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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 HIT 10,4g

Field of applications

Highly suited Highly suited Highly suited Elk, Oryx, Red deer, Fallow deer, Wild boar, Chamois
Well qualified Well qualified Buffalo, Bear, Roe deer
Suitable Badger, Fox
50m 100m 150m 200m 250m 300m
100m 50m -1.1 100m 150m -2.2 200m -7.9 250m -17.6 300m -31.8
MRD 201m 50m 1.0 100m 4.0 150m 3.9 200m 0.1 250m -7.6 300m -19.7
BC-Value: 0.338


Type of bullet: Leaded / Leadfree Leadfree deformation bullet
Characteristics Superior penetration - leadfree!
Grain Light
Preservation of the game's meat
Stopping effect
Likeliness of exit hole
Cutting of hair at point of impact


0m 50m 100m 150m 200m 250m 300m
mV [m/s] 0970 50921 100873 150828 200785 250742 300700


0m 50m 100m 150m 200m 250m 300m
mE [J] 04798 504398 1003952 1503555 2003195 2502855 3002541

RWS Rifle Cartridge with HIT Bullet (lead-free, stable-mass)

8x68 S

This brand new RWS HIT bullet was developed as a lead-free alternative for hunters who prefer to use non-fragmenting rounds. Despite this new lead-free bullet’s quick response, the expanding segment retains a stable mass. This guarantees deep penetration and reliable exiting even at high impact velocities and/or greater target resistances - such as hits on bone. The bullet’s superior properties fully come into play when used on larger game.  

In contrast to a fragmentation round, the lead-free and stable-mass RWS HIT bullet releases its kinetic energy in the body of the target through 100 % non-fragmentation. As a consequence, you can get the most out of the game you take down.  

As with all RWS rifle cartridges, the new HIT round also combines the usual advantages associated with our brand: it’s reliably effective, precise, causes less wear and tear on the barrel and is cutting-edge in design. RWS HIT Matrix – our cutting-edge bullet design:  

RWS TC Tip (bullet tip with 2 hollow chambers)The innovative bullet tip from RWS HIT serves two important functions: Its streamlined shape gives it has an improved BC value and longer trajectory. That, in turn, means: higher bullet velocity and greater impact energy.The interaction between the two hollow chambers produces lightning fast expansion across the entire front-end of the bullet. That guarantees a high shock effect and ensures game is brought down on the spot.  

RWS ACC (hollow-point bullet design)The Active Crater Cavity (ACC) provides for optimum absorption of the initial deformation triggered by the TC tip, which acts to further accelerate the deformation process. This results in perfect, fragment-free expansion with predetermined spreading immediately upon impact.

RWS HIT at a glance:

  •  lead-free hunting ammunition
  •  avaiilable in calibre 270 Win., .270 WSM, 7 mm Rem. Mag., 7x64, 7x65 R, .308 Win., .308 Win. Short Rifle, .30-06, .300 Win. Mag., 8x57 JS, 8x57 JRS, 8x68 S, 9,3x62, 9,3x74 R and 10,3x68 Mag.
  • stable-mass deformation bullet
  • deep penetration and reliable exit wound
  • high imact velocities
  • best preservation of venison
  • cartridge for strong game

Structure of the HIT bullet   

  1. RWS ACC (Active Crater Cavity) for actively accelerated mushrooming and high shock effect
  2. RWS TC tip (Twin Compression Tip): with 2 cavities for initial deformation and flat trajectory
  3. Nickel-plated, solid copper projectile with extremely high BC value
  4. Boat tail base for flexibility and in-flight stability
  5. Performance grooves for better delivery



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