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Unread 10-24-2009, 07:56 AM
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Re: New to LR Hunting .308 advice

I have been looking at Berger and they aren't to bad for price i am considering them or the 175 hornady interbod sst I shot my antelope earlier this year with the interlock out of a .243 and was impressed with accuracy however the core and jacket seperated and I don't know if that is a goo thing. Also what do you think about scope options I am leaning the huskema way so that as I get more confident I have a scope that can help me keep going further.

Thanks again for the help.
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Unread 10-24-2009, 10:45 AM
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Re: New to LR Hunting .308 advice

I have a Huskemaw on my 308. It's a pretty nice piece of glass, just don't plan on getting the custom turret very fast. I guess the only guys that make them are the guys that hunt on the BOTW show, so better luck after hunting season I hope.
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Unread 10-24-2009, 04:30 PM
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Re: New to LR Hunting .308 advice

I used my customized 700 .308 this year on antelope and it did great. The farthest shot was only 400 yds though. One of the things you should find out is what twist you have in the barrel. That may be a determining factor on the bullet selection. I have a 1 in 12 and used the Berger 175 VLD. They shot very well with smallest group at 200yds of 1" and largest at 1.25". I'm shooting the 175s at 2680fps with 44.5grs of IMR4064. I think it is very important to have a chronometer to check your velocities. Another important point is case prep. The idea is to get everything as consistent as you can. I'm still learning all the time and have also just got into the long range hunting game. I can't wait to get back out west.

Niceville, FL
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Unread 10-25-2009, 05:34 PM
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Re: New to LR Hunting .308 advice

I'm a big fan of the .308 Win for a lot of reasons, but it's good to remember that it's no .300 magnum. Muzzle velocity is on the low side, so if shooting at long range, it is advantageous to shoot a bullet with a very high BC, for "free" downrange velocity.

Take a look at both the Berger VLD and the Hornady A-MAX. They're target bullets, made for long range shooting. Loaded right they'll provide excellent precision. With their high BC figures, they retain velocity well at longer ranges and drift less in the wind, both are good attributes. Both have also been shown to have good expansion on game.

The last couple of mule deer bucks I've taken have been with the Berger VLD, and a couple of friends swear by the A-Max for their longer range shooting.

At ranges of about 400 or 500 yards or less, any of the quality conventional hunting bullets like the Sierra Gameking and the Nosler Ballistic Tip will do a fine job. The real high BC bullets like the Berger VLD and the A-Max are just a good way to stretch the effective range of the .308 Win.

Until you determine what your rifle really likes, I'd recommend bullets in the 165/168 grain weight range, Varget powder (work up to Hodgdon's max w/care), Winchester or Lapua brass and CCI or Federal match primers. I've shot various combinations of these components to NRA High Master level scores at 600 yards. They're good and accurate.

Fan of the .308 yes, and a long term user of the same, but I recognize the limitations of the modest size cartridge for long range hunting.

Regards, Guy
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Unread 10-25-2009, 06:56 PM
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Re: New to LR Hunting .308 advice

308...great cartridge. One of my rifles is a 308. Here's the specs, the load I shoot and some of the reasons why....

My 308 1k Rifle - The Evolution Continues!
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