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OK.....I am a believer. 308/RL-17/208 AMAX = sweet spot

 
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:37 PM
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Re: OK.....I am a believer. 308/RL-17/208 AMAX = sweet spot

Anddd who on the forum was messing with this before you??

glad it works for you too. 1000yard deer capabilities from a 308.... Finaly!
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:12 AM
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Re: OK.....I am a believer. 308/RL-17/208 AMAX = sweet spot

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One more thing. Does anyone have any idea as to the temp stability of the RL-17?
I have not got that far with testing it but I have with RL-15 in 308 and RL-25 in 300 RUM and both were ALOT less sensitive than what you typically read about. Some of the least amount of velocity swings I have seen were with RL-15 and 25. I imagine 17 is not that much different but that is just a guess.
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:24 AM
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Anddd who on the forum was messing with this before you??

glad it works for you too. 1000yard deer capabilities from a 308.... Finaly!
Ya, ya, ya.................

All I know is that 1 year ago I would NEVER have believed that a 308 with a 26" barrel could deliver 1000 foot pounds of energy at 1000 yards. At least not at sea level in standard air. Running numbers at 2700 FPS even with Litz's BC of .633, it delivers well over 1000 pounds of energy at 1K with enough remaining velocity to easily open up the AMAX on game. At 5000' in 50 degree air where I hunt dall rams, the numbers are simply unbelievable with nearly 1300 foot pounds and less than 56" of drift in 10 MPH winds is a dream come true.

From a hunting standpoint this is awesome. From a match standpoint it would certainly do well, however the repetitive recoil would sure suck. The recoil is very managable but I can see where after 20 rounds or so, it would start to suck as I did note a sizeable increase in recoil going from the 168-190 bullets.

The next day or two will tell the tale when I actually shoot some groups. Untill then, it is good to dream a bit..........
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:40 AM
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Re: OK.....I am a believer. 308/RL-17/208 AMAX = sweet spot

I am going to Texas in a week and will test how the 208 A-max does on some pigs (hopefully).

I agree for matches the recoil gets slightly annoying. After a 60 round-ish F-class match I bet your shoulder would be rather sore.

Have you noticed how fast your barrel heats up from RL17? I have a 1.25" dia barrel and it gets smokin hot after 5-6 shots...
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:59 AM
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Re: OK.....I am a believer. 308/RL-17/208 AMAX = sweet spot

Mike,

What was your COL and barrel length?

Thanks
Fitch
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Re: OK.....I am a believer. 308/RL-17/208 AMAX = sweet spot

I have no experience with R17, but seem to recall reading that it has pressure spikes very quickly with out any warning. Thought I read it on 6mm BR, but anyway, be careful, and keep us informed on your progress.
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Re: OK.....I am a believer. 308/RL-17/208 AMAX = sweet spot

i think RL 17 is living up to its hype. I tried it in my custom built 243 Super Rockchucker one week back in Jaunary when it was not too cold to shoot and shot a 95 grain Berger bullet over 3500FPS and with sub MOA accuracy. The load i was shooting before was with H4350 with a 87 grain V-max and i was only getting a little over 3400fps. Its starting to warm up now a little so i am going to do some testing with the 90grain with the RL 17 would have stayed with the 95 but im not sure that my barrel would stabelize it i have a 1-10 it reccomends 1-9. We will see but i am impressed so far with the RL 17 myself.
Good post Michael.
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