Skip to comments..308 Shoot off – Semi-Auto vs Bolt Action Rifles
Posted on 12/31/2018 5:32:46 AM PST by w1n1
.308 Shoot off Semi-Auto vs Bolt Action Rifles
We can compare bolt action rifle and semi-auto by specs, but it doesn't tell the full story of which rifle to go with.
Another approach is to setup a course of fire that simulates an environment where you would have to utilize the skills necessary for precision long range shooting. That is calculating windage, elevation, etc, with targets at various ranges and timed. (considered a better way to test)
So what does this have to do for the folks into hunting. This all depends on what you're hunting and the prize that you're going after. Maybe, its land management where you have to rid of hogs or coyotes.
Walt Wilkenson of Gunsite and Larry Vicker will be shooting with a .308 Surgeon and an SR-25 from Knights Armament in this shoot off. After seeing this course of fire you can figure out which rifle you would need to get the job done.
Their course of fire has multiple targets at various ranges and timed. See the rest of 308 rifle.
Everyone I know that’s even a semi serious shooter are selling their 308s or rebarreling to 6.5 creedmoor. There’s no point in hindering one’s self right out of the gate.
The 6.5 bandwagon, the new wonder caliber. We were shooting them back in the early 70’s. I was shooting a 6.5-284 in competition and used a 6.5-06 also. Many hunted with the 264 Win Mag. All of which will shoot circles around the Creedmoor.
Now, on the auto vs bolt for hunting. Don't worry your pretty little heads about this, just choose the right ammo to feed the beast.
6.5 x 55 SWEDES ! .....For another 100 years !
Walt and Larry make a great team. Retired Senior NCOs are the best, in my not so humble opinion!
Out to 300 yards or so, it hardly makes a difference.
As an actual HUNTER (as opposed to a target shooter), I have a hard time justifying trying a shot any farther than that.
When paper becomes the target, Hell, knock yourselves out. When the bullet-stability becomes the issue, just hitting the target point-on—have fun! That is what it is all about.
I’m into sneaking up on game, myself. Getting closer—then closer still. That usta be called “hunting”.
Target shooting is a different story, but those guys, if serious, are doing things we would never do, e.g. tailor the load (powder type, primer type, bullet type to the specific rifle).
Some calibers are inherently more accurate than others, e.g. .375, but the build quality of the rifle and rate of twist of the barrel are more important than the caliber.
I thought it was called “dating.”
I thought it was called “dating.”
What a crock! How about a 700 Remington vs a M1A1,out of the box and fitted with the same scopes. You could call it “Sport rifle vs battle rifle”.
That should be enough to rig the test.
Why not just own both? Problem solved.
I have loved that rifle since I was kid. I saw it in a Remington catalog long ago. I have the 700 ADL .308 in Synthetic for hunting. I cringe at taking nice wood stocks into the brush because they are so beautiful.
The weapon shooting a 6.5 round will be nothing but a paperweight if the SHTF!
“Yeah these new to shooting experts do not understand how long the 6.5 has been around. “
If you’re talking the 6.5 creedmoor, only since 2007.
Correction. They all shoot the same bullet. It comes down to what you put behind it. I’ve shot out to a mile with mine. I’ve hit coyotes and knocked them down well past 1000 yards. It’s not a bandwagon. Numbers don’t lie.
I’ve had hits on two leggers past 2k yards, I know what I’m about.
It’s common enough now, the trick is to have ammo, and keep a m-14 up your sleeve. If you’re shooting for precision though, 6.5 is the way to go. There are a few options for 6.5, but I prefer the short action. Faster to cycle, less can go wrong when it’s hectic.
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