Winchester in collaboration with Browning has announced a new long-range precision hunting cartridge, the 6.8 Western.
Browning states ” Put simply, the 6.8 Western is billed as offering “impressive long-range accuracy, low recoil and staggering knockdown power when you need it for both long-range shooting and hunting.”
That’s a lot to promise from any caliber, but with bullets approaching 30 caliber weights of 165 gr and up with higher ballistic coefficients (BC) being offered, the 6.8 Western is engineered to deliver magnum performance with milder recoil.
The foundation of the 6.8 Western is a modified 270 Winchester Short Magnum case that is shortened to make room for the longer, heavier caliber bullets.
With .277 caliber bullets historically in the 130-150 grain range, Winchester worked with Sierra® and Nosler® to develop heavier bullet offerings for the 6.8 Western (up to 175 gr.) that offer shooters increased penetration compared to existing .277 caliber and 6.5mm bullets.”
- Maximum cartridge overall length is 2.955″ to utilize newly developed long, high BC bullets.
- 7-1/2″ twist rate to stabilize modern long, heavy bullets such as those in the new Long Range Pro Hunter ammunition from Browning*.
- Heavier bullet weights than 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC and 270 WSM
- More energy than 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC and 7mm Rem Mag
- Less recoil than 300 WSM, 300 Win Mag and 300 PRC
- Long, heavy bullets ideal for big game hunting and long-range precision shooting
- Chambered in short-action rifles for fast cycling, high accuracy and reduced rifle weight
- 18% more energy than 7mm Rem Mag 160 gr. Accubond@ 500 yds with similar recoil.
- Similar energy as 300 WSM 180 gr. Accubond at 500 yds. with 14% less recoil.
- 6% more energy than 300 Win Mag 180 gr. Accubond at 500 yds with 16% less recoil.
- Short-action reduces rifle weight 5 oz. compared to 7mm Rem Mag and 300 Win Mag.
- Similar trajectory as all three listed options at 500 yds.
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