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is a .308 good for hunting deer and other thin skinned game

i have a savage 110 7mm mag and i have learned that i can get different caliber barrels for my rifle and .308 ammo is plentiful and inexpensive compared to the 7mag. I like the outdoor shooting range by my house and 40 7 mag bullets run me about $35 and i know with a .308 i can get plenty of bang for my buck bullet wise any advice would be great

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Yes there is a company that makes barrels for the 110 Savage.
The 308 win barrel will not work on a 7mm rem mag action. The new round will need to have the same size head, on the case, as the 7 rem mag.
The head size of a 7 rem mag is .532. The head size of a 308 win is .473.
The bolt face is sized to fit .532. You will need to find another round with a .532 head size.

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when you say head do u mean the part that the bullet leaves the casing or where the primer is, the same company i can get the barrels from also has different caliber bolt heads

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The head of the case is the end that contains the primer.
The bolt face is the part of the bolt that contacts the head of the case.

If they will sell you a bolt, with a .473 face, that fits that action. Then you can take the parts to a gunsmith and have them properly set.

A little food for thought. This isn't meant to get confusing.
If you can get a bolt, with a .473 face, that fits in the 7mm rem mag action you have on the rifle. Get a 30-06 barrel to go with it. Instead of the 308 win

The 30-06 takes the same action length as the 7mm rem mag but has the same head size as the 308 win and shoots the same bullets as the 308 win a little faster, in most loads. Whereas, the 308 win is typically built with a shorter action.

The 30-06 is a more versatile round.

A 308 win barrel can be used on a 30-06 length action. You end up with an action that is about a 1/2" longer than needed.

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is a .308 good for hunting deer and other thin skinned game

just out of curiosity what can a 30-06 do that a 7mag cant ,from past forums i have read the 7 mag is very universal for hunting different animals especially at a longer ranges.I was interested in the .308 because ammo is soooo inexpensive for it and i could shoot alllllllllllll day for cheaper compared to the 7 mag,and i think its not as brutal on your shoulder from what i have been led to understand

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The 7 rem mag and the 30-06 are the two most popular rounds used in these lower 48. The 30-06 is probably the most popular round in the world.
The 30-06 is capable of throwing bullet of up to 220grs with proficiency.
The 7 rem mag can throw up to 175grs with proficiency.
The 7 rem mag will throw a comparable bullet to a 30-06 a couple of hundred feet per second faster.
The 30-06 has a slightly greater selection of available factory loads.
Felt recoil between the two is minimal. Not enough to consider.
If I didn't own a rifle and was going to choose between the two. I would go with the 30-06.
If I already had a 7 rem mag. I'd use it until I shot out the barrel and go get myself a 30-06 or a 308 win.

There are a lot of good shooting, used 308 win and 30-06's out there looking for a new home. You could probably pick one up cheaper than switching the barrel and bolt on your 7 rem mag.

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yes you could deffinetly get a whole gun for the price you would spend on all these upgrades but to tell you the truth my whole family uses .30 cal guns and we love em but they are all different in certain ways and yes a odd 6 is a great gun so are all the other ones also, i love .30 cal guns period and i personnally use a .303 and it suits me fine in every way.

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Fuzzybear summed things up very well.

If your burning up plenty of ammo at the range each year, you might consider switching to a 30 caliber, but if not, just stick with what you have in the 7mm Mag.

In addition, 308 Win and 30-06 ammo costs the same, whether it's with hunting or target shooting rounds.

If you do a lot of shooting at the range and will be hunting a-plenty, you'll be much happier in the long-run with the 30-06 due to it's versatility and more bullet choices from various manufactures.

Good luck with your decision.

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From what i heard and seen in my lifetime barnes makes the best target shooting bullets and they arent that bad for big game either.If you match the bullet with the game.

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My experience has been just the opposite with Barnes bullets, with the Triple Shock being the lone exception.

Besides the recent TSX success, the other Barnes bullets usually are not very accurate in many rifles, even though they are good bullets (hit or miss type thing). This is based on 30 years of feedback from hunters in the U.S. Of course, accuracy in Canada or Alaska is probably a lot more generous than what accuracy means to those in the lower 48.

Nosler, Hornady, Speer, and Sierra generally have gotten more positive feedback in the accuracy department through the lower 48 states.

Hope they continue to work well for you.

Happy Hunting and good luck!

Steve

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yea thanks for your coments about candians and thier lower than average rating you give them your a generous guy but sorry to tell you pal when i shoot i hit the target. and ill bet there are alot more canadians that will tell you the same. So why the remarks that our ratings are lower.

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