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Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by capnjim01, Mar 11, 2013.

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

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  3. UselessEnergy

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    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
     
  4. JBnTX

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    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.

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  5. aircarver

    aircarver Ride Continues Silver Member

    ... Covers the whole conversation in one thumbnail ... :thumbsup:

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  6. BenjiEDF

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  7. ronin.45

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    Agreed
     
  8. garya1961

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    From what I've seen there isn't a lot of difference in price right now.
    I would get the 308.
     
  9. countrygun

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    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.
     
  10. Adamz04

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    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
     
  11. moeman

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    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!
     
  12. skeeter7

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

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    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.
     
  14. Mosin Nagant FTW. Buy a handful and a few hundred rounds and still have plenty of change in your pocket.
     
  15. byf43

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    ^^^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.
     
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  16. Garandimal

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    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.


    Solving problems out to 500 Yards since 1936.

    :supergrin:



    GR
     
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  17. Brucev

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    For the purpose posted, buy a AR-15 in 5.56mm. Then buy magazines and ammo.