deer with them and was never satisfied with the performance.