308 Winchester History and General Information:
The 308 Winchester was introduced to the public as a sporting cartridge by Winchester in September 1952, this same cartridge was accepted by the U.S. military known as the T-65 cartridge in 1954 and began chambering M-14 rifles for the round in 1957, this cartridge is also known as the 7.62 NATO cartridge.
Note: The 308 Winchester is not identical to the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge, there are several differences in tolerances, therefore, some
commercial rifles will not handle military ammunition.
The 308 Winchester has been chambered in at least a dozen countries as a military round in light weapons and machine guns and it has become almost as popular as the 30/06 that it replaced and is probably better known as a target round as it has been used by bench rest, NRA high power and metallic silhouette shooters quite successfully in competition events internationally.
While much has been written about the 308 winchester cartridge it truly is a great North American, Big Game Cartridge. My own personal favorite bullet weight is 150 grains as it does offer milder recoil with a lot of down range energy for any animal walking in the woods of North America including, elk, moose and bears.
If you were looking to buy a new rifle just to hunt in North America and you were going to hunt white-tailed deer for the most part the 308 winchester offers plenty of range and energy for that. If you were going to hunt elk and moose some of the time, well the 308 winchester offers enough bullet weight and energy for that also.
The 308 Winchester is a very good cartridge for those wanting to make use of a 30 caliber bullet for hunting but not wanting the felt recoil of a magnum rifle or 30/06. The 308 Winchester recoil is quite tolerable when shooting 130-150 grain bullets and there is no real advantage to shooting bullets heavier than 165 grains.
308 Winchester Rifles & Accuracy:
308 Winchester Barrel Specifications:
Common Barrel Twist Rate - 1 in 10".
Bore Groove Diameter - .308".
308 Winchester Rifles That Are Accurate:308 Winchester Rifles For sale:
The Bolt Action is the most popular rifle action type used in North America chambered in the 308 Winchester cartridge, of which the Remington Model 700, Ruger M77 and Winchester Model 70 brands and models are by far the most popular bought and sold rifles.
Important Note: Winchester Model 70 rifle accuracy is guaranteed by the manufacturer to group shots at 100 yards at or under 1 inch.
Economical And Accurate 308 Winchester Rifle:
The Remington 770 Sport Rifle Package with Scope offered by Remington is just as good a place to start looking when it comes to ready to go hunting rifles that are economic feasible. The 22" barrel offers plenty of length to achieve high performance with todays new high performance 308 Winchester ammo. It's the latest, edition of out-of-the-box accuracy and hunting performance from Remington. An upgrade of their Model 710, the new Model 770 is the perfect choice for any hunter looking to fast-forward through the process of selecting a scope and components. It comes with a pre-mounted and bore sighted 3-9x40mm riflescope. But most importantly, it's built to rigorous standards for accuracy and reliability.
Model 770 Features:
Black synthetic stock design with molded sling swivel studs.
Factory mounted and bore-sighted 3-9x40mm scope.
Smooth-camming 60 degree bolt.
Detachable magazine holds four cartridges.
Ultra accurate 22 inch, 6-groove, button-rifled, ordnance-grade steel barrel.
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308 Winchester Rifle Accuracy:
Most 308 Winchester rifles are more than capable of excellent accuracy when set up properly and shot from a benchrest. Usually the trigger on most factory produced rifles will need some adjustment to aid in rifle accuracy, of these the Winchester Model 70's are the easiest to adjust. To achieve maximum accuracy from your 308 Winchester Autoloading or Bolt Action rifle there are several other things you need to do that will increase your rifles overall accuracy capabilities.
1. Properly mount your rifle scope.
2. Properly break-in your rifle barrel.
3. Properly sight-in your rifle.
4. Use this free target designed for accurate sight-ins, follow the instructions.
Note: If you follow all of the directions in the above guides that I have written, you will achieve the maximum accuracy that your 308 rifle pocesses. If you encounter a rifle that just doesn't group well despite your best efforts, try swapping out the scope as this is the most common fault of rifle accuracy issues.
Note: I have never had an accuracy problem with any Leupold rifle scope.
308 Winchester Rifle Parts:
Comparitive Links And References:
Centerfire Rifle Cartridge Ballistics.
Popular North America Hunting Cartridges: 223 Remington, 243 Winchester, 270 Winchester,
308 Winchester, 30-06 Springfield, 7mm Remington Magnum & 300 Winchester Magnum.
Popular North America Hunting Rifles: Rem. Model 700, Ruger M77 & Win. Model 70.
Winchester Cartridges: 243 Win, 264 Win. Mag., 270 Win, 30-30 Win, 308 Win, 300 Win. Mag.,
Short Magnums, 223 WSSM, 243 WSSM, 25 WSSM, 270 WSM, 7mm WSM, 300 WSM & 325 WSM.