Winchester, Browning Introduce 6.8 Western Cartridge

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posted on January 15, 2021
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Industry titans Browning and Winchester have teamed up to introduce the 6.8 Western cartridge, which they bill as “the ultimate all-around long-range hunting and shooting cartridge.”

6.8 Western cartridge
The new 6.8 Western cartridge from Browning and Winchester.


With long-range shooting and hunting both fast-growing segments of the market, Winchester and Browning engineers sought a solution that could offer magnum performance with a modern high-BC projectile, yet chamber in a short-action rifle for shorter bolt-throw and less weight. As such, the 6.8 Western cartridge was designed from the get-go as a high-performance cartridge ideal for long-range target shooting, as well as big-game hunting.

To start, Winchester has two 6.8 Western offerings—Expedition Big Game Long Range, with a 165-grain bullet and 2,970 f.p.s. velocity, and Ballistic Silvertip with a 170-grain bullet and 2,920 f.p.s. velocity. And on the Browning side, Long Range Pro Hunter is the initial load with a 175-grain bullet and 2,835 f.p.s.

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The 6.8 Western cartridge coffers impressive long-range accuracy with low recoil and knockdown power for hunting big game.


As for firearms, Winchester says that most of its XPR and Model 70 rifles will have 6.8 Western models. Browning X-Bolt rifles will also have 6.8 Western models.

Says Matt Campbell, vice president of sales and marketing for Winchester Ammunition:

“The 6.8 Western cartridge development defines collaborative innovation. We have designed a cartridge for the growing segment of long-range shooters and hunters that offers significant features and benefits. We strive to introduce new products that add value to our customers, and we believe the 6.8 Western will do just that.”
6.8 Western design
Intended to perform far beyond its size, the 6.8 Western cartridge includes a higher energy and lower recoil design.


Ryan Godderidge, senior vice president of sales, marketing and firearms for Browning, also chimed in. 

“The 6.8 Western cartridge brings a new perspective to long-range hunting and shooting. It provides magnum level performance in our short action rifles, giving the shooter highly effective down-range energy, even at longer ranges, while allowing for a lighter-weight platform. We’re excited about bringing this into the marketplace.”

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