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| .308 Marlin Express Type Rifle Place of origin USA colspan="3" style="background: lightsteelblue; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"
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| Production history Designer Marlin / Hornady Manufacturer Hornady Produced 2007 colspan="3" style="background: lightsteelblue; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"
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| Specifications Parent case .307 Winchester Case type Rimmed, bottleneck Bullet diameter .308 in (Expression error: Unexpected < operator.
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Source: 308 Marlin Express LEVERevolution at Hornady web site

The .308 Marlin Express is a new cartridge developed by Marlin Firearms and Hornady. It is based on the .307 Winchester with a goal to duplicate .308 Winchester performance. The cartridge uses a slightly shorter, rimmed case to function in lever action rifles. As introduced in Hornady's LEVERevolution line of cartridges, it is the highest velocity production cartridge designed for lever action rifles with tubular magazines.

ComparisonEdit

The .308 Marlin Express was designed to produce performance similar to the .308 Winchester. This would give lever-action hunters improved performance over their .30-30 Winchester rounds. The table below shows how the rounds compare. Note that reloading data for 160 grain bullets for some of the cartridges is not available. Extensive loading data for the .308 Marlin Express is not yet available. This round was designed with a polymer tip, so that the .308 designed would be safe for the tubular magazine of lever action rifles. This softer tip eliminates the hazards of stacking pointed rounds end to end in a tubular magazine.

.308 Marlin Express comparison
Cartridge Bullet Weight Muzzle velocity Muzzle energy
.308 Marlin Express 160 2660 2513 [1]
.30-30 Winchester 160 2300 1880 [2]
.307 Winchester 150 2693 2416 [3]
.307 Winchester 160 2675 2540 [4]
.307 Winchester 170 2570 2494 [3]
.308 Winchester 150 2809 2629 [5]
.308 Winchester 160 2770 2720 [6]
.308 Winchester 168 2712 2744 [5]
.300 Savage 150 2765 2547 [7]
.300 Savage 160 2505 2230 [8]
.300 Savage 170 2676 2624 [7]

CategoriesEdit

Cartridge:rifles
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