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Old 05-11-2013, 12:15 AM
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Re: .308 data

Greg, my rid is also a Rem 700 5R .308 Win.
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:20 AM
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I have a late 90's manufacture Remington 700 VS. Like the OP's rifle, mine showed a distinct preference for the Sierra 175's.

I concur with Varget being the powder of choice. At the moment, however, Varget is pretty hard to obtain. You may have to develop some loads with alternative powders that you are able to obtain. A good loading manual would be very useful here.

I recently developed a load using RL-17 and 185g Berger Hybrids that outperformed anything else I have fired in my rifle. I used what I could find and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

One of the great virtues of the .308 is that it is capable of performing wonderfully with a broad range of components. In the current climate, that is a very BIG advantage.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:17 AM
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Good articles on .308 ammo:

The Rifleman's Journal: Cartridges: 7.62 NATO Long Range Match Cartridges - Part 1

Some of the USA military rifle teams handloaded new Federal cases with 210M primers with about 44 grains of IMR4064 under Sierra 168's. They won a lot of matches and set some records with that load. It easily shot under 2/3 MOA at 600 yards in semiauto M14NM's. Federal GMM ammo with IMR4064 was equally as accurate. But only with new cases. Reloaded fired cases from M14's never shot as accurate regardless of how they were resized.

I've shot that same load in 7.62 NATO Garands as well as bolt action match rifles. It is indeed very accurate.

Federal loaded both IMR3031 and IMR4064 in that ammo and may have used a REloader powder, too. Best accuracy seemed to be with IMR4064 as IMR3031 dirtied up the barrels a lot more.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:11 AM
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Never reloaded in my life. I am looking for advice on a brand of power and primer that will be close to federal gold metal match ammo. I shoot 175 grain in my. 308 and this factory ammo will produce a 5 shot group that can be covered with a dime. Thanks.
I believe the answer to your question is ,Fed. GMM Ammo used IMR-4064 in the load you are refering to. There are other powders that can be used if your rifle doesen't like IMR-4064. I have had good results with H-4895 & Win. 748 in a Rem. 700 Varmit 24" Barrel. A .308 is one of the easiest cartridges there is to load for. With that being said,you will have to determine what powder & bullet combination works best for you. Always consult a loading manual before loading any bullet and make sure you are looking at the data for THAT particular bullet. A boat tail bullet & a flat base bullet are not the same even though the weigh the same. Flat base bullets have a longer bearing surface and may create higher pressures than a boat tail of the same weight. Happy loading and shooting to you. ..... SEMPER FI!
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:31 AM
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Thanks, I am slowly starting to get my head around all this. Any good books or DVDs
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:51 AM
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I have reloading manuals from Sierra, Berger, and Hornady. All three manuals contain a lot of good instructional information, from basic to advanced. Of the three, I would recommend getting the Sierra manual first.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:26 AM
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I like these two Sierra Bullets' items if you're going to shoot Sierra bullets:

Sierra Bullets - The Bulletsmiths

Sierra Bullets - The Bulletsmiths
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