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New to reloading - 300 Win mag/308 Load Development

 
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Old 06-19-2011, 02:10 PM
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New to reloading - 300 Win mag/308 Load Development

I just purchased a lyman kit and will have the dies and rest of the stuff I need to get started in the mail next week. I'll be going on a mule deer hunt this fall in SD with my father. I shoot a .308 and my dad shoots a 300 win mag. I've been doing some reading and obviously my reloading manual has the load data I need. I was looking for some more detailed opinions on where I should start developing the loads. Im jumping right into it and will start working up our hunting loads while I learn to reload. Specifically i'm looking for advice on powder and what bullets and whatever other advice you guys have for hunting loads for shots out to 600 yards.

My 308 is a heavy 20" barrel savage 1:10 twist - I wanna shoot 168's I believe.

300 win mag 26 inch barrel - not sure on the twist, I know it likes 180's. My dad thinks he wants to shoot 168's but i'm thinking 180's would be better in a 300.

Any advice is appreciated.

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Old 06-19-2011, 02:21 PM
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Re: New to reloading - 300 Win mag/308 Load Development

Welcome to LRH. Once you start reloading your own ammo, you won't stop. Well for the 308 win, I liked varget powder and 168's. RL-15 is good too.I used Nosler 168gr Ballistic tips which had a nice BC .490 good for 600-700 yards. Great on deer.

For the 300 win i would go with 180's (accubond work great in 300 win mags) and and use powders RL-22, H4831, and H1000. I've used all three and they all perform well. I prefer H1000 its was consistent in same POI.
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Old 06-19-2011, 07:17 PM
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Re: New to reloading - 300 Win mag/308 Load Development

In 308 I have had luck with

AA2495 and H4895 powders

Hornady SST 150&165gr and A-max 178gr

Nosler 150&165gr Ballistic tips

I use Win brass and LC brass.

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Old 06-20-2011, 10:26 AM
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Re: New to reloading - 300 Win mag/308 Load Development

You guys both like the nosler ballistic tips. Is there anything I should watch out for when seating bullets with plastic tips?
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:19 AM
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Re: New to reloading - 300 Win mag/308 Load Development

Not really. Only thing Ive noticed is that the tips are a few thousandths difference in length so the OAL will be different by +-.005 if your seating die presses on the tip of the bullet vice the ogive. I just drilled out the seater portion of my LEE die so that the tip goes into the hole and it pushes on the ogive, problem solved, took 4 minutes.

But most reloaders won't notice the difference of +-.005 anyways to there is really no changes you need to make at this point.
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Re: New to reloading - 300 Win mag/308 Load Development

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You guys both like the nosler ballistic tips. Is there anything I should watch out for when seating bullets with plastic tips?
i hornady oal gauge is great for determining seating depth. the 168 baltip is great for deer in both. varget and I4064 and re-15 for the 308. l would add i4350 for the 300wm to the others listed.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:17 AM
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Re: New to reloading - 300 Win mag/308 Load Development

Thanks for the help guys, anymore is welcome. I feel like I got a better starting point, especially for the .308.
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