This is a discussion on .308 vs .30-06 within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Dragman sorry I (meant) meters and not yards but my post said longest 30 cal. I am very aware of the .338 ...
I am under the impression that the .308 is likely the most versatile of the two capable of being loaded for everything from rabbit to bison. I have no info that says the same can be said for 30 06
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.308 starts to fade with the heavier .30 caliber bullets, the heavier the bullet the more the fade. Unless one wants to conveniently dismiss those bullet weights then the variety and versatility doesn't appear so wide. Rabbits to bison may be effectively taken with the .30-06 too.
The .308 really is almost as good as the .30-06 with the entire range of .30 caliber bullet weights available.
Doesn't "almost" count in horseshoes and hand grenades?
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The 30-06 is slightly more versatile once you get into the heavier rounds. In a semi-auto the 308 is ballistically identical to the 30-06. When you get into bolt actions and reloading, the 30-06 is superior.
Once you start loading for the 06, you will see what the round can do. I shoot mine at 600yds and am amazed at the size of the groups. The 700 is a good platform to start with.
the .308 in a short rifle/barrel is exactly what i desire & use..i will use the lighter weight rifle that does the same job as the heavier one EVERY TIME. Every animal i have shot with my .308 have gone down instantly....enough said ( and many animals at long & short range involved)