An excellent tool for comparison, illustration or instruction!
The Ammo Performance Specs poster is a hand picked selection of some of the most popular hunting cartridges and represents the full spectrum available to the hunting world. These range from the lightning fast 17 Remington up to the bone crushing energy and momentum of the 460 Weatherby and 500 Jeffery.
The cartridges are organized into 17 unique groupings based on caliber. Each of the groups contain three or four cartridges that represent a "low, medium, and high" in there respective performance potential. A bullet weight is provided for each group. And the velocity, energy, momentum and recoil for each cartridge is shown in a bar graph as well as it's numeric value. Accurately compare one cartridge and it's specifications against any other cartridges of interest.
The American Standard poster contains every Modern Rifle, Shotgun, and Handgun cartridge manufactured in the USA as of 2017. In addition, military surplus and a few bonus cartridges are included. The poster contains 165 unique Rifle Cartridges, 55 Handgun Cartridges, and 9 different Shotgun gauges. This is a living poster. Meaning, once a year it is modified to include new cartridges after they are released to the public. The year located at the bottom of the poster shows the year the poster was updated.
The Rifle section covers cartridges from the 17 Mach 2, 17 HMR, and 22 LR up through the 505 Gibbs, 50 BMG, and 577 Nitro Express. It also includes historically significant factory available cartridges such as the 348 Win, 404 Jeffery, 450/400 Nitro, and 500 Nitro.
Military surplus cartridges include the 5.45x39, 6.5 Carcano, 6.5 Japanese, 303 Brit and the 8x57 Mauser.
Bonus Rifle cartridges include the 20mm, 50 BMG, 416 Barrett, 408 and 375 Chey-Tac.
The Handgun section covers cartridges from the 17 HMR and 22 LR to the 500 S&W including the 5.7x28, 44-40, 38-40, 357 Maximum, 445 Super Mag, and the 45 Win Mag.
The Shotgun cartridges include the 410 and 32 gauge up to the 8 gauge.
The Game & Ammo © poster (built specifically for youth, beginning hunters, & other enthusiasts) shows the range and breadth of game animals that can be hunted on the world stage, while providing a strong sampling of proven cartridges for hunting these animals. This poster is an exciting and very beneficial visual aid. The context, proximity and overall arrangement encourage good and informed discussions. In fact, this poster was developed in cooperation with Hunter Education instructors to develop an exciting teaching tool.
The Family of Cartridges poster visually simplifies the vastness and complexities of hunting cartridges available in the US. The world’s vast array of cartridges can actually be broken down into basic family groupings. Each family group share the same parent case…although the parent case has probably been modified to achieve a new or different result. Cartridges within the family can easily be organized from least to greatest in caliber, velocity, power, and recoil. By knowing the parent case (size and features), it is simple to determine the overall power potential of a given cartridge in addition to where it lies when comparing it with cartridges of other parent cases.
This poster takes six of the most well-known and influential hunting cartridges displayed at 200% scale so its easy to identify the shared case. These 6 cartridges are the 223 Remington, 30-30 Win, 308 Win, 30-06 Springfield, 300 Winchester Magnum and the 378 Weatherby Magnum. We then picked four or five popular cartridges (at 100% scale) and arranged them from least potent to greatest within that cartridge family.
See the Details section for some ideas of when understanding parent case and family groupings might be useful in your shooting pursuits
As long as you know a cartridge's parent case you can easily identify what family a cartridge belongs to and where that cartridge fits in the family (ie necked down with a smaller/lighter bullet or necked up with a larger/heavier bullet).
A usage example might be a hunter that is confident in a 308 Winchester/Short Action Rifle is looking for a larger caliber cartridge with a heavier bullet for increased stopping power on bigger game. If minimizing recoil or sticking with a short action rifle is a priority, (before jumping to a belted magnum) starting with a 308 sized cartridge may be in their best interest.
Another example could be hunting elk but any recoil greater than a 308 Win is unacceptable. A 7mm-08 or 260 Remington are built on the same case as the 308 and have similar powder charges.
Furthermore many shooters are unaware that a 458 and 338 Win Mag share the same case as a 7mm Rem Mag.
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The MSR & AR Cartridges poster contains 60 cartridges that are commonly available in either a standard, customized, or proprietary MSR or AR platform.