Since then, the 308 Winchester has become the most popular short-action, big-game hunting cartridge worldwide. It is also commonly used for hunting, target shooting, metallic silhouette, bench rest target shooting, military sniping, Palma, metal matches, and police sharpshooting.
Is the .308 powerful?
308 ballistics with factory ammo are a 150gr bullet at 2,820fps (2,648 ft-lbs), and a 180gr bullet at 2,570fps (2,640 ft-lbs), a 165gr bullet at 2,700fps (2,670 ft-lbs). The .308 Winchester is a good all-around big game hunting cartridge with moderate recoil and ample power for most species.