The .300 Norma Magnum is a high-performance, long-range rifle cartridge that was developed by the Swedish company Norma Precision in 2012. Designed to provide excellent ballistics and accuracy at extended ranges, the .300 Norma Mag has gained popularity among precision shooters and military forces, including the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which adopted the cartridge for their Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR) program.
The .300 Norma Mag is based on the .338 Norma Magnum case, necked down to accept a .30 caliber (7.62mm) bullet. The cartridge is designed to handle heavy-for-caliber, high-ballistic-coefficient bullets, typically weighing between 190 and 230 grains. This results in impressive muzzle velocities ranging from 2,800 to 3,100 feet per second, depending on the bullet weight and powder charge.
One of the primary advantages of the .300 Norma Mag is its long-range performance. The cartridge exhibits a flat trajectory and retains significant energy at extended ranges, making it ideal for precision shooting and long-range hunting applications. Additionally, the .300 Norma Mag has demonstrated exceptional accuracy, with many shooters reporting sub-MOA groupings at distances beyond 1,000 yards.
The .300 Norma Magnum is best suited for experienced shooters who require a highly accurate, long-range cartridge for applications such as precision target shooting, military sniping, or hunting large game at extended distances. Although the cartridge may have higher recoil and ammunition costs compared to some other .30 caliber options, its performance characteristics make it a highly effective and versatile choice for those seeking the ultimate in long-range ballistics.