.308 vs. 7mm-08

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by Trevor1837, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. Trevor1837

    Trevor1837 New Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    I know fans of both, which do you guys prefer? It's main application will be deer hunting, but also target practice. What are the pros and cons of each? Accuracy, trajectory ect.
  2. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2008
    I have both.

    I hardly ever use the 7mm08.

    308 is where it's at. lots of ammo to choose from. cheap, as well as hunting stuff. There is more ballistics info on the 308 than you care to know.

  3. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    7mm-08 gives you the advantage of better BC bullets with the same case volume of the 308. Flatter shooting and better long range capability. I have a A-Bolt in 7mm-08 and am looking for an R-25 in the same.

    308 has the advantage of being much more popular and military surplus is everywhere.

    Just my .02c on the matter.
  4. Regular Joe

    Regular Joe New Member

    Sep 28, 2010
    Do a lot of price checking for 7-08. Unless you reload, get used to dollar bills going bang. The difference in BC's between 7mm and .30 cal. bullets are negligible, even in competition!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you're comparing bullets of the same weight, the difference in BC is more drastic, but that means less than nothing in a sporting application. The rifle itself will limit you far more than the caliber, unless you plan on carrying a 16 to 30 pound rifle everywhere. At that, you'll need to drag a bench along as well.
    Other than ammo cost, the biggest difference is recoil. The 7-08 is fine for deer sized animals with bullets weighing around 140 gr. A lighter bullet being accelerated to a little higher speed will generate a little less recoil.
  5. popgun

    popgun New Member

    Sep 21, 2009
    here in AZ 7mm-08 is a popular youth caliber for Elk.
  6. bluesea112

    bluesea112 Active Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    West, TX
    That A-Bolt is cursed. It causes you to drewel down the front of your shirt when you look at it.
  7. This is the short action version of the age old debate, comparing the .30-06 to the .270 or .280 - and after over thirty years of shooting and reloading, and of killing game, I am still convinced that the only difference is that some people like chocolate and some like vanilla. Honestly, ballistically, the differences are minute. Both are excellent calibers, and what you can do with one you can essentially do with the other(s). All things being equal, the .308 is universal, and ammo is more readily available, often less expensive, and the loading choices are enormous.
  8. Exactly right. I am a fan of the .308, competed with the .308, hunt with .308 but if 7 MM-08 ammo cost was down to .308 price I would consider changing just because the old joints could use a slight break and I'm not ready for the 6 MM or .243 yet. .410 to 10 gauge and 22 LR to .348 in my tool box but .308 gets the nod because I have so much of it. Nothing inherently superior about it but it works as designed to work so no worse than any other caliber.
  9. 308 at my gate

    308 at my gate New Member

    Dec 6, 2008
    Lost in SW USA.
    I think you guys have said it all. 6 of one half dozen of another.
  10. Sandman

    Sandman Member

    Jun 17, 2009
    .308 is boring. 7mm-08 sounds much cooler.
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