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Finding max load for semi-auto .308

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Unread 03-06-2010, 02:52 PM
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Re: Finding max load for semi-auto .308

Thanks TC I wanted to try reloading the 175`s and the one gun shop I frequent recomended 150`s or less but then he oaso sells mostly handguns and supplys for them but will order anything. thanks again,robster
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Unread 03-07-2010, 08:08 AM
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Re: Finding max load for semi-auto .308

You can also go with a 155 Match bullet.

The new Sierra Palma bullet, Berger, Hornady, Nosler or Lapua Scenar will all shoot well to 900 yds, and the Lapua is good out beyond 1000yd because it has a higher BC.

Nosler has a 175 now, for 1000 yd work, the 175 Sierra, 178 Hornady A-Max, and the 155 Lapua Scenar all have about the same BC.

Obviously the 155s can be driven faster with less pressure, so it is a popular bullet for long range.

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Unread 04-27-2012, 02:22 PM
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Re: Finding max load for semi-auto .308

TC, I'm trying to reload for a FNAR also. I would like to use 44grs of Varget pushing a 168gr Berger VLD. What is your thoughts? I'm looking for a middle of the road load.
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Unread 05-01-2012, 07:44 AM
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Re: Finding max load for semi-auto .308

There is a great deal of information on the M14 Forum about reloading for semiautos.
M14 Forum - M14 Forum for M14 M1A Rifles . IMR 4064 powder along with Varget and RL-15 have been a standard
for several years. Start at min and work up most generally 1.5 to 2 gr under max you will find a sweet spot in your rifle.
Prepping your brass will help as well.........
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