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Page 18 .9"~p("~l~t.%/~"~l ITB('~'~I~ - December 26, 2012 Military cartridges inevitably turn into favorites of sportsmen; police and civilians. In the U.S. this has always been the case. Examples range from the 45/70 Government, that I currently elk hunt with, to the lesser known 30-40 Krag that took our armed forces into the modern smokeless powder era, on to the 30-'03 which begat the improved 30-'06 that virtually every Ameri- can is familiar with today. As I stated in my piece last month; the .308 Winchester (7.62x5 lmm NATO in its military guise) is basically a shortened 30- 06 Springfield. Jeff Hutchins This shortened aspect of the case gives it certain advantages. For one, it can be chambered in QUALITY. PRECISION. SERVIC! AH Work 100% Guaranteed Jeff Hutchins, Owner Read my articles in The New Era outdoors section. 29352 HWY 34, CORVALLIS Open: Tues & Fri 11.6 Sat 11-5 Closed Sun & Monday Closed Wed & Thursday for Gunsmithing New & Used Firearms - Quality Gunsmithing . Hot Bluing shorter and lighter dries, which is cussed, the caliber is available in military and world-wide use, there a boon to hunters traversing steep light, short, handy dries that are is plenty of surplus ammunition country, easy for shooters of slight stature available for practice or varmint With its lighter powderto handle efficiently. They can start hunting. There is hardly a mili- charge, it produces less recoil, off with the light recoil loads that tary in the world that still uses any This is somewhat negated by the are completely adequate on deer- ann chambered for 30-06 and the fact that it is usually housed in sized animals and later move up to surplus ammo supply has mostly lighter rifles, the full-power ammo that can dis- dried up. The lighter the firearm, the patch anything in North America if As an aside, the .308 seems to less weight the recoil impulse has plaeed correctly, work better in the sporting semi- to move before it starts moving the The reloader has had this ad- auto rifles like the Remington 740, shooter. Some would say that put- vantage available all along and 742, 7400, FOUR and 750 which ting a muzzle brake on the ~rger " since the .30 caliber is the darling is strange, because these dries calibers will accomplish the same of America, the bullet selection is were specifically designed around goal of reducing recoil and that is second to none. To this aspect the the 30-06 Springfield cartridge. absolutely true, but with some se- highly powder efficient .308 loses If I lived in the East and only rious trade-offs, nothing to the longer 30-06 on pursued whitetail deer, I would use The brake adds length to the deer-sized animals at all. a .260 Remington, or more likely rifle - but worse, it adds signifi- There is an advantage to thethe Ackley Improved version, but cant muzzle blast and noise. Many '06 on elk and bear as the .308 is as a Northwest hunter I am starting shooters think they are bothered by maxed out in its efficiency with all of my children off with the ef- the recoil, only to find out after the 165-grain bullets, as far as powder ficient .308 Winchester. muzzle brake install that it was the capacity goes. The twist in the ri- If they turn out to be hunters noise that actually was the culprit fling of most .308s is one turn in only and not necessarily "gun nuts" and they have just Paid a gunsmith 12 inches. This is a little too slow like their Dad, they will always be to make it much worse, to properly stabilize 180-grain bul- well served by this cartridge that Remington and Federal now lets and up in flight, has also well served our men and manufacture "lighter recoil" load- The 30-06 almost always has women in uniform. ings for many popular calibers, the a one in 10-inch twist that can eas- 308 being one of them. AS far as ily handle 180- and 200-grain bul- Jeff Hutchins writes occasionally I'm concerned, this makes the ven- lets, whictf are better suited for elk, about firearms-related topics for erable 308 the perfect rifle for a moose and large bear. The New Era. He operates Range- beginning hunter. Another advantage to the .308 master Gunworks at 29352 Hwy As we've previously dis- is that because of its origins in 34, outside Corvallis. ,'lb ~.IB. I The Sweet Home Junior High girls soccer team experienced its first season of middle school competition, finishing 10-2-1, coach Scott McKee said. "It was a fairly good season," he said. "The junior high was more competitive than AYSO and it took a lot of adjusting and getting used to it." Team members are, in front from left, Kendyl Stutzman, Kristen Morehead, Milah Weld, Hannah Graham, Alexis Virtue and Cora McKee. In the second row, from left, are Miya Claborn, Kaylee Lewis, Jade Holmes, Hannah Jewett, Jessi Thomas and Kenzi Adams. In the rear, from left, are Hailey Carr. Hannah Ramsey, Coach Huck Thomas, Coach Scott McKee, Adrionna Davis and Kristin Adams. Find football on page 15. Next week: SHJH boys soccer, seventh and. eighth-grade volleyball 610 MAIN STREET SWEET HOME, OR 97386 541.367.5544 WWW.DANDEESALES~COM MON.- SAT. 9 - 6 I SUN. 10 - 4 Junior high cross-country club members are, from left, Isaac Justham, Noah Taraski, Coach John Mithen and Dana Hiett. Mithen said the three were "a dedicated trio. It was a new sport for the three of them." He said one of the "key" challenges for the young runners was learning how to pace themselves in a distance race over 5,000- and 3,000-meter distances. Hiett's best 3K time for the season was 13:58;, Isaac ran a 12:48 and Noah a 13:12. The weather Was kind to us this year and, all in all, we had an enjoyable season.