.308 Calibre Review

.308 Calibre Possibly one of the most successful and popular centre fire cartridges ever produced.

308The .308 Winchester is possibly one of the most successful and popular centre fire rifle cartridges ever produced. Developed in 1952 the .308 Winchester was introduced as a commercial hunting cartridge. Two years later the cartridge was adopted and modified slightly to produce the military equivalent the 7.62 NATO.

The cartridge has a relatively short case and is therefore suitable for short action rifles added to this bullet weights for the home loader can range from 73 grains to 200grains meaning that this calibre can be extremely versatile.

In the UK the .308 Winchester is suitable for all our large game from Muntjac all the way through to larger species such as Fallow, Red, Sika deer and even boar.

Producing around 2600 ft lbs of energy at the muzzle and retaining 2150 ft lbs at 100yards and 1700 ft lbs at 200yards this calibre has plenty of knock down power yet has manageable recoil.

On the downside the .308 has a slightly more curved trajectory than say a .270 or .30.06, dropping 3.9 inches at 200 yards with a 100 yard zero and a little over 14.5 inches at 300 yards. Agreed not very spectacular however ask yourself this? How many shots have you taken at 300 yards lately? Hopefully the answer is none!

As an old stalker friend of mine once said "You know exactly what it's going to do and where it's going to come down". Indeed it's a very reliable calibre and a popular choice for those shooting targets on the 1000 yard range at Bisley! So who are we to argue!

Added to this it has great terminal ballistics. Unlike some calibres the .308 has a predictable wound channel  through large game and as they say 'does exactly what it says on the tin!'

There's no denying it's possibly one of the greatest all time hunting calibres in the world which is why we use a .308 with 150 grain ammunition when hunting fallow, Roe and Muntjac and find that in our Sako 85 it is our most popular estate rifle.

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