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.

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CALIBER,muzzle energy (foot-pounds),bullet diameter (inches),max bullet weight (grains),muzzle velocity (feet/sec)
700 Nitro Express,8883,0.700,1000,2000
500 Jeffery (12.7 x 70mm Schuler),8116,0.510,600,2468
460 Weatherby Magnum,8064,0.458,600,2460
600 Nitro Express,7995,0.620,900,2000
577 Nitro Express,7000,0.585,750,2050
10.57 Lazzeroni Meteor LM,6816,0.416,400,2770
416 Weatherby Magnum,6500,0.416,400,2705
416 Rigby,6097,0.416,450,2470
465 H&H Magnum,6013,0.468,480,2375
505 Gibbs,5876,0.505,600,2100
500 Nitro Express,5851,0.510,570,2150
378 Weatherby Magnum,5759,0.375,300,2940
8.59 Lazzeroni Titan LM,5523,0.338,250,3154
338-378 Weatherby Magnum,5298,0.338,300,2820
416 Remington Magnum,5160,0.416,400,2410
458 Winchester Mag,5133,0.458,500,2150
475 Nitro Express No 2,5133,0.483,500,2150
476 Westley Richards,5093,0.476,520,2100
470 Nitro Express,5015,0.474,600,1940
400 H&H Magnum,5011,0.411,400,2375
375 RUM,4984,0.375,300,2735
450 Nitro Express,4928,0.458,480,2150
465 Nitro Express,4928,0.468,480,2150
30-378 Weatherby Magnum,4863,0.308,220,3155
7.82 Lazzeroni Warbird LM,4808,0.308,220,3137
375 Ruger,4714,0.375,300,2660
338 Lapua Magnum,4696,0.338,300,2655
375 Weatherby Magnum,4679,0.375,300,2650
338 RUM,4669,0.338,275,2765
375 H&H Mag,4661,0.375,300,2645
358 STA,4626,0.358,300,2635
7.21 Lazzeroni Firebird LM,4370,0.284,160,3507
8.59 Lazzeroni Galaxy SM,4331,0.338,250,2793
358 Norma Magnum,4291,0.358,250,2780
300 RUM,4123,0.308,220,2905
7.82 Lazzeroni Patriot SM,4084,0.308,220,2891
340 Weatherby Magnum,4050,0.338,275,2575
300 Weatherby Magnum,3982,0.308,220,2855
450-400 Nitro Express (3″),3918,0.408,400,2100
404 Jeffery,3918,0.422,400,2100
338 Winchester Magnum,3902,0.338,300,2420
8mm Remington Magnum,3899,0.323,220,2825
376 Steyr,3870,0.375,300,2410
300 Winchester Magnum,3724,0.308,250,2590
45-70 (Modern actions),3719,0.458,500,1830
7mm RUM,3663,0.284,175,3070
300 H&H Magnum,3653,0.308,250,2565
450 Marlin,3643,0.458,400,2025
350 Remington Magnum,3610,0.358,250,2550
7mm STW,3592,0.284,195,2880
338-06,3582,0.338,250,2540
7mm Weatherby Magnum,3545,0.284,175,3020
7.21 Lazzeroni Tomahawk SM,3542,0.284,175,3019
300 WSM,3535,0.308,220,2690
9.3mm x 62 Mauser,3494,0.366,300,2290
308 Norma Magnum,3470,0.308,250,2500
8mm x 68 Schuler,3431,0.323,220,2650
325 WSM,3431,0.323,220,2650
338 Ruger Compact Magnum,3430,0.338,225,2620
35 Whelen,3429,0.358,250,2485
405 Winchester,3361,0.412,400,1945
30-06 Ackley Improved,3359,0.308,200,2750
50 Alaskan,3346,0.510,525,1694
300 Remington SAUM,3341,0.308,220,2615
270 Weatherby Magnum,3305,0.277,160,3050
9.3mm x 64 Brennecke,3294,0.366,293,2250
300 Ruger Compact Magnum,3262,0.308,200,2710
9.3x74R,3254,0.366,300,2210
6.53 Lazzeroni Scramjet LM,3211,0.257,115,3546
7mm Remington SAUM,3190,0.284,175,2865
270 WSM,3156,0.277,180,2810
7mm WSM,3047,0.284,175,2800
7mm Remington Magnum,3047,0.284,175,2800
338 Federal,2987,0.338,225,2445
264 Winchester Magnum,2958,0.264,160,2885
280 Ackley Improved,2928,0.284,175,2745
30-06 Springfield,2886,0.308,250,2280
358 Winchester,2886,0.358,250,2280
444 Marlin,2882,0.430,300,2080
8mm Mauser (8×57),2861,0.323,220,2420
7×61 Sharp & Hart,2833,0.284,175,2700
257 Weatherby Magnum,2824,0.257,120,3255
6.71 Lazzeroni Phantom SM,2804,0.264,140,3003
7.62 x 54R Russian,2803,0.308,220,2395
6.5mm x 68 Schuler,2789,0.264,140,2995
6.5mm Remington Magnum,2697,0.264,140,2945
308 Winchester,2644,0.308,200,2440
280 Remington/7mm Express Remington,2597,0.284,175,2585
270 Winchester,2579,0.277,180,2540
356 Winchester,2531,0.358,250,2135
284 Winchester,2526,0.284,195,2415
6.5mm/06,2495,0.264,160,2650
7mm-08 Remington,2478,0.284,175,2525
303 British,2450,0.312,215,2265
6.5-284,2439,0.264,160,2620
6.17 Lazzeroni Spitfire SM,2416,0.243,100,3298
240 Weatherby Magnum,2399,0.243,115,3065
260 Remington,2393,0.264,160,2595
25 Winchester SSM,2367,0.257,120,2980
25/284,2351,0.257,125,2910
307 Winchester,2350,0.308,200,2300
6.5 Creedmore,2290,0.264,142,2695
6.5mmx55 Swedish Mauser,2265,0.264,160,2525
308 Marlin Express,2248,0.308,170,2440
257 Roberts Improved,2241,0.257,120,2900
6mm-284,2200,0.243,115,2935
25-06 Remington,2176,0.257,125,2800
25-308,2165,0.257,120,2850
6mm Remington (244),2118,0.243,115,2880
243 Winchester,2103,0.243,107,2975
243 Winchester SSM,2100,0.243,100,3075
220 Jaybird,2047,0.224,69,3655
6.5 x 50 Japanese,2038,0.264,160,2395
257 Roberts,1994,0.257,125,2680
35 Remington,1974,0.358,220,2010
7mm BR Remington,1957,0.284,168,2290
7×57,1950,0.284,175,2240
300 Savage,1940,0.308,200,2090
223 Winchester SSM,1931,0.224,77,3360
30-40 Krag,1896,0.308,220,1970
25-303,1894,0.257,117,2700
7-30 Waters,1855,0.284,168,2230
270/303,1840,0.277,150,2350
6.5mm BR,1809,0.264,142,2395
22-250 Ackley Improved,1797,0.224,70,3400
30-30 Winchester,1778,0.308,170,2170
250 Savage (250-3000),1767,0.257,120,2575
220 Swift,1755,0.224,70,3360
6.8mm Remington SPC,1740,0.277,115,2610
5.6×57 RWS,1736,0.224,74,3250
225 Winchester,1647,0.224,70,3255
6mm PPC,1644,0.243,107,2630
6mm BR Remington,1631,0.243,107,2620
22-250 Remington,1587,0.224,70,3195
6.5×54 Mannlicher-Schoenauer,1567,0.264,160,2100
6.5mm x 52 Mannlicher-Carcano,1545,0.264,160,2085
6mmx45 (6mm-223),1519,0.243,100,2615
5.6×50 Magnum,1494,0.224,70,3100
22 BR Remington,1489,0.224,70,3095
6×47,1391,0.243,85,2715
22 PPC,1367,0.224,55,3345
224 Weatherby Magnum,1307,0.224,70,2900
222 Remington Magnum,1297,0.224,63,3045
257 Kimber,1286,0.257,117,2225
204 Ruger ,1250,0.204,50,3355
223 Remington,1229,0.224,90,2480
222 Remington,1093,0.224,63,2795
6mm-222,1085,0.243,100,2210
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,927,0.257,87,2190
17 Remington Fireball,849,0.172,30,3570
218 Bee,783,0.224,50,2655
22 K Hornet,730,0.224,55,2445
22 Hornet,632,0.224,55,2275
17 Hornet,594,0.172,30,2985
22 Rimfire Magnum,302,0.223,50,1650
17HMR,251,0.172,20,2375
22 Rimfire,111,0.223,40,1120
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