I'm not looking to spark a 'what's better, .308 or .30-06' debate, but I could do with some advice from those that have experience of both calibre.
I've shot a .308 on Roe and Red for the past 15 years and like it a lot. The recoil and flexibility of the calibre suits me well and I've found it doesn't make too much mess of the carcasses.
However.... I sometimes wonder if the extra bit of power from the .30-06 would help with a slightly flatter trajectory and increased confidence on Reds and a Sika at the top end of my range (250m would be my max).
I've been reading a bit on some USA forums recently where they describe the .308 as a "nice little tack driver", so I might be having some performance anxiety
My experience of the .30-06 is that it isn't quite as inherently accurate as the .308 (still very good but not quite as tight) I'm happy to accept that this isn't the case - what sort of accuracy can I expect from .30-06 at say 150m?
I've also found that there is too much meat damage on Roe and smaller species. I've seen .30-06 rounds absolutely destroying the front end of a Roe where the .308 would just punch a nice clean hole.
both of the above comments come from using a Sako 85, firing Sako 123gr SP .30-06 factory loads.
As mentioned, I'm not looking to ask which is better for any particular use, I understand that the .30-06 is only marginally quicker that the .308, and therefore any differences will also be marginal. I'd just like to know if my experiences of .30-06 are true to form. I wonder if both experiences are due to the lighter 123gr rounds and perhaps neither would gave been evident with a 150 or 165gr .30-06 round.
if I'm wrong on both counts, and the extra fps doesn't bring any real disadvantages, then I could be convinced to jump ship.
I'd be please to hear from anyone with experience of both.