- Apr 5, 2021
The cartridge matters less than the handling characteristics of the rifle. If you want light and handy for a style of hunting, buy/build to suit that.
In the 140-150gr range, I really prefer a 7mm over .308
I have a 3006, and going down, I'd go 7-08 before 308.
Following. I'm in the same boat. I've got my dad's classic wood stock 30-06 and I love hunting with it. Selling a couple rifles right now to make room for a compact suppressed 308 build. For the really scary stuff I've still got my 375 H&H but I feel good about the caliber/availability/shootability of the 308 especially with a suppressor
The 3006 is faster than the 308win at all barrel lengths given the same bullet. It's not at just 24" and if we're using the correct powder there is no point where there are increasing losses vs the 308's same losses.If you cut that barrel on the ‘06, start researching a load that has a fast powder.
Traditional ‘06 loads out of 22” barrels are loaded with slow burning powders. Creating a lot of waste in energy in even a 22” barrel. Be ready for a severe muzzle flash in a 20” barreled version. You can mitigate that with a faster powder. However, you’ll never eliminate due to the heavier bullets the cartridge shines at.
If I were going to a more streamlined lighter package, I’d just buy a 18” barreled 308. For the ranges you are going to shoot, it’ll do great. I’m speaking from the experience of doing just this recently. And, after doing so I’d never shorten the barrel on an ‘06 if buying a compact 308 was an option.
A lot of people say the calibers are basically the same. They aren’t. The ‘06 is so much more capable. And, you don’t see that until you get the 24” barrels. But, you don’t need that. So, keep the gun you have and buy the compact 308. You’ll be glad you did.
Maybe my point was confusing. I totally know and understand that. My point was sawing off an ‘06 barrel versus buying a compact 308 was something he’d likely regret. And, at 18 inches, he’s going go like the temperament of the 308 much better.The 3006 is faster than the 308win at all barrel lengths given the same bullet. It's not at just 24" and if we're using the correct powder there is no point where there are increasing losses vs the 308's same losses.
Planning on going 18 inches. That's what the folks at Alamo Precision rifles recommended. Still deciding on suppressor. Leaning Dead Air TitaniumI’m curious, how compact are you going? What barrel length? What is the length of your suppressor?
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