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Old 04-12-2002, 12:44 PM
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Re: long range bullets

Depending on your rifles twist usually the 308 is a 12 twist, the 168 SMKs and 175 SMKs should both work.. try Varget about 42.2 grs to 45-46 grs.... My barrel is 23.5 inches and a muzzle break.. I shoot the 168 at 2770 pushed by 46 grs of varget. The 175s at about 2750 pushed by 46 grs of varget....

I get honest 2" groups at 500 with that combo.....
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Old 04-12-2002, 11:17 PM
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long range bullets

I am just getting started and was woundering what bullets you use for your lang range hunting. I have never needed the extra accuracy of handloads over factory ammo because I have always been able to get with in 100 yards of the deer that I hunt.

I was just woundering what types of bullets you would use to hunt Whitetails out to 450-500 yards.

Thanks for any info

Oh the caliber I will be using is .308 Win.

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Old 04-12-2002, 11:49 PM
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Re: long range bullets

I use 175 Grn Sierra MK's, I highly reccommend them.
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Old 04-14-2002, 05:37 PM
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Re: long range bullets

you would use a smk on whitetails? I never knew a person to use a match bullet on deer.

Thanks though

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Old 04-14-2002, 06:08 PM
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Re: long range bullets


Jordan, Here is an ongoing discussion of Matchkings and hunting. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]

Have fun, MM
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Old 04-14-2002, 09:28 PM
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Re: long range bullets


The Sierra MK is the BEST hunting bullets I have ever used. They kill clean at any range I have used them.
They have worked for me in the hunting fields in EVERY rifle I have shot them in.

I started using them in 1962 on deer and then the 140 Gr MK in a 264 and 6.5/300 Weatherby was the hot cartridge on the block.
Have used the 168 gr in the 7mms, the 200, 220 and 240 gr in a host of Longrange 30 cals and now the 338 300 gr MK in my Rigby improved.

They work, trust me.
Darryl Cassel
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Old 04-15-2002, 12:42 PM
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Re: long range bullets

For those who must shoot a "hunting" bullet, the Nosler BT and hornady SST are some of the best. Very accurate, high BC's, and "tough enough" for game. I use them and love them. Also doing some testing with the Amax at long range. Should make a great deer bullet.

Do some accuracy and penetration/expansion tests at 500yds with your 308. You are going to have to shoot that far any ways to see if you and your equipment are up to the task. You will be quite surprised at how well "fragile match" bullets work at long range and reduced impact vel.

Some of the premium hunting bullets actually fail at long range. Do not expand sufficiently. Built too tough or are not accurate enough.

If my combo can bust through a deer, elk, or moose at my max range. I really don't care if I used a match or hunting bullet. The results speak for themselves.

Good luck...

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