.308 vs 30-06
Mockmania, you have gotten some good feedback here. I have both the 30-06 and the 308, (Browning A-bolt and Rugar M77, respectively) and enjoy them both. The ballistical differences between the two are mainly academic for most normal hunting ranges. I have found the 308 does seem to have less "felt" recoil, and I tend to shoot it more. So, for coyotes and what you are talking about, I would go with the 308 or a derivative (7mm-08 is a great caliber!), and the accuracy is just superb! My Rugar .308 is truly a sub MOA out of the box. The good news is that you really won't make a bad decision here. I would reccommend the rifle and caliber you would shoot more, and believe most folks will shoot more with less recoil, and shoot better. Get enough gun to do the job (308, 30-06, 280, 7mm-08, etc will all do fine) and shoot a lot. Have fun with it, that is the key!mockmania said:I know the ballistics of these cartridges, but lack actual experience. Is there a significant enough difference between the two that might affect which should be my first bolt action rifle?