Choosing a rifle caliber or a new handgun round can require quite a bit of research. There dozens of different aspects you could look at, if you really want to know what you getting yourself into.
Just to name a few:
- Kinetic Energy
- Sectional Density
Gathering all that information for every cartridge or round you consider can be a long process. Some is provided by the manufacturer, but especially for rounds not available in every retail store, this isn’t always the case.
We should know, since we have done over twenty rifle caliber comparisons.
We reached out to manufacturers for data that wasn’t publicly available, gathered information for hundreds of rounds, utilized recoil and ballistic calculators to compound very comprehensive ammo comparisons. We covered everything someone interested in a specific caliber might ask for. In addition to the points mentioned above, we shine light on momentum, price and availability, applications and the top rounds for each cartridge.
We also made sure to cover all the aspects hunters as well as competitive long range shooters might be interested in.
Countless days of work went into this project and it sure isn’t done yet, we are still adding sections regularly. The result is the most comprehensive collection of ammo comparisons available.
Just pick one of the comparisons below and check out our results.
The .308 Winchester is the commercial version of the 7.62×51mm NATO and was introduced by Winchester in 1952 where it quickly was adopted as one of the most popular hunting cartridges available. Its outstanding performance stats were impressive enough to be picked up by the military, where it saw heavy use in Vietnam. Today it’s available in pretty much every retail store. The cartridge is used by police and still very popular among hunters. Its versatility gives it many applications and makes it a good choice for many situations, therefore this cartridge is the one we wrote most comparisons one.
The .30-06 (thirty-ought-six) was developed in 1906 in response to advances in cartridge design in foreign nations. Its name comes from the bullet diameter (.308) and the year it was produced (1906). The .30-06 is widely available in just about any retail store that sells ammunition. It has a huge selection of bullet weights as well as designs that allow .30-06 to be used in a variety of hunting situations as well as one the range.
.30-06 vs .30-30
.30-06 vs .300 Winchester Mag
.30-06 vs .308
.30-06 vs .270
.30-06 vs 7mm-08
.30-06 vs 7mm Rem Mag
The .270 Winchester was introduced in 1925 where it would stay in relative obscurity for a time. The famous firearm and outdoor writer, Jack O’Connor, championed and pushed this caliber and its abilities in the field and brought it to the forefront of hunting calibers, where it remains to this day.
.270 vs .243
.270 vs .30-06
.270 vs .308
.270 vs 7mm-08
The .243 is often referred to as the baby brother of the .308 Win. The .243 Win is a necked down version of the .308 Win and was introduced to the shooting world in 1955. The .243 was and still is a popular round in the United States, and its emergence into the shooting gave hunters a very versatile round that could be used in a variety of hunting situations.
.243 vs 6mm Creedmoor
.243 vs .270
.243 vs 6.5 Creedmoor
.243 vs .308
.300 Winchester Magnum
The .300 Win Mag uses a 30-cal bullet that came into production by Winchester in 1963. When comparing to other popular hunting rounds, the .300 Win Mag is a newcomer. The 300 WM is an extremely popular cartridge for long-range shooters including those chasing big game.
.300 Win Mag vs .308
.300 Win Mag vs .30-06
.300 Win Mag vs 7mm Rem Mag
.300 Win Mag vs .338 Lapua
.300 Win Mag vs .300 WSM
.338 Lapua Magnum
The .338 Lapua Magnum has a much shorter history than the .300 Win Mag. The 338 LM was designed and produced in the late 1980’s. The range and terminal ballistics of the .338 LM were such that its use could fill several niches in civilian use including long range precision shooting and big game hunting that required massive power at long ranges
.338 Lapua vs .300 Win Mag
.338 Lapua vs .308
.338 Lapua vs .50 BMG
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