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The .308 Winchester is a great hunting round, suitable for most North American game, from deer to bear. It is also used in military, law enforcement and long-range target shooting applications with great success. Learn More

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  1. TulAmmo 308 Win Ammo - 500 Rounds of 150 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    68 In stock now
    Image For 500 Rounds Of 150 Grain FMJ Berdan Steel 308 Win TulAmmo Ammunition

    Price $165.00

    Price $150.00

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by TulAmmo

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by TulAmmo
    • Discount Steel
    • 2800 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 150 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Steel Casing
    • Berdan Primer
    • 2612 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • 30¢ Cost Per Round
    • TulAmmo SKU TA308150
    • UPC 814950016284
  2. Wolf 308 Win Ammo - 500 Rounds of 145 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Image For 500 Rounds Of 145 Grain FMJ Berdan Steel 308 Win Wolf Ammunition
    $175.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Wolf

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Wolf
    • Discount Steel
    • 2750 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 35¢ Cost Per Round
    • UPC 645511451225
  3. TulAmmo 308 Win Ammo - 500 Rounds of 165 Grain SP Ammunition

    60 In stock now
    Image For 500 Rounds Of 165 Grain SP Berdan Steel 308 Win TulAmmo Ammunition
    $185.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by TulAmmo

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by TulAmmo
    • Discount Steel
    • 2625 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 37¢ Cost Per Round
    • TulAmmo SKU TA308000
    • UPC 814950016277
  4. Wolf 308 Win Ammo - 500 Rounds of 140 Grain SP Ammunition

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    Image For 500 Rounds Of 140 Grain SP Berdan Steel 308 Win Wolf Ammunition
    $184.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Wolf

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Wolf
    • Discount Steel
    • 37¢ Cost Per Round
  5. Wolf 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 145 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Image For 20 Rounds Of 145 Grain FMJ Berdan Steel 308 Win Wolf Ammunition
    $8.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Wolf

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Wolf
    • Discount Steel
    • 2750 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 40¢ Cost Per Round
    • UPC 645611451218
  6. Ethiopian Military Surplus 7.62x51mm Ammo - 280 Rounds of 145 Grain FMJ Ammunition in 30 Cal Ammo Can

    35 In stock now

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    Image For 280 Rounds Of 145 Grain FMJ Berdan Brass 308 Win Military Surplus Ammunition
    $120.00 Price

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    • 280 Rounds
    • Made by Military Surplus

    • New Condition
    • 280 Rounds
    • Made by Military Surplus
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 42.9¢ Cost Per Round
    • Military Surplus SKU AM2962
    • UPC R020420193327
  7. German Military Surplus 308 Win Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 148 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    57 In stock now

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    Image For 1000 Rounds Of 148 Grain FMJ Berdan Brass 308 Win Military Surplus Ammunition
    $429.99 Price

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Military Surplus

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Military Surplus
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 43¢ Cost Per Round
    • Military Surplus SKU AM2030
    • UPC 787450373211
  8. Brown Bear 308 Win Ammo - 500 Rounds of 140 Grain SP Ammunition

    8 In stock now

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    Image For 500 Rounds Of 140 Grain SP Berdan Steel 308 Win Brown Bear Ammunition
    $220.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AB308SP
    • UPC 14607094860300
  9. Military Surplus 7.62x51mm Ammo - 540 Rounds of 146 Grain FMJ Ammunition in M2A1 Ammo Can

    35 In stock now
    Image For 540 Rounds Of 146 Grain FMJ Berdan Brass 308 Win Military Surplus Ammunition
    $239.99 Price

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    • 540 Rounds
    • Made by Military Surplus

    • New Condition
    • 540 Rounds
    • Made by Military Surplus
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 2682 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 44.4¢ Cost Per Round
    • Military Surplus SKU A1080
    • UPC R072520171293
  10. TulAmmo 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    80 In stock now

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    Image For 20 Rounds Of 150 Grain FMJ Berdan Steel 308 Win TulAmmo Ammunition
    $9.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by TulAmmo

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by TulAmmo
    • Discount Steel
    • 2800 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 150 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Steel Casing
    • Berdan Primer
    • 2612 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • 45¢ Cost Per Round
    • TulAmmo SKU TA308150
    • UPC 814950011289
  11. TulAmmo 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 165 Grain SP Ammunition

    77 In stock now

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    Image For 20 Rounds Of 165 Grain SP Berdan Steel 308 Win TulAmmo Ammunition
    $9.49 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by TulAmmo

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by TulAmmo
    • Discount Steel
    • 2625 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 47.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • TulAmmo SKU TA308000
    • UPC 814950011296
  12. Silver Bear 308 Win Ammo - 500 Rounds of 145 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Image For 500 Rounds Of 145 Grain FMJ Berdan Zinc Plated Steel 308 Win Silver Bear Ammunition
    $239.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Silver Bear

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Silver Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 2742 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 145 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Zinc Plated Steel Casing
    • Berdan Primer
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Silver Bear SKU A308FMJN
    • UPC 14607094861116
  13. 7.62x51mm - 149 gr FMJ M80 - Lake City - 500

    65 In stock now

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    Image For 500 Rounds Of 149 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 308 Win Lake City Ammunition

    Price $265.00

    Price $244.00

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Lake City

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Lake City
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 2790 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 48.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • Lake City SKU M80-LC
    • UPC R011620181545
  14. Silver Bear 308 Win Ammo - 500 Rounds of 140 Grain SP Ammunition

    6 In stock now

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    Image For 500 Rounds Of 140 Grain SP Berdan Zinc Plated Steel 308 Win Silver Bear Ammunition
    $244.95 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Silver Bear

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Silver Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 2765 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 140 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Zinc Plated Steel Casing
    • Berdan Primer
    • 49¢ Cost Per Round
    • Silver Bear SKU A308SPN
    • UPC 14607094860621
  15. Wolf 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 140 Grain SP Ammunition

    83 In stock now

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    $9.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Wolf

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Wolf
    • Discount Steel
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
  16. Prvi Partizan 7.62x51mm NATO Ammo - 500 Rounds of 145 Grain FMJ-BT Ammunition

    20 In stock now

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    Image For 500 Rounds Of 145 Grain FMJ-BT Boxer Brass 308 Win Prvi Partizan Ammunition
    $284.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 2835 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 57¢ Cost Per Round
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PPN762MC
    • UPC 8605003810056
  17. Prvi Partizan 7.62x51mm Ammo - 500 Rounds of 145 Grain FMJ-BT Ammunition

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    Image For 500 Rounds Of 145 Grain FMJ-BT Boxer Brass 308 Win Prvi Partizan Ammunition
    $294.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 2838 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  18. Brown Bear 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 145 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    20 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 145 Grain FMJ Berdan Steel 308 Win Brown Bear Ammunition
    $12.50 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 2754 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 62.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AB308FMJ
    • UPC 4607094860297
  19. PMC 308 Win Ammo - 500 Rounds of 147 Grain FMJ-BT Ammunition

    62 In stock now
    Image For 500 Rounds Of 147 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 308 Win PMC Ammunition

    Price $334.99

    Price $314.99

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by PMC

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 2780 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 147 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2522 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • 63¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 308B
    • UPC 20741569060282
  20. Silver Bear 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 145 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Image For 20 Rounds Of 145 Grain FMJ Berdan Zinc Plated Steel 308 Win Silver Bear Ammunition
    $12.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Silver Bear

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Silver Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 2742 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 145 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Zinc Plated Steel Casing
    • Berdan Primer
    • 65¢ Cost Per Round
    • Silver Bear SKU A308FMJN
    • UPC 4607094861119
  21. Sellier and Bellot 308 Win Ammo - 500 Rounds of 147 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    3 In stock now
    Image For 500 Rounds Of 147 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 308 Win Sellier and Bellot Ammunition
    $325.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Sellier and Bellot

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Sellier and Bellot
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 2788 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 147 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2538 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
  22. Hirtenberger 308 Win Ammo - 240 Rounds of 146 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    11 In stock now
    Image For 240 Rounds Of 146 Grain FMJ Berdan Brass 308 Win Hirtenberger Ammunition
    $170.00 Price

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    • 240 Rounds
    • Made by Hirtenberger

    • New Condition
    • 240 Rounds
    • Made by Hirtenberger
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 2751 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 146 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Berdan Primer
    • 2428 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • 70.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hirtenberger SKU AH308A
    • UPC 308146FMJ240
  23. PMC X-TAC 7.62x51mm Ammo - 500 Rounds of 147 Grain FMJ-BT Ammunition

    11 In stock now

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    Image For 500 Rounds Of 147 Grain FMJ-BT Boxer Brass 308 Win PMC Ammunition
    $360.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by PMC

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 2800 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 72¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 7.62X
    • UPC 20741569010157
  24. Fiocchi 308 Win Ammo - 200 Rounds of 150 Grain FMJ-BT Ammunition

    3 In stock now
    Image For 200 Rounds Of 150 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 308 Win Fiocchi Ammunition
    $144.99 Price

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    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Foreign-made Range
    • 2890 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 72.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 308A
    • UPC 762344861524
  25. Remington 308 Win Ammo - 400 Rounds of 150 Grain MC Ammunition

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    Image For 400 Rounds Of 150 Grain MC Boxer Brass 308 Win Remington Ammunition
    $295.00 Price

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    • 400 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 400 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 2820 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 150 Grain
    • MC Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2648 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • 73.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU L308W4B
    • UPC 047700403113
  26. Federal 7.62x51mm Ammo - 500 Rounds of 149 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    20 In stock now

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    Image For 500 Rounds Of 149 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 308 Win Federal Ammunition
    $370.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 2790 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 149 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2575 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • 74¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU XM80CS
    • UPC 029465062538
  27. Winchester 7.62x51mm Ammo - 200 Rounds of 147 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Image For 200 Rounds Of 147 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 308 Win Winchester Ammunition
    $149.00 Price

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    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 74.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU Q3130
    • UPC 020892208681
  28. Sellier and Bellot 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 147 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    62 In stock now

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    Image For 20 Rounds Of 147 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 308 Win Sellier and Bellot Ammunition
    $14.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Sellier and Bellot

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Sellier and Bellot
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 2788 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 147 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2538 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
  29. Prvi Partizan 7.62x51mm Ammo - 20 Rounds of 145 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    22 In stock now

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    Image For 20 Rounds Of 145 Grain FMJ-BT Boxer Brass 308 Win Prvi Partizan Ammunition
    $14.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 2838 FPS Muzzle Velocity
  30. Prvi Partizan 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 165 Grain PSP Ammunition

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    Image For 20 Rounds Of 165 Grain PSP Boxer Brass 308 Win Prvi Partizan Ammunition
    $15.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • Foreign Discount Hunting
    • 2673 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 165 Grain
    • PSP Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2618 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
  31. Prvi Partizan 7.62x51mm Ammo - 20 Rounds of 145 Grain FMJBT M80 Ammunition

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    Image For 20 Rounds Of 145 Grain FMJ-BT Boxer Brass 308 Win Prvi Partizan Ammunition
    $15.05 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 2835 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 75.3¢ Cost Per Round
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PPN762B
    • UPC R031520193598
  32. PMC 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 147 Grain FMJ-BT Ammunition

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    Image For 20 Rounds Of 147 Grain FMJ-BT Boxer Brass 308 Win PMC Ammunition
    $15.85 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by PMC

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 2780 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 79.3¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 308B
    • UPC 741569060288
  33. Winchester 7.62x51mm Ammo - 20 Rounds of 147 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Image For 20 Rounds Of 147 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 308 Win Winchester Ammunition
    $15.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Range
    • 2800 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 80¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU Q3130
    • UPC 020892201873
  34. Sellier & Bellot 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain SPCE Ammunition

    88 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 150 Grain SPCE Boxer Brass 308 Win Sellier and Bellot Ammunition
    $15.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Sellier and Bellot

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Sellier and Bellot
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 2756 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 150 Grain
    • SPCE Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2530 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
  35. Prvi Partizan 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain SP Ammunition

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    Image For 20 Rounds Of 150 Grain SP Boxer Brass 308 Win Prvi Partizan Ammunition
    $15.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • Foreign Discount Hunting
    • 2805 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 150 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2618 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
  36. Federal 308 Win Ammo - 500 Rounds of 150 Grain FMJ-BT Ammunition

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    Image For 500 Rounds Of 150 Grain FMJ-BT Boxer Brass 308 Win Federal Ammunition
    $399.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 2820 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 80¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU AE308D
    • UPC 50029465085334
  37. Fiocchi 308 Win Ammo - 180 Rounds of 150 Grain FMJ-BT Ammunition

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    Image For 180 Rounds Of 150 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 308 Win Fiocchi Ammunition
    $145.00 Price

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    • 180 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 180 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Foreign-made Range
    • 2890 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 150 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2781 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • 80.6¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 308FA
    • UPC 762344863481
  38. Fiocchi PerFecta 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain SP Ammunition

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    $16.25 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Foreign Discount Hunting
    • 81.3¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU PF308001
    • UPC 814950013108
  39. Prvi Partizan 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 168 Grain HPBT Ammunition

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    $16.50 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 2608 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 82.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PPM3082
    • UPC 8605003803997
  40. Winchester 7.62x51mm NATo Ammo - 120 Rounds of 147 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Image For 120 Rounds Of 147 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 308 Win Winchester Ammunition
    $99.99 Price

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    • 120 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 120 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 2800 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 147 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2560 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • 83.3¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU USA76251AC
    • UPC 020892221451
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In 1952, the .308 Winchester was released for the iconic Winchester Model 70 bolt action rifle. This rimless and bottleneck-style cartridge was based on the 7.62x51mm NATO, and was released to the public two years before NATO adopted the 7.62x51mm.

The Beginning of the 308 Winchester

It is commonly misunderstood that the 7.62x51mm is interchangeable with the .308 Winchester. This is not true, as the modern .308 Winchester cartridge generates higher pressures than seen in the military 7.62x51mm. Indeed, the NATO round was developed based on the 308 Win. Therefore, .308 Winchester cartridges should not be fired in weapons chambered for the NATO 7.62x51mm.

The .308 Winchester cartridge was designed for hunting. In fact, it is the most popular short action round for big-game hunting in the entire world. It is able to harvest most game in North America, as well as a large portion of game in Africa, due to the efficiency of the bullet in delivering hydrostatic shock to the target. This happens especially well when expanding bullets are used – the Nosler Partition bullets and the Sellier & Bellot eXergy are great examples of high-performance bullets engineered specifically for hunting.

However, the value of 308 rounds are not limited to hunting. It’s also a popular round among target shooters, metallic silhouette shooters, palma rifle shooters, benchrest target shooters, metal matches, and military and police snipers and related uses. In addition to being the most popular big-game hunting round in the world, it is also the most popular hunting round in North America, bar none.

.308 Win as a Parent Round

In addition to the NATO 7.62x51mm, the 308 Winchester has served as a parent round for a variety of ammo. Some of the many cartridges developed using the .308 Winchester include:

  • .243 Winchester
  • .260 Remington
  • .307 Winchester
  • .358 Winchester
  • .338 Federal
  • .358 Winchester
  • 45 Raptor
  • 7mm-08 Remington

Because it shoots with great accuracy and recoil is manageable, police and military shooters consider the .308 Winchester to be a valuable component in their arsenals. 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. The bullet weights for the .308 Winchester cartridge range between 150 and 180 grains, and muzzle velocities are in the range of 2,600 to 2,800 feet per second, which provide 2,600 to 2,800 foot pounds of muzzle energy.

For large numbers of sport shooters, the .308 Winchester is their go-to cartridge. It's 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." As a result of this and due to the number of AR-15 style rifles chambered for this round, the most frequently chosen cartridge is the .308 Winchester.

Genesis of the .308 Winchester

The genesis of the 308 Winchester round lies back in 1952. At that time, there were two big kids on the block – the .30-03 and the .30-06. They were in such great supply, thanks to their use during half a century of wars, that the average American not only knew how to shoot with them, but could also get them in bulk for a pittance. The round was designed by Winchester for weapons with shorter action for more reliable functioning in semi-automatic rifles. It was originally tested by the military before the modifications, making it the 7.62x51mm NATO two years later.

308 vs. 5.56 and 7.62x51mm NATO

These two rounds are so similar that many people think they’re interchangeable, but they’re not. While a 7.62x51mm NATO can physically be chambered into a weapon designed for a .308 Winchester (and vice versa), the pressure difference between the two rounds makes actually firing one from the other profoundly unsafe. The 308 is loaded at a much higher pressure than its military equivalent.

The 308 Winchester’s little brother started seeing far less action after the military switched away from the M16 to the far faster 5.56 round. After this, the .308 Win was primarily used as a sniper round in the Marine Corps, though it saw some use in the Army as well. By 1964, however, the round had all but disappeared from regular use in the United States military. It didn’t die out completely, however, seeing continued use as a long-range round. It’s primary use today is in specialty roles in the Marine Corps and competition shooting throughout the military.

Today, the 308 is one of the most readily available commercial rounds on the market – and that’s part of its appeal. Say, for example, you’re traveling and your bags get lost. Your ammo is gone. You won’t have any trouble at all replacing the rounds when you get to your destination. What’s more, because of the wide availability, it’s easy to stockpile 308 bulk ammo. For preppers, this is a Godsend. You can easily load up as much as you need of this powerful big-game round without having to worry about where you’re going to get more – at least not until the end of the world as we know it.

The .308 Win also has a lot of variety within the cartridge in terms of bullet weight. You can buy light bullets if you’re dealing with varmints, but heavier bullets are what make the round the go-to cartridge for big-game hunters. Specially bonded bullets pierce animal bone and even bulletproof glass. Most stores will have the 308 Winchester with the bullet load you need to accomplish just about any task. If they don’t have what you need, it can generally be ordered and quickly delivered.

Handloaders love the round, thanks to this versatility. Stores, online retailers, and catalogs have just about everything you can think of – as well as things you’d never even considered if you want to start handloading your own .308 Winchester cartridges.

Development of .308 ammo has continued since its introduction over 60 years ago, and it remains one of the primary rifle cartridges offered by ammunition manufacturers when they develop a new product line. Sellier & Bellot sell .308 Winchester topped with their eXergy and Nosler Partition bullets. Federal Premium Ammunition sells .308 Winchester in their Fusion line of 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.

This has been a popular cartridge for sport shooters, hunters, and shooters with tactical applications for decades, make it common to find cheap .308 ammo. It is extremely accurate, the recoil is manageable, and it has a variety of ammunition available. Ultimately, it is the versatility that has made it perhaps the most popular round in the entire world.

While it’s not the best at anything, it’s darn good at just about everything – especially for those who want to own one or two rifles, rather than turn their gun cabinet into a Swiss army knife. This can be the one rifle to rule them all.

308 Winchester Ballistics: Chart of Average 308 Winchester Ballistics

Note: This information comes from the manufacturer and is for informational purposes only. The actual ballistics obtained with your firearm can vary considerably from the advertised ballistics. Also, ballistics can vary from lot to lot with the same brand and type load.

308 Winchester Bullet WEIGHT Muzzle VELOCITY (fps) Muzzle ENERGY (ft. lbs.) TRAJECTORY (in.)
  Muzzle 100 yds. 200 yds. 300 yds. 400 yds. Muzzle 100 yds. 200 yds. 300 yds. 400 yds. 100 yds. 200 yds. 300 yds. 400 yds.
55 Grain 3770 3215 2726 2286 1888 1735 1262 907 638 435 -2 1.4 -3.8 -15.8
110 Grain 3165 2830 2520 2230 1960 2447 1956 1551 1215 938 1.4 0 -6.9 -20.9
120 Grain 2850 2497 2171 n/a n/a 2164 1662 1256 n/a n/a 0 -2.8 n/a n/a
150 Grain 2820 2533 2263 2009 1774 2648 2137 1705 1344 1048 2.5 0.4 -8.5 -26.1
150 Grain Superformance 3000 2772 2555 2348 1962 2997 2558 2173 1836 1540 1.5 0 -6.9 -20
155 Grain 2775 2553 2342 2141 1950 2650 2243 1887 1577 1308 1.9 0 -8.3 -24.2
155 Grain 2850 2640 2438 2247 2064 2795 2398 2047 1737 1466 1.8 0 -7.5 -22.1
165 Grain 2700 2440 2194 1963 1748 2670 2180 1763 1411 1199 2.5 0 -9.7 -28.5
168 Grain 2680 2493 2314 2143 1979 2678 2318 1998 1713 1460 2.5 0 -8.9 -25.3
168 Grain Super Match 2870 2647 2462 2284 2114 3008 2613 2261 1946 1667 1.7 0 -7.5 -21.6
170 Grain 2000 1740 1510 n/a n/a 1510 1145 860 n/a n/a 0 0 0 0
178 Grain 2620 2415 2220 2034 1857 2713 2306 1948 1635 1363 2.5 0 -9.6 -27.6
178 Grain Super Match 2780 2609 2444 2285 2132 3054 2690 2361 2064 1797 1.8 0 -7.6 -21.9
180 Grain 2620 2393 2178 1974 1782 2743 2288 1896 1557 1269 2.5 -0.2 -10.2 -28.5
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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"

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  • Click To Purchase This 308 Win TulAmmo Ammunition
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  • 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!"

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  • MidwestBenchrest said:

    "I've just finished going through all of my first can of this sweet ammo. Incredibly cheap and reliable, I've not had any issues with my PSA AR-10 while shooting it. Ammo is consistent enough for just shooting away an afternoon and not breaking the bank. I plan to buy more soon!"

  • Kyle said:

    "Great ammo and has very little sulfur smell when shot. Actual projectiles do have steel inside of them. So they are not range legal in California because of environmental hazards. Great value and accurate."

  • Luis said:

    "Have to admit that Malasian army surplus made me nervous, but after shooting a few hundred rounds off of my M1A and my Mossberg patriot I'm a believer. "

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  • 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."

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  • 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."

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    "I felt like I got a good deal and it was a smooth transaction"

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  • 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."

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  • Matthew said:

    "4 inch groups at 100 yds. 8 inch groups at 200. I had an expert confirm with my LMT platform. We double checked barrel lugs, optic lugs. I switched to Federal and groups were less than 2 inches at 100yds. Day after I had a gunsmith re-check barrel and optics. All checked out. "

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  • 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. "

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