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What bullet for .308 Win

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Unread 12-28-2008, 12:36 PM
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Re: What bullet for .308 Win

The standard Issue Round for Marine Corps scout snipers was at one time 42.5 grains of powder ( not sure of the brand) federal 210 Match primers topped with a 168 Grain SMK. I have a co-worker who hand loads and loaded a few of those for me and 1 in 12 twist 24" barrel likes them very well. Then again. plain old winchester superX 180 grain powerpoints group well in my gun to. If you go with good brass and federal 210 match primers any bullet weight that will stableize with the twist rate of your gun will do you very well.
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Unread 12-28-2008, 11:56 PM
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Re: What bullet for .308 Win

I have been very happy with the Nosler 168 gr custom competition bullets. The last 4 deer taken have been medium to large mule deer does at 380, 420, 490 and 530 yards (not in that order) All heart lung entries and exits except for 1 that was quartering toward and was a kidney exit. All took only 1 shot and 3 of them rolled down hill toward us. One bounded 10 yards up hill and made it 20 yards over the back side of the ridge but ended up in the freezer just the same.

This evening I bought a box of 175 gr Berger VLD bullets to start working up a load. It is a long story but I am pushing for more accuracy out of my hunting bullet than what I have been getting with the Noslers. Currently I am getting about 1.5 inch groups at 300 yards and 4 inch at 500. Good enough for the hunt within my own limits and energy of the humble .308 but I want better accuracy (rockchucks at 1200+ yards.) As far as performance I am satisfied with the Noslers. Both are using J4 jackets.
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