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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
17 HMR 17 HMR vs 17 WSM
17 HMR vs 22 WMR
204 Ruger 204 Ruger vs 223 Remington
22 Hornet 22 Hornet vs .223 Remington
.22-250 Remington .22-250 vs .223
.222 Remington .222 Rem. vs .223 Rem.
5.56mm NATO 5.56 vs 223 Rem
5.56mm vs 7.62x39mm
.243 Winchester .243 vs .308
.243 Win. vs 6.5 Creedmoor
30-30 30-30 Win. vs .30-06
30-30 Win. vs 45-70 Government
7.62x39mm 7.62x39mm vs 308 Win
6MM ARC 6MM ARC vs 6.5 Grendel
6MM Creedmoor 6MM Creedmoor vs 6.5 Creedmoor
257 Roberts 257 Roberts vs 243 Win.
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
6.5 PRC 6.5 PRC vs .300 Win Mag
6.5 PRC vs .308 Win.
.270 Winchester .270 vs .308
.270 Win. vs .30-06
.270 Win. vs .270 WSM
.270 Win. vs 7mm Rem Mag
280 Remington 280 Rem. vs 7mm-08 Rem.
7MM-08 7MM-08 vs 6.5 Creedmoor
7MM-08 vs .30-06
7MM-08 vs 308 Win
.30-06 .30-06 vs 6.5 Creedmoor
.30-06 vs 45-70 Government
30-06 vs 7mm Rem Mag
7MM Remington Magnum 7MM Rem Mag vs 300 Win Mag
.300 Winchester Magnum .300 Win Mag vs .308
.300 Win Mag vs .338 Lapua
.300 Win Mag vs .30-06
.300 Win Mag vs .300 WSM
28 Nosler 28 Nosler vs 300 Win Mag
28 Nosler vs 308 Win
.308 Winchester .308 vs .30-06
300 PRC 300 PRC vs 300 Win Mag
.338 Lapua .338 Lapua vs .30-06
.375 Ruger 375 Ruger vs 375 H&H Magnum
416 Rigby 416 Rigby vs 375 H&H Magnum
444 Marlin 444 Marlin vs 45-70 Government
450 Marlin 450 Marlin vs 45-70 Government
450 Marlin vs 450 Bushmaster
*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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