The .308 Marlin Express is one of the newer calibers we have looked at. It was developed in 2007 with a joint venture between Marlin Firearms and Hornady with intention to duplicate the performance of the .308 Winchester round. It’s intended firearm is the lever action rifle, hence why it has the semi-rimmed case. According to Hornady’s LEVERevolution line of cartridges, the .308 Marlin Express has the highest velocity among production cartridges that are designed for lever action rifles.
The benefit many hunters see in the .308 Marlin Express is the reach their shot has. When compared with the most popular lever action round, the .30-30, the .308 Marlin Express has 360 feet per second more velocity, as well as more than 600 ft-lbf of energy, giving it an increase in penetration at longer distances.
Seeing the increase in performance, Remington jumped on the .308 Marlin Express bandwagon and began producing the ammo. However, despite its performance, Remington and Hornady are the only two manufactures creating the ammo. That’s why it’s becoming more and more popular for shooters to reload these rounds, giving them more access to the ammunition. It’s fair to say, though, that as hunting seasons come and go, more shooters will be moving to the .308 Marlin Express; especially those who love lever action rifles.
Each box contains 50 once fired brass shell casings. All Hornady headstamps. This is unprocessed brass sourced from commercial shooting ranges. The casings have been washed and polished, but not resized and may still contain the spent primer.It is recommended that all brass be inspected prior to being reloaded and fired.