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Typically what bullet does a .308 like

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Unread 02-14-2011, 09:40 AM
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Typically what bullet does a .308 like

I just bought a new Rem 700 .308 with the 5R barrel. Its a 11.25 twist. I have shot the hornady customs 150gr SSTs out of it and it loves them makes a ragged hole @ 100yds 2840 @ the muzzle. Shot some hornady customs 168gr spbt out of it shot about an inch @ 100yds the run 2700fps. I figured these would shoot better being a heavier bullet shooting slower. Seems to me more speed less accurate being with my bow, slug gun. Well was just wondering if anyone on here could give me some input on the 11.25 twist rate on the barrel and what bullets they shot and it likes. Gonna try some 175grs next time, my buddy tells me to just shoot the 150s but want a bullet that will be more stable at longer distances.Well if yall can help thanks, take it easy.
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    Re: Typically what bullet does a .308 like

    the 5-r is one of the MOST accurate factory rifles. it should shoot everything good. bergers and other match bullets like the SMK will be among the best. plastic tips like accubonds, balistic tips and sst not far behind. a 165 spbt ( horn or sierra) and some varget or I-4064 also very good. all match bullets from 150 to 185. the higher velocity and higher bc bullets will have less windage to deal with at the longer ranges. you can run the numbers, a 155 scenar driven very fast vs 175 mk driven very fast . the 308 is a very forgiving round you should get good accuracy throughout the velocity range. enjoy . nice rifle.
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    Re: Typically what bullet does a .308 like

    go the 150s. .308 not much powder there to get heavy bullets down range with lots of force.
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    I just bought a new Rem 700 .308 with the 5R barrel. Its a 11.25 twist. I have shot the hornady customs 150gr SSTs out of it and it loves them makes a ragged hole @ 100yds 2840 @ the muzzle. Shot some hornady customs 168gr spbt out of it shot about an inch @ 100yds the run 2700fps. I figured these would shoot better being a heavier bullet shooting slower. Seems to me more speed less accurate being with my bow, slug gun. Well was just wondering if anyone on here could give me some input on the 11.25 twist rate on the barrel and what bullets they shot and it likes. Gonna try some 175grs next time, my buddy tells me to just shoot the 150s but want a bullet that will be more stable at longer distances.Well if yall can help thanks, take it easy.

    In most cases the 1 in 11 to 1 in 12 twist are best suited for the 168s or lighter (Like the 150)

    The 1 in 11.25 may shoot the 175s at 308 speeds but it may not be the best( most accurate)

    Each rifle/barrel has there likes and dislikes so you will just have to try different bullets.

    I had very good luck with the 168gr SMKs in my match rifle (A 1 in 12 twist) with a near max
    load.( 41.5 grains of 3031) The 168 SMKs would shoot under 1 MOA all the way out to 600
    yards with Iron sights.I never placed a scope on it to see just how good it could shoot.

    My rifle did not like the 175s at all. but your twist is a little faster so yours might. Good Luck.

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    go the 150s. .308 not much powder there to get heavy bullets down range with lots of force.
    sound- this guy is shooting targets made out of paper. not ibex. also they load the 308 warm ( some load it hot) . many f-tr shooters in tex/okla use the 185 with very very accurate results at long range. the palma guys shoot the 155.
    hunter :there is more info on 6,mmbr and riflemansjournal. roninflag
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    I have a 1:12 that is shooting very well with 178 Hornady BTHP. That can be found in their Superformance Match grade ammo. My smallest to date is .219" (42.4grn Ramshot TAC) but can't tell you the velocity as I have not had a chance to use a Chrony because of the weather. My next load is 44.0 grains of RL15 @ .377" All these are shot at 100yrds. You just have to pick a bullet, find a powder or two that you potentially want to use and try them out. Start low and work up in .2 or .3 grain increments. As it looks like you are shooting mostly factory ammo, Try the Superformance hunting and match, Black Hills match, Federal Gold Medal Match, Nosler Custom, and Cor-Bon. All are good ammo. See if you can latch on to any M118LR mil spec ammo. Same stuff snipers use. It utilizes RL15 powder, and 175 SMK's.

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    So far I hear lots of conventional wisdom on this thread. Now for something different....

    Try the 208grain A-max and push it with RL17. Great BC, good velocity AND accurate.
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