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7mm-08 or 308

i plan on buying a new deer rifle i like the browning x-bolts but im stuck between 2 calibers the 7mm-08 or 308.i already have 243.win,7mm rem mag,300 rem ultra mag they are all remington 700 bdls. i dont know which caliber i want??

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7mm-08 or 308

Welcome to BGH!
What do you plan on hunting with this gun? If it's just deer, it's a hard choice, but I think I'd lean towards 7-08

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Welcome to BGH!

I have several great loves in ncartridges. Two of them happen to be the 308 Win and the 7x57. The difference between the 7x57 and the 7mm-08 is a pretty thin line. But as a deer cartridge, it's six of one half a dozen of the other! Neither has any real or imagined advantage to speak of. I would guess that the 7mm-08 is milder recoiling but my 308's were awful mild also.

If there is an advantage it would be that bullet's made for hunting can be a bit lighter in the 7mm and heavier in the 308. I would look pretty close at the 140gr bullet's in 7mm and 165 is for me the king in a 308. The 7mm could be loaded with a 175gr if you really wanted but the 308 could be loaded with a 200gr!

Much to do about nothing as these choices really make you split hairs!

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I'm with Don, it's a tough choice. Both are just excellent rounds and the differences tend to be nitpicky. I bought the 7mm/08 this last year and couldn't be happier, but I've liked every 308 I've had the pleasure to shoot as well. Maybe I got the 7 just to be different? I've also been nursing a shoulder injury and wanted to make sure I didn't re-injure it so I went with the lowest recoiling round (although I'd been shooting a borrowed 308 with no ill effects). Now that I think about it It's really not a tough choice though because both are excellent rounds. You win either way.

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I don't think either one is better than the other, but if you hand load, there's a much wider variety of .308 bullets vs. .284.

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308 fer me but I get free ammo. neener! Yes

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I like the .308 Win myself, and I would advise going with that. But do take one major thing into consideration - with the recent extreamly high demand for ammo and reloading components the .308 Win is one cartridge that is very difficult to find as it is a common cartridge for not only sporting arms and hunting rifles, but also many modern semi-auto battlefield type rifles as well. .308 win along with .223 Rem, 9x19mm, and .45 ACP are among the most difficult cartridges to find right now. I was hoping that all the fear and vigilance would have run it's course by now, but that isn't the situation yet. People are hording this stuff.

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Both calibers, as already mentioned, are about as good as it gets for CXP2 game. The .308 will start it's 150gr at almost exactly the same speed as the 140gr 7/08 in standard factory loads. The difference in trajectory is minimal with the .308 dropping about 8.5" at 300yds with a 200yd zero and the 7 about 7" also with a 200yd zero (good choice for either/both) with the 7 retaining slightly more energy at 300yds.

Again, there's no significant difference, unless you start talking 165 or 180gr in the .308, which do have a bit more energy. So, perhaps, it's a tad more useful. I own and hunt with both, but own several .308s vs only one 7/08. I doubt you'd be disappointed with whichever you choose. Good Luck.

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I like the .308 with 165gr bullets.

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308!

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Someone mentioned the 308 because of a wider range of bullet's. Been hearing that for years about 30 cals. Even claimed it myself for a long time. But I think that when you start looking reasonably at any cartridge, there's a bunch of bullet's that simply are either not suitable or are actually better suited to a larger cartridge.

I mentioned that the 308 could be loaded with the 200 gr bullet and it can. But velocity will be quite low and I found accuracy way off par from the 165 to 180 gr bullet's. The 200gr while an option is really better suited to a 300 mag. Same with the 175gr in the 7mm, a much better suited bullet for the 7mm mag's.

On the low end, in 30 cal I think the 130gr bullet is much better suited to varmits or something like the 30 Herret in a handgun. Might even be a good bullet in a single shot 30-30.

Number of bullet's avaliable just doesn't seem to hold up especially in 30 caliber, because the range is so wide from light to heavy. One other thing is that when you do go hunting, you'll have narrowed all your choices down to one and that's all you'll have with you. Both the 7mm and the 308 have excellent hunting bullets avaliable for everything from deer to moose.