Originally Posted by bigbass
Hey guys, sort of new to the long range brotherhood. Used to reload a lot back in the day ( 20 years ago ) and hoping to get back into it and long range stuff too. I am currently shooting 140 grain boat tail ballistic tips in my stw ( tack drivers ) but all I hear about in the long range stuff is 168 grains from the 308 guys. Is that considered the best weight to reach out and touch someone in any caliber or just 308? Hoping to save a lot of time and money and not re-invent the wheel here, Thanks, Mike
Of course as you go up in bore diameter preferred bullet weight will increase. Many of the heavyweight 7mm bullets today are in the 171 to 180 grain range with a couple of specialty makers going heavier than that. You'll need faster than a 9" twist to go over 180 grain by much though.
It really depends on what you are looking at doing. The stw is really
flat shooting with a 140 nos bt(or ab) at 3400 fps. You will hit harder and still have good trajectory with the heavier bullets though.
I have a 10" twist barrel on my rifle so I limit my bullets to 140 and 150 grain. At present I'm shooting the 140 nos ab in rem brass with rl25 and 215's doing the work. Mudrunner and a few of the others are using 180 grain pills.