308 Winchester Ammo
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History of .308 Winchester Ammunition
In 1952, the .308 Winchester was released for the iconic Winchester Model 70 bolt action rifle. Winchester based this cartridge on the 7.62x51mm NATO, and released it to the public before NATO adopted the 7.62x51mm by two years. It is commonly misunderstood that the 7.62x51mm is interchangeable with the .308 Winchester. This, however, is not true, as the modern .308 Winchester cartridge generates higher pressures than seen in the military 7.62x51mm. Therefore, .308 Winchester cartridges should not be fired in weapons chambered for the NATO 7.62x51mm.
The .308 Winchester cartridge was designed for hunting. It is able to harvest most game in North America, as well as a large portion of game in Africa. This is possible because of the efficiency of the bullet in delivering hydrostatic shock to the target. This happens especially well when expanding bullets are used, for example Nosler Partition bullets, or the Sellier & Bellot Exergy, a high performance bullet engineered specifically for hunting. The bullet weights for the .308 Winchester cartridge ranges between 150 grains and 180 grains. Muzzle velocities are in the range of 2,600 to 2,800 feet per second, which gives the bullet from 2,600 to 2,800 foot pounds of muzzle energy. It is possible to find loads with lighter or heavier bullets, from 110 grains to 200 grains, and loads with muzzle velocities that exceed 3,000 feet per second.
Police and military shooters consider the .308 Winchester to be a valuable component in their arsenals. It shoots with great accuracy and recoil is manageable. The round is versatile and has been employed effectively in urban situations, yet it still offers the ability to engage human targets at ranges as far as 1,000 yards.
For large numbers of sport shooters, the .308 Winchester is their go to cartridge. The .308 Winchester is currently used by PALMA competitors in their 800, 900 and 1,000 yard events. It is also used by F-Class shooters for competitions at 1,000 yards. The USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) has a Multi-gun, Heavy Metal class with very specific firearms requirements, one of them being that the smallest caliber size be 0.308", and as a result, the most frequently chosen cartridge is the .308 Winchester. This is also partly due to the number of AR-15 style rifles which have been chambered in .308 Winchester.
Development of .308 Winchester ammunition has continued since its introduction over sixty years ago, and it remains one of the primary rifle cartridges offered by ammunition manufacturers when they develop a new product line. Sellier and Bellot sell .308 Winchester topped with their Exergy bullet and Nosler Partition bullets. Federal Premium Ammunition sells .308 Winchester in their Fusion hunting ammo and with the Nosler Ballistic Tip. Hornady sells its new TAP ammo in .308 for tactical applications, and their A-MAX Match ammunition for competitive shooters.
The .308 Winchester, for sixty years, has been a popular cartridge for sport shooters, hunters, and shooters with tactical applications. It is extremely accurate, recoil is manageable, and it has a variety of ammunition available. It is likely the popularity of the .308 Winchester will continue for many years to come.
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- Zum said:
"Shoots very well"
- huntman77 said:
"very good ammo"
- Dogman said:
"First round stiff coming off the enblock clip but to be expected.Also shot well in the HK & Mauser.Decent value for target shooting."
- r4nd0m said:
"Shoots well - cleans up well - haven't had any issues in 500 rounds The only caveat is that there's some steel in the bullet - I don't think the entire bullet is steel but we were turned away when we went to shoot at a local indoor rifle range - the fella used a magnet to test the bullets One area where I was surprised was how clean the propellant burns - having listened to some folks talk, I expected to find a mess on the bolt face and in the receiver but that just has not been my experience"
- stephen said:
"Ordered from ammo net dec 30th arrived in one day superior service an delivery great buy an great ammo for bulk pricing"
- JP said:
"Bought a case and 2 days later it was delivered. Was disappointed in the shot group from a M1A1, however was pleased when shooting it from an H&K 91. Shot a total of 60 rounds with out any issues of cycling or misfires. As for carbon residue, nothing out of the ordinary. Will order another case for my H&K to kill more golf balls at 100 yards."
- Pop-O said:
"I felt like I got a good deal and it was a smooth transaction"
- Dale said:
"I always have these rounds on hand as they are truly one hole accurate from my Remington 700 with 26 inch bull barrel (with Zeiss scope) rifle. As most of you know the military "experts" use the match bullets for very long range work. This is exceptionally good ammo and the price for that is not measurable."
- Cleggras said:
"Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to shoot any of these rounds, however, these are the flavor that my rifle prefers. They typically group under an inch at 100 yards. They have just been so hard to find in stores in my area and at a price I can afford. Thank you!"
- Ralph said:
"Federal performed better than the Black Hills Gold Match I purchased for my Springfield M1A and will be purchase again. "
- Pogo said:
"Sub 2 MOA with service M-14 open sights. Bettered comparable match loads by Hornady, Remington, Black Hills by at least 1/2 MOA. Bring more of this into stock!"
- Cap1974 said:
"This ammo is the best for my Remington 700P and always shoots sub MOA. "
- Mac said:
"For a lighter cheaper round, this is a great bullet. Penetrated just behind the shoulder and severed the heart in half. The bullet did is job! Have shot all sorts of .308 and found this to be most effective."
- playin4keeps said:
"Purchased 500 rounds of this ammo. Have fired 30 rounds so far with a total of 4 DUDS. Not a good ratio. Ammo is ok for just messing around and is pretty acurate given what I paid for it. DO NOT use this ammo for self defense or hunting, or any other time when you NEED the round to fire."
- JOHN T said:
"SHOOT A DPMS SPORTATICAL 7.62/308, 16 IN BARREL, STOCK EVERYTHING, NEW GUN, SHOT 20 ROUNDS, CLEANED BARREL, SHOT 30, CLEANED BARREL, SHOT 40, CLEANED BARREL, SHOT 5 SHOT GROUP AT 100 YRDS, 1 1/2 MOA USING BIPOD ON BENCH, 4 X 12 MILLETT SCOPE, HOPE TO GET BETTER WITH MORE ROUNDS THRU BARREL, MAY REPLACE TRIGGER WITH SSA, I HAVE HEARD THAT WILL REDUCE MOA"
- quantum13 said:
"I've generally had good experience with sellier and bellot ammo. i will go for that over something like american eagle any day. it doesnt foul the gun up too bad and this .308 didnt cause any issues in my brand new SCAR. i would recommend this or PRVI Partizan (serbian ammo) over bottom of the barrel american stuff like blazer, magtech or american eagle. unfortunately it is FMJ so i had to buy some HP as well to make it shootable at some ranges."
- Cliff said:
"I purchased the Federal .308 American Eagle 150 grain FMJ-BT to shoot in my new FN FAL rifle, and boy was I impressed because I had never tried this ammo before. I was shooting at 50 and100 yards and getting .25" to .50" groupings. Also I had some Remington Cor-Lokt with me and it was noticeable that the Federal American Eagle had more recoil than the Remington. As a final note I shot 10 rounds at 250 yds at a clump of grass the size of a basketball and hit it every time from a hilltop on a powerline. Great ammo. "
- Den said:
"Only shot one box so far but the ammo performed flawlessly in my M1A, as has all the ammo I have ran through this gun."
- D said:
"This ammo works quite well in both my .308 semi-autos. It's not overly dirty and you don't run the risk of case fractures that you run with some of the older military surplus ammo. No reloading potential but if you're like me and don't reload but want some reliable plinking ammo this stuff is for you. It's not match grade, it's not reloadable, but it goes bang every time and I've yet to have a FTF/FTE in any of my rifles after around 800 rounds of this stuff. I've run it in 5-6 pistol and rifle calibers so far and had no trouble with any of it. Fair price, fast delivery, I recommend it. Thanks!"