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2900 Fps .308?

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Unread 05-02-2008, 11:19 PM
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2900 fps & 165 gr

I saw a Handloader a few years ago under Readers Buylines about a guy that was getting just over 2900 fps with a 165 gr. bullet and VN550 or VN540, but I cant recall the powder he was using? He clames this in a Remington 700 ADL, 22" factory barrel.
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Unread 05-05-2008, 10:43 AM
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Nonya, I just got done reloading some 175's in my 308. I am holding at 2812fps for my average of 3 different 10 shot strings. I was really startled by this as I am not getting pressure signs.
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Unread 05-05-2008, 12:39 PM
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FWIW, I've talked w/ some of those same folks that PKunda is referring to. 2700-2750 is reasonably doable, 2800+ can be had... 2900 is the upper limit from what I've heard and may not be doable from every rifle regardless what magical blend of powder & barrel you have. Commonwealth (Brits, Aussies, New Zealander, etc.) 'match rifle' shooters fire out to 1200yds w/ some rather stout loads using 190-210s out of a .308, and have been doing so long before F-Class was even thought of.

The catch is... I kind of got the impression that brass life was pretty much nil... couple firings at most. Barrel life takes a downward turn as well (push the bullet at .300WM velocities... guess what, you get .300 WM barrel life, plus or minus).

It's an interesting concept... I've got a few boxes of 190-210
kicking around here. The big question is whether I have a long enough throat in my 12 F/TR to make it worth while... somewhere in all my 'spare' time I'll have to give it a go. Then again, I've shot against some folks using those 'nuclear' loads... plain old 155 VLD @ 2950fps seemed to hold its own okay for me
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Unread 07-09-2008, 04:41 PM
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2900FPS is pushing it, but I'm getting 2830FPS out of my 308 with a 22" barrel on my Stevens Mdl 110. I'm shooting Barnes XLC 165gr with IMR4831. However, this is a full house load, but it doesn't show any pressure signs. With a longer barrel I'm sure 2900FPS can easily be atchieved.
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Unread 09-15-2008, 03:55 AM
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Re: F-Class shooters are doing up to 2900fps with 190SMK

I get 2,635 fps from a 20" barrel using...

44 grains of Reloder 15
Federal brass
165 grain Nosler Ballistic Tips
CCI BR 2 primers
2.82 OAL (mag length)

No signs of pressure...EXTREMELY accurate in my rifle (an SPS Tactical).

2,900 fps is gonna be a stretch out of a "typical" rifle...2,800 fps is possible with some....2,750 is easy.
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Unread 09-15-2008, 10:08 AM
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Re: 2900 Fps .308?

HMMM...got me thinking. I have all the componants sitting in my truck to build a savage 308 including a pac nor 12 twist barrel. I am going to build this gun this week with the intention of loading the rounds to 3+ inches just to see how fast the heavier bullets can be pushed. I am just downright curious about it and none of my other 308s have a long throat......and they shoot to darn well as is to mess with them.
I admit that I know just enough to be dangerous.....but dangerous at ever extending distances.
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Unread 09-15-2008, 10:57 PM
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