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Old 11-25-2008, 11:05 PM
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Need Bullet Advice (.308)

Had a good fall hunting, and harvested a few nice animals out to about 700yds. All these shots were right on the money, chest cavity.

My 178 amax's performed horribly. I'm loading them with 44.5gr r-15 and they are hott. Close to 2800fps hott.

Of six deer, and two antelope, I hadn't a single DRT kill. The amax's were hardly expanding and when they did, they did not retain their weight at all. I would find bullet shavings in the entrance(rib shots) and exit holes.

So, fellow hunters, I'm looking for a 180gr bullet that will expand, retain it's weight, buck the wind (good B.C.) and hit hard at ranges over 600yds. Here are some options I've considered:

Barnes Tipped TSX
Barnes MRX
Hornady Interbond
Hornady SST

Any advice is greatly appreciated.


dom
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:13 AM
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Re: Need Bullet Advice (.308)

180 GR Nosler accubond.
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:32 AM
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Re: Need Bullet Advice (.308)

Sounds like you're asking quite a bit from a .308 win. For a noticable improvement in terminal performance at ranges "over 600yds" I would be looking at a 300win, 7mm mag, 300WSM or similar cartridges.

I have used the 162 A-Max in the 7STW and have gotten DRT results on whitetails out to 600yds, which is as far as I have had shot opportunities. I'm sure it would be affective at greater ranges too.

As the saying goes - There is no replacement for displacement. You need to increase the horsepower. :>)

I might add that I do not believe that a .308win rifle can produce 2,800 ft/sec with a 178gr bullet and remain within acceptable working pressures. Normally you would be hard pressed to get that velocity from a 168gr bullet without exceeding SAAMI pressure limits, assuming normal barrels lengths anyway. But ....... who knows?

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Had a good fall hunting, and harvested a few nice animals out to about 700yds. All these shots were right on the money, chest cavity.

My 178 amax's performed horribly. I'm loading them with 44.5gr r-15 and they are hott. Close to 2800fps hott.

Of six deer, and two antelope, I hadn't a single DRT kill. The amax's were hardly expanding and when they did, they did not retain their weight at all. I would find bullet shavings in the entrance(rib shots) and exit holes.

So, fellow hunters, I'm looking for a 180gr bullet that will expand, retain it's weight, buck the wind (good B.C.) and hit hard at ranges over 600yds. Here are some options I've considered:

Barnes Tipped TSX
Barnes MRX
Hornady Interbond
Hornady SST

Any advice is greatly appreciated.


dom

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Old 11-28-2008, 10:06 PM
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Re: Need Bullet Advice (.308)

Take a look at Speers 180 gr btsp has a BC of 540....
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:07 PM
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Re: Need Bullet Advice (.308)

180 Nosler E-Tip. Very impressive.

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Old 11-28-2008, 11:14 PM
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Re: Need Bullet Advice (.308)

A BERGER anyone 175,185
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:35 AM
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Re: Need Bullet Advice (.308)

Yip,use Berger VLDs myself,175gr,Varget 43.5g,120M primer,Lapua cases.

Amazingly accurate,but I found while stag hunting in Scotland in October ,of the 12 victims I shot all would run apart from one which was neck shot square on.

Most bullets would pass straight through the beast.
They do the job,but for sure its heart stopping experience to see a beast hit and run off even when hit in the engine room.Its OK on the open hill,but taking shots in thick cover.
Pretty much need a dog to blood trail.

Really not sure wither to change bullet or not.
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