taking the tikka t3 but what caliber

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  1. firexd

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    ok im takeing the tikka t3 with nikkon BDC 3x9 40mm, but torn between .308 or 30-06 hmmmm not to sure yet i got a group full or exsperinced hunters telling me both rounds, the 30-06 has the knock down power for anything in north america, and the 308 will get the job done and is accurate, but i really just dont know,

    i will be hunting deer,hog,ram, and maybe a Nelgi if you dont know what that is there about the size of a horse no kidding and kinda look like one too. im sure a 308 whould take all of these but a 30-06 may knock em dead on the spot !!

     
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    7x57mm Mauser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "W. D. M. Bell, who shot 1,011 elephants using a 7x57mm rifle", a .308 has very similar ballistics and a 30 06 has even more punch but isn't quite as accurate. Unless there is a special drawing for Tyrannosaur tags I think either one will do just fine... If you are concerned that you are not a good enough shot and so think you need more power I suggest a 105 howitzer.

    FWIW the .308 has less recoil, is more accurate and is cheaper to shoot as well.
     
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    From what you're describing I'd want the extra edge the ol '06 will give you. Plus you can find ammo for it anywhere, and cheap. You won't be sorry.
     
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    firexd XDTalk 100 Member

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    lookin at ballistics of the .308 the Hornady light magnum 150gr sst is 3,000 fps and 2997 ft lbs, sounds like a good round to me
     
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    Some of the benefits of the shorter .308 cartridge is mitigated by the long-action bolt on the Tikka. Tikkas only use one length of bolt and add a bolt stop to accomodate the shorter cartridges like the .308 and 300 WSM. So, you won't get a shorter, lighter action with if your rifle is chambered in .308.

    However, the other benefits of a short action cartidges such as the potential improved accuracy, will still be retained.

    I have a Tikka in the .270WSM and it remains one of my best all-around hunting rifles. It's light (about 6.5 lbs), accurate (sub-moa past 100yds), short bolt throw (about 70 degrees), super smooth action and the trigger is second none in factory rifles (crisp). They are reasonably priced too.

    In 30-06 or .308 a Tikka is a great rifle.
     
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    i like the .308 so far its in the lead Hornady has some very nice ballistics for the .308 ammo, i know tikkas have a 1:11 twist barrel i think the 1:11 barrel likes the 165gr-and up anyone know how this barrel twist ratios work
     
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    You can never go wrong with .308. Just my opinion, but there it is.
     
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    still trying to decide will a 308 take down a 400lbs pig ??? idk, i know a 30-06 will
     
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    I chose .308 when I made that choice.

    Then I also went and bought a 7mm Rem. mag.
     
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    im likeing the .308 ballistics and the speed of the cartridge but im still researching i have two groups of hunting buddies saying .308 and 30-06 very tough descion unlessi buy a .308 this year and a 30-06 next year hahah
     
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    just trying to share my opinion while learning how to post pics in a thread. :mrgreen:
     
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    we have a winner!!!!!
     
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    firexd XDTalk 100 Member

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    uhhh i could be here all day
     
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    One thing to keep in mind is if you reload and you get a 30-06 you can have both a .308 and an '06 because you can load a 30-06 to .308 velocities. Also, if you get want a 300 mag you can buy Federal High Energy or Hornady Superperformance Ammo for the 30-06 and have 3 rifles in one. In my opinion, the '06 is more versatile but neither would be a bad choice. If you're gonna be shooting 180gr bullets I'd pick the 30-06 because that's where the difference between the two really starts to show. Also, for hogs I'd say 30-06 as well, I've hunted feral hog and Russian Boar and they are tough animals, especially once they get to 400lbs. I will say this though, I own both and the .308 with it's shorter barrel and action is nicer to carry around if that's a factor you're considering, not a huge difference but definitely noticeable.
     
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    Speaking of which, have you shot your new rifle yet? Do you like it?

     

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