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Unread 11-10-2011, 11:50 PM
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308 Load info

Let me try this again
I was in sportsman warehouse today and this poor Remington sps in 308win looked so unhappy I just had to bring it home
I would like to hear what some of you are shooting out of your 308s
I was planning on the 150 gr nosler BTs in winchester brass
hoping for shots to around 1000 yards on rock chucks ect
and maybee a whitetail to about 500 max
Mostly lots of med-long range rock chuck shooting.
BTW the remington looks much happier in my safe only thing is it brought a new taurus judge with it
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    Unread 11-11-2011, 03:26 AM
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    Re: 308 Load info

    1000 yards is not an easy task with a .308 assuming this is a 1:12.
    It is do able though.

    For 1000 Yards, try 175g Sierra Matchkings with Win Brass and Primers.
    Start with 42g of Varget and work your way up.

    For Deer within 500, 150, 165, or 168 Nosler Accubonds or Ballistic Tips will
    do their part.

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    Unread 11-11-2011, 04:37 AM
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    Re: 308 Load info

    Abouve is really close to what I use as well. I dont think you can go wrong using Varget for the .308 What length of barrel does it have? Currently this is the load I use but it will need to be tweaked for your rifle

    43.3 Granins Varget
    Fed 215 primer or CCI BR2
    175 SMK

    I agree with above start your powder at 42 grains and work up at 1/2 grain intervals. With the 308 I worry more about accurancy than FPS. just my 2 cents hope this helps.
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    Unread 11-11-2011, 08:30 AM
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    Re: 308 Load info

    It has a 1 in 12 twist 26 in barrel
    1000 yards would be the max for rock chucks and not very often most of the time our shots range from close up to 700ish
    Varget would not be a bad powder for me I have two guys that use my relaoding stuff to load 223 with varget I loaded varget in my 223 before I found BLC2
    Not my groups are tighter loades are faster and my SD in only9 fps it was 55 with varget
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    Unread 11-11-2011, 09:00 AM
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    Re: 308 Load info

    Originally Posted by Hunter Welch View Post
    1000 yards is not an easy task with a .308 assuming this is a 1:12. It is do able though.
    For what it's worth, Mike Walker (Remington engineer who developed the 7.62 NATO round, benchrest Hall of Fame) knew a 1:12 twist was best for the 147 - 150-gr. FMJBT bullet when fired from 22 inch service rifle barrels to get best accuracy all the way down range.

    The USN and USAF M1 Garands rebarreled to 7.62 NATO for competition shot bullet weights from 150 up through 190 grains with excellent accuracy even at 1000 yards. Same for USA and USMC M14NM's but with bullets up to 180 grains. Tests proved commercial match ammo shot in the best of them would stay under 4 inches at 600 yards. Those Springfield Armory arsenal tight-bore match-spec'd barrels from Massachutches had 1:12 twists.

    And Palma rifles have to use the .308 Win. round and bullets in the145 - 155 grain range typically use 1:13 twists. The best of them will stay under 7 inches at 1000 yards.

    There's nothing wrong with a 1:12 twist in a .308 Win. barrel. Except it probably won't shoot boattails 200 grains or heavier really accurate. But round nose 200 grain hunting bullets do very well indeed.

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    Unread 11-11-2011, 09:17 AM
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    Re: 308 Load info

    The heaviest bullet you can shoot with your 1:12 twist barrel is 175grain. I know this from experience of having the very same rifle you have. I shot the 175VLD. With Varget you will be able to get them going ~2800fps. The 175vld has sufficient BC that it can make it through the transonic phase of flight, as a result, you can shoot at groundhogs as far as you can see them. This combination will also kill deer to ~800 yards.
    I'm not gonna shoot here. I'm gonna shoot waaaaaaaay over there!
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    Unread 11-11-2011, 09:43 AM
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    Re: 308 Load info

    the vlds do shoot great but I think im going to with the BTS
    the vlds do have much poop effect when shooting chucks
    have shot several with my 7mm with the 168 gr bergers way out there
    they just get nailed to the ground the BTS and vmaxs tend to poop and flip them preaty good.
    I was thinking about trying the BLC2 as well as the varget
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