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Caliber Comparisons

Ballistics Performance Comparisons for Rifle and Handgun Cartridges

The following caliber guides and ballistics tables linked to from this page provide comparisons of the most popular rifle and handgun cartridges based on bullet weight, price, versatility and various performance metrics including velocity, energy, usage and recoil.

Rifle Cartridge Comparisons

Cartridge Comparison Guides
.22-250 Remington .22-250 vs .223
5.56mm NATO 5.56 vs .223
.243 Winchester .243 vs .308; .243 Win. vs 6.5 Creedmoor
6MM ARC 6MM ARC vs 6.5 Grendel
6MM Creedmoor 6MM Creedmoor vs 6.5 Creedmoor
6.5 Creedmoor 6.5 Creedmoor vs .308; 6.5 Creedmoor vs .338 Lapua Magnum; 6.5 Creedmoor vs .270 Win.
6.5 Grendel 6.5 Grendel vs 6.5 Creedmoor; 6.5 Grendel vs .308 Winchester; 6.5 Grendel vs 7.62 39MM; 6.5 Grendel vs .300 Blackout
.270 Winchester .270 vs .308
.30-06 .30-06 VS 6.5 Creedmoor
.300 Winchester Magnum .300 vs .308; .300 vs .338 Lapua; .300 vs .30-06; .300 Win vs .300 WSM
.308 Winchester .308 vs .30-06
.338 Laupa .338 Lapua vs .30-06
*Cartridge ballistics, usage and recoil figures used for comparisons are taken from Sportsman's Warehouse rifle ballistics and rifle recoil tables. Recoil score based on weighted average of recoil energy and recoil velocity normalized between 1 and 10.

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