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Old January 20th, 2012, 02:48 PM   #1
 
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30-30 vs .308 pricing and performance

I am still debating on a Marlin 336 vs a GSR for hog and deer hunting. I was comparing ammo prices and would like some input.

30-30 ammo seems to range from $13-$25 / box. .308 ranges from $15-$40 / box. Given that different guns like different ammo, and that 30-30 is less powerful with less range, how does the ammo compare pricewise? Basically, how is $15 30-30 ammo vs $15 .308 ammo? How is the $25 30-30 ammo vs $25 .398 ammo? And finally, how much better wuld you expect the $40 .308 ammo t be than everything else?



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Old January 20th, 2012, 03:12 PM   #2
 
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What kind of shot distance do you expect?
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For performance and versatility, there is no contest the 308 wins. The scout rifle may cost a little more, but well worth it. I like levers, and have owned several, but now all I have are bolts and single shots.

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Generally ammo performance is compared by brand bullet weight more inportantly bullet type. just using prices, since the vary from place to place just doesn't give much ground for opinions to have a base to come from

Generally speaking, since the 30-30 has a more limited purpose for most folks, deer at under 200 hundred yards, there doesn't need to be much variety in the ammo. More is expected from the .308 so more types of ammo are made to meet the tasks. Out to 150, with a properly zero rifle, a deer can't tell the difference. More power or a more specialized bullet won't make the deer any "deader". On the other hand the most expensive 30-30 ammo (and that includes the Lererevolution) won't turn a 30-30 into a .308 and the 30-30 won't ever be my choice to shoot at a deer at 350 yards. I have a few of both, but my golf bag contains more than one club too.
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I would probably go 308. Walmart has 180 grain 308 loads that have a velocity of like 2500, the 30-30 goes like 2200 with a 170. Close range it wont matter much but long range it will make a difference. You can go to say a 165 grain bullet in the 308 and have a range of at least 300 yards (and more if you set up right). Lever guns are cool though and if you like them and know you'll have short ranges then by all means get a 30-30. If you can only get one gun go 308.
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It's all what you shoot well, I myself prefer a lever over a bolt for quick hog shooting. The Marlin is a quick handling gun and in 30-30 you will do well. The 308 is a great round all by itself too, its a outstanding hunting and military cartridge. Now Marlin offers a 336 in 308 Marlin express. I wish Ruger would've bought Marlin instead of Remington but thats a done deal. I'm a big lever fan as you may notice, again its what you shoot well, 30-30 ammo is cheap and can take up to deer sized animals no problem. Leverloution ammo from Hornady is really good stuff too. Good luck with your choice.
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I can't imagine a 300 yard shot at this point, but I really want a rifle that I can grow with and learn to shoot a 3-400 yd shot. I also want quickness for those pig hunts. Texas has lots of diversity in the land (close and far shots), so I guess what I'm saying is I want my rifle to do everything.

At this point I can only get 1 rifle, and it will be several years before I have the chance for another. That one will probably be larger caliber for large size game.

I bought some leverevolution for $25 to try in a family member's rifle. Don't know when that will be though. No .308 for me to try.

As for .308 Marlin Express, I think it is a great idea, but I would rather go with a round that I know every store that stocks ammo in the U.S. is going to have. 30-30 and .308 are everywhere. .308 Marlin Express is not.
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If you're going distance than the. 308 is your weapon. Thousands of sniper teams over the years can't be wrong.
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If money is tight I'd be seriously considering the gun that costs less, either round will do the job at hand. Keep in mind there's a lot of .308 bolt gun options out there that are more affordable than the GSR.
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GSR all the way. A .308 and a .30-30 aren't even in the same class. Check out the trajectory and ballistic of both rounds. .308 all the way.
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I love the handling of a marlin 336 in 30-30 however I also have short barreled 308s. If I could only own 1 I would tale a short barreled 308 though instead of a 308 bolt I would take a remington 760 pump carbine.
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The 550 yard gongs at my range are no problem for my Ruger M77 308. I imagine the 30-30 couldn't quite do it. I'd go with the 308, more variety in ammo choices.
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If money is tight I'd be seriously considering the gun that costs less, either round will do the job at hand. Keep in mind there's a lot of .308 bolt gun options out there that are more affordable than the GSR.
Spot on. The GSR isn't the "end all, do all" in this world. Sad to say, but true.
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Spot on. The GSR isn't the "end all, do all" in this world. Sad to say, but true.
Agreed, and thats coming from a GSR owner
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Are talking .308 Winchester or .308 Marlin Express? If you reload a the .308 Marlin Express would be a novel round over the 30-30. But if you capability, the .308 Winchester in a bolt rifle would be more logical.

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