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Unread 05-08-2013, 07:05 PM
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Re: .308 data

Depends on what bullet/brass you choose. Those two are the most variable. as cheap as .40 with good lapua brass that you can get 12-20 loads out of and using amax's you bought in bulk. or you could use super expensive bullets that could increase your price to .60-.80 cents a piece if not more.

Lapua Brass- .10 ish from 10-15 reloads
Primers- .04
powder- .12 ish cents per round
Bullet anywhere from .25 cents a pop to well over a dollar in some cases
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    Re: .308 data

    I have 300 rounds of once fired federal brass. I figured I could use them until they are wore out,then buy lapua brass. What is the typical number of times brass can be used.
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    It is very dependant on what loads u put in them, Chamber tolerances, Hardness of the brass, etc... but I would expect 5-11 lol I know thats a very broad range.
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    Re: .308 data

    Fair enough. I am just looking to match the performance of gold metal match or a little better. Is this possible.
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    Re: .308 data

    Factory powder is different than the powder we get. very finely tuned for the specified bullet. Sure it is possible to re create the ballistics. but you will have to tune it yourself by increasing amount of powder in very small increments until you either get desired results or start seeing pressure signs whichever comes first. Which powder works best is totally relative, Use a reloading manual for a starting point.
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    Re: .308 data

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    Fair enough. I am just looking to match the performance of gold metal match or a little better. Is this possible.


    Yes it's possible, 308 is a very forgiving round to load. As others have suggested Varget is hard to beat 42-45 grains. 175 smk, 178 amax, 175-185g bergers , Fed 210m , Winchester and lapua brass have both worked great for me.
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    Unread 05-09-2013, 08:20 AM
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    Re: .308 data

    The Nosler Custom Competition bullets are surprisingly inexpensive, and have worked excellently for me. I have some 168's & 175, and both of those fly great with 44.0gr of Varget for me.

    I also have fairly recently discovered Berger VLD's, and am now shooting those in every caliber I hunt with. I am using 168 VLD's and 210 VLD's in 2 different .308 loads. I use 44.0gr of Varget for the 168 VLD's, as well.

    The 168's are wicked, but the 210's are just disgustingly nasty...Like 3-shot groups in a 1/2" cloverleaf @ 100 yards nasty... And boy can you hear them SOB's thump hard when they hit that plywood backstop @ 2400 fps...

    Here's a pic of 2 of the different .308 loads I use...

    Left: Nosler Custom Comp 168 in a Lapua case
    Right: Berger 210 VLD in a new Lapua case that hasn't been cleaned, tumbled, or fire-formed yet

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