Chart of All Rifle Cartridges by Case Capacity

All of the components of a rifle cartridge: a primer, the case, the gun powder, and a bullet.

Knowing the internal volume of a rifle cartridge, or its water capacity, is a valuable metric for understanding the cartridge’s potential for velocity because of increase space for powder; however, water capacity numbers are all over the map as everyone seems to measure somewhat differently.

The following chart shows the usable interior case volume of all popular rifle cartridges, measured in cubic inches and assuming a standard .013″ brass thickness.

By “usable case capacity,” I mean the internal area of the body of the case and shoulder, but none of the neck. This would be the space occupied by powder in the case of a flat-based bullet that doesn’t protrude into the powder column.

The chart is ranked from the largest internal volume (.50 BMG), to the smallest internal volume (.22LR). The caliber and case length are provided for reference.

CartridgeUsable Case Capacity (cubic inches)CaliberCase Length (in)
.50 BMG1.4053290.513.95
.338-378 Weatherby Mag0.5846410.3382.91
.416 Weatherby Magnum0.5629190.4162.91
.378 Weatherby Magnum0.5619750.3752.91
.30-378 Weatherby Mag0.5133950.3082.91
.338 Lapua Magnum0.5097070.3382.72
7mm RUM0.4999800.2842.85
.300 RUM0.4986400.3082.85
.416 Rigby0.4803800.4162.90
.338 RUM0.4781140.3382.76
.26 Nosler0.4521200.2642.59
.28 Nosler0.4509370.2842.59
.458 Win Mag0.4480920.4582.50
.27 Nosler0.4393640.2772.59
.30 Nosler0.4390660.3082.56
7 STW0.4326840.2842.85
.375 Ruger0.4244680.3752.58
.300 Weatherby Magnum0.4232920.3082.83
6.5-300 Weatherby Mag0.4232780.2642.83
.340 Weatherby Magnum0.4232420.3382.83
.416 Ruger0.4202810.4162.58
.416 Remington Magnum0.4182040.4162.85
.300 PRC0.4177870.3082.58
.33 Nosler0.4171780.3382.46
.338 Win Mag0.4092460.3382.75
.300 Win Mag0.3969060.3082.62
.375 H&H0.3938210.3752.85
.264 Winchester Magnum0.3732580.2642.50
7mm Rem Mag0.3714320.2842.50
7mm Weatherby Magnum0.3682770.2842.55
.270 Weatherby Magnum0.3682360.2772.55
.257 Weatherby Magnum0.3681340.2572.549
.45-70 Govt0.3678970.4582.11
6.5 Weatherby RPM0.3634250.2642.57
7 WSM0.3611360.2842.10
.338 Weatherby RPM0.3597660.3382.55
7mm PRC0.3595920.2842.28
.270 WSM0.3532780.2772.10
.300 WSM0.3517460.3082.10
.325 WSM0.3509450.3232.10
.444 Marlin0.3428590.4292.23
6.8 Western0.3353430.2772.02
7 SAUM0.3239000.2842.04
.300 Ruger (RCM)0.3199720.3082.10
.280 Ackley Improved0.3117750.2842.53
9.3 x 62mm Mauser0.3085910.3662.44
6.5 PRC0.3078130.2642.03
.280 Remington0.3003110.2842.54
6.5-284 Norma Match0.2951760.2642.17
.25-06 Remington0.2943110.2572.49
.270 Winchester0.2925590.2772.54
.30-06 Springfield0.2892890.3082.49
.35 Whelen0.2824600.3582.49
.240 Weatherby Magnum0.2802260.2432.50
.450 Bushmaster0.2725190.4521.70
6.5 x 55 Swedish Mauser0.2517680.2642.17
7mm Mauser0.2491610.2842.24
.277 Sig Fury0.2477710.2772.02
6mm Remington0.2469080.2432.23
.243 Winchester0.2419250.2432.05
.260 Remington0.2403520.2642.04
7mm-08 Remington0.2389040.2842.04
.308 Winchester0.2358510.3082.02
.338 Federal0.2329380.3382.02
.22 Creedmoor0.2281560.2241.92
6mm Creedmoor0.2273130.2431.92
6.5 Creedmoor0.2264830.2641.92
400 Legend0.2202370.40051.65
.220 Swift0.2182190.2242.21
360 Buckhammer0.2039510.3592.16
6mm GT0.1933040.2431.73
.350 Legend0.1780460.3571.71
.30-30 Winchester0.1682280.3082.04
6mm BR0.1598950.2431.56
.22 Nosler0.1597250.2241.76
6.5 Grendel0.1514420.2641.52
6.8 Remington SPC0.1503960.2771.69
6mm ARC0.1441260.2431.49
.204 Ruger0.1414750.2041.85
7.62 x 39mm0.1410540.3081.53
.224 Valkyrie0.1378990.2241.60
.223 / 5.560.1302790.2241.76
.222 Remington0.1146290.2241.70
.300 Blackout0.0913660.3081.37
.17 Hornet0.0592310.1721.35
.22 Hornet0.0484340.2241.40
.17 WSM0.0439540.1721.20
.22 Mag (WMR)0.0362450.2241.06
.17 HMR0.0303730.1721.06

Measuring Case Capacity of Rifle Cartridges

Usually, rifle cartridges are measured by the water capacity of the case. This is a good measurement because it only looks at the internal volume instead of looking at the exterior dimensions of the case.

However, it has a major limitation of making it difficult to measure the capacity without including the neck volume. Neck volume shouldn’t be included in case capacity calculations because it isn’t space that can be occupied by powder.

Consequently, I am showing the case capacity of all popular rifle cartridges by actually doing the math from the published drawings of the case to determine the precise internal volume of each cartridge.