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RWS Short Rifle: ammo for short-barreled rifles

RWS Short Rifle ammunition with rifle

The new hunting cartridge line is specially designed for use in 42 to 55 cm long barrels while still delivering full velocity and energy even at long ranges. Two bullet options in .308 Win caliber are available.

The Team of all4hunters.com

RWS introduces a brand new line of cartridges specifically tailored for short-barreled rifles. The new load, aptly named – you guessed it – “Short Rifle” is specially formulated for 42 to 55 cm barrels with a fast burning powder and a high performance primer. 

RWS Short Rifle ammunition in .308 Winchester caliber.
The new RWS Short Rifle ammunition in .308 Winchester caliber.

Offered in .308 Win only for the  moment being, RWS “Short Rifle” cartridges will be available in two bullet choices, a lead-free HIT 9.7 g bullet or a Speed Tip Pro 10.7 g option.

RWS “Short Rifle” line: for hunters who want no compromise

As explained in RWS's fact sheet, “more and more hunters have come to appreciate the advantages of a short and handy barrel”.  This is also due to the increased use of sound moderators (where allowed by law). The downside is that firing standard .308 ammunition in barrels shorter than 55 cm means having a loss of energy and velocity, increased muzzle blast and accelerated moderator wear. Effective range is reduced too.

RWS Short Rifle load with the 10.7g (165gr) Speed Tip Pro bullet.
The RWS Short Rifle load with the 10.7g (165gr) Speed Tip Pro bullet.
RWS Short Rifle Lead-Free HIT bullet.
The RWS Short Rifle load with the 9.7g (150gr) Lead-Free HIT bullet.

The RWS Short Rifle cartridge line is the answer to hunters' needs since the new ammo delivers full velocity and energy even when hunting full game at long ranges. This way hunting tactics can be the same as with longer barreled rifles. 


If you can use a moderator, there are some further advantages. RWS claims that the complete combustion of this fast-burning powder within the barrel itself assures a significantly higher life expectancy for the moderator while producing tighter groups.


For further information please visit RWS website.

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