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#11203669 - 05/23/16 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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#11323600 - 07/22/16 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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My new Sako A7 Stainless Synthetic is loving the 168g Amax over R17...

168g Amax / FC brass / CCI 200 / 49g R17 / 2.898" oal.

This puts the bullet about 0.005 into the lands and still allows the cartridge to fit comfortably in the magazine.

MV is a smidge over 2700fps. I can run them warmer but no need. 22.5" barrel.

Accuracy has been right on 0.75moa at 125 to 260y for a mix of 3 and 4 shot groups, with a small handful of 5 shot groups too.

#11323795 - 07/22/16 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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47.5 gr W-748 + CCI-250 + 150 NBT continues to amaze . . .

#11354299 - 08/05/16 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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My daughter has had great results with her 308 Vanguard and 45.0 gr IMR 4895 behind a 130 Barnes TTSX. Gives her 2947 fps on the chrono. Everything she has hit so far was one shot and done.


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#11653460 - 12/12/16 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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A bullet to consider for 308 is the black tip Blackout 110 copper bullet. It can be launched at moderate velocities 2400-2700 fps and it is low recoil and devastating on critters.

#11655032 - 12/13/16 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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I have been wanting to try the 130TTSX. The 62 grain bullets at that speed kill pigs. If you double the weight it should be really good.

#11655134 - 12/13/16 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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The 130TTSX is a very effective bullet in the 308win, as it can make some pretty good speeds. My father had very good success with it on whitetails at 2,900fps+ from a 20" barrel.


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#11695100 - 12/29/16 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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After reading all this load discussion I decided to try Varget in my 308. So, I collected some Lapua cases, Varget & 155 Scenars. Loaded 48.5 grains & managed to seat the Scenar's enough for them to stay in the case. First three shots went into the same hole measuring .360 @ 2890 fps average.

Of course, it relegated my rifle to a two shooter. But, I don't care. One shot is all you need anyway.

Thinkin' that's good enough.


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#11808813 - 02/08/17 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: scottfromdallas]  
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Originally Posted by scottfromdallas
Here are a couple loads my new Savage Lightweight Hunter liked. Velocities were from a 20" barrel. These are the first and only two loads I've tried so far in this rifle. I think I'm going to like this one.

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good lookin LWH!


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#11808851 - 02/08/17 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: n8dawg6]  
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Originally Posted by n8dawg6
lately I've been sending a lot out rnds downrange consisting of:

win brass
sierra 165 or bulk 168
42.0 H4895
cci 200

FL-sizing the brass, seating to 2.82" COAL, prints sub-MOA in all 3 of my .308's.

works well in a ruger Merican Shawty:

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#11808871 - 02/08/17 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: n8dawg6]  
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If you want more speed you can probably hit another node right at Hodgdon's 43.5 grain max load. However I don't load them wide open most of the time either.

#11808923 - 02/08/17 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: mathman]  
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i hear ya ... things honestly get a little snappy in that rifle with the light weight and 18" spout.


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#11831261 - 02/16/17 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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I never ever thought I would own a wimpy 308, but it kills just as well as the magnum cannons I own. Cheaper, easier on you, just plain fun. Should have had one years ago!!

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#11868884 - 03/02/17 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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Whitetail/Mulie/Lope load that works better than it should !

125 Ballistic Tip

48.0 gr Varget

Win case and standard primer.



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#11907397 - 03/18/17 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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Share more info on the 125 NBT please? Curious how stout it is on whitetails and what speeds you can get. SPS has some available....

#11989741 - 04/22/17 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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Just got back from the range!!

WW brass, WW Mag Primer, BArnes 130 gr TTSX and 48 gr Varget! Very Impressed!
Lightweight SAKO action pencil barrel single shot: 3/4 inch group at 100, Little windy and barrel warm due to load evaluation.

I'll try to chrono tomorrow but according to Barnes' site I should be right at 3100 fps!

#11991300 - 04/23/17 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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So much for the reloading manuals and web sites! 5 shots, 2960 average speed, 24 (23.5) in barrel.

I'm hoping to borrow a friend's shorter barrel 308 and see what his rifle gets: I have a 243 and shot it against a shorter barrel - mine's 21; her's is 18.5. Her's shot faster! Not alot, maybe 50-60 fps IIRC.

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