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New to Reloading- .308 Baseline

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Unread 12-17-2013, 03:18 PM
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New to Reloading- .308 Baseline

Just started out with reloading, and want to try and dial in my .308 rounds for hunting.

I have Redding single stage stuff, along with various other RCBS scales and LE Wilson trimmer.

Most of my research suggests that 165-168 grain bullets with Varget powder seem to work the best.

I'm using a Bartlein barrel, 1:11.25 twist, 24" long. Probably going to shoot Barnes or Nosler bullets. I already have Lapua brass, but not sure what powder to start with.

So, question is....what powder should I invest in to start off with, and is 160-168 grain bullets considered to be the most accurate round in general? I have no problem using 150-155 grain bullets for hunting, but I'd like to have small MOA groups since its a custom rifle.

Any other advice?
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    Unread 12-17-2013, 03:38 PM
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    Re: New to Reloading- .308 Baseline

    You're already there. Varget is an excellent powder for these bullet weights (150 to 175s, and even beyond), and you'll probably have a harder time working up an inaccurate load than an accurate one. Assemble them straight, with minimal run out and decent neck tension and you should be good to go!
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    The 165-grainers were made for the 308 in my opinion. Try a load of Varget just under max and you will be happy, happy, happy!
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    Re: New to Reloading- .308 Baseline

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    You're already there. Varget is an excellent powder for these bullet weights (150 to 175s, and even beyond), and you'll probably have a harder time working up an inaccurate load than an accurate one. Assemble them straight, with minimal run out and decent neck tension and you should be good to go!
    Thanks for the reply Kevin.

    Do I need to worry about using a comparator and seating the bullet right off the lands?

    I invested in a Match die set but haven't used it. I'm not sure how much I will get by using it, but I am very OCD and a perfectionist....one of the main reasons I wanted to handload.
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    The 165-grainers were made for the 308 in my opinion. Try a load of Varget just under max and you will be happy, happy, happy!

    Thanks for the reply.
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    Re: New to Reloading- .308 Baseline

    Well you can't go wrong with Varget, but the same can be said for IMR4064. Use your Lapua brass and a match primer. I only use Federal Match.

    Consistent neck tension and the right seating depth will be your ticket. IMR4064 is my go-to powder for my 308 but Varget is only one shelf away.

    My barrel is 24" D3 contour Obermeyer, Sako M591 action.
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    Re: New to Reloading- .308 Baseline

    Blkz- the 308 is one of the most forgiving rounds to load for. combine that with a bartlien barrel and lapua brass i believe you will find a LOT of loads shoot .5 or less. varget, I4064 and a 168 CBT. (or many others) . enjoy
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