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Hornady 178 amax in 308, Any prob w/ 1/12 twist?

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Unread 02-23-2009, 05:50 PM
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Hornady 178 amax in 308, Any prob w/ 1/12 twist?

I picked up a box of Hornady's 178 amax's to try in my 308 the other day and noticed a note to use in rifles w/ 1-10 twist.

I shot a couple test loads with varget and they seemed to do fine in my 1-12 schneider barrel.
Granted I only tryed them at 100 yards. I did not chrono them but velocity was probably in the 2700 range.

Has anyone had any stabilization problems with this bullet in twists slower than 1-10 at 308 velocities?

If you have or have not would you include the altitude and temp where you were doing your testing.

I am in Fl and it seems we can get away with longer heavier bullets for our twists than what I read about in other parts of the country. We have several (308's), with 1-12 and 1-14 twist barrels. Here we're about 25' above sea level and a average temp for most of our shooting is probably 75-85 degrees.

Whats your take? Joey S aka 308
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Re: Hornady 178 amax in 308, Any prob w/ 1/12 twist?

I have always wondered about the statement on the box of 1-10x. The reality is that 12x is about as optimum as you can get with the 178 @ 308 velocities. You will NOT have any issues with stabilization.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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