6.8 Western Review! Winchester’s new long range hunting cartridge, tested and proven.

Winchester’s new short magnum is a big deal, offering hunters and target competitors a flat long range trajectory, reduced recoil, enhanced terminal ballistics, and impressive energy as distances increase. Today’s review is not academic; yes, I have the charts and graphs to illustrate the potential of 6.8 Western, but I also have two deer and a couple blocks of ballistics gel for your viewing pleasure.

Deer Hunts with 6.8 Western:
Missouri Doe: Winchester Experimental Whitetail Hunt – My First Doe with Indian Hill Outfitters
Missouri Buck: Monster Buck Hunting in Pike County, Missouri – The Social Regressive

Recent Cartridge Mega Tests:
350 Legend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqk5Ym1KZCk&list=PLCzJy0eY5h1GFShwymjMsd8yQDHuYFHdU
6mm ARC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kmR56KxWgM&list=PLCzJy0eY5h1E5-TijKwAROByyBze_Pnwn

Here’s a quick overview of how 6.8 Western compares to some of your favorite cartridges. The obvious first comparison is going to be 300 Win Mag and 300 WSM. Both of those will offer greater energy up close, but 6.8 Western will overtake them past 1,000 yards and provide a flatter trajectory. 270 WSM is almost the exact same cartridge and it has a flatter trajectory within practical distances, but 6.8 Western can pack a heavier punch courtesy of its heavier projectile. The 6.8 high sectional density should also enhance terminal effects. And don’t forget that you can load any .277″ projectile in 6.8 Western, nearly mirroring .270 WSM. As for 7mm Remington Magnum, 6.8 Western essentially copies its performance in a short-action case. 6.5 PRC and 6.8 Western have nearly identical trajectories and wind-fighting abilities, but 6.8 Western brings considerably more energy on target.

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Kyle Broderick, The Social Regressive

00:00 – Introduction
00:51 – New Projectiles
04:21 – New Cases
06:46 – 6.8 Western Design
07:56 – Hunt Footage
09:38 – Load Choices
11:08 – Drop Charts
14:56 – Windage Charts
17:07 – Velocity Charts
18:11 – Energy Charts
20:43 – Recoil Charts
21:51 – Practical Effects
23:08 – Ballistics Gel Tests
30:47 – Winchester & Browning Models
32:18 – Purpose of 6.8 Western
37:32 – Other Considerations
38:46 – Acknowledgements

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