When years ago the Bows decided to enter the sports cartridges market for rifled barrels he carried out a survey on different calibers, then focusing the continuation of production on a suitably narrow range, wisely expanding the offer on different configurations for the most requested cartridges. The list shows the .308 Win in plain sight. one of the sacred monsters of hunting and shooting charges, derived from the 7,62 NATO replacement, at least in intentions, of the consolidated .30-06 Sprg.
The shortening of the case to 51 mm proved to be optimal for a not exaggerated charge, suitable for providing what is needed in the military specific, even too much if we really want to be honest, and which then proved to be of exceptional accuracy in precision shooting. Alongside these shooting range performances, those in the hunting field were highlighted where only the habit and the vastness of original positions keeps the veteran .30-06 Sprg in vogue. when, especially in rifled semiautomatics, the most recent cartridge born about half a century later, performs its task in an even more efficient way.
The series is at the forefront of the themed proposals by Fiocchi Exacta, a compendium of wisdom and experience that the Casa di Lecco has put in place during the century and a half of life, always spent at the top of the sector. We have had the opportunity to experiment with cartridges of this line of excellence on different calibers, appreciating their accuracy in every detail because the error with a 9 instead of a 10 can relegate the shooter far from the first in the ranking.
The .308 Win. Exacta
Let's examine the package first: box of 20 rigid cardboard cartridges with a beige camouflage bottom and two shades of green that already has the thought of something highly operational, in the sense of functional and precise. In addition to the wording Bows with the GFL logo in the shield (both always beautiful) the writing Exacta is very evident with dimensional games in the letters of this word; below the specification of the caliber, .308 Winchester while on the right the characteristics of the ball are very clear.
Starting from the typology Hollow point boat tail bullet and the weight of 168 grains gives the right evidence to the really careful choice that Fiocchi made by adopting the ball Sierra Match King, one of the best opportunities on the market, moreover sold by the manufacturer at a low price, a factor that helps to keep the price of the finished cartridge within adequate limits for all budgets. This relief means that many shooters, who do not use to shoot an exorbitant number of charges every year, put aside the reload option and entrust this product with the search for the result, which will surely come.
On the back of the box are printed the safety rules written in a myriad of languages: for the prefixed purpose it is never too much. On the bottom the double writing in Italian and English with "20 central fire cartridges" and the notice that the product contains the lead styphnate, inviting you to visit the company website www.fiocchi.com for every eventuality. On the side panels still the double wording Line for rifle or Rifle line with the caliber and specifications of the bullet.
Continuing the examination and then opening the package, the one-piece plastic hive is extracted from which it is easy and convenient to remove the cartridges: nothing more unpleasant, for shooting range, than a container on which to have to tinker to extract every single charge . As you can see, even the smallest details are laudably thought of in the company.
The visual examination fully satisfies: already the cartridges well arranged in their cells show the executive attention of the cases with carefully made bottoms in the primer seats and in their perfectly regular sinking; equally without burrs the extractor grip groove. The body and the shoulder show an excellent calibration of the manufacturing machines and the use of a quality brass on which, at the collar, the annealing is carried out as well as the crimping of the ball. The choice for the latter weighing 168 g allows it to be used on different rifling passes, even the rather fast 12: 1 ”ones. The fire test shows a very contained recoil, an element in favor of the shooter's concentration and, on long series, less fatigue. The cartridges with the predetermined 10 still are not there and we hope they never will, but these Exacta Fiocchi put the shooter in a position to achieve the best results with the minimum efforts, both technical and monetary.
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