The .308 Winchester

The Cartridge of the Century. 

By Carl Hermansen

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Fierce Fury TXR, .308 caliber: Fierce Firearms offers some of the lightest, most accurate long distance rifles on the market (Fiercearms.com).

In my last article, I gave cartridge recommendations for various classes of North American game animals.  I also stated that the .30-06 was a do-all cartridge that does nothing very well.  As anticipated, the Sound Off (letters to the editor) letters and e-mails started rolling in from sensitive .30-06 fans.  One guy thinks I’m a punk and another doesn’t like how I sign my name.  The author’s Remington 700 SS with R-5 Milspec barrell outfitted with a Night Force NXS 5.5-22x56 scopeRelative information?  I expected a much different response when I read the letters and e-mails.  I expected reasons, experiences, and supporting evidence as to why the .30-06 is so wonderful.  What I got were simply arguments about my recommendations along with paralleling cartridge choices of their own taste.  Not much was mentioned of the .30-06, thus supporting my opinion.  If the .30-06 is such a great do-all round; then why the need for all of these other cartridges?   With that said, I do appreciate all the comments you readers send in.  I like to hear your views, thoughts, and criticisms.  Ideas for topics stem from reading your feedback.  In fact, that is just how I came up with the topic for this article, the .308 Winchester.

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.32 Winchester Special

By William LaBounty

Not to be confused with the .32 ACP or .32 S&W Long pistol cartridges, the .32 WS was developed in 1901 by Winchester, specifically for the classic Model 94 lever-action rifle. The .32 Special is kin to its parent cartridge, the renowned 30-30 Winchester Centerfire Cartridge (7.62mm).

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Differences in these bullets begin with the necked-up case of the 30-30 (which the .32 originates from), as well as the larger 8mm cartridge it utilizes. Besides boasting a larger bullet and case, the .32 is also adept to holding more powder than the 30-30, without being over pressurized, allowing for more muzzle velocity and energy per foot at the cost of an increase in felt recoil. At the time of its inception, the .32 Special met the demand for a more powerful round than the 30-30, but with less recoil than the .30 Army (.30-40 Krag). This bullet also has a flatter trajectory and accuracy than its parent cartridge. The .32 Special has remained as one of America’s top-selling centerfire rifle calibers most of its life.

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The .300 Winchester Magnum

With so many magnums to choose from, why the .300 Win?

By Carl Hermansen

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Fierce Fury TXR, .300 Winchester: Fierce Firearms offers some of the lightest, most accurate long distance rifles on the market (Fiercearms.com)

When I was a youngster, I thought of magnum cartridges as being too much gun for a real hunter. I felt that there was just no need for them. The use of smaller rounds was commonplace among the group I went a field with. Of course, I was influenced by the old timers that said all you need for deer hunting is .a 22 and to be a fine marksman. Many exaggerated stories have been told of dropping a buck at 300 yards with a well placed .22 slug. Of course being a “fine marksman” is an integral part of the equation.

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