Selecting a Field Rifle Cartridge

    Western Shooting Journal has published an article on choosing a field rifle cartridge

    Now that we know we don’t want a recoil monster that toasts barrels while firing expensive ammo out of low capacity magazines how do we find what is a good choice? Many long range competitors at these field matches have come to the conclusion that a .308 sized case is a good compromise. The .243 Winchester, .260 Remington, and a number of other cartridges are based off the dimensions of the .308 case. These cartridges, and ones of similar dimensions like the 6.5 Creedmoor and many others, can fire their calibers’ high BC bullets at appropriate speeds.

    My preference is the 7mm-08 Remington. It has been promoted by many big names, including Jeff Cooper and David E. Petzal, but I feel it is not nearly as popular as it shoot be. With a suppressor it has hardly any recoil. I personally think the .243 Win. is an awful cartridge, I perceive its recoil as having a lot of bite, more than it should on paper, but I can’t quantify or explain my perception.

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!