To Aussie - the .308 seems to have regional followings. Around home in Sask it was rare, in NS I think it must be solidly in the top 5 calibres. .303Brit, 30-06, 270, 308 and 30-30 are about the only calibres that every ammo shop carries all the time in NS.
I would say that the .308 is in the "lightweight but acceptable" category for moose, elk and "safely acceptable" for black bear, but that's as high as it goes. And if you're a serious moose or elk hunter you should probably start looking at a 30-06 and up. Anything bigger, such as browns/grizzlies = 300 mag or better.
The .308 is ideal for whitetail. Mulie and antelope hunters would probably prefer a faster round like the 270, but at 200yds or less I don't think this would be an issue.
In general I think the .308 is an excellent all-round cartridge, it just doesn't have the same top-end performance as the 30-06.
[ This Message was edited by: saskie on 2003-10-03 16:18 ]