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    308,7mm-08 or 6.5x55

    Hi,
    am thinking of an addition to my rifle collection. I want a lightweight stalking rifle for mainly woodland stalking but there will be the possibility of encountering reds, fallow and roe. At present I have a Sako 308, stainless laminated. This is a great rifle and very accurate but is heavy.

    i have been looking at other calibres 6.5 x 55 and 7mm-08 as options or just to stay with the 308.

    What does anyone think?

    thanks,

    BE

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    Quote Originally Posted by big ears View Post
    Hi,
    am thinking of an addition to my rifle collection. I want a lightweight stalking rifle for mainly woodland stalking but there will be the possibility of encountering reds, fallow and roe. At present I have a Sako 308, stainless laminated. This is a great rifle and very accurate but is heavy.

    i have been looking at other calibres 6.5 x 55 and 7mm-08 as options or just to stay with the 308.



    What does anyone think?

    thanks,

    BE
    I have a 308 too, but have just applied for a 6.5 x55 also. I liked the idea of the low reoil, nothing wrong with the 308 but fancied something different after hearing lots of good things about how the 6.5 x 55 shoots. For my situation i thought it was ideal, mainly woodland and small fields with shots within 200 yards.

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    My suggestion would be to find a Rifle you really like and if it is chambered for any of the Cartridges you mention then buy it and go Stalking.

    Yorkie.

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    hi big ears i have a 6.5/55 i stalk fallow and munties i load 140grns this is agood all round load i also own a 3006 this takes care of my longer range shooting but i think you wont go wrong with a 6.5/55

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    I've got a 6.5x55 , I've had several 7mm-08's and I have a 308 as well as having had several others .

    I like my 6.5x55 except for the fact that it's an unaltered military rifle . Would prefer it in a Remington 700 Classic or a CZ 550 .

    The 7mm-08 is one of my favourite short action cartridges second only to the 260 REM . I had a Sako Hunter in 7mm-08 for about 5 years and killed a rather large pile of deer with the rifle . I am thinking I need one again !

    As to the 308 I have one at the moment in a nice old Mannlicher Schoenauer half stock rifle . To be honest I don't like the 308 as such . But I wanted this rifle and thats the cartridge for which it was chambered . I've owned probably a dozen 308's over the past 25 years and generally they all shot well and did their job , but like the 223 I don't particularly like the 308 cartridge . Kinda strange since I like the 243 WIN , 260 REM , 7mm08 REM and 338 Federal all of which are of course based on the 308 cartridge !

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    Thanks for that, did you find the 7mm-08 softer in recoil? As my son is keen and wondered if it would suit him as well.

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    7mm o8 for me but any of the three will suit yiu well

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    i shoot a 7mm08 recoil is very light even less so the my .243 firing 95 g bts homeloaded. i load and shoot 120g nosler bt in my 7zero 8 and its out standing i shoot roe and reds with it and performs excellently. i have also had brilliant results with 140g nosler bt but there twas a shortage!

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    I have both 7mm-08 and 6.5x55 and find them both great soft shooting accurate calibres more than capable for any deer in the UK. Having had 308's over the years, which have always done me very well, if I wanted a light rifle then the 7mm-08 and 6.5x55 would be my first choice.
    ​Out of the two the 7mm-08 is my favourite calibre and has the edge in power, accuracy and trajectory for similar recoil. I shoot Muntjac, Roe , Fallow and Reds with both. With re-loading I find the 7mm-08 less fussy and easier to load. But I still very much like the 6.5! Sorry that probably hasn't helped!

    ATB

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    Quote Originally Posted by The deer man View Post
    I have both 7mm-08 and 6.5x55 and find them both great soft shooting accurate calibres more than capable for any deer in the UK. Having had 308's over the years, which have always done me very well, if I wanted a light rifle then the 7mm-08 and 6.5x55 would be my first choice.
    ​Out of the two the 7mm-08 is my favourite calibre and has the edge in power, accuracy and trajectory for similar recoil. I shoot Muntjac, Roe , Fallow and Reds with both. With re-loading I find the 7mm-08 less fussy and easier to load. But I still very much like the 6.5! Sorry that probably hasn't helped!

    ATB
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