RWS centerfire rifle cartridges in calibre 8x68 S

RWS centerfire rifle cartridges in calibre 8x68 S

The 8x68 S is a first-class cartridge for all mountain game up to argali or elk. But it is also ideal for "plains game" hunting in the African savannas. With bullet weights from 9.0 g to 14.5 g the cartridge can be used universally worldwide for heavy cloven-hoofed game. The 8x68 S is a highly accurate cartridge, which due to its high velocity is optimally suited for long distances. 

The cartridge was developed by RWS in 1939, and is also called a belt-less magnum cartridge. It represents a different performance class than the 8 mm standard cartridge 8x57 JS. 

Due to its high velocity, the 8x68 S in particular increases the effective range. As a rule, the effectiveness of the 8x68 S is somewhat better than with calibre .30 Magnum cartridges. 

RWS RWS 8x68 S EVO 13,0g

Field of applications

Highly suited Highly suited Highly suited Bear, Elk, Oryx, Red deer, Fallow deer, Wild boar, Chamois
Well qualified Well qualified Buffalo
Suitable Roe deer
50m 100m 150m 200m 250m 300m
100m 50m -0.8 100m 150m -3.0 200m -10.1 250m -22.0 300m -39.1
MRD 184m 50m 1.2 100m 4.0 150m 3.1 200m -2.1 250m -11.9 300m -27.0
BC-Value: 0.350


Type of bullet: Leaded / Leadfree Leaded deformation bullet
Characteristics Guaranteed performance - irrespective of distance and game weight
Grain Heavy
Preservation of the game's meat
Very high
Stopping effect
Very high
Likeliness of exit hole
Cutting of hair at point of impact


0m 50m 100m 150m 200m 250m 300m
mV [m/s] 0895 50850 100807 150765 200724 250684 300646


0m 50m 100m 150m 200m 250m 300m
mE [J] 05207 504696 1004233 1503804 2003407 2503041 3002713

RWS centerfire rifle cartridge with Evolution-bullet

Bullet RWS EVO Evolution
8x68 S

Following intensive development, RWS presents a new generation of deformation bullets. They have brought together the best of the latest technologies to produce their new Evolution bullet. Using the most up to date bonding techniques, combined with a brilliant jacket design, the Evolution will give impressive performance at all usual hunting distances.

Bullet RWS Evolution deformation process
RWS hunting bullet deformation process EVO
Deformation process bullet RWS Evolution

Construction Evolution-bullet


  1. Lead core bonded (=fused) with the jacket for convincing penetration 
  2. Cannelure for a solid bullet seat 
  3. Rapid-X-Tip for optimal response in the game's body 
  4. Sharp edge for cutting of hair at point of impact 
  5. Nickel-plated Tombac jacket for increased barrel life 
  6. Ballistic calotte for flight stability and precision at long distance

Mode of action

Shot on a block of gelatine with a length of 35 cm. Shot distance: 100 Meters. Caliber: .30-06 

  1. Energy transfer on lightweight game (at 10 cm): 1.276 J 
  2. Energy transfer on heavyweight game (at 15 cm): 2.148 J 
  3. Total energy transfer: 3.297 J 
  4. Maximum energy: 185 at 10 cm 
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