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#8771962 - 04/12/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: 79inpa]  
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They're great on deer, I haven't shot a bear.

What do you mean by slightly longer range?

All of the powders you listed will work fine, but I'd start with RL15 or Varget.

CMG 300 BP

#8772008 - 04/12/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: mathman]  
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My friend has gongs set up to 1000 yards in 100 yard increments. I was hoping to make it to 600.

#8772032 - 04/12/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: 79inpa]  
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Even a relatively easy going load should be comfortably supersonic at 600.

#8772505 - 04/12/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: 79inpa]  
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I would start with Varget. Somewhere between 44.5 and 46.0 grains should land you in a sweet spot. RL 15 is also very popular and for good reason. At one time 2520 was widely used by the bench rest crowd in .308, but I have found too much lot to lot variation. Hopefully now that Western Powders has taken over the Accurate line, the will have better consistency.

I love the Plain Jane Hornady bullets in .308 and .30-06. I prefer the 150s for deer in .3008 and prefer the 165s in the '06. My brother preferred the 165s in his .308. He said the did not ruin as much meat as the 150s.

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#8782397 - 04/15/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: LeonHitchcox]  
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I just started working with the Hornady 165 gr. BTSP today. A little slow but accurate. I want to use a 165 gr. bullet on my next hog hunt but those Sierra 150 gr. Pro-Hunters are sweet!

Bullet: Hornady 165 gr. BTSP
Powder: Alliant Reloader 15 43.5 grs.
Primer: Federal 210M
Case: Winchester
LOAL: 2.800 (2.239 Base to Ogive with Stoney Point for 0.033 jump)
Average Velocity: 2531.05 fps
Extreme Spread: 25.87
Standard Deviation: 13.63

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Much easier to shoot with the Limb Saver Pad!

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#8875263 - 05/18/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: pbcaster45]  
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I shot this combo today.

165 grain nosler solid base lead tip
hornady cases
Winchester primers
46 grains varget

shot about .55 out of my skinny barreled Remington 700 adl. I think that I saw a few other people using a similar load here. Is this load really common?

#8875698 - 05/18/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: 79inpa]  
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46 grains of Varget under a 165/168 is a pretty well known in the 308 world.

#8896711 - 05/26/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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Originally Posted by Hondo64d
45gr R15 behind 155gr Bullets seems to be a good accuracy node in my rifle. Two different bullets, two different cases, two different primers but the same powder charge produce great accuracy for me. These are 10 shot groups.

John

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Here's a follow up on the 155gr Scenar load shown above. Shot these on Friday.

400m, 8" plate, .242 MOA

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500m, 8" plate, .309 MOA

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#8997080 - 07/04/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Tattoo]  
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170gr Speer FNSP in front of 53gr H414/W760 yields sub MOA out to 300yds and nearly 2800fps out of my 21" Browning A-Bolt

#9031072 - 07/17/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: John_in_MS]  
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Finalized some R&D for my upcoming muley hunt in November. Using 150 Nosler BT's & Accubonds. Settled on 47.5 gr W-748. Tried 4064 and 4895, but W-748 won (could not find RL-15 unfortunately). Cherry picked 3 rounds with 1 thou bullet runout and put 3 NBT's into 1.30" @ 300 yds last nite. Ruger M-77 Mk-II, 22" Pac-Nor 10" twist 3-groove stainless match. Using Bushy 10x40 for load development, but will switcharoo to Leupy 6x42 w/ M-1 elev turret for the hunt.

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#9158830 - 09/07/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: MuskegMan]  
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I have been shooting the Barnes TTSX 130 grain over 4895 in my .308 and really liked this combination. Found some Barnes TTSX 110's and decided to give them a try.

48 grains of 4895, Barnes TTSX 110, CCI Large Rifle BR primers. Average velocity was 3095 fps. No signs of pressure. I think I will try this combo for deer hunting this year.

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#9212934 - 09/28/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: CrowRifle]  
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Hey guys I'm looking for a load for the 168 grain ballistic tip that will shoot half an inch or better from a sporter weight rifle and still shoot between 2600 and 2800 fps. Gun likes hornady brass and Winchester primers. Whats your best pic for the powder.

#9213539 - 09/28/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: 79inpa]  
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I'd try Varget first.

#9219946 - 09/30/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: John_G]  
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tried varget ww primers and hornady brass. group was .4 for 3.

#9221183 - 10/01/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: 79inpa]  
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I've had good results with 168 gr BT with RE-15. (back when I could not get Varget) My rifles liked it better than Varget. Around 44.5 or 45 gr should be pretty close. I have not chronoed it.

#9298252 - 10/30/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Richdeerhunter]  
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Using a Savage 16 .308 weather warrior with no alterations I get excellent sub MOA groups with IMR 4064 X 44grains,150 grain Hornady SST,Federal match primers, Hornady brass, loaded to .020 of the lands. This load is not the fastest(2650-2700 fps depending on temp)but deadly accurate and for some reason works very well on large Russian boar. There are some loads that are just deadly. This is one and I don't know why it works better than others. I use another relatiely slow load that works well on large hogs, a .270 150 grain Win power point at about 2730fps.Speed is not everything, but I admit it helps sometimes.


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#9305090 - 11/02/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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Originally Posted by Hondo64d
Originally Posted by Hondo64d
45gr R15 behind 155gr Bullets seems to be a good accuracy node in my rifle. Two different bullets, two different cases, two different primers but the same powder charge produce great accuracy for me. These are 10 shot groups.

John

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Here's a follow up on the 155gr Scenar load shown above. Shot these on Friday.

400m, 8" plate, .242 MOA

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500m, 8" plate, .309 MOA

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Here's basically same load. 1/2 grain less though. 45gr in LCNM brass was showing some pressure signs. The lone shot is a 25 yard sighter after switching scopes and barrels. I had the .260 barrel on and switched back to the .308 barrel. After the 25 yard sighter, I moved back to 100 and fired these five from the prone off a bipod from the bed of my truck. It measured .358".

John

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#9305115 - 11/02/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: Hondo64d]  
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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.


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#9330450 - 11/12/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: n8dawg6]  
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I have a Winchester Extreme Weather 308 with a 1:12 twist and a large number of Barnes 168 TTSX. The Barnes website recommends 1:11 for this bullet.

I am worried about the stability of the bullet out to 450 yards or less.

Has anyone tried the Barnes 168 TTSX in a 1:12 twist?


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One of the proudest shots I never made...

Got it covered with the 22 LR, 7x57, 375 H&H, and 12 gauge.
The rest are just for fun.
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#9376619 - 11/29/14 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: baldhunter]  
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Originally Posted by baldhunter
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I tried to duplicate this load in my rifle and was able to come pretty close!

#9493428 - 01/08/15 Re: Good .308 Loads [Re: 79inpa]  
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I'm looking for a good powder choice for my newly acquired 300 savage. Not that the charge would be the same, but I would imagine the 308 and the 300 savage should like the same kinds of powder. Would I be assuming correctly?


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