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

 
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:39 PM
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Re: OK.....I am a believer. 308/RL-17/208 AMAX = sweet spot

Ive been wanting to try an F-Class shoot and have been reading up on them they seem like a lot of fun and great practice for the hunting off season. The 208 and Rl 17 would be my first pic to for competition just by looking at the wind bucking abilities. I also wondered how hard it would be as far as recoil for about 60 shots and if the shoulder could take it. It would be nice if the recoil could some how be managed more effectively through a rigged jacket or something.
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:26 PM
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Re: OK.....I am a believer. 308/RL-17/208 AMAX = sweet spot

yes I know the muzzel brake cannot be used in a match.but it would help out running a test or sighting in before a match.this way one would not have to have a good start on a black and blue shoulder before the match.LOL

and it was just a thought for the guys.for me I will be testing for a good long range hunt'n load.so the recoil want be that big of a deal for me.anything farther that 500 I will just use the 300wm.

but I will all so test R17 in it.just to see if its going to be something to use or not.
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:55 PM
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Re: OK.....I am a believer. 308/RL-17/208 AMAX = sweet spot

Michael, thanks for posting. Pretty nice info.

Definitely something that goes on my personal data base.
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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.
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Re: OK.....I am a believer. 308/RL-17/208 AMAX = sweet spot

Michael

I'm in the process of trying Re 17 in my 7-08. Started at 43.0 gr under the 162 Amax, got up to 45.5 grs with no pressure signs. Have loaded up another test from 46.0 to 48.0 grs which is just about as much Re 17 as I can get in the case. Have not chronoed these loads yet but the groups were just starting to look impressive at 45.5.

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Old 03-11-2010, 10:05 PM
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Re: OK.....I am a believer. 308/RL-17/208 AMAX = sweet spot

I ran across this Alliant Manual from another website and was amazed to find the new Power Pro powders from Alliant are listed as 100 FPS faster than RL17 at nearly every bullet weight listed and the fastest powder overall in the light and heavy bullets.

Alliant Reloading Manual

If these powders keep coming Magnums might be a thing of the past.
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Re: OK.....I am a believer. 308/RL-17/208 AMAX = sweet spot

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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!

Michael - thank you for your report. It's nice to hear you're getting similar results to those reported earlier. It confirms what we thought we already knew.

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