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Re: Favorite bullet for 308 win [Re: Brad] #14640075 03/07/20
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Originally Posted by Brad
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Just picked up a box of 165 Hornady GMX and will do some load development. No accubonds or ttsx in 165 were on shelf


Personally, I wouldn't use a mono over 150 gr's in the 308.


100% agree. You will see faster kills with a maximum 150 grain mono in a 308 in my experience.
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Re: Favorite bullet for 308 win [Re: Esox357] #14640247 03/07/20
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I never took a 308 elk hunting, but if I did, I would either load up a stout 165-168 grain bullet or a 150 grain TTSX. My "beater" Savage Axis 308 shoots 175 grain Barnes LRX bullets very well at 2,600 fps. At an ounce over 7 lbs. it would make a good mountain rifle, and is 1-1-/2 lbs. lighter than the 30-06 I lugged around the Colorado mountains in 2018. Here in the Northeast, 180 grain round nose bullets get the nod for our shots at 100 yards or so.


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Re: Favorite bullet for 308 win [Re: Esox357] #14640277 03/07/20
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Now you tell me 😃

Re: Favorite bullet for 308 win [Re: Esox357] #14641028 03/07/20
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I wouldn’t worry as long as your shots stay under the 350 yrd range. I’ve found the GMX are usually pretty accurate in rifles I’ve loaded them in and the open up well down to 1650-1700fps. I would load up some and see how they shoot in your rifle if moa or better , use them.

Re: Favorite bullet for 308 win [Re: Esox357] #14642440 03/08/20
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In my vast experience, one elk with a .308 and one with a7mm mag, the Nosler partition has worked well for me. The 180 gr. in the .308 dropped on the spot, then rolled down hill a couple hundred yards, and the 160 gr. in the 7mm ran about 100 yards with a double lung hit. To be fair, bot shots were at 150 yards or less. I'll probably not switch.

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duckcall,

Out of curiosity, where did you hit each of those elk?


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After over thinking every possible 308 load I've settled on the 155 scenar with MR 2000. Or Varget. Tons of bullets and loads that work well. Killed two elk with the Scenar and performance was a Better Berger.
165 Federal TTB would be a close second, they shoot into tiny knots. Same powders.
Hard to go wrong with a 308 and any 150-180 gr bullets that shoot well.

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Not much magic pixie dust is needed in a .308 Winchester.


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Re: Favorite bullet for 308 win [Re: Spartacus] #14643706 03/08/20
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Originally Posted by Spartacus
Not much magic pixie dust is needed in a .308 Winchester.


Sure got that right. The 308 was my first big game cartridge as a fledgling teenage hunter. As Bob Dylan said, “I was so much younger then, I’m older than that now.” Still adore the 308 after 42 years.


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Re: Favorite bullet for 308 win [Re: Esox357] #14643953 03/08/20
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Thanks guys.

Have a super accurate load with 155 scenar just havent tested on animals.

Want to try 165 ab as well but will try gmx 1st. Most of my shots should be 300 yards or less with a rare shot over it.

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Mule Deer,
The 308 was quartering away and went in behind the last rib and out through the off shoulder. The second was broadside, behind the shoulders. It broke a rib on the way out, but between ribs on the entrance. I think that it helped that neither was alarmed before the shot. In case you meant where, the 308 in Wyoming and the 7mm in Montana.

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Originally Posted by duckcall
Mule Deer,
In case you meant where, the 308 in Wyoming and the 7mm in Montana.



🤪🤪🤪

That’s funny right there.


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Re: Favorite bullet for 308 win [Re: Brad] #14646613 03/09/20
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Originally Posted by Brad
Any 165 over 46.0 Varget. I've used Accubonds, Speer Hotcores, Hornady Interlocks. My rifle is currently loaded with 165 Sierra Gamekings.

My favorites would a 165 Partition, Accubond, or Ballistic Tip, in that order.
there you go. do this .

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Try the sierra 165 hpbt.

Re: Favorite bullet for 308 win [Re: Esox357] #14661635 03/14/20
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Never used sierra much slways thought they were a soft bullet? I might be misinformed though.

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Originally Posted by Esox357
Never used sierra much slways thought they were a soft bullet? I might be misinformed though.


The Sierra GameKing's are relatively "soft", but 308 velocities are easy on bullets. They shoot great in my 308, and I'm completely unconcerned about their performance on elk.


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Re: Favorite bullet for 308 win [Re: Esox357] #14662291 03/14/20
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Thanks Brad. I ll give em a shot!

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150, 165 or 180 Nosler Partition, they all work.

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165g Sierra HPBT, Game king

150g Hornady flat base spt

165g Hornady interlock

150g Partition

All are excellent on deer.

Elk, 165 or 180g Partitions, 180g Hornady Interlock

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Unfortunately im not impressed with my experience with 180 partitions.

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