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Old 05-19-2013, 09:05 PM
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hand loading Remington SPS varmint .308

Been doing some work with different loads. I have a load that shoots good with the 168 SMK, But I am looking for a load that will have better long range performance (800-1200)

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The bottom 2 rounds are loaded with 168 SMK the middle one is loaded to the max I can fit in a McRees mag. the top one is touching the lands in the factory rifle.

(EDIT add 1.003 to the OAL of the top bullet, Just realized I measured them with the ogive tool.... DUR)

In this picture they are all loaded at max oal to fit my mag

After all this. I think this rifle has way to much free bore. Its very had to tune a good load with anything but the 168 SMK, I have noticed the 168 SMK Ogive is alot more toward the tip of the bullet than any of the others.

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Old 05-19-2013, 10:15 PM
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Re: hand loading Remington SPS varmint .308

My 308 started life as a sps, still has factory barrel. I shoot 155 a-max loaded to the factory mag length very well. I just switched to a drop mag. I also have been testing 185 berger jugernots, so far they are grouping very good, but I havent shot them over 200 yards yet. I am still working on the load, so far it looks like they are going to shoot good with about every combo Ive tried. And yes my sps has a ton of free bore. I just load to mag length, with the wytts mag it is 2.860 oal not 2.890 as advertised. With the factory box mag I used 2.820 oal.

P.S. I never had any luck at all with any 168s in this rifle. Bryan Litz states in his book that the 168 smk has dynamic instability problems at long range (page 284).
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:15 PM
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Re: hand loading Remington SPS varmint .308

I load everything from Nosler Custom Competition 168 & 175 to Berger 168 VLD & 210 VLD. All using Varget, Lapua brass, and Federal 210 primers.

The 168 & 167 Nosler CC's are set at SAAMI spec length. The 168 VLD's are at random length. And the 210 VLD's are up against the lands.
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:48 PM
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Re: hand loading Remington SPS varmint .308

I've loaded for 3 Remington SPS 20" barrels, 1 Remington 26" varmint barrel, 1 Accuracy International 24" barrel, all in 308.

I wanted a load for long distance primarily, but they all grouped well at 100yds. also. I tried several bullets, powders, etc. The 168's just don't cut it beyond 650yds., for me anyway.

The 175's carried much better stayed trans sonic much longer , had more energy and grouped much better at 1000yds. and beyond. I used Amax's, Berger's, SMK's. I finally settled on SMK's due to performance and availability. I have nothing against the other bullets mentioned, but due to a combination of grouping, cost and availability I stuck with the SMK's.

I've found the following to work extremely well in several different rifles, you might give them a try in yours. Please work up to these loads as 45.0gr. is max with these combos according to Hodgdon.

20" barrel Remington
44.8 gr. Varget
Winchester brass
Federal 210
SMK 175
2.222 measured with Hornady bullet comparator. @ .002 longer than factory OAL (Mag friendly)
26?? fps (I'll have find my notes)

24" barrel AI
44.6, 44.8, 45.0 Varget (I went with 45.0 because of velocity, as all 3 charge weights shot well)
everything else same as above

26" barrel Remington
44.6gr. Varget
everything else same as the others

The 26" load was hands down the best for that barrel length and for some other people who tried it in their 26" also. The same can be said for the 20" barrel load as used in 3 for me and a few other shooters also.

I full length resized, uniformed primer pockets, deburred flash holes inside and out, used a micrometer bullet seater and measured with a bullet comparator. I can't guarantee that these will work for you as well as they have for me, but I would be very surprised if they didn't.

Good luck, JH
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:38 AM
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Re: hand loading Remington SPS varmint .308

Thanks for the info.

I will give the 175s a shot
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:58 PM
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Re: hand loading Remington SPS varmint .308

Im a big fan of bergers 185 and 190's out of remingtons factory 1:12 tube.
They buck the wind well and pack a wallop when they hit.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:59 PM
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Re: hand loading Remington SPS varmint .308

Here is what im up to next...

next time the wind is not blowing like crazy

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