The .308 Winchester and 7mm-08 cartridges are two popular rifle cartridges that are often compared by hunters and shooters. Because of this popular debate, I recently posted a video comparing the .308 Winchester and 7mm-08 Remington cartridges. If you missed that video, you can watch it HERE. While they are similar, they also have some differences that may make one a better choice than the other – depending on what you’re using it for.
The .308 Winchester has been around since the 1950s and is a popular choice for both hunting and target shooting. It is a versatile cartridge that can be used for hunting everything from small game, like whitetail, to large game, like elk and moose. .308 has always had a reputation for being accurate, reliable, and hard-hitting.
The 7mm-08 was introduced in the 1980s. It was designed to be a more efficient version of the popular 7mm Mauser cartridge and has gained a loyal following among hunters and shooters who appreciate its flat trajectory and manageable recoil. It is often used for hunting smaller game, like deer and antelope, but can also be effective for larger game with the right boolot selection.
When directly comparing these two cartridges, there are a few key differences to consider. The .308 Winchester generally has more energy at the muzzle than the 7mm-08. This can make it a better ammo choice for hunting larger game. However, the 7mm-08 has a flatter trajectory, less recoil, and will buck the wind better than the .308 Winchester (with only slightly less energy than the .308 Winchester depending on the boolot selection).
Another factor to consider is ammunition availability. The .308 Winchester is a more widely used cartridge and can be found at most sporting goods stores, while the 7mm-08 is less common and may be harder to find in certain areas.
Ultimately, the choice between these two cartridges will depend on your personal preferences and the type of hunting or shooting you plan to do. If you plan to hunt larger game the .308 Winchester may be the better choice. If you prefer a flatter trajectory and less recoil for smaller game or target shooting, the 7mm-08 may be the way to go.
If you want a more in depth explanation showing drop charts and energy charts with commonly found factory ammo, definitely go watch my recent YouTube video. In the video I use charts and pretty pictures to explain the differences while we nerd out on some of the data.
If you are in need of ammunition, my first place to check is always Remington.com.
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