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Old August 27th, 2012, 08:47 PM   #1
 
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Do I need a 30.06 American?

Hello all,
I have a Savage Model 10 chambered in .308. It's a pretty good rifle for the money. I don't use it to hunt, since the land we hunted on for years was sold and developed. I just go to the range and punch holes in paper with it.

Having said that, I think the new Ruger American Rifles look to be pretty sweet. I think I'd like to pick one up in 30.06, solely for the fact that I've never owned a 30.06 and it's a classic. I know the rounds offer somewhat similar ballistics, but it appears the 06 has a bit better range, and a great variety of bullets available.

What do you all think?

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Old August 27th, 2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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It's not a matter of need it's a matter of want. If you allready have a 308 get a 30-06 it does have more power than the 308.
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I believe the 30-06 ballistics are slight worse than the 308, but it's still a good round.

Do you need an American?

Do you want an American? Then my gun buying conscious says, yes, you need an American!

Seriously, I've look at them and they are nice. If I didn't already have 3 308 rifles, I'm sure I'd consider it.
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Yup you need it get down to the gun shop first thing tomorrow and get it.
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BTW - welcome to the forum from Phoenix!
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Yup you need it get down to the gun shop first thing tomorrow and get it.
Yep, pretty much sums it up for me as well.
Great rifle, great calibre.
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Yes.
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Everyone needs a 30-06 just because of the history of the cartridge.
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First, welcome to RF.net...it's a great site!

Second...if you feel the need to own a 'Classic' .30-06 cartridge in the Ruger American...go for it...it's a great round.

Third...if you need to unload your Savage Model 10 in .308...please let me know as I would be more than willing to take it off your hands so you afford the American! He he

Good luck...and enjoy!
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I have the American in 270 what I find is after shooting more and more the stock is shorter than most other MFGs,leading me to a discomfort level,before I sell it though,would rather try to lenghten the stock,any ideas ?
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If I had no intention to hunt I would not get the American.
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The Savage in .308 you have is a fine combo for punching paper! The Savage is accurate and most have a great trigger, and the .308 is pretty much regarded as the "king" by target shooters. There realistically is nothing the .308 cannot be asked of in N. America.

That being said, if you want one, you want one!
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It does seem like the gun you have is superior to the gun you are looking at unless you intend to start hunting again. That said, it's not a particularly expensive gun, you want the caliber, so why not? You can always sell it or store it in the back of the safe if you find you never use it.

If you are getting it just to punch paper it is unlikely you will be particularly satisfied with it compared to the tackdriver .308 you already own. The two calibers are really not that close to begin with, and when you factor in the advantages your .308 Savage platform has from the bench the difference is going to be even more severe.
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It does seem like the gun you have is superior to the gun you are looking at unless you intend to start hunting again. That said, it's not a particularly expensive gun, you want the caliber, so why not? You can always sell it or store it in the back of the safe if you find you never use it.

If you are getting it just to punch paper it is unlikely you will be particularly satisfied with it compared to the tackdriver .308 you already own. The two calibers are really not that close to begin with, and when you factor in the advantages your .308 Savage platform has from the bench the difference is going to be even more severe.
I agree with tglazie. If you want an entry level 30-06 then you should comparitevely shop for one. There are several other options to consider before commiting to the Ruger American. Most manufacturers are making high quality rifles in that price range, you could do much better with a Browning, Sako, Weatherby and my personal favorite, Savage. There are many others as well, just go to your LGS and handle some to get a feel for what you might like.
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.30-06 flies flatter and hits harder. That matters little for target shooting. .308 costs less. That does matter for target shooting. I'd say, for your purposes, you do not need a .30-06 American.

BTW, I think anyone that does "comparatively shop" will find the Ruger American Rifle is the best value in entry-level bolt guns. I just did this, myself. The Savage Axis is junk compared to the American. I even found the Ruger a bit better than the Trophy Hunter packages that Savage offers, with Accu-trigger. I almost bought a Weatherby Vanguard S2, because I wanted a better gun. But, at the $165 more that I would have paid for it, I don't believe it is a better value.
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