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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-20-2019, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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308 vs 7m08

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Few will agree with me on this, but Iíll take the 308. I have used both, never shot anything with the 7mm08 that I didnít need to trail to recover, might be my own fault. 308 has been around a lot longer, and is a better woods round, with it being loaded with heavier bullets. 7mm 08 might have an edge on long range due to the BC of the bullet, some say lighter recoil too, but I could never feel much difference with same grain bullets, splitting hairs IMO. Iíve also noticed the 7mm doesnít seem to be chambered in as many firearm that it once was, could be a dieing cartridge. Just my opinion, I know others will disagree.
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Personal preference's are the only answers you will get here. Both make deer go dead.

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.308 great deer cartridge. available in most if not all sporting goods stores at a fairly reasonable prices.. 7mm08 might not always be on the shelf when you need it..
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So close it makes no difference IMO. You can shoot 180's out of the 308 if that makes you feel a little better. No deer or bear will know the difference.
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Not really much difference in my uses. I killed deer with 308, my wife shoots them with a 7mm/08. She knocked everything right down with it, but these are woods kills, 75 yards or less. A friend of mine uses the 7mm out west on Mulies, Whitetail and Speed goat. He has killed out to 300 yards with no problem. The flatter trajectory of the 7mm is what most folks like.
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I think the main pro to the .308 is that ammo is a lot more readily available and cheaper in many cases. It's not that 7mm-08 is hard to find, there is just a lot more choices with 308. In terms of real performance and hunting, there isn't much difference. I prefer the slightly lighter bullets and lighter recoil of the 7mm-08.
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My vote is the 7mm-08. Less recoil and, in my experience, less meat damage.
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-20-2019, 08:49 AM
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The 308 has way more factory loaded options available.The same goes for bullets for reloading.The 7mm bullets do have a better ballistic coefficient.So I guess it depends on what you are going to use it for.Price for loaded ammo or bullets is basically a wash.

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For medium game where whitetails are at the large end of the spectrum, 7-08 Rem. It shoots marginally flatter for things like antelope or sheep or goats.

The ability of the .308 Win to go up to 200 grains makes it a much better choice where whitetail is on the smaller side of the spectrum...Ö.bear, elk, moose...Ö.. .308 Win ammo is EVERYWHERE they sell ammo and it's cheap. It is one of the most perfect, versatile and accurate hunting rounds ever offered. Been shooting .308's for 40 years. It would be MY personal pick.

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