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Kimber 308 loads

 
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:56 PM
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Kimber 308 loads

Guys having trouble with my 308cal kimber montana. 1/12 twist 6 groove. Shooting 150 nosler bt with 46grs of Varget powder 210 primer. 50 yards cut holes and at 100 yards opens up to to a 3 inch group plus.
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:32 PM
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Re: Kimber 308 loads

How many down the tube, and is it showing copper (blue/green) on the cleaning patch?

Reason I ask is one of our group has a Kimber Montana, same as yours and it would not group at 100 either. Turns out it was heavily copper fouled. Had to give it a serious Sweets scrub job.

Nice rifle btw. I like th way they shoulder.
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:15 PM
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Re: Kimber 308 loads

Thank you ,will clean it well. It"s worth a try. Brought some factorie shell to try in it also. What shell or load does your budddy use?
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:40 PM
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Re: Kimber 308 loads

I loaded them btw and did the load ladders, Thats my job, I'm the get 'er done guy in the group... I build them, they shoot them

Brass in Federal OF from Wideners fully prepped and trimmed, to Sammi spec, mouths VLD'd, pockets reamed, flash holes deburred

Sierra 2140's 165 grain HPBT with 48 grains of H 380 (thats almost a compacted charge) btw. COAL is 2.7 I'm at 2.9 or 25 give or take off the lands.

Sierra 2200 168 HPBT MK with 42.6 grains of H380 Sierra's recommended maximum load, compacted charge again, COAL is 2.8, I loaded them at 2.9. That gave me the tightest groups.

I also loaded some Sierra 2120's 125 grain SPT's (ballistic tipped), again H380 and again close to maximum charge (49 grains) at 10 over Sammi length of 2.7

He wanted the 125's for a varmit load. He's into midnight crooners.

My take is if you stretch out the COAL, there is more room in the case for expansion and it seems to play out. Thats SOP at Berger and it works for me too.

Being a Savage person, I really like the Kimber safety. It looks 'finished' compared to the Savage.

When I say compacted charge I say that tongue-in-cheek. They aren't rattlers but I didn't have to squeeze in the pills either.

I leave the trimming and initial case prep to the group and do the charges, seat the pills and do the workups. I let them use my shop and have access to the refrigerator for beverages...lol I set up a couple lathes with various prep stations and let them go to town.

The above loads represent just over 1500 rounds.
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:53 PM
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Re: Kimber 308 loads

Elk - i assume you are shooting at deer. the powders i would try are I4064, varget a re-15 in that order. other bullets 150 sierra btsp, 150 berger, 168cbt. 210m or br-2 primers.
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Old 11-11-2013, 06:19 PM
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Re: Kimber 308 loads

You may consider some Hornady 165 Interlocks. I have never owned a rifle that I could not get to shoot them.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:02 AM
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Re: Kimber 308 loads

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You may consider some Hornady 165 Interlocks. I have never owned a rifle that I could not get to shoot them.

I like the common 165 grn Interlocks too for the 308. I'd look to Sierra also.
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