The .308 Winchester is an extremely popular target shooting, sniper, military, and hunting ammunition round. It is very similar (nearly identical) to 7.62x51mm NATO rifle round. It was the primary round used by most military, in weapons such as the M14, HK G3, CETME and the FN-FAL until is was replaced by the lighter 5.56x45mm NATO. It is still used for many military purposes.
For home security, the .308 is an extremely versatile, high-power round that is suitable for anything from taking game to stopping cars. Its popularity is due to both its utility and its common usage in popular rifles. It is most commonly used in the bolt-action Remington Model 700.
- A Glossary of Survival and Preparedness Acronyms/Terms at The Survival Blog
- Various photos of 7.62×51 NATO ammunition