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Ballistics on a 20" Pipe

 
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:07 PM
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Ballistics on a 20" Pipe

Hey guys, I decided to purchase a Remington 700 AAC-SD in .308. It has a 20" barrel with a 1 in 10 twist rate. I needed a rifle I could learn the basics of long range shooting on, but also needed a rifle which I could hunt elk and deer on. I decided that this rifle would be the best mix of the two and what I personally wanted. So before anyone says, "well you should've got this..." save your breath, I love what I got and don't want trolls lecturing me on what they think I should've got, I'm working with what I got, I'm simply looking for knowledge on another subject. I am currently looking for the best round for elk that will kill it properly. Right now I am not comfortable with shooting an elk any further than 300 yards so that's my max range, just looking for info on bullet size and such.

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Austin
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:11 PM
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Re: Ballistics on a 20" Pipe

I would go with a 165 grain bullet. 180s would work well too but I think you'll be giving up just a little of the cartridge's potential with that heavy of a bullet in a 20" barrel. I like Accubonds and Ballistic Tips but there are a ton of good bullets to choose from. Good luck on your hunts this year.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:09 PM
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Re: Ballistics on a 20" Pipe

I agree if you want just one bullet to do it all. 165 gr Nosler Accubond and Varget, RL15 or IMR 4064 should let you get around 2600 to 2650 fps from your 20" tube. I have a 21 1/2" Heart barrel Rem 700 action 308 that I just strictly deer hunt with and most of my shots are under 300 yards. I use 125 Nosler ballistic tips with 46 grs IMR 4895 for right at 3000 fps. It is an awesome deer killer.
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:25 PM
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Re: Ballistics on a 20" Pipe

Thanks fellas, keep it coming! I'm still learning all this stuff right now. I appreciate your help!! Right now I'm shooting 175 gr HPBT that shoot like a laser out of my rifle but I'm not sure on ballistics, and am looking for experienced hunters opinions with the .308 and expansion and such. I will be deer hunting with it as well so that's good to know what works for you! What would y'all say is the slowest velocity you'd want to hit an elk with? Not saying I'll match that just want to be sure I'm above it! I know people say it's all shot placement but why risk it ya know? I shoot 180 gr super x with that 1-10 twist and that stuff works well too! sorry for bouncing around so much! Haha what do you guys think?

Thanks!
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:11 PM
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Re: Ballistics on a 20" Pipe

I shoot a 20" 308 amd 175 SMKs while this is not a hunting bullet I have taken deer with it @ 450 and they dropped like a rock. For the distance that you are going to be hunting shoot what shoots best and have fun.
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:54 PM
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Re: Ballistics on a 20" Pipe

Good to hear fellas! Thanks again, and good luck on y'alls hunts this year!

Austin O'Donnell
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:14 PM
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Re: Ballistics on a 20" Pipe

I would shoot a Barnes txs... No .308 bullet is going to have the retained weight and mushroom expansion of the barnes triple shock just google it lots of information on it.... If you planed into getting into longer range shooting later. I would look into the 175 vld berger i shoot them at 800 yards in a 9 inch group. out of my 20 inch Remington 700, it's an older production with the 1-12 twist. Bergers do not retain their weight when they hit they basically shrapnel everywhere cutting up the lungs, heart. the bullet preforms at a multitude of ranges good luck.
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