Re: OK.....I am a believer. 308/RL-17/208 AMAX = sweet spot
I just got back from the range. The groups were not as good as I had hoped however, this whole proccess has only just started. I can still say that I am highly encouraged. I tried a different primer today and the velocities were identical but there was a very slight crater around the primers. Bolt lift was normal and the brass was normal. I used the Federal Gold Medal Match 210. Yesterday I was using the CCI 250 magnums.
First I shot the 48.0 loads. These measured 2661, 2661 and 2662 FPS. Unfortunately they grouped 1.1 MOA. Next the 48.5 load was 2686, 2704, 2680 FPS. On the bright side, she grouped right at .4 MOA. Next the 49.0 grain load. 2714, 2719, 2734 FPS and again, 1.1 MOA.
I will be trying several different primers such as the gold medal 215 magnums, CCI BRII's, and CCI 250 magnum. I tried the gold medal 210 today. Hopefully there will be a powder/primer combo that will shoot lights out. I know where the velocity is, now I just have to find the accuracy!
Unfortunately I only have three of the 208's left. I used most of them when I had the 300 RUM. More are coming soon.
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.
Last edited by Michael Eichele; 03-11-2010 at 08:19 PM.