which caliber

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  1. Thinking about buying a long gun just to have around just incase SHTF or just to shoot. 30-06 or 308 any suggesstions.

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  3. .308 for your purposes beyond a doubt.

  4. UselessEnergy

    UselessEnergy simple user

    just to "shoot", is that range use?

    308 is a good choice, but seems a little overboard.. Id say 5.56 and never look bad...

    Or .22 Magnum
  5. 308, 2nd choice 223.
  6. JBnTX

    JBnTX Texas

    I'd go with 223, unless you plan on firing at ranges in excess of 500 yards.

    223 is a lot cheaper to shoot than 308.
    30.06 is more expensive than both of them.

    #5 JBnTX, Mar 11, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2013
  7. aircarver

    aircarver Ride Continues
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    ... Covers the whole conversation in one thumbnail ... :thumbsup:

  8. #7 BenjiEDF, Mar 11, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2013
  9. Agreed
  10. Another .308 vote here...
  11. From what I've seen there isn't a lot of difference in price right now.
    I would get the 308.
  12. The OP mentioned SHTF,

    for me, in that case I would rather have power and range, and not need it, than need power and range, and not have it.
  13. If ammo cost isn't a factor you could pick up a .270 Winchester or .243 Winchester rifle. Less popular caliber may mean more on the shelves.
    Of the two you mentioned I'd go .308
  14. BTW: Both 30-06 and .308 ar correct answers!

    If you are a hunter and want bolt guns primarily-- 30-06 has some advantages over .308 for heavy bullet use. e.g. one can load/buy a 200+gr in a 30-06.

    If you want a semi-auto at some point go .308.

    They are like brothers--very simular in strength, one taller (30-06). The length of the 30-06 makes for longer action bolt guns and fewer semi-auto options (almost no black rifles in 30-06 if that matters). Modern semis are basically .308 by sales numbers. (NOT THAT MODERN IS BETTER, an old Garand in 30-06 is a bad ass gun!)

    Ammo prices are simular but the .308 is winning over time.

    As other posters mentioned, know going in that each round you shoot will be $.50-for steel case non reloadable to around a buck for common brass case ammo. Hunting rounds can be more.

    So--my big question to the OP... Now you know the price of ammo--does .223 at $.20-40 sound a lot better--this option is basically only if you want to plink or not hunt--still good for self defense but so a shotgun etc...

    Bottom line: Think about ammo prices and avialablity then the gun... I made the mistake in the past buying the new *****en round only to regret it.

    BTW: Both 30-06 and .308 ar correct answers!
  15. skeeter7

    skeeter7 Brass Vulture

    I would go .308 as well. I love shooting it.
  16. panzer1

    panzer1 NRA MEMBER

    Not me I would say 5.45x39. Better round than the 5.56 cheaper (by far) & if you get the milsurp even better. That's just IMO.
  17. Mosin Nagant FTW. Buy a handful and a few hundred rounds and still have plenty of change in your pocket.
  18. GreenDrake

    GreenDrake Rip Lips

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  19. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    ^^^Normally, I would agree 100% with the above statement. ^^^
    (Around here, .223 is getting to be $1.00/round!!!!!)

    ^^^'Today', I think I'd go with either .270 or .243, simply because of 'the market' on ammo and reloading supplies.

    Around here, you cannot find .223, .308 or .30-'06 ammo and/or components.
    However, .270 and .243/6mm 'stuff' is fairly plentiful.

    Another option is a .30-30 levergun.
    That 'old catridge' :supergrin: has been going strong and is more than plentiful, still.
    #18 byf43, Mar 12, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2013
  20. Easy:

    1. US RIFLE CAL. .30 M1 Service Grade Garand ($650 delivered) from the CMP.

    2. A few 200 round cans of M2 ball 30-06 HXP (at ~ $0.55/round delivered) from the CMP.

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    #19 Garandimal, Mar 12, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2013
  21. For the purpose posted, buy a AR-15 in 5.56mm. Then buy magazines and ammo.

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