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    Default Tikka T3.....308 or 30 06

    Got my eye on a pair of these (in lefty for those in their right minds). One is in 308 the other 30 06. Definitely lookin for a mountain deer gun, maybe a goat/sheep gun someday, definitely a rocky mountain Elk gun.

    My original intention was the 308 because of the short throw, my lack of 400 yard shooting desire, my enjoyment of how this cartridge shoots as far as recoil and accuracy.

    Then the guy at the shop starts talkin up the 30 06.......now I'm thinkin....maybe too much. Sure it goes farther flatter harder with the same bullet, has bigger range of bullet capacities (but I have a 338 that I love for big stuff), but I really want a gun that is fun to shoot and don't want to overpower a 6lb gun and have it collect dust next to the 338 until hunting season. I'm not a huge wuss when it comes to recoil, but I don't eat it for breakfast either.

    So, if you were at this cross roads.........what would you pick and why?. "Either" is an acceptable answer.

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    308. Just because

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    06 if you reload. can always make it shoot like a 308.

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    In the Tikka the '06 and the .308 will be on the same action. No advantage in bolt throw or weight on that model. Recoil won't differ much either.

    Downrange...not much difference there. The '06 can be loaded a bit hotter...about 100fps...which is basically, nothing. The '06 can handle heavier bullets, but with the good controlled expansion bullets available today, there's really no reason to go there either.

    I'd go with whatever you like- if I already had an '06 or a .308, I'd pick that to simplify logistics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catch It View Post
    Got my eye on a pair of these (in lefty for those in their right minds). One is in 308 the other 30 06. Definitely lookin for a mountain deer gun, maybe a goat/sheep gun someday, definitely a rocky mountain Elk gun.

    My original intention was the 308 because of the short throw, my lack of 400 yard shooting desire, my enjoyment of how this cartridge shoots as far as recoil and accuracy.

    Then the guy at the shop starts talkin up the 30 06.......now I'm thinkin....maybe too much. Sure it goes farther flatter harder with the same bullet, has bigger range of bullet capacities (but I have a 338 that I love for big stuff), but I really want a gun that is fun to shoot and don't want to overpower a 6lb gun and have it collect dust next to the 338 until hunting season. I'm not a huge wuss when it comes to recoil, but I don't eat it for breakfast either.

    So, if you were at this cross roads.........what would you pick and why?. "Either" is an acceptable answer.
    I love my Tikka Lefty 30-06! I chose it because I am partial to the -06. And my boyfriend shoots -06 also - so we don't have to buy different types of ammo.

    It is fun to shoot and easy to carry!
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    Which ever one you want is what it really comes down to. As stated here they are so close together that it really doesn't matter in the long run. My input is that they are both too light for elk since you have the 338. I've hunted elk in Colorado for about 40 years and used a 308 for several of the early years. They will both kill elk as well as brown bear but not ideal. I actually went to a 300WM for elk because of some experiences I had with how elk reacted to the 308. I still see people using 270 and 7 MM on elk but not my choice. Don't get me wrong here and think I push the larger caliber as a have to because I have also shot elk with my 243 and about a dozen with my 44 Ruger Super Blackhawk. Just my opinion that given the choice between the 338 and a 308 or 30-06 for elk, I would go with the 338.

    But then I have digressed and done a semi thread hi-jack. LOL!

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    Went with the 308. Plenty of good points above and in the end I think I went with it because of AK cowboy's reason......"just because".

    Now what to do about those rings?

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    [QUOTE=Now what to do about those rings?[/QUOTE]

    Talleys!!!

    You bought a light weight rifle..might as well buy light weight rings..

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    Got a Tikka 30-06 with Tally Rings. If you decide on that caliper, shoot me an email.

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    I got a lefty 308 last fall for deer and love it.

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    Just picked up a Tikka 30-06 super light today from Sportsmans. I was back and forth on the 308 as well, but I've always had 30-06 and love that caliber, plus I have a bunch of ammo for it already. I almost walked out with the 308, just couldn't decide until the last minute. Looking forward to customizing it and putting some rounds through it. Current plan is to add a muzzle break and replace the pad with a Limbsaver, toss on a set of large Tally Rings and attach the Swarovski 50mm then have it dipped at Alaska Hydrographics. Any other suggestions for modifications?

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    Make it left handed? I bought a 30-06 T3 Lite that I still need to set up with rings and a scope. Leaning towards a Leupy 2.5 x 8 VXIII I already have. The lefties don't come in "super" lite unfortunately- I scream discrimination but don't seem to be able to conjure much support from other lefties, probably because we're naturally tougher and don't mind a few extra ounces. I have a T3 lite in .270 and absolutely love it. It's been my go to sheep, goat, deer, black bear and caribou rifle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sockeye1 View Post
    The lefties don't come in "super" lite unfortunately- I scream discrimination but don't seem to be able to conjure much support from other lefties, probably because we're naturally tougher and don't mind a few extra ounces.

    HAHAHAHA! That is SOOOOO True! We have nearly NO options when it comes to firearms. At least not compared to those who are left brained.

    They all know we are the only ones in our RIGHT minds, and so try to thwart our natural supremacy at every opportunity. (tongue in cheek, of course!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuliW View Post
    HAHAHAHA! That is SOOOOO True! We have nearly NO options when it comes to firearms. At least not compared to those who are left brained.

    They all know we are the only ones in our RIGHT minds, and so try to thwart our natural supremacy at every opportunity. (tongue in cheek, of course!)
    Don't even get me started on Kimber rifles...next thing you know us lefties will have to shop in isolated sections of box stores that cater to "our kind"...wait a second...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sockeye1 View Post
    Don't even get me started on Kimber rifles...next thing you know us lefties will have to shop in isolated sections of box stores that cater to "our kind"...wait a second...
    When southpaws rule the world, Kimber will be ours!!!! (evil laugh ensues...mwahahahahaha)
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    I would lean towards the 30-06 as it is more versatile hunting round...but I am biased as I love my Tikka 30-06.

    Can't go wrong with either though as 308 is tried and true also.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerod View Post
    Current plan is to add a muzzle break and replace the pad with a Limbsaver,
    With the Limbsaver you do not need the noisy addition to the end of your barrel.
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    I got the 308. Headin to the range this morning to try her out. Put a 3x9 Leupold Var I on her that I had languishing on a .270 handi rifle. Pretty excited to put a box through and see if there are holes in paper. I almost don't like to hear how many folks get MOA out of theirs out of the box......it will leave only one reason if I don't

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuliW View Post
    When southpaws rule the world, Kimber will be ours!!!! (evil laugh ensues...mwahahahahaha)
    Guess I should be glad I'm pretty much ambidextrous when it comes to guns....... all I really do lefty is write, eat, and bowl.

    Weird huh...???.........lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Guess I should be glad I'm pretty much ambidextrous when it comes to guns....... all I really do lefty is write, eat, and bowl.

    Weird huh...???.........lol
    I am somewhat ambidextrous as well... I actually shot my boyfriend's righty compound bow for a year and took two deer with it. He swears I was far more accurate with that bow than with my current left handed one. But it was always a struggle to sight with my right eye so I was glad to switch to the left handed bow... I bat right handed, use right handed scissors...pretty much lefty on everything else. Being ambidextrous, even to a small degree, has it's benefits. I am a terrible bowler -and can bowl left or right handed.. It is fun to make everyone switch hands - they all suck when they bowl left handed, so it evens things up for me.
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