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Old 10-22-2011, 04:00 PM
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.308 + A-Max

I'm currently shooting this factory ammo from Hornady: Hornady Manufacturing Company :: Ammunition :: Rifle :: Choose by Caliber :: 308 Win :: 308 Win 168 gr A-MAX® Superformance® Match™ . It shoots great but was wondering how much performance I could pick up if I would start handloading with the 178gr and 208gr A-Maxes if the accuracy was on par with the 168's. Thanks
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Old 10-22-2011, 06:05 PM
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I'm currently shooting this factory ammo from Hornady: Hornady Manufacturing Company :: Ammunition :: Rifle :: Choose by Caliber :: 308 Win :: 308 Win 168 gr A-MAX® Superformance® Match™ . It shoots great but was wondering how much performance I could pick up if I would start handloading with the 178gr and 208gr A-Maxes if the accuracy was on par with the 168's. Thanks
The accuracy should be good if your rifle likes the heavier bullets, some will, some won't.

You will however be giving up a considerable amount of velocity in exchange for the heavier bullets.
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I'm currently shooting this factory ammo from Hornady: Hornady Manufacturing Company :: Ammunition :: Rifle :: Choose by Caliber :: 308 Win :: 308 Win 168 gr A-MAX® Superformance® Match™ . It shoots great but was wondering how much performance I could pick up if I would start handloading with the 178gr and 208gr A-Maxes if the accuracy was on par with the 168's. Thanks
I haven't used the 178 a-max in awhile, but my .308 w/ a 1:12 twist loves the 178 BTHP. They should work fine in either weight.

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Re: .308 + A-Max

Thanks guys. I'm shooting a Savage .308 10FP with a 1:10 twist in a 22" barrel. I'm really wanting to throw some heavy bullets like the 208 down range. I have a friend that can reload for me until I get my own setup if its gonna be worth it to reload the 208's. What recommendations as far as loads can you make for the 208's.
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Thanks guys. I'm shooting a Savage .308 10FP with a 1:10 twist in a 22" barrel. I'm really wanting to throw some heavy bullets like the 208 down range. I have a friend that can reload for me until I get my own setup if its gonna be worth it to reload the 208's. What recommendations as far as loads can you make for the 208's.
I would try RL17 with CCI200/BR2, or Federal 210/210M primers in Winchester brass. Winchester brass has the most capacity and will handle the heavier charges. I would start at about 44grn and work your way up. Look for pressure signs.

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Thanks guys. I'm shooting a Savage .308 10FP with a 1:10 twist in a 22" barrel. I'm really wanting to throw some heavy bullets like the 208 down range. I have a friend that can reload for me until I get my own setup if its gonna be worth it to reload the 208's. What recommendations as far as loads can you make for the 208's.
With that 10 twist the heavier bullets should shoot very well for you.

Keep in mind though that while the A Max is a great target/varmint bullet Hornady expressly states it's not intended as a hunting bullet.

It has a very thin Jacket and shells out instantly if it hits anything hard.

It will certainly kill, but it will also make a hell of a mess on the way out if it does pass through.

The Interlock and Interbond are much better choices for hunting bullets.
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Re: .308 + A-Max

Yep, just conducted some load development with the Hornady A-Max 208Gr this past weekend, I'm very impressed with what initial results I obtained in my Savage 10FP 1:10 twist.

Load: 208Gr A-Max, 40.5 Gr 2208 (Varget for you guys) = 0.221 MOA at 100M, 5 shot grouping!

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