I tend to favor the 165 gr Sierra SPBT Gameking, or the 165 Nosler Ballistic Tip, however this year I used a Berger VLD from my .25-06 on mule deer, with impressive results. Just might have to give the Bergers a try in my .308 Win too. They sure shoot well from it, I just haven't taken any game with the .308 Win/Berger VLD combo. Those bullets are what I'd look at first for hunting, or possibly the 168 gr Barnes TSX or 165 Nosler Partition if ranges were shorter and penetration was a concern. A friend of mine uses the A-Max for all of his target shooting and hunting with the .308 and gets excellent results.
For target shooting it's hard to knock the Sierra Matchkings in 155, 168 or 175. Nosler's competition bullets in 155 & 168 do very well too, as do the Bergers.
There are some lightweight 110, 125 & 130 grain varmint bullets that work very, very well for varmint shooting. Accurate and explosive!
Varget is an excellent powder for the .308 and has served many long-range competitors well. Typically I'll use Winchester brass and Federal 210 match primers.
It all depends on what you are going to be doing with your 308. If you are going to be shooting 100 to 200 pound White Tail Deer try the 125 gr Nosler Ballistic Tips at around 3000 fps muzzle velocity. I shoot 46 grs IMR 4895 out of my Heart 21 1/2" barrel Rem. 700 and get 3050 fps. This load drops deer dead in their tracks from point blank to 300 yards which is as far as I have had the oppertunity to shoot one so far.
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Re: What bullet for .308 Win
It depends on what you want to do with it.
For 100-1000 yard paper the 155 SCENAR, 155 AMAX, 175 SMK, 178 AMAX or 190 SMK.
For up to 600 yard deer size critters, 150, 165, 180 Ballitic tip, 150, 165, 180 ACCUBOND or 178 AMAX.
For bigger critters at less range, 150-180 ACCUBONDS.
VARGET is a great choice. Start there. Some rifles wont excell with it. If it doesnt then try RL15, or H4895. For 125-168 grain bullets Hodgdon BENCHMARK is phenominal. You dont get super velocities but the accuracy is astounding and is in the extreeme line of H powders. It is also too fast for heavier bullets. As a last resort try IMR 4064. It is extreemly forgiving in a 308. It just isnt quite as temp stable as RL15 or the "H" powders.
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.
I did check out the posts previously to this, but no one mentioned the 178gr AMAX. Thanks for the help. Going to order the 168gr Sierra MKs and the 178gr AMAXs. Going to try to get target accuracy out of my "deer rifle", Rem 700 VTR. Ranges for deer, realistically for me, are going to be 25yds to 500yds, probably in the closer bracket tho lol.
Is IMR4895 OK?
And is benchmark ok in a 22-250, or should I stick with Varget in that caliber? And how temp stable is benchmark?
Thanks a lot.
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IMR 4895 works great in the 308. It was THE powder before Varget came around. Try you some Berger VLD bullets for a target and deer bullet. The 155's work good on deer. I keep telling people about the killing ability of the 125 Nosler ballistic tips on deer and they keep ignoring this bullet as too light. It is not too lightly constricted. It has the same construction as the 150's except the jacket has been shortened as to make 125 grs. It shoots flat and hits hard. In my rifle at 3050 fps with a 3 inch high zero at 100 yards it is only 3 3/4 inch low at 300 yards. Now that is flat shooting for a 308. It will shoot well under MOA also.