so i pretty much have enough money to get my gun, still havent decided whether i want a 300 or 7mm, so it will be the first gun i come across in either rem 700 or savage. but i will probably shoot factory loads until i get enough that its worth my reloading time, and so i can save to get all then dyes and pwder and everything. but what factory loads do you recommend for the 7mm, 300 wm, or 300 ultra mag? thanks
Winchester 150gr CXP1 have been excellent for most 7mm Mags I've shot them in. They are $20 a box.
The Winchester Supreme and other high end magnum factory loads are 60$ for 20. With a Lee kit, dies and components, you can make the nice factory loads for about 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of factory. Price goes way down if you have free brass.
I chose factory loads based on the brass. So I like Norma, Winchester and Remington in order.
7mm Rem mag for deer the Hornady custom 154 gr SP interlock or the interbond are the ones my friend sales the most of out of his gun store in east NC where deer hunting is BIG. Everybody says that these seem to be the best one shot in their tracks killers.
Factory Ammo - For my R5 Milspec .308 - hard to beat Federal Gold Medal 168 gr. For my Sendero .300 Win Mag - Federal Gold Medal 190 gr.
DPMS .223 AP4 - Federal 50 grain HP - cycles well - good varmint round.
DPMS .308 AP4 - Remingon 150 PSP - cycles well - good varmint round as well. Federal 150 gr PSP WILL NOT cycle. Winchester works ok too.
Tried some reloading of the .308 for the AR - didn't crimp - no issues there with bullet movement in the magazines - tried IMR 4895 from 40.5 to 45.0 - groups were OK, not spectacular, but velocity doesn't get close to the Remington Core-Lokt 150 grain factory rounds (2600 fps out of the 16 inch barrel) using the same bullet until at the high end of the powder charge - even then it is more like 2550 fps with the reloads. I set the overall length of the finished cartridge the same as the Remington Core-lokts.
So I just reloaded 3 sets of five using Reloder 15 - 42.5, 43.5, and 44.5 gr but haven't tried them yet. Also haven't tried Varget powder. Anyone reloaded for the AR in .308???
On the strictly accuracy side - I am set up to reload the 168 and 175 Sierra bullets for the .308 for the R5 Milspec, and 190 gr Sierra's for the .300 WM, but haven't started. The .300 does a nice job with Federal at 1,000 yds, but price per box is a bit spendy. Will try the .308 as well at that distance as so far I have only shot 600 yards with that caliber - but it is a little easier on the shoulder. So much to do, so little time it seems.....
Any comments on powder for the .300 WM reloading - I have a couple pounds of Reloder 22 to try?