Hunting Rifle Advice

P00HB33R

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Hi Guys,

Need some help making my mind up.

I'm in the market for a rifle or 2.

Basically I am buying a Sported .303 with Leupold VXII 3-9x40 scope for R 5000.

My idea is to use the .303 as a target practice gun, and putting the leupold scope on a new rifle.
This is where my problem lies. I cannot decide between a .308 and a 30-06.

Currently im leaning towards the 30-06 seeing that I can load it from 160g upto about 220g bullets.

What would you guys choose if you had the choice and why?
 

w1z4rd

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Im a little confused, you say you are buying a .303 but cant decided between a .30.06 and a .308?

I would say it would depend on the firearm model, what you intend to hunt and how confident you are with various calibres. I would prefer a slightly smaller calibre rife to the bigger one. AFAIK .30.06 and a .308 are the same, with some saying the .308 is slightly more accurate.

Sorry to hijack your thread, but anyone got any good recommendations for a hunting rifle in the 15k bracket?
 
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nightjar

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Hi Guys,

Need some help making my mind up.

I'm in the market for a rifle or 2.

Basically I am buying a Sported .303 with Leupold VXII 3-9x40 scope for R 5000.

My idea is to use the .303 as a target practice gun, and putting the leupold scope on a new rifle.
This is where my problem lies. I cannot decide between a .308 and a 30-06.

Currently im leaning towards the 30-06 seeing that I can load it from 160g upto about 220g bullets.

What would you guys choose if you had the choice and why?

If you need a scope to hunt you shouldn't be in the bush.

I used a .22 or a .404, both over open sights and I always got close enough to use a single round.

I've shot nothing in the last twenty years but have often looked back and regretted that I had a rifle in those days instead of a camera.
 

w1z4rd

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Sorry, shouldve made it more clear. I am buying the .303 but also looking at getting a second rifle (either the 30-06 or 308)

The CZ MOD 550 Lux is a great rifle. You can choose between 6.5x55, 30-06, 375 or 458 depending on your needs
http://www.savutiarms.co.za/default.asp?id=69
I assume you want the 308 to hunt larger animals like Kudu or Eland?

According to here, when asked the question, "308 vs 30-06 and other rounds? WHY is a 308 better?!?"

excellent brass availability, efficient round, inherently accurate round, match grade ammo available, looong barrel life, good selection of bullets available for it.
 

w1z4rd

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If you need a scope to hunt you shouldn't be in the bush.

I used a .22 or a .404, both over open sights and I always got close enough to use a single round.

What did you hunt with those calibre rifles? Dassies and Elephant?
 

P00HB33R

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Thats just it, I want a good all rounder for impala up to kudu (maybe Eland)
 

TehStranger

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Thats just it, I want a good all rounder for impala up to kudu (maybe Eland)

About to leave the office, will coem back with more info later, but...

We own a .303, .308 and .30-06 (among others).

I'd take our .30-06 every day of the week due to accuracy and consistency, but many other have experienced the opposite wih the .308 coming out as top dog.

The link ghoti posted is some good reading, even if he did just quote post number 3... I'd suggest going through the whole thread.

Oh, and I've taken down everything from Impala to Eland with the .30-06, and everything from Impala to Kudu with the .308, it comes down to the shooter more than anything.
 

P00HB33R

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About to leave the office, will coem back with more info later, but...

We own a .303, .308 and .30-06 (among others).

I'd take our .30-06 every day of the week due to accuracy and consistency, but many other have experienced the opposite wih the .308 coming out as top dog.

The link ghoti posted is some good reading, even if he did just quote post number 3... I'd suggest going through the whole thread.

Oh, and I've taken down everything from Impala to Eland with the .30-06, and everything from Impala to Kudu with the .308, it comes down to the shooter more than anything.

Thanks man. Did read the post, also checked a accuracy test on youtube and the .308 is marginally better at long range. Think i am going with the .308.
 

froot

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Thanks man. Did read the post, also checked a accuracy test on youtube and the .308 is marginally better at long range. Think i am going with the .308.

Nothing wrong with a 308. It's an awesome calibre.
 

nightjar

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What did you hunt with those calibre rifles? Dassies and Elephant?

The .22 is an awesome weapon if used properly and is good for most hunting, including sable, roan and kudu if one gets close enough to place a round in the right spot.

The smallest thing I ever shot with a .22 was guinea fowl (makes a magic casserole with bacon & red wine) and every time I drive around the southern suburbs I get itchy fingers.
 

w1z4rd

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The .22 is an awesome weapon if used properly and is good for most hunting, including sable, roan and kudu if one gets close enough to place a round in the right spot.
The .22 is very accurate but not good for hunting anything but small animals. No one is a perfect shot every time and all you need is for the round to clip a bush, hit the bone at the wrong angle and you have a wounded and suffering animal.
 

maumau

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Are y'all going to the Huntex show this weekend at Gallagher Estate? You should get all the advice you need there.
 

FNfal

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30.06 has a heavier bullet than a 308 generally and the 308 shoots flatter .
Why dont you look at a 300 win mag or a 7 mm Remington magnum round they both shoot flatter than the 308 and 30.06 .
If you will have a 303 , no point in getting a rifle with similar characteristics (30.06 and 308 )
 

w1z4rd

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I was speaking to a couple of PH`s last night at a party and they said the reason why the .308 is more accurate than the 30/06 is because of the amount of gun powder in the cartridge. Apparently because the 30/06 has a lot more gunpowder in the cartridge there is a much more powerful recoil, and this recoil impacts accuracy.
 
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