Most Powerful Calibers

The Most Powerful Rifle Calibres

Here are the worlds most powerful hunting rifle calibers, in descending order, based solely on developed muzzle energy.

CALIBERmuzzle energy (foot-pounds)bullet diameter (inches)muzzle velocity (feet/sec) 
700 Nitro Express8883
0.700 10002000
500 Jeffery (12.7 x 70mm Schuler)
8116 0.510 6002468
460 Weatherby Magnum
8064 0.458600 2460
600 Nitro Express
79950.620 9002000
577 Nitro Express
7000 0.585 7502050
10.57 Lazzeroni Meteor LM 6816
0.416 400,2770
416 Weatherby Magnum
65000.416 4002705
416 Rigby,,,,
6097 0.416 4502470
465 H&H Magnum
6013 0.468 4802375
505 Gibbs,,,,
5876 0.505 600 2100
500 Nitro Express
58510.510 570 2150
378 Weatherby Magnum
5759 0.375 3002940
8.59 Lazzeroni Titan LM
55230.338 2503154
338-378 Weatherby Magnum
5298 0.338 300 2820
416 Remington Magnum
5160 0.416 4002410
458 Winchester Mag
5133 0.458 5002150
475 Nitro Express No 2
5133 0.483 5002150
476 Westley Richards
5093 0.476 5202100
470 Nitro Express
5015 0.474 6001940
400 H&H Magnum 5011 0.41 400 2375
375 RUM
49840.375 300 2735
450 Nitro Express
4928 0.458480 2150
465 Nitro Express, 4928 0.468 480 2150
30-378 Weatherby Magnum
48630.308 2203155
7.82 Lazzeroni Warbird LM
4808 0.308 220 3137
375 Ruger 4714 0.375300 2660
338 Lapua Magnum 4696 0.338 300 2655
375 Weatherby Magnum
4679 0.375 3002650
338 RUM
46690.338 2752765
375 H&H Mag
4661 0.375 3002645
358 STA
4626 0.358 3002635
7.21 Lazzeroni Firebird LM
4370 0.284 1603507
8.59 Lazzeroni Galaxy SM
4331 0.338250 2793
358 Norma Magnum
4291 0.358 2502780
300 RUM
4123 0.308220 2905
7.82 Lazzeroni Patriot SM
4084 0.308220 2891
340 Weatherby Magnum
4050 0.338 2752575
300 Weatherby Magnum
39820.308 2202855
450-400 Nitro Express (3")
3918 0.408 400 2100
404 Jeffery
3918 0.422 4002100
338 Winchester Magnum
3902 0.338300 2420
8mm Remington Magnum
3899 0.323 2202825
376 Steyr
3870 0.375300 2410
300 Winchester Magnum
3724 0.308 250 2590
45-70 (Modern actions)
37190.458 5001830
7mm RUM
3663 0.284 1753070
300 H&H Magnum
36530.308 2502565
450 Marlin,,,,
36430.458 400 2025
350 Remington Magnum
3610 0.3582502550
7mm STW
3592 0.284 1952880
338-06
3582 0.338 2502540
7mm Weatherby Magnum
3545 0.284175 3020
7.21 Lazzeroni Tomahawk SM
3542 0.284 1753019
300 WSM
3535 0.308 2202690
9.3mm x 62 Mauser,,,,
3494 0.366 3002290
308 Norma Magnum
34700.308 2502500
8mm x 68 Schuler
3431 0.323220 2650
325 WSM3431 0.323220 2650
35 Whelen
3429 0.358 2502485
405 Winchester,,,,
3361 0.412 4001945
30-06 Ackley Improved
3359 0.308 200 2750
50 Alaska
3346 0.510 5251694
300 Remington SAUM
3341 0.308220 2615
270 Weatherby Magnum
3305 0.277 1603050
270 Weatherby Magnum
33050.277 160 3050
9.3mm x 64 Brennecke
3294 0.366 2932250
300 Ruger Compact Magnum
32620.308 200 2710
9.3x74R
3254 0.366 3002210
6.53 Lazzeroni Scramjet LM
32110.257 115 3546
7mm Remington SAUM
3190 0.284175 2865
270 WSM
31560.277 1802810
7mm WSM
3047 0.284175 2800
7mm Remington Magnum
3047 0.284 1752800
338 Federal
2987 0.338 225 2445
264 Winchester Magnum
2958 0.264 1602885
280 Ackley Improved
2928 0.284 1752745
30-06 Springfield
2886 0.308250 2280
358 Winchester
2886 0.358250 2280
444 Marlin
2882 0.430 3002080
8mm Mauser (8x57)
2861 0.323220 2420
7x61 Sharp & Hart
28330.284 1752700
257 Weatherby Magnum
2824 0.257120 3255
6.71 Lazzeroni Phantom SM
2804 0.264 1403003
7.62 x 54R Russian
2803 0.308 2202395
6.5mm x 68 Schuler
2789 0.264 1402995
6.5mm Remington Magnum
2697 0.264 140 2945
308 Winchester
2644 0.308 200 2440
280 Remington/7mm Express Remington
2597 0.284175 2585
270 Winchester
2579 0.277 180 2540
356 Winchester
2531 0.358 2502135
284 Winchester
25260.284 195 2415
6.5mm/06
2495 0.264160 2650
7mm-08 Remington
2478 0.284 1752525
303 British
24500.312 2152265
6.5-284,,,,
2439 0.264 160 2620
6.17 Lazzeroni Spitfire SM
24160.243 1003298
240 Weatherby Magnum
2399 0.243 1153065
260 Remington
2393 0.264160 2595
25 Winchester SSM
2367 0.257 1202980
25/284
2351 0.257 1252910
307 Winchester
2350 0.308200 2300
6.5 Creedmore
22900.264 1422695
6.5mmx55 Swedish Mauser
2265 0.264160 2525
308 Marlin Express
2248 0.308 1702440
257 Roberts Improved
22410.257 120 2900
6mm-284
22000.243 1152935
25-06 Remington,,,,
2176 0.257 1252800
25-308
2165 0.257120
6mm Remington (244)
2118 0.243 1152880
243 Winchester
2103 0.243 1072975
243 Winchester SSM,,,,
2100 0.243100 3075
220 Jaybird,,,,
2047 0.224 693655
6.5 x 50 Japanese
2038 0.264 1602395
257 Roberts
1994 0.257125 2680
35 Remington
1974 0.358 2202010
7mm BR Remington
1957 0.284 168 2290
7x57
1950 0.284 1752240
300 Savage
1940 0.308200 2090
223 Winchester SSM
1931 0.22477 3360
30-40 Krag
1896 0.308 220 1970
25-303
1894 0.257 1172700
7-30 Waters
1855 0.284168 2230
270/303
1840 0.277150 2350
6.5mm BR 1809 0.264 1422395
22-250 Ackley Improved
17970.224 703400
30-30 Winchester 17780.308 170 2170
250 Savage (250-3000)
1767 0.257 120
220 Swift
1755 0.22470 3360
6.8mm Remington SPC
1740 0.277 1152610
5.6x57 RWS
1736 0.224 743250
225 Winchester
1647 0.224 70 3255
6mm PPC
1644 0.243 1072630
6mm BR Remington
1631 0.243107 2620
22-250 Remington
1587 0.224 70 3195
6.5x54 Mannlicher-Schoenauer
1567 0.264160 2100
6.5mm x 52 Mannlicher-Carcano
1545 0.264 160 2085
6mmx45 (6mm-223)
1519 0.243100 2615
5.6x50 Magnum
1494 0.224 70 3100
22 BR Remington
1489 0.224 703095
6x47
1391 0.24385 2715
22 PPC
1367 0.22455 3345
224 Weatherby Magnum
1307 0.224 70 2900
222 Remington Magnum
1297 0.22463 3045
257 Kimber
1286 0.257 117 2225
204 Ruger
1250 0.204 50 3355
223 Remington
12290.224 90 2480
222 Remington
10930.224 632795
6mm-222
10850.243 100 2210
221 Remington Fireball
1059 0.224 55 2945
25 Remington
1039 0.257 117 2000
17 Remington
932 0.172 30 3740
256 Winchester Magnum
9270.257 87 2190
17 Remington Fireball
849 0.172 30 3570
218 Bee
783 0.22450 2655
22 K Hornet
730 0.224 55 2445
22 Hornet
632 0.224 55 2275
17 Hornet 594
0.17230 2985
22 Rimfire Magnum
302 0.223 501650
17HMR
2510.172 202375
22 Rimfire
111 0.22340 1120