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Best .308 Load for Mid Range Deer

 
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:52 AM
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Best .308 Load for Mid Range Deer

Gentlemen,
I'm looking for your opinion on good mid range (out to 400/450 yards) .308 loads for whitetails. Primarily looking for opinions on bullets with good performance for both accuracy and sufficient energy/expansion, but would love to see the associated loads.

FYI, these loads will be fired from a stock Browing A-bolt, 22" sporter contour.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:13 PM
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Re: Best .308 Load for Mid Range Deer

My Savage FCP 308
168gr VLD
Varget
45.0gr
fed210m
2.800
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:07 AM
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Re: Best .308 Load for Mid Range Deer

Given the range and the soft target: You could use anything from a 150 flat base up threw the 208 a-max. The energy and velocity needed are easily accomplished with about anything that drives tacks from your gun. I use 208 A-max and r17 in my 308 or 150 sierra pro hunter with varget in my 7.62x54r (308win Russian version) and they both work great for mid range dear.
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:41 AM
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Re: Best .308 Load for Mid Range Deer

+1 for the VLD load. I shoot the same load, 45.0 grains of Varget 168 VLD and a 210M primer out of a 25 year old Remington 700.
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:03 AM
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Re: Best .308 Load for Mid Range Deer

If you don't care to buy Bergers for whitetail, the best generic load that comes to mind, I load a lot of this round, is Win brass, CCI BR2 primers, 46grns Varget, 168grn Nosler BT, 2.835" OAL, yes it is at the upper pressure limit, but it works great and runs about 2840fps from a 24" barrel, just be careful.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:09 PM
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Re: Best .308 Load for Mid Range Deer

Thanks guys. I'd pretty well decided on the bergers, but might give the Noslers a chance. I like the varget, so I'll be pushing it with that. What groups are you getting out of stock rifles with these loads? Never reloaded for this browning, so I'm sure I'll have to fool with the coal some to get it right.

Thanks again.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:59 PM
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Re: Best .308 Load for Mid Range Deer

My savage has shot the 168nbts from .21-.34" for 5 shots, liltank has used the nosler over alliant ar-comp and got a .117" for 3 shot group from his savage with a lothar barrel.
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