Top Ten Most Widely Used Hunting Cartridges (Part 3)

Top Ten Most Widely Used Hunting Cartridges (Part 3)
These cartridges represent some of the most widely used hunting cartridges in North America.
.308 Winchester

The .308 Winchester (NATO 7.62x51mm) is among the most proven and well know cartridges in the world today. The .308 followed a similar birth and life cycle as its parent case the .30-06. The .308 came into existence due to military demand for a shorter more efficient cartridge that could produce the same ballistics (or do the same work) as the .30-06. Interestingly, though the .308 was produced because of military demand, it was introduced to the public in 1955 as a hunting cartridge several years prior to NATO’s acceptance of the 7.62x51mm.

Loading data for the .308 Winchester includes bullet weights from 100 to 208 grains with velocities from 2,400 to 3,425 feet per second. This produces energy from 2,200 to 3,040 foot-pounds and a maximum of 73 foot-pounds per second momentum. Like the .30-06, the .308 is the parent case for several other cartridges like the .243 Win, .260 Rem, 7mm-08 Rem, .358 Win and many Wildcat cartridges.

.243 Winchester

The .243 Winchester is an extremely versatile small-bore cartridge. The .243 Winchester is based off of the .308 Winchester and was made available to the public around 1955. In our opinion, the .243 is one of those hunting cartridges whose true potential is just now being discovered. Its mild recoil, excellent trajectory and good velocity coupled with modern bullet structures give this cartridge the potential of taking animals from fox to elk.

The .243 can be loaded with bullets from 55 to 115 grains with velocities of 2,900 to 4,030 feet per second. This produces a range in energy from 1,800 to 2,190 foot-pounds and a maximum of 47.5 foot-pounds per second momentum. Because if its mild recoil, many refer to the .243 as a great women’s or youth rifle. However, many trophy animals have been taken by very competent and robust hunters using this cartridge.


.22-250 Remington

The .22-250 Remington is a superior varmint cartridge and is well known for its long range capabilities and, where legal, it is a strong favorite for deer hunting. The .22-250 was created by necking down the .250 Savage, creating a .22 caliber 250 case or a .22-250. Like the .243 Win, the full potential of the .22-250 is just starting to be realized with the new bullet structures, powders, bullet weights and firearm configurations just recently available to the hunting world. Many simply think of a .22-250 as a super fast cartridge that propels a 50- or 55-grain soft-point lead bullet.


The .22-250 can be loaded with bullet weights from 35 to 80 grains and achieve velocities from 3,000 to 4,350 feet per second. These loads deliver a range in energy from 1,400 to 1,810 foot-pounds with a maximum momentum of 36 foot-pounds per second. Bullet structures are available from nonexpanding solid brass bullets to bullets built to expand so rapidly their names are coined with TNT, Grenade and other such descriptions.


Continue reading the story >>

The Top Ten list is provided by the Cartridge Comparison Guide: http://www.cartridgecomparisonguide.com

Recommended for You

While misunderstood by some, fishing bottom bouncers can be a very productive technique for walleyes in early summer. Walleye

How to Fish Bottom Bouncers for Walleye

Mark Sak - May 23, 2019

While misunderstood by some, fishing bottom bouncers can be a very productive technique for...

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies. Panfish

Find and Fish Bluegill Beds Efficiently

Terry Madewell - May 22, 2019

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies.

It must be time for summer fishing because records are falling everywhere. Records

State Records Reported in Maryland, Michigan

G&F Online Staff - May 23, 2019

It must be time for summer fishing because records are falling everywhere.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Electric Filet Knife from Bubba Blades

Electric Filet Knife from Bubba Blades

As OSG's Lynn Burkhead looks on, Josh Neville shows off the cordless and corded versions of a new electric filet knife from Bubba Blades.

Costa and Captains for Clean Water

Costa and Captains for Clean Water

With the company's heavy involvement in initiatives like Kick the Plastic and Captains for Clean Water campaigns, Costa's Amanda Sabin tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead all about the sunglass maker's unwavering commitment to help the freshwater and saltwater environment.

Mustad Skatter Shad Bladed Jig

Mustad Skatter Shad Bladed Jig

As Mustad continues to expand into an all-around tackle company, Reid McKinstry shows off some innovative features that make the Mustad Skatter Shad bladed jig a winner in big bass waters.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Want to test the outer limits of your shooting skill? There's more to successful long-range Ammo

10 Best Long-Range Cartridges Ever Made

David Hart - January 14, 2015

Want to test the outer limits of your shooting skill? There's more to successful long-range

While wildly popular amongst anglers around the world, the IGFA World Record book shows the biggest pike come from Europe. Records

Top 10 Biggest Pike World Records of All Time

Jack Vitek - August 19, 2015

While wildly popular amongst anglers around the world, the IGFA World Record book shows the...

Here are the 10 most common reel performance problems and how to fix them. Reels

10 Most Common Reel Performance Problems

Anietra Hamper

Here are the 10 most common reel performance problems and how to fix them.

See More Stories

More Stories

Predator hunters living in more open areas are in a unique position to enjoy coyote hunting at its Stories

Guns & Loads for Long-Range Coyote Hunting

Stephen D. Carpenteri - December 13, 2015

Predator hunters living in more open areas are in a unique position to enjoy coyote hunting at...

Once considered a denizen of the Western wilds, the coyote has learned to adapt to human Stories

Coyotes In Suburbia

Stephen D. Carpenteri - November 30, 2016

Once considered a denizen of the Western wilds, the coyote has learned to adapt to human

 Missouri hunter Tim Phillips is all smiles after using his late grandfather's worn Marlin 30.30 Stories

Grandpa's Gun Tags Giant Buck, Ends Multi-Year Quest

Lynn Burkhead - November 21, 2017

Missouri hunter Tim Phillips is all smiles after using his late grandfather's worn Marlin...

See More Stories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×