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Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Southern 2G & Northern 4D
Re: 7mm-08 or 308
If your a gun nut that likes to crunch numbers, the ballistics numbers of the 7mm-08 look better. Haven't found that in the field though. I have killed deer with both calibers, and every deer I ever shot with a 7mm-08 or Mauser I ended up with a blood trail that I needed to follow for recovery, not so with the 308. I know it might of been nothing but shot placement, but.
As for recoil, if you compare apples to apples, same brand ammo, same weight bullet and exactly same model gun, the 7mm-08 will probably have less felt recoil but it's not that much of a difference that it should affect ones marksmanship.
If your going to hunt bear, I would definitely go with the 308 due to the larger caliber, and would not even hesitate to use it for elk , if it's the only gun I have. I can't say the same for the 7mm-08.
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