Have you heard that old shop worn adage that "all rifles are different?" Well, they are.
Just like all kids are different.
But you know what?
All kids are not that
Some kids will eat their green beans, some won't. Some like corn on the cob, some can't stand it...
However. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Show me a kid who doesn't like chocolate ice cream and I'll show you one twisted little odd-ball (not meaning to insult anyone's kid here, just dealing with facts). [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
But you're in luck!
There are chocolate ice cream
load recipes for your .308!
No kidding. Federal Gold Medal is usually
one such recipe. And there are others.
I'll mention a few here for you. What I'm telling you is that if your Savage won't shoot decent groups with the following load recipes, it is, well, one twisted little odd ball rifle. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] (Not really, it's just got a problem).
1. 168 grain match bullet. 43.6 grains IMR 4895, Federal 210 primer preferred, win or Lapua case.
2. 175 grain Sierra Matchking, 42.5 grains IMR 4895, rest the same as above.
3. 180 grain bullet, 44.2 grains of Varget, CCI 200 or BR-2 primer.
4. 175 grain Sierra Matchking, 45.0 grains Varget, rest as above.
5. 125 grain bullet, 51.4 grains W748, just about any primer you can name.
Seat the bullets a caliber's depth into the case. Don't worry about distance to the lands yet. A caliber's depth seating will work fine.
If you don't have any IMR 4895, you should get some. However, you may find that 43.5 grains of IMR 4064 does very well with the 168's, as will 43.8 grains of Varget. Only problem with Varget though is its burn rate seems to be all over the map these days. So I'd rather see you use the IMR powders. Make sure your lot number of Varget doesn't end with "4133". If it does, it's closer to 4350 than Varget. Hodgdon will replace that lot if you send it in...
See what you can put together from the list above and give it a try. If you're only willing to try one of the loads, go with the 43.6 grains IMR 4895/168 match bullet load.
One last thing. Unless you've got meticulous load notes, you may think you've covered some of the load combinations above, when in fact you'll have missed them. So don't necessarily assume you've "been there, done that."
If your rifle fails to shoot well with these load recipes, I think it's safe to say that there is definitely a problem with the mechanics of the rifle...
For more on the reasoning behind these loads, which I call OCW (Optimal Charge Weight) load recipes, you can check my website: www.clik.to/optimalchargeweight
Good luck. Keep us posted.