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FEATURE | CARTRIDGE

ability, it can be found most anywhere, including a boatload of surplus, overrun or military
contract failed ammunition (cosmetic quality).
The current caliber rage and race, whether
hunting or competition, are the various 6.5mm
calibers such as the 6.5 Creedmoor (invented
by Hornady in 2007) and 6.5 Grendel, etc. These
"new" 6.5mms are basically a .308 necked
down to 6.5mm. The popular originator of the
6.5mm caliber is the 6.5x55 Swede round. The
6.5x55mm Swede is a near .30-'06 sized case
with a 6.5mm bullet in it. Used in both World
Wars by the Swedes and others in that area
of the world, it proved very lethal as many
invading Germans and Russians discovered
during WWII. Low in recoil, it launches a scary
accurate 140-grain bullet at about 2,600 fps.
This light and inherently accurate bullet hits
like a ton of bricks on flesh. I watched Swedes
blast moose (they call them elk) with the
6.5x55, it was stunning how quickly the animal
went down-faster than my .300 Win. Mag. put
them down. I can see why folks like the 6.5x55
Swede's cousin the .260 Rem.
It's understandable why so many shooters
are now using 6mms in competitions of all
types. With the outstanding ballistics of the
6mm family of bullets when launched above
2,550 fps gun writers cannot wait for the next
new 6.5 rifle, chambering or ammunition to
come out. And in some cartridges, the 6.5
delivers the same trajectory ballistics at longer
ranges as the .300 Win. Mag.

F

or this article I've combined
competition, hunting and military
considerations to arrive at a single
best-choice round. I believe the best
all-around cartridge is the .308 Win. or
7.62x51mm NATO round.

COMPETITION
The .308 Win. will generally outshoot the
shooter in most any competition. It has
been proven in many different types of
competitions over the last 50 years; from
the National Match Course, 300-meter
International matches, Palma, 1,000yard matches, Benchrest, Silhouette-
you name it. And with today's modern
bullets and powders it still can perform
at the highest levels if desired by
shooters and handloaders.

CONCLUSION

HUNTING

I believe that when it comes down to just one
single cartridge for competition, hunting, availability, national defense and general-purpose
use the .308 Win. (7.62x51mm NATO) round
covers all of these bases the best.

For hunting in North America, using the
.308 Win. is a no-brainer because it just
works. Good shooters can make first
round, instant-kill hits at ranges over
500 yards at a trophy elk. The .308 Win.

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