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Old 01-03-2010, 02:35 AM
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.308 deer, bear, and elk loads?

I have been hunting since I was 11 and now at 24 I am just getting serious about my rifles and game. I used to just go buy some Remington Corlokts for my .30-06 and assume my rifle was "zeroed" from all the years of being banged around and hunted with. Now after 4 years of shooting for the Marine Corps, I have second guessed my whole outlook on hunting and accuracy. Now I have bought and put rounds through my Savage 10FCP .308 and feel comfortable, and am accurate (.66 MOA) out to 600 yards.

I have been shooting 168 gr. SMK with 44 gr. hodgdon benchmark and it has worked "bangin the gong" accurately to 669 yards, but shooting plates and shooting game are two different things.

What should I be loading for elk, black bear and mule deer? Is there a good bullet for all three? or do I need to brew up a load for each? and how far can I expect my .308 to perform accurately with a 1 in 10 twist? Any and all input would be greatly appreciated from this young Jedi!
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:18 AM
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Re: .308 deer, bear, and elk loads?

I think any decent hunting bullet will do the job, but the problem is the distance: you can't shoot an elk at 600 yards with 308win, not enough energy. A small deer no problem.

I have a savage 10FCP too, and I use Hornady 165gr SST. According to Hornady reloading manual they are appropriate for medium and large game.

Have a look to these links from Berger bullets:

Berger Bullets

.308 Winchester - Hunting Applications

Good luck!
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:07 PM
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Re: .308 deer, bear, and elk loads?

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I think any decent hunting bullet will do the job, but the problem is the distance: you can't shoot an elk at 600 yards with 308win, not enough energy. A small deer no problem.

I have a savage 10FCP too, and I use Hornady 165gr SST. According to Hornady reloading manual they are appropriate for medium and large game.

Have a look to these links from Berger bullets:

Berger Bullets

.308 Winchester - Hunting Applications

Good luck!
Thanks for the info!
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:34 PM
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Re: .308 deer, bear, and elk loads?

Load up some 168 gr. Barnes TTSX and you can hunt everything with the same bullet.

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Old 01-03-2010, 12:52 PM
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Re: .308 deer, bear, and elk loads?

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Load up some 168 gr. Barnes TTSX and you can hunt everything with the same bullet.

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Thanks X3M, Ill check them out
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Re: .308 deer, bear, and elk loads?

For heavy game such as elk, bears and large mulies I use the 200 Sierra Game King. It has a very good BC, low velocity expansion threshold and high weight.

In short, it will open at 1500 FPS where as the Barnes and Partitions and Accubonds are 1800 FPS. With the high weight and BC of the SGK and the low impact velocity needs it makes an awesome 308 hammer. You will see 1500 FPS between 700-800 yards depending on the velocity you run them. Also where they cross 1500 FPS, they also run 1000 pounds of energy.

You will be very hard pressed to beat the 200 SGK in a 308 for elk unless you limit your range to 300-400 yards.

Hope that helps!

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For heavy game such as elk, bears and large mulies I use the 200 Sierra Game King. It has a very good BC, low velocity expansion threshold and high weight.

In short, it will open at 1500 FPS where as the Barnes and Partitions and Accubonds are 1800 FPS. With the high weight and BC of the SGK and the low impact velocity needs it makes an awesome 308 hammer. You will see 1500 FPS between 700-800 yards depending on the velocity you run them. Also where they cross 1500 FPS, they also run 1000 pounds of energy.

You will be very hard pressed to beat the 200 SGK in a 308 for elk unless you limit your range to 300-400 yards.

Hope that helps!

M

Exactly what I have been looking for! Will my 1 in 10 twist stabilize a 200 gr SGK though?
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