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.308win & RE 17

 
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:07 PM
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Re: .308win & RE 17

I say what the hell, go ahead and give it a try it may work well, who knows? What I do know is that with 210 bergers from a 300wby 11 twist bench gun they have to be run between 2950 and 3050 to keep them stabilzed to 1k yards and 2750 to 2900 in a 10 twist 300wm bench gun. They will likely be fine out to 3-400 yrds then they will be unstable and your target will probably look like you were using buckshot at 50 yrds.
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:58 PM
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Re: .308win & RE 17

go to snipershide and you will find a hudge write up on this.I think over 200 post on it.and yes it will work great if you take the time to do a ladder test with the two.my 5R really shoots them great and my barrel is only 1/4 more twist.its just that you may want to try win brass to get a little more powder to get it a little faster.47.5gn's works great in Lapua brass for me.but you will be able to get up to 50gn's in win brass.

but you will need to make them long to get their.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:39 PM
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Re: .308win & RE 17

Loading to the maximum length (touching the lands) really doesn't leave very much capacity for the RE 17 in my Lapua cases. 44 grains was no problem, 46-47 required more powder compression than I'm comfortable with and 48gr was out of the question (for me).

I'll shoot the 44-45-46 & 47gr. loads just for the heck of it but unless you are throated loooong I don't see how the combo is a viable option.

Maybe some 185 VLD's and a faster powder would be a better option in my rifle.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:58 PM
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Re: .308win & RE 17

Yes 185 bergers or lapuas or the 178 hornady bthp match vlds with 48-50grns RE15 are stout loads, id try one of those combos, I mean if a 308 handled the heavy weights so good there wouldn't be any bigger 30 cals!
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:54 PM
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Re: .308win & RE 17

UPDATE:

I finally got to the range and tested the .308 loads with the 210 VLD loaded to a gentle .002" crush fit. All groups were 3 shot at 200 yds. Wind was calm, weather was friggin' HOT. 100 deg under the overhang.

1) 44.0 RE 17 2,390-7 ft/sec 1.30"
2) 45.0 RE 17 2,456-5 ft/sec .55"
3) 46.0 RE 17 2,520-2 ft/sec 1.20"
4) 47.0 RE 17 2,590-15 ft/sec .75"

The number annexed to the velocity is the SD.

This a fairly small test but it does provide some insight for anyone else who may be interested in shooting heavy bullets in their .308 win. with RE 17 powder.

Barrel is a 22" Broughton 5c with an 11 twist.
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Old 07-24-2011, 12:09 AM
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Re: .308win & RE 17

I've shot a few hundred 210 Bergers and the RL17 combo. It brings the .308 to life in my opinion. I use that same load with the 208 AMAX, too. Same result. I don't worry about compression though. I've shot them mag length form a bolt gun and from an AR10. I've also loaded them to over 3.00". Any way you slice it, a bullet with BC over .6 going around 2600+ fps is good stuff in my book. I recently bought 300 more 208 AMAX's to shoot. I don't see any reason to shoot much else especially not having to worry about wind calls as much.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:02 AM
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Re: .308win & RE 17

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Originally Posted by esorensen View Post
I've shot a few hundred 210 Bergers and the RL17 combo. It brings the .308 to life in my opinion. I use that same load with the 208 AMAX, too. Same result. I don't worry about compression though. I've shot them mag length form a bolt gun and from an AR10. I've also loaded them to over 3.00". Any way you slice it, a bullet with BC over .6 going around 2600+ fps is good stuff in my book. I recently bought 300 more 208 AMAX's to shoot. I don't see any reason to shoot much else especially not having to worry about wind calls as much.

I agree. It's an awesome combo. And I haven't even tried the Bergers or the Amax in mine yet. I've got 500- 200gr smk to shoot first.
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