Is the .308 the Perfect North American Big Game Cartridge?
By: Richard Mann
Books have been written, stories have been told and lies have been concocted in an effort to identify the perfect North American big game cartridge. Many believe it’s the cartridge they’ve chosen, others think specific cartridges must be matched to specific animals, and some claim perfection does not exist. When it comes to rifle cartridges, perfection may not exist but we should still be able to make a faultless choice given the vast options we have.
First, we should define the parameters of determining the perfect North American big game cartridge:
- The cartridge should be able to push a bullet fast and flat enough to limit trajectory as much as possible.
- The bullet should provide enough penetration to pass through the vitals of any animal we shoot, while expanding to increase tissue destruction.
- Ideal external and terminal ballistics should be provided without excessive recoil.
- The cartridge must fit in a repeating rifle compact and light enough to carry all day, with a reasonable magazine capacity.
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