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.308 Win. 180gr. Bullet

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Unread 12-05-2012, 09:04 PM
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.308 Win. 180gr. Bullet

Buddy of mine has a Howa 1500 and wants to work up a hunting round. The bull bbl is 24" with a 1/10 twist. It groups the factory 175 match rounds very well, so he is thinking a 180gr pill. All the bullet makers make a 180, and Berger a 185 VLD hunting/target bullet. What do you guys load in your 308 Win?
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    Unread 12-05-2012, 09:10 PM
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    Re: .308 Win. 180gr. Bullet

    I am getting ready to load a 180 accubond with cfe223 in mine currently I use 165 accubonds with varget

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    Re: .308 Win. 180gr. Bullet

    For a hunting round in 308 a 185 VLD or 178 Amax is great. If you really wanna stretch it, 208 Amax or 210 VLD with Alliant Power Pro 2000MR powder. I shoot this powder in my match gun (FTR) with 185 Hybrids and get 2800 ftps with no pressure signs in a 28 inch barrel. Accuracy and ES is very good.
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    Unread 12-06-2012, 07:27 PM
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    Re: .308 Win. 180gr. Bullet

    Been shooting 180gr Speer with RL-17 @ 2742 fps out of a 22" barrel very accurate.
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    Re: .308 Win. 180gr. Bullet

    I'd go with the 185gn hybrid or Juggernaunt with 4064.I say 4064 because I have put alot of time into reading on this same combo to wanting and useing it myself,but not yet.The starting load would be 41gn and bullet long.The 24 inch barrel and 1:10 twist should get around 2550 to 2600 fps.I know it's not fast but you did not say to how fare he will take it.The 2000lr sounds good though.

    just keep use posted to what happens and to what you go with.Again I am fixing to try the load said above soon
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    Unread 12-06-2012, 09:37 PM
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    Re: .308 Win. 180gr. Bullet

    What I'm waiting on now is for my buddy to choose a couple of bullets to try. I would hope he chooses the Berger VLD and we'll go from there. I believe I used 4064 years ago when I loaded for a 308 Win, but everything has changed. Hope I can send a few downrange, but we're getting late in the year. Thanks all for your help.
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    Re: .308 Win. 180gr. Bullet

    You might double check your twist rate. I have the same rifle and it is a 1-12". I havent played with
    The 180's but i would think they would stabilize.
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