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Giving .308 Win a go

 
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:35 PM
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Giving .308 Win a go

I reload for several handgun calibers but no other rifle until now. Well I got the rifle bedded and got my 1st run of .308 done. I need to purchase a new powder measure tool as my Lee double disc kit will only throw 43gr of Varget. I want to load up to 46gr in .5 increments but I'm maxed out right now. I have a COAL of 2.800 with one oops of 2.745. So I have a total of 6 loaded up so far. I need to re-zero the rifle with some factory ammo and will then see how these group unless I get my new powder measure before I get to the range and will run a few more batches for a comparo.

So, running 168 Berger VLD's, Varget, and Remington primers.

These sure are Purdy........
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Old 12-12-2013, 05:58 PM
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Re: Giving .308 Win a go

They'll probably shoot good. Its not hard a lot of times to find a accurate .308 load. Both my .308's shoot pretty good. I've shot some 168 gr. SMK's and got pretty groups. I hunt with 150 gr. Hornady spire points. They aren't as accurate as the Sierra Matchkings but, shoot plenty good enough. Let us know how she shoots. As far as a powder measure goes, get what you like. I've personally used a RCBS Uniflow for over 20 years. It always works good. What model rifle is yours?
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:06 PM
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Re: Giving .308 Win a go

I've got the Redding BR30. It works well. I'm shooting 150 Btips over IMR4064 and I think I also another batch with Varget. They shoot good enough for short range work, around 300 and under.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:36 PM
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Re: Giving .308 Win a go

For small batches or load development, I set my powder measure to under charge, dump that into the scale pan, and then add the additional weight directly with a small dipper onto the scale. One just has to zero the empty pan first... That way I can get the exact weight for each individual charge in 0.1gr increments.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:44 PM
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Re: Giving .308 Win a go

Thanks for the replies fellas. What are you guys using for a powder measure that would thread into my rifle charging die?

The rifle is just a non-accutrigger Savage model 11 with a synthetic stock. I bought it as a cheap package rifle to throw in the truck and take hunting. Being in Iowa rifle hunting is limited due to deer being bow, muzzy, and shotgun being the main and only two weeks late January for antlerless only. I of course take part in the majority of the seasons but the late rifle season was just a one year thing for me. I have taken one during that season hunt with it, it was a chip shot of 150 or less. I also took it last year down to Oklahoma for a hog hunt and dropped two with it there.

Just thought I wanted to make it a little tighter tack driver and get it ready to go out west for an antelope hunt that I've been wanting to do.

Thanks again all.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:23 PM
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Re: Giving .308 Win a go

There is no need to run powder through a die, except in a turret style press.



In the Kit above, see the amber colored funnel ? Hold that on top of the case neck and pour the powder in. If the bullets are standing in a tray, it is easy to do one at a time. No way one can get 2 powder charges into a 308 cartridge, unlike a pistol or revolver cartridge. There are even better metallic funnels one can buy that do not develop a static charge so the powder grains do not stick to them. I got the above press kit, so my plastic one came for free...
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:31 PM
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Re: Giving .308 Win a go

Take note that you are not far from some pretty high pressure at 44gr. 44gr is compressed in my cases. You might consider taking smaller than 1/2gr steps. Stop as soon as you start getting pressure signs. Watch the primer cup carefully and look for an ejector mark on the back face. It really sucks to have to pull bullets on charges that are not safe to shoot...
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