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Old 11-20-2011, 07:38 PM
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Re: 308 Load info

Originally Posted by retiredcpo View Post
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
Id go with 47grs RE15 with the 150NBTs and then go with some 155AMAXs and watch your groups shrink. Shot these 2 5 shot groups @300yds, just look at that dern flyer, that mustve been me for sure. I did try the same load with 150NBTs and the accuracy wasnt there so much.
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:44 PM
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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 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.

If its a sporter SPS the twist is 1 in 10", my 308 takeoff barrel from a stainless/synthetic model is. And dont let anyone tell you the 12 twist wont stabilize a heavier 178HPBT bullet, either. It will. The group is from my SPSS 1 in 12 twist.

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Old 11-20-2011, 07:47 PM
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Re: 308 Load info

Originally Posted by retiredcpo View Post
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
So its the heavy barrel version.
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:12 PM
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Re: 308 Load info

Yes it is the heavy barrel model
I will probably be starting with either the 165gr or 168 gr Nosler balistic tips
then move on from there if I cant get a good load
Was also wanting to try that new powder hodgen has coming out the cfe223
sounds interesting
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:27 PM
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Re: 308 Load info

I load for a friend with your Remington model. His rifle does well with the 175gr SMK's and Winchester brass.

My personal pet load is:

175gr Berger VLD
44.4gr RL-15
Lapua brass
2595pfs out of a 20" barrel

175gr Berger VLD
44.8gr RL-15
Hornady Match brass
2595fps out of a 20" barrel

Both loads chronograph at 2595 fps and put 4 shots inside of 1/3" at 100 yards. The actaul measured outside to outside minus bullet diameter is .274" on the pic below.

These loads may be a little hot for longer barrel rifles, mine is a 20" production Ruger Tactical. The Ruger comes with a 1:10 twist, no problems with 175's. The Berger BC is corrected to .493 with my test data. I've shot it out to 800 yards with great success.l

I took two deer this past February with this rifle and load. The exit hole was huge using the fragile VLD. I plan on a 150gr E-Tip load soon. Planned powder will be IMR-8028XBR. Results to follow in a month. Going Elk hunting with a different rifle in a week and starting new .308 load work after that.
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:42 PM
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Re: 308 Load info

175SMK with 41.5 gr Varget used to be my accuracy load for my old Tikka Varmint. 10 shot group 5/8". It ran a little slow, but was very accurate.

Been shooting Interbonds and SST's 165's in my Howa 26" at a hair over 2760fps with 44.5gr Varget. Depending on my eye-sight I shot four 3 shot groups friday -- all were under .65 and the smalles was about 0.18".

I really like Varget for its temperature insensitivity. Here in Virginia I wil see 72deg one day and 32 the next day...or I could see 32 in the morning and 65 to 70F in the afternoon.

Not extensive but these are working okay for me out to 400 yards...

Matt Roth
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:13 PM
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Re: 308 Load info

The only lighter bullet I've tried in the Ruger was a 155gr VLD. It shot well over BL-C(2) but I went with the heavier 175gr load as my winner.

The Hornady brass listed was their Match brass. It appears to be a polished Winchester product. Once sized and trimmed it weighed the same as Winchester brass but had a better finish.
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