308 Winchester Ammo

7.62×51 ammo and 308 Win ammo are often used interchangeably, and it isn’t necessarily wrong. 308 / 7.62 are both standard cartridges, but 7.62×51 NATO is a military-designed round, so it’s slightly larger than the civilian equivalent. .308 Winchester and 7.62 NATO use the same-size bullet but have different case wall thicknesses and different max pressure ratings. .308 Winchester is rated for a slightly higher max pressure rating, so while best practice is to use the exact same ammo as the gun barrel is marked for, you can often use either .308 Win or 7.62 NATO in barrels marked for .308 Winchester. Barrels marked for 7.62 NATO should only use 7.62 NATO ammunition. If you ask which one is better, 308 v 7.62, all you can do is look at the numbers.image

The military has used 7.62 NATO ammo since 1954. It’s been used to feed a variety of weapons including the standard service rifle. That is until the M14 was replaced with the M16, which is chambered for the smaller 5.56mm. Today, they primarily use it for sniper 7.62 bullet with a full metal jacket weighing 147 grains has a muzzle velocity of 2,750 feet-per-second with 2,468 foot-pounds of energy.

.308 ammo has been popular with hunters and long-range shooters since it was introduced in 1952. Although it predates the 7.62 NATO cartridge, the military had been using .30-caliber riffle ammo for decades, and whatever is used by the military tends to be popular among civilian shooters. On paper, a Winchester .308 FMJ bullet weighing 147 grains has a muzzle velocity of 2,800 fps with 2,559 ft-lbs of energy.

Whether you want .308 or 7.62, check out the variety of brands offered on 30 Carbine ammo shop. We have a wide selection of ammo.

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